We frequently achieve success in our public affairs work, advancing our campaigns and lessening discrimination against the non-religious and on ethical grounds.
In this section of the website you can find information about a number of former campaigns:
- Our campaign to see the Scouts and Guides amend their Promise to allow non-religious young people and adult volunteers to join – which they both did in 2013
- Our campaign to allow the advancement of non-religious beliefs for the public benefit to be a charitable object – which became the case in 2011
- Our campaign to abolish the blasphemy law in England and Wales, which succeeded in 2008 through an amendment to a Government Act
- Our 2014 ‘Thought for the Commute’ advertising campaign, providing four different answers to the question ‘What’s it all for?’ whilst poking fun at the exclusion of the non-religious from Thought for the Day
- Our 2011 Census Campaign, encouraging people who are not religious to ‘For God’s sake say so’ by ticking the relevant box on that year’s Census form. The number of those who ticked ‘No religion’ rose from 15% in 2001 to 25% that year.
- Our 2009-10 Atheist Billboard Campaign, which promoted the message ‘Please don’t label me. Let me grow up and decide for myself.’ – opposing the labelling of children with religious or non-religious beliefs.
- Our 2008-09 Atheist Bus Campaign, in which we raised over £150,000 to put adverts on public transport across the UK with the slogan ‘There’s probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.’
Of course, many other successes occurred in ongoing campaigns – such as:
- the passing of the 2006 and 2010 Equality Acts, bringing comprehensive equality legislation into English, Welsh, and Scottish law;
- the success of our ‘Teach evolution, not creationism!’ campaign, which means that every state school in England must now teach evolution, and cannot teach young earth creationism or intelligent design as scientifically valid;
- the legalisation of same-sex marriage, and the fact that the Government now has the power to similarly legalise humanist marriage in England and Wales, should it choose to do so;
- the win in our High Court case establishing that non-religious worldviews must be treated equally to major religions in RE, and equal inclusion of Humanism in the 2013 RE framework; and
- the fact that in 2006 we secured an amendment to the then Equality Bill to mean that young people could no longer be expelled from their school on account of their religious opinions (for instance, if they attend a ‘faith’ school and decide they do not share the religion of the school).
These are just a handful of examples – many more can be found throughout the campaigns pages of our website.