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  • Road to Auckland: the IHEU awards 7 travel grants for the General Assembly in New Zealand
    The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has awarded seven travel grants to a total of £5,050 to help representatives of its Member Organizations to attend the General Assembly in Auckland, New Zealand, next 3-5 August. There are just over three months until the 2018 IHEU General Assembly, bringing together ... (more)
    Source: IHEUPublished: 20-04-18By Giovanni Gaetani
  • IHEU awards 6 grants to “Humanist Regional Hubs”
    In January the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) relaunched the “Regional Humanist Hub grants” programme, focusing this time on Africa: IHEU’s priority region for 2018. The grants programme provides a modest boost for projects aimed at promoting humanism or humanist campaigning, or capactiy-building for humanist organizations. More than 35 Member Organizations ... (more)
    Source: IHEUPublished: 20-04-18By Giovanni Gaetani
  • Lords committee: respect the law before “the values of others”
    Public policy must put "respect for the law" before "respect for the values of others", a House of Lords committee has said. ... (more)
    Source: NSS NewslinePublished: 19-04-18
  • House of Lords committee criticises move towards ‘greater social segregation within faith schools’
    The report was published by the House of Lords Citizenship and Civic Engagement Committee A House of Lords committee has expressed concern that Government proposals to lift the cap on faith-based admissions ‘could cause greater social segregation within faith schools’. In a report, published by the Citizenship and Civic Engagement ... (more)
    Source: BHA newsPublished: 18-04-18By Jay Harman
  • Broad consensus for reforming RE at NSS event
    Experts have called for reform of the way religion and belief issues are taught at an event hosted by the NSS. ... (more)
    Source: NSS NewslinePublished: 18-04-18
  • How Spotify’s algorithm is transforming pop
    Spotify offers fans unparalleled access to music – but is it flattening culture into an incentivised blandness? ... (more)
    Source: New Humanist articlesPublished: 18-04-18
  • Welsh Government announces plans to introduce home use of abortion pills
    Vaughan Gething, the Welsh Health Secretary, has announced that he has instructed officials to investigate the legislative changes needed to allow women to take abortion pills in the safety and comfort of their own homes, rather than being required to make multiple trips to a hospital or clinic. Humanists UK ... (more)
    Source: BHA newsPublished: 18-04-18By Rachel Taggart-Ryan
  • NSS urges ‘no more faith schools’ as it launches national campaign
    The NSS has launched a national campaign dedicated to ending state-funded faith schools, with backers including the historian Dan Snow. ... (more)
    Source: NSS NewslinePublished: 18-04-18
  • It’s time to repeal European Blasphemy Laws, Humanists tell the European Parliament
    The International Humanist and Ethical Union has used an annual meeting of non-religious organisations at the European Parliament to call for the European Union to urge its members to repeal their blasphemy laws. Speaking on a panel with representatives from other humanist and non-religious organisations, IHEU chief executive Gary McLelland ... (more)
    Source: IHEUPublished: 17-04-18By Gary McLelland
  • Global rights group: forced genital cutting violates medical ethics
    The NSS has reiterated its call for an end to forced genital cutting after a global children's rights group strongly criticised it. ... (more)
    Source: NSS NewslinePublished: 17-04-18
  • Humanists UK meets with Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism
    Humanists UK staff met yesterday with Sara Khan, the newly appointed lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism, to discuss the work of Humanists UK on related issues and the remit of the Commission going forward. Discussions focused on the work of Humanists UK in identifying and challenging extremist narratives in ... (more)
    Source: BHA newsPublished: 17-04-18By Rachel Taggart-Ryan
  • Weak response from UK Government on recognition of abortion in Northern Ireland
    Humanists UK has expressed dismay that the eighth periodic report from the UK to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) glosses over violations relating to abortion access and LGBT rights in Northern Ireland. Humanists UK, which has campaigned for the decriminalisation of abortion and ... (more)
