From faith schools to coercive worship, and from confessional RE to faith based sex education, our school system is full of inappropriate religious influence, privilege and discrimination. But it doesn’t need to be this way, our many fantastic community schools show how we can move towards a secular, inclusive education system. The National Secular Society’s Alastair Lichten, will talk about the Society’s No More Faith Schools campaign, along with their other education focused campaigns. The talk includes advice on activism and is engaging and informative for those with all levels of pre-existing knowledge on the subject. Alastair Lichten is the Society’s head of education. HeRead More →

From faith schools to coercive worship, and from confessional RE to faith based sex education, our school system is full of inappropriate religious influence, privilege and discrimination. But it doesn’t need to be this way, our many fantastic community schools show how we can move towards a secular, inclusive education system. The National Secular Society’s Alastair Lichten, will talk about the Society’s No More Faith Schools campaign, along with their other education focused campaigns. The talk includes advice on activism and is engaging and informative for those with all levels of pre-existing knowledge on the subject. Alastair Lichten is the Society’s head of education. HeRead More →

We received a letter from the South East London Humanist Group who are launching a campaign on Tuesday 12 June to get the BBC to include humanists on Thought for the Day, promoting the campaign amongst local humanist groups and encouraging our participation. As they rightly say: “This may seem a bit of an old chestnut but it reflects a much wider problem – the BBC’s continued policy to put religion and ethics together as if you needed to be religious to be ethical, and to divorce religion from the wider philosophical discourse as a way to protect and privilege it. So we are hopingRead More →

As you are probably aware, we set up our gazebo and table of leaflets about humanism and secularism, on Saturdays in the warmer lighter months, on the same busy pedestrianized shopping street as do groups of Muslims and Christians of various hues, faith healers and political groups, gymnasts and high wire violin players. People walking past can be seen to read our banners with definitions of humanism and secularism. Many stop briefly just to say they are glad we are there providing an alternative view. Others are well informed, maybe religious or perhaps wanting to have an intense discussion or brief debate. For all ofRead More →

Well!  It’s less than a week since we were all wishing each other a very happy / fulfilling / prosperous New Year.  So, on the related theme of togetherness – and as a life-long ‘no faith’ humanist, I’d like to tell you [today’s Radio Oxford’s listeners], that I consider OxCoF (Oxford’s Council of Faiths) deserves to be respected by humanists and other non-believers. Indeed, given that I’ve been an active participant in OxCoF activities for the past 18 months or so (i.e. ever since I was welcomed as their first “Associate, no faith, Member”, sometime in 2016), I’m fairly confident I’m right! Let me expand:Read More →

By now you’ll have heard that Theresa May has appointed Damian Hinds as her new Education Secretary, replacing Justine Greening and putting the PM’s plans to allow 100% religious segregation in English schools firmly back on the table. We successfully convinced Justine Greening to keep these plans at bay and also won ground on issues like mandatory Relationships and Sex Education, including in faith schools. But the appointment of Damian Hinds, a staunch supporter of religious discrimination in schools (who previously took funding from the Catholic Church), threatens to usher in a whole new era of ultra-discriminatory faith schools. Please, will you join today and helpRead More →