The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released a more detailed breakdown of findings from the 2011 Census in England and Wales. The new figures show demographic changes in relation to religion, compared to age, sex, ethnicity, country of birth and economic activity. The British Humanist Association (BHA) has welcomed the new figures.
Humanists around the world tomorrow will be marking the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).
The government has announced it will oppose giving legal recognition to humanist weddings in England and Wales when it is debated in the House of Commons next week.
The Court of Appeal today heard the final day of evidence in widely publicised case of Jane Nicklinson, the widow of Tony Nicklinson, who sought an assisted death and Paul Lamb, immobilised after a road accident and seeking the right to an assisted death.
Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, comments on the SPAG test, conducted for the first time tomorrow (14 May)
Rebecca Goldstein ponders the "ancient quarrel" between literature and moral philosophy.
A variety show for the non-religious in celebration of the one life we have...
Stephen Law asks some pertinent questions about morality and secularism...
Galha, the LGBT section of the BHA presents a special meeting to mark the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Hearings begin at the Court of Appeal today of the cases of: Paul Lamb, immobilised after a road accident and seeking the right to an assisted death; Jane Nicklinson, the widow of Tony Nicklinson, who also sought an assisted death; and a claimant known as ‘Martin’ in the same position. The British Humanist Association (BHA) is also a party to the case, as an intervener on the side of assisted dying.
The Church of England has released its 2011 attendance figures today. The British Humanist Association (BHA) has responded by drawing attention to the fact that the figures show that a very substantial majority of people in England have nothing to do with the Church of England and has called for a reconsideration of its privileged legal and constitutional position in light of that fact.
The British Humanist Association (BHA), International Humanist Ethical Union (IHEU) and the Centre for Inquiry UK (CFI UK) joined forces outside the Bangladeshi High Commission in London today to call for action on the imprisonment of four atheist bloggers in Bangladesh.
British Humanist Association welcomes findings in a new report by Ofsted show that more work needs to strengthen its Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education in English schools.
A proposed Muslim free school that had been 'pre-approved' by the Government to open from September has had its plans put on hold while an investigation is conducted by the Due Diligence and Counter Extremism Division of the Department for Education (DfE).
The House of Lords have passed the Defamation Act, after a three-year campaign calling for the reform of Britain’s libel laws. On Tuesday last week, peers voted by a majority of 78 to pass the legislation, and the Act gained Royal Assent on Thursday. The new Act will help to protect free speech, as well as end London’s status as the ‘libel capital of the world’. The British Humanist Association (BHA) welcomes this news.
The Catholic Education Service has today announced it is working with the Government to draw up plans to have its schools take over the management of many English state schools with a religious character, it has today been announced.
On Tuesday the House of Lords debated Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, including Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). The debate was initiated by Baroness Massey of Darwen, Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group, and saw her and many other Lords argue in favour of strengthening the teaching of PSHE in schools. The British Humanist Association (BHA) briefed peers ahead of the debate.
The British Humanist Association (BHA) has responded to the UK Government’s consultation on reform of the national curriculum in England, and to its consultation on secondary school accountability. In its wide-ranging response to the former, the BHA has considered in detail issues around sex and relationships education, evolution and creationism, the removal of human rights from citizenship education, and the scientific method. It has also commented on the overall aims of the national curriculum and matters related to English, history, Collective Worship, spirituality and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development.
BHA applauds decision of claimant seeking the right to a doctor-assisted death to waive his right to anonymity.
Police in Bangladesh have arrested several "atheist bloggers" and shut down their websites. Those confirmed arrested include Subrata Adhikari Shuvo, Mashiur Rahman Biplob, and Rasel Parvez, from Dhaka, and the popular blogger, Asif Mohiuddin, who was viciously attacked in January.
After completing a consultation, Tudor Grange Academy, a secondary Academy without a religious character in Solihull, has decided to adopt an admissions policy that priorities pupils who attend a religiously selective Church of England primary school – potentially excluding others who live closer to the Academy. The British Humanist Association (BHA) previously wrote to the school to express concerns that the then proposals constitute discrimination under the Equality Act, and still has concerns now that the outcome of the consultation has been announced.
The British Humanist Association (BHA) is one of almost 100 organisations to have signed a letter organised by the Sex Education Forum (SEF) and published today in The Times, calling for strong teaching around sex education as part of national curriculum science in England. The call comes four days before the end of the Government’s consultation on its proposed new programmes of study. The BHA has published its draft response, which makes similar points to the letter, and has been encouraging others to respond.
Andrew Copson commented on Lord Carey's words. Read what he said here.
Presented by the British Humanist Association, the Centre for Inquiry. Tickets are now available for Tricks of the Mind, an intriguing look into the workings and tricks of the human mind. Come and hear some of the world’s leading experts explain how our minds can distort and deceive.
The Church of England announced today that it had commissioned research which shows ‘four out of five believe in the power of prayer’ and that young people especially believe in it.