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Humanists will always stand up to racism: the Voltaire Lecture 2019

Close to 800 people turned out in central London last week for Humanists UK’s 2019 Voltaire Lecture, part of the Humanists UK annual lecture series. This year, the lecture was given by geneticist and Humanists UK patron Dr Adam Rutherford, who spoke in the proud humanist tradition of anti-racist campaigning with a stirring and all-too-relevant […]

Government announces review into religious persecution and LGBT asylum claims

The UK Government has announced it is conducting a review into how the Home Office assesses asylum claims on the basis of religious, non-religious, or LGBT asylum, following Humanists UK’s work to raise the issue in Parliament. Humanists UK, the national charity working on behalf of the non-religious, welcomed the review, adding that many non-religious […]

Alice Roberts launches new online course: ‘Humanist Lives’

Scientist, writer, and broadcaster Alice Roberts has today launched a new, ‘massive open online course’ (MOOC) on humanism introducing participants to humanists from around the world to hear their stories and explore their beliefs and values. The new course, launched in partnership with social learning platform FutureLearn, called ‘Humanist Lives’, has been developed by Humanists […]

600 pupils reportedly withdrawn from Birmingham school as protesters announce ‘God created women for men’s pleasure’

A Birmingham school facing protests around the teaching of LGBT issues has reportedly seen 600 pupils withdrawn from the school today in an alarming escalation which is placing children’s safety and education at risk, Humanists UK says. Education publication TES today reported that 600 pupils have been taken out of Anderton Park Primary in Birmingham […]

Justice Secretary David Gauke signals personal support for assisted dying reforms

Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor David Gauke has signalled his personal support for reform of the UK’s assisted dying laws, adding that he is in ‘favour of reforms in this area’. His comments, which appeared in the print version of The Express yesterday, are the first time such a senior Government minister […]

New religiously selective Catholic primary to open in place of private school in Norfolk

Norfolk County Council has given the go-ahead for a new Catholic primary school, which can legally select 100% of its pupils on the basis of faith, to open on the site of an independent school in Swaffham, Norfolk. The decision comes as 14 bids for a new capital funding scheme for similarly selective voluntary aided […]

Success! Humanists UK begins delivering training to Home Office staff on asylum claims

Home Office caseworkers have begun receiving mandatory training on religion or belief asylum claims from Humanists UK experts, in a move that will improve officials’ understanding of humanist and non-religious asylum applications. Humanists UK, the national charity working on behalf of the non-religious, is one of a number of religion or belief groups which helped […]

Humanists UK wedding numbers continue to grow, show new figures

Weddings conducted by Humanists UK celebrants in England and Wales grew in 2016 from the previous year, with Humanists UK now conducting more weddings than the Baptists for the first time in history – therefore becoming the fifth biggest provider of faith or belief weddings. According to the latest official figures, the number of weddings […]

Hitting children is the same as hitting an adult and should be considered violence, says Wales Humanists

Wales Humanists has called on the Welsh Government to stop violence against children, urging the Government to ban all physical punishment of children in Wales. In its response to the Welsh Government consultation on ‘reasonable punishment’ in Wales, Wales Humanists said that, just as adults have legal protection from assault, children should have the same […]

Hamza has finally been granted asylum – after humanists rallied to save his life

A Pakistani humanist who received death threats from his family after renouncing Islam, and whose original asylum claim was rejected by the Home Office because he didn’t identify Plato and Aristotle as humanists, has been granted asylum in the UK. Humanists UK member Hamza bin Walayat applied for asylum on the grounds that he would […]

Marking death, celebrating life: why I love being a humanist funeral celebrant

For Dying Matters Awareness Week, a national week dedicated to promoting healthy conversations about death and dying, humanist celebrant Kate Hobson talks about the privilege of conducting humanist funerals. When people ask me what I do, I am proud to say I am a humanist funeral celebrant. It’s not the only work I do, but […]

Paul Lamb to bring new legal case for the right to die

Paul Lamb, paralysed from the neck down, is bringing a new legal case against the Secretary of State for Justice, challenging the law on assisted dying in the UK. He is being supported by Humanists UK and represented by law firm, Leigh Day. Paul, 63, was severely injured in a car accident in 1990 and […]

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