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New sex education programme for Catholic primaries describes sex and puberty as a ‘gift from God’

Northern Ireland Humanists has expressed alarm about a new Catholic RSE resource describing sex and puberty as ‘a gift from God’ and claiming puberty shows ‘we are perfectly designed by God to procreate with him’. The resource, called Flourish, was developed by the Irish Bishops Conference for Catholic primary schools and is designed for children […]

Government’s judicial review plans risk irreversibly damaging human rights, warns Humanists UK

Humanists UK has criticised proposals that would severely curtail judicial review – a process that allows citizens to legally challenge government decisions –  in response to a consultation by the Ministry of Justice. In its submission, Humanists UK stated that the Government’s plans to carve out vast areas of decision-making from judicial scrutiny – which […]

Party leaders give thanks to humanists at Humanists UK 125th anniversary

Cross-party messages from across the UK have been delivered to mark the 125th anniversary of the founding of Humanists UK. The leaders of the Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, and of the Green Party of England and Wales, as well as the First Minister of Scotland and Lord Greenhalgh, the Minister responsible for UK Government relations […]

Wales Humanists publishes parties’ policies on humanist issues

Wales Humanists has published a table comparing the major parties’ policies on some of the most important issues to humanists – including inclusive education, religious discrimination in healthcare, and humanist marriages. It is also asking people to write to their candidates ahead of Thursday’s election, to make sure the voices of humanists are heard this […]

Health Secretary calls for ‘high quality public debate’ on assisted dying

UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock MP has told parliamentarians that the facts underpinning the assisted dying debate need to be ‘properly addressed and published’. Speaking at a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Choice At the End of Life, he revealed that he has recently written to the […]

Welsh Act makes curriculum fully inclusive of humanism

A Welsh law that will make the curriculum fully inclusive of humanism has received royal assent – meaning it is now an Act. Wales Humanists has welcomed the historic Act, calling it an enormous success for inclusive education. Humanists UK has called for the rest of the UK to follow Wales’s lead. The Curriculum and […]

DfE allows faith school unlawfully segregating boys and girls to split into single-sex schools

A private Muslim school slammed by Ofsted for unlawfully segregating boys and girls has been given the green light to split into two single-sex schools. Humanists UK has said it is ‘astonishing’ that the school will be allowed to continue disadvantaging girls simply by officially separating into two schools and carrying on the same sexist […]

Ombudsman concludes faith school’s admissions investigation looks biased

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has upheld a complaint against a Charedi Jewish school after members of the panel appointed to investigate claims of unfairness and impropriety in its admissions policy were found to have family, professional, and financial links to the school. Humanists UK said the case shows why schools should not […]

Government announces more than £2 million in funding enabling religious take-over of yet more schools

Humanists UK has expressed alarm about the potential for a religious power-grab in schools with and without a religious character after the UK Government announced it is allocating more than £2 million in funding to increase the number of schools in faith academies in England. During a speech to the Confederation of School Trusts, Education […]

Humanists UK Convention returns for 2021

Humanists UK has this week announced Humanists UK Convention 2021, taking place entirely online on 19 June, the weekend of World Humanist Day. Joining Humanists UK President Alice Roberts at Convention 2021 will be Sathnam Sanghera, Callum Brown, Stephen Smartt, Samira Ahmed, Jim Al-Khalili, and others, for a wide-ranging yet extremely focused programme of talks […]

New resource reveals the forgotten history of the first ever global anti-racism summit

The new Humanist Heritage resource launched this week has revealed the forgotten history of humanism and humanists in the UK. New discoveries include fascinating details of the First Universal Races Congress, which was held in London in 1911, and was the first ever global summit organised to tackle racism, ‘with a view to encouraging between […]

Humanists come together to call for Mubarak Bala’s release on first anniversary of arrest

Today marks one year since President of the Nigerian Humanist Association, Mubarak Bala, was arrested, accused of being ‘provocative and annoying to Muslims’ on Facebook. He is currently being arbitrarily detained in Kano State, a region that allows for the operation of Sharia courts alongside secular courts, where riots and murder are not uncommon for […]

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