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BHA announces Faith to Faithless integration and new support services for ‘apostates’

Faith to Faithless, a community support network for ‘apostates’ and the ex-religious founded by Aliyah Saleem and Imtiaz Shams in 2015, is now a part of the British Humanist Association (BHA), the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people in the United Kingdom. BHA Chief Executive Andrew Copson commented, ‘A brief look at the […]

BHA mourns Lord Goodhart QC

The British Humanist Association (BHA) is mourning the death of its member Lord Goodhart, who has died aged 84. Leading human rights lawyer, Liberal Democrat peer, and member of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG), William Goodhart was born in 1933. He graduated with a law degree from Trinity College Cambridge in 1956 and […]

In new court challenge, terminally ill patient seeks right to assisted death

In a new application for judicial review to the High Court, Noel Conway, a man with motor neurone disease, is seeking the right to an assisted death. The British Humanist Association (BHA) has long campaigned in favour of assisted dying for the terminally ill and incurably suffering, and intervened in support of Tony Nicklinson and […]

Parliamentary Humanist Group hears evidence on ‘unthinkable’ faith school admissions proposals

The move to increase the extent of religious discrimination in English school admissions represents an ‘unprecedented threat to integration in this country’, a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group has heard. The event was held in the wake of the Government’s announcement last year that it proposes to drop the current 50% cap […]

‘Trojan Horse’ whistleblowers were assured by DfE their identity would be kept secret, BHA can reveal

Whistleblowers at the centre of the ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal were assured right from the start by Department for Education (DfE) officials that their identities would be kept a secret, the British Humanist Association (BHA) can reveal. The revelations come amid ongoing acrimony over news that the National College for Teaching and Leadership wrote to the […]

Majority support for end to compulsory religious observance in Scottish schools

A majority of people in Scotland believe that children should not be forced to worship in school if they do not want to, a new poll has revealed. The survey, carried out by YouGov for the Times newspaper, found that 55% of Scots either did not think that any religious observance at all should take […]

Fundamentalist Christian private schools downgraded by Ofsted for failing to promote British values

A group of fundamentalist Christian private schools in England have been criticised by Ofsted inspectors and downgraded after it was found that they were failing to promote British values, including by failing to teach sufficiently about other religions and beliefs or to promote respect for LGBT people. The ten schools visited by Ofsted are all […]

Journalist and commentator Nick Cohen to deliver Voltaire Lecture 2017 in London

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has today announced that journalist, author, and commentator Nick Cohen will deliver the Voltaire Lecture 2017, on 8 May in London. Cohen is a radical and sometimes controversial writer who has argued that the positions taken by the liberal left result in those who have been silenced by repressive and […]

Government in plans to make SRE compulsory in all English schools and to scrap parental opt out?

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) could soon be made compulsory in all English schools, including ‘faith’ schools, with no right for parents to withdraw their children, it has been reported in the Sunday Times. Under proposals that are apparently to be included as part of amendments to the Children and Social Work Bill currently going through the […]

Friends, family, food, and giving – the real meaning of Christmas revealed

Spending time with family, giving presents, and food and drink: these three things define Christmas for most people in Britain, according to new research by YouGov commissioned by the British Humanist Association (BHA). The research showed that 91% of the British population celebrate Christmas in some shape or form, but that only 1 in 5 […]

Professor Ted Cantle to deliver Blackham Lecture 2017 in Birmingham

The British Humanist Association has today announced that Professor Ted Cantle will deliver the Blackham Lecture 2017, on the evening of 31 March, in Birmingham. His talk, titled ‘Will hate and fear trump hope and acceptance?’, will examine the role humanists can play in promoting tolerance and keeping communities together at a time of great […]

Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore to deliver Rosalind Franklin Lecture 2017

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has today announced that Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore will deliver its Rosalind Franklin Lecture 2017 on the evening of 6 March in Central London. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL, and leader of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group. She is a member of the Royal Society BrainWaves working […]