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Home Office tells humanist he’ll be deported for not identifying Plato or Aristotle

The Home Office has rejected a claim for asylum on the grounds that the claimant, when asked to name ancient Greek philosophers who were humanists, did not name Plato and Aristotle. The claimant, Hamza Bin Walayat, an ex-Muslim ‘apostate’ and member of Humanists UK, would as a humanist would face ostracism, violence, and persecution if […]

Northern Ireland Court of Appeal holds final hearing in humanist marriage case

The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has held what is expected to be the final of its four hearings as to whether to extend legal recognition to humanist marriages. The hearing, which took place on Monday, follows on from Northern Ireland Humanists patrons Laura Lacole and Eunan O’Kane seeking to have their humanist wedding ceremony […]

Persecution of the non-religious in Iraq highlighted in House of Lords debate

Lord Taverne, a member of Humanists UK and the All-Party Parliamentary Humanist group (APPHG), called for the Government to stop ignoring the persecution of non-religious people in Iraq in a debate on the country’s religious and ethnic minorities. Humanists UK welcomes Lord Taverne’s intervention. Too often severe discrimination and violent practices, including prosecutions for blasphemy […]

Humanists UK responds to consultation on animal welfare

Take action! You can respond to the consultation online, and read our response to help draft your own. The deadline for responding to the consultation is Wednesday 31 January 2018. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has launched a public consultation on the terms of the Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of […]

Revealed: Catholic stranglehold on education policy in Parliament as Church pays for interns within offices of those with education briefs

Catholic Bishops’ Conference has been paying MPs to place interns in their offices, Humanists UK can reveal The MPs concerned include the new Education Secretary Damian Hinds, as well as the Shadow Schools Minister Mike Kane, the Shadow Children and Families Minister Emma Lewell-Buck, and the former Lib Dem Education Spokesperson John Pugh Damian Hinds […]

Is this the best use of public money? Minister for Faith concludes tour of England’s 42 cathedrals

Humanists UK has branded a new Department for Communities and Local Government report on the role of cathedrals in England as a waste of taxpayer funds as it fails to make any recommendations with regard to policy, in spite of being published as the conclusion of a year-long taxpayer-funded tour by the Minister for Faith, […]

Hackney Council slams Government for ‘woefully inadequate’ efforts on illegal religious schools

Concerns raised about the safety, wellbeing, and education of children trapped within unregistered religious schools in Hackney have been ignored by the Department for Education, Hackney Council has claimed. In a report out today, Hackney’s Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission stated that it is ‘baffled by an apparent lack of desire on the part […]

Humanists UK calls for home abortion pills in response to Isle of Man abortion consultation

Humanists UK has called for abortion to become legal, including women to be allowed to take abortion pills at home, in a consultation response on the terms of the Isle of Man Abortion Reform Bill 2017. In October, the Scottish Government announced that it would allow abortion pills to be taken outside of a hospital […]

Humanist students overwhelmingly want non-religious pastoral support on campus

A survey conducted by Humanists Students shows that close to 100% of respondents think that non-religious pastoral carers should be appointed to university chaplaincy and pastoral support teams. Humanists UK is committed to ensuring that all people with non-religious beliefs have access to pastoral support, just as religious people have access to such support. Through […]

New powers introduced to protect freedom of speech in universities

Higher Education Minister Jo Johnson has announced that from April the Office for Students, a new regulatory body for higher education institutions in England, will have the power to fine universities that fail to protect free speech. Mr Johnson stated that the new measures will ensure that universities remain places where freedom of speech within […]

Public wants less religion in politics and bishops out the Lords

A new survey conducted by YouGov for The Times has found that the British public overwhelmingly supports the removal of the bishops from the House of Lords, and more generally thinks that politicians should try not to be influenced by their religious beliefs when making decisions. The poll, of 1,700 British adults, has found that […]

‘No room at the inn’: new report reveals religious discrimination in Church of England secondary schools is increasing

The number of places at Church of England secondary schools that are subject to religious selection criteria has increased in the last five years, a new report by Humanists UK has found. Despite claims made by the Church of England, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, that ‘there is a steady move away from faith based entry tests’ in Church […]

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