‘Blasphemy law by the back door’: BHA and human rights campaigners condemn attempts to silence criticism of religionMarch 27th, 2015
Human rights campaigners have reacted with concern to the news that Jordan is seeking to restrict freedom of expression on matters of religion. A new resolution tabled by Jordan at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) calls for ‘respect for religions and religious symbols’ and would legitimise attempts from states to criminalise speech deemed ‘defamation of religion’ or which offends […]
Terry Pratchett’s funeral ceremony was held yesterday, and it was an important opportunity for his family to remember him and celebrate the wonderful life he led. Our funeral celebrant Kenneth Greenway conducted the moving humanist ceremony. Over a distinguished career, Terry brought happiness to audiences of all ages and charmed readers through his many humorous explorations of the human experience. In […]
London Oratory School in High Court challenge to Schools Adjudicator’s ruling on discriminatory admissions policyMarch 23rd, 2015
On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, the High Court will hear whether one of the country’s leading state secondary schools has been selecting its pupils on ethnic and socio-economic grounds in its admissions policy, the British Humanist Association (BHA) can reveal. After what is believed to be the only time a school has been found […]
BHA expresses concern at allegations that political lobbying influenced Charity Commission’s Exclusive Brethren decisionMarch 19th, 2015
On Tuesday The Times’ front page carried an investigation into the Exclusive Brethren, a separatist Christian group that last year won a case with the Charity Commission as to whether or not its associated organisations meet the public benefit test required of organisations wishing to register as charities. The Times essentially alleges that the decision […]
The British Humanist Association (BHA) has called on Kazakhstan to review its domestic legislation regarding freedom of assembly, freedom of religion or belief, and freedom of expression, as part of the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), an intergovernmental body composed of 47 states which is responsible for the promotion of […]
‘Hypocrisy of the highest order’: BHA calls on UN Human Rights Council members to end support for blasphemy lawsMarch 17th, 2015
The British Humanist Association (BHA) has called for the repeal of blasphemy laws to an audience of United Nations member states, as part of the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The UNHRC is the inter-governmental body for human rights issues around the world, and the 28th session, which began last week, has […]
MPs in the House of Commons yesterday debated the motion ‘That this House believes that Ofsted should respect the ability of faith schools to teach their core beliefs in the context of respect and toleration for others’.
It was with great sorrow that we heard of the death of author and BHA patron Terry Pratchett. His fiction was loved by many, both children and adults, and he will be much missed.
Equality and Human Rights Commission publishes findings of call for evidence on religion, belief and discriminationMarch 12th, 2015
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has today published the findings of the call for evidence it ran last year on the place of religion or belief in the workplace and in service delivery. The findings highlight routine and structural discrimination against the non-religious, but also see some evangelical Christian groups claiming that the […]
The European Parliament is set to vote on Tuesday on a progressive report on gender equality in the European Union, but religious hardliners are mobilising to derail it.
During a speech detailing Conservative plans to open 500 new free schools by 2020, David Cameron has today announced the approval of 49 new Free Schools due to open from September 2015 and beyond. This includes 12 new religious schools.
With the publication today of new national guidance, NHS bodies in England will be obliged for the first time to provide pastoral support and care to non-religious people on the same basis as chaplaincy is provided to the religious. Promoting Excellence in Pastoral, Spiritual & Religious Care marks a significant departure from previous guidance, which […]