The British Humanist Association
Who are we?
The British Humanist Association (BHA) is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity.
Founded in 1896, the BHA is trusted by over 28,000 members and supporters and over 90 local and special interest affiliates to promote Humanism. Our policies are informed with the support of over 120 of the UK’s most prominent philosophers, scientists, and other thinkers and experts and we seek to advance them with the help of over 100 parliamentarians in membership of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group.
What do we want?
We want a world where everyone lives cooperatively on the basis of shared human values and respect for human rights.
We want non-religious people to be confident in living ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity.
What do we do?
We campaign for a secular state, challenge religious privilege, and promote equal treatment in law and policy of everyone regardless of religion or belief.
We offer a humanist perspective in public debate, drawing on contemporary humanist thought and the worldwide humanist tradition.
To find out more about our campaign work click on Campaigns in the menu or www.humanism.org.uk/campaigns
The British Humanist Association is a registered charity, no. 285987
Ofsted's criticism of an independent religious school could have wide implications for the teaching of creationism
The underlying assumption in these documents that religious schools somehow need special protections in order to maintain their religious ethos is ludicrous.
Humanist filmmakers, philosophers, writers, academics, broadcasters, comedians, actors and more besides have teamed up with the British Humanist Association (BHA) to launch ‘Simply Humanism’, a two-week social media campaign to promote awareness of Humanism as an ethical life stance shared by millions of people in the UK.
Former Chair of Parliamentary Group on RE writes of fear of it turning into ‘religious sect’ as study of non-religious worldviews is removed from remit
Stephen Lloyd, former Member of Parliament for Eastbourne and the founder Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education has today spoken out about his fears of the current group turning ‘into a religious sect overwhelmingly directed by the fundamentalist Christian wing of the Conservative parliamentary party’ after the remit of the group was amended in a shock move that has been condemned by the RE community.
In further signs of the creeping influence of the Church in the education system, a Church of England-led academy trust in Newcastle is set to assume control of four schools with no religious character after it was announced that they will soon be merging with a Church of England primary school.