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Humanist weddings in Wales banned during firebreak lockdown, while religious marriages can continue

The Welsh Government has told Wales Humanists that during the firebreak lockdown, which started on Friday evening and is due to run until 8 November, humanist weddings will not be allowed to continue. By contrast, religious and civil marriages are allowed to occur, with places of worship and registry offices able to stay open for […]

Voluntary code of practice for religious tuition centres will do nothing to stop illegal schools, warns Humanists UK

TAKE ACTION: Tell the Government to tighten the law on illegal religious schools We are asking all our members and supporters in England to support proposed changes to the law that will make it more difficult for illegal religious schools to operate. Respond to the Government consultation by Friday 27 November using our handy online […]

Revealed: Number of pupils attending Church of England schools more than entire ‘worshipping community’

The number of pupils attending Church of England schools is more than the Church’s entire ‘worshipping community’, new analysis from Humanists UK can reveal. According to the latest edition of the Church of England’s Statistics for Mission – which gives an overview of the size of the Church community as well as information about the […]

Rehman Chishti MP to introduce Humanist Marriage Bill in Commons

Conservative MP Rehman Chishti, who was until last month the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, is introducing a Bill to the House of Commons today to bring about legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales, with cross-party backing. The Marriage (Authorised Belief Organisations) Bill, if it becomes law, […]

Humanists UK announces online event on ‘Humanism and the Age of Reason’

Humanists UK last night announced its first ever fully online public event, The Awakening: Humanism and the Age of Reason, a discussion between Charles Freeman, historian and author of The Awakening, and journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed. The Awakening: Humanism and the Age of Reason 27 November, 19:30 (UK time) With geography no barrier to […]

Over 100 organisations come together to protect human rights and access to law

Do you agree with the views of the signatories? If so, you can add your name to their call, by signing Humanists UK’s petition. Over 100 charities, trade unions, human rights organisations, and religion or belief groups, coordinated by Humanists UK, have come together to protect human rights and judicial review, to ensure that everyone’s […]

Faith school admissions discriminate against vulnerable children, Humanists UK tells Government

Discriminatory faith-based admissions policies disadvantage vulnerable children, particularly those who are or were in care, Humanists UK has told the Government. Responding to a Department for Education (DfE) consultation on proposed changes to the School Admissions Code, Humanists UK voiced concern that provisions allowing faith schools to select 100% of their pupils based on faith […]

Musician Frank Turner is 30th humanist on National Prison Radio

Humanists UK has marked 30 weeks of broadcasting on the national radio station for prisoners, as part of an initiative to raise hope and offer support during the pandemic, with a contribution from renowned folk and punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner. Frank discussed the meaning behind his song Be More Kind from his 2018 seventh studio […]

Humanists become first Northern Ireland member of member of Coalition Against Conversion Therapy

Northern Ireland Humanists and Humanists UK have become members of the Coalition against Conversion Therapy (CACT), a coalition of leading psychological, psychotherapeutic, and counselling organisations committed to ending these harmful practices, and who hope to extend the reach of its activities into Northern Ireland. Humanists UK has campaigned for a ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ […]

Wales Humanists provides oral evidence to Senedd on humanism in schools

Changes to the law clarifying that humanism must be taught on an equal footing to the major religions in religious education are vital to ensure the rights of non-religious children and their families are respected, Wales Humanists has told a Senedd committee. In oral evidence to the Children, Young People, and Education Committee, Wales Humanists […]

Faith school requiring weekly church attendance ‘unreasonable’, says admissions tribunal

A Church of England school admissions policy that prioritises pupils from families who attend church 45 times per year over a four year period breaches the School Admissions Code because it is unreasonable, the admissions tribunal has found. The Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) – which is responsible for ensuring schools stick to admissions […]

Government relaunches consultation on tightening law on illegal schools

TAKE ACTION: Tell the Government to tighten the law on illegal religious schools We are asking all our members and supporters in England to support proposed changes to the law that will make it more difficult for illegal religious schools to operate. Respond to the Government consultation by Friday 27 November using our handy online […]

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