    Source: BHA newsPublished: 17-04-18By Rachel Taggart-Ryan
  • The wilderness in us: how human identity is formed by landscape
    We have always been shaped by the natural landscape, just as it has been shaped by our history. ... (more)
    Source: New Humanist articlesPublished: 16-04-18
  • The Live Worship Recording
    By Susan ~ The Pentecostal church can be a serious mind-fuck.  I honestly can not believe what I agreed to do in order to try and win the ‘favour’ of my pastors and of God.  I was a sheep, faithfully following my strong leaders as God’s appointed.  Coincidentally, in the ... (more)
    Source: Ex-Christian.netPublished: 15-04-18
  • (871) Ease of creating scripture
    By Michael Runyan ~Suppose you are a scholar living around 90 AD and want to write a gospel of Jesus.  You don’t know anything about Jesus, but you have copies of the gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke to use as source material. Much of what you write is copied ... (more)
    Source: Ex-Christian.netPublished: 15-04-18
  • Women v. Religion: The Case Against Faith – and for Freedom
    By Karen Garst ~ After finishing my first book, Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion, I had a chance to attend several secular events including the Women in Secularism Conference. This was excellent and I had the opportunity to meet many interesting women. So instead of going back into ... (more)
    Source: Ex-Christian.netPublished: 15-04-18
  • The Fictitious Missionary Journey of the Disciples
    By Michael Runyan ~ When an author produces fiction, he often tries to make his account seem realistic if the goal is to have people believe it actually happened. Generally, this is what the authors of the gospels strove to do.  Some of what they wrote was actually based on ... (more)
    Source: Ex-Christian.netPublished: 15-04-18
  • The sugar you’ve never heard of, hope for degenerative eye disorders, and some light relief
    Chemistry, Biology, Physics: Three scientists talk through big recent developments in their fields. ... (more)
    Source: New Humanist articlesPublished: 12-04-18
  • Defenders of the Earth
    Environmental activists used to enjoy greater freedom than most­, but now they are under attack, from Modi’s India to Trump’s America ... (more)
    Source: New Humanist articlesPublished: 09-04-18
  • Crisis of Faith, The Tribune, 5 April 2018
    Crisis of Faith, The Tribune, 5 April 2018 ... (more)
    Source: CEMBPublished: 05-04-18By CEMB
  • Many left-wing progressives who protest against the Pope are silent about Islam’s totalitarian tendencies – and the victims of this cowardice are overwhelmingly women, Unherd, 3 April 2018
    Many left-wing progressives who protest against the Pope are silent about Islam’s totalitarian tendencies – and the victims of this cowardice are overwhelmingly women, Unherd, 3 April 2018 ... (more)
    Source: CEMBPublished: 03-04-18By CEMB
  • Convention speech: Maryam Namazie — We resist and challenge because we must, FFRF, 3 April 2018
    Convention speech: Maryam Namazie — We resist and challenge because we must, FFRF, 3 April 2018 ... (more)
    Source: CEMBPublished: 03-04-18By CEMB
  • Smile, There Is No Hell (Even the Pope Says So)
    The abolition of hell would reflect an attempt to adapt traditional religion to modern concepts of morality and justice. ... (more)
    Source: Our Humanity, naturallyPublished: 31-03-18By David Niose
  • Demand for atheism rises in countries under Islamic rule
    The scientist and author Richard Dawkins is giving away translations of The God Delusion in countries under Islamic rule like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan. The reason behind the decision is the thirst for atheism in such countries. Whilst 3.3 million copies of the bestseller have been sold since 2006, the unofficial Arabic ... (more)
    Source: CEMBPublished: 27-03-18By CEMB
  • Culture, religion and the human rights framework: Some reflections after the 37th session of the Human Rights Council
    After the closing of the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council, IHEU Director of Advocacy, Elizabeth O’Casey,  reflects on the relationship between religion, culture  and the universalism of human rights. All human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated. This means that they apply to all people universally regardless ... (more)
    Source: IHEUPublished: 27-03-18By Elizabeth O'Casey
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