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BHA President Jim Al-Khalili delivers 2014 Voltaire Lecture

April 15th, 2014

The room was heaving in Conway Hall last night as British Humanist Association (BHA) President, physicist and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili gave this year’s Voltaire Lecture on the theme of ‘Lessons from the past: science and rationalism in medieval Islam.’ The lecture was chaired by his predecessor as President, and current BHA Vice President, the […]

Prime Minister repeats ‘Christian Britain’ fallacy, promises to expand role of religion in Britain

April 10th, 2014

Echoing the deeply mistaken comments of Communities Secretary Eric Pickles MP earlier this week, the Prime Minister David Cameron has today repeated the assertion that ‘Britain is a Christian country and we shouldn’t be ashamed to say so’ at a reception for Christians at Downing Street. Like Mr Pickles’, the Prime Minister’s remarks misrepresent the true […]

BHA issues joint statement defending maternal health from anti-choice campaigners in Europe

April 10th, 2014

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has today signed a joint statement in support of stem cell and reproductive health research in Europe. Along with 30 other signatory organisations and a number of European politicians, we have called for the European Commission to resist ‘One of Us,’ a European Citizen’s Initiative campaign which seeks to ban any activities which […]

BHA Vice President debates religion and global conflict at the APPG on Conflict Issues

April 10th, 2014

Dozens turned up for a debate hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues yesterday, where British Humanist Association (BHA) Vice President Professor Richard Norman spoke in response to the question ‘Is religion now at the root of the world’s violent conflicts?’  Also on the panel were Quilliam Foundation chairman Maajid Nawaz, Tony Blair Faith […]

New module on genetics and evolution as GCSE and A Level Science curriculum content published

April 9th, 2014

The Government has today published new GCSE and AS and A Level curriculum content for a wide range of subjects, including Science and History. The new content is to be taught from 2015, and includes a new module in A Level Biology on genetics and evolution. In addition, it has been announced that content for […]

Chain of Academies with no religious character establishing parallel network of Churches, often rent-free, on school premises

April 8th, 2014

Oasis Community Learning, a chain of Academies and Free Schools with no legally designated religious character, has been establishing churches in its schools and employing chaplains who are present in the schools and ‘contribute to the curriculum and pedagogy’. Oasis is one of the largest Academy chains with some 41 Academies and Free Schools and […]

Eric Pickles’ comical intervention conceals tragically mistaken view of ‘Christian Britain’

April 7th, 2014

In yet another comical intervention on the subject, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (CLG) Eric Pickles MP has insisted that Britain is a ‘Christian nation’ and stated that ‘militant atheists’ should ‘get over’ the fact. The British Humanist Association (BHA) has responded that Mr Pickles’s remarks are ‘simply untrue’ and another example […]

Parliamentarians meet BHA President Professor Jim Al-Khalili

April 1st, 2014

There was standing room only at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) yesterday in the House of Lords for an introductory meeting with the British Humanist Association (BHA) President Professor Jim Al-Khalili. Humanist MPs and peers were addressed by Professor Al-Khalili who spoke about his work as a physicist and broadcaster, his journey […]

Another victory for BHA ‘Teach evolution not creationism’ campaign: Government extends requirement to teach evolution and banning of pseudoscience to future Academies

April 1st, 2014

The Government has revised the single Academies model funding agreement to bring it in line with the Free Schools model funding agreement in preventing Academies from teaching pseudoscience and to require the teaching of evolution. The changes, which will apply to stand-alone Academies opening from today onwards, have been welcomed by the British Humanist Association […]

BHA welcomes Ofqual and OCR’s u-turn in policy of opposition to blacking out exam questions

March 31st, 2014

Take action! Write to your MP now to express concern about the censoring of exam questions by state schools Update 13:40: In the hour since we published this news item, Ofqual has also published a statement saying that it will no longer allow redaction of exam papers. We have updated our news item below to reflect this. News […]

Training day for Humanist School Volunteers held in Cambridge

March 31st, 2014

The British Humanist Association (BHA) held a training course in Cambridge for Humanist School Volunteers this weekend as part of its major initiative to provide support to teachers to improve lessons about Humanism in schools. 23 humanist volunteers undertook the training to work with teachers at the planning stages of lessons so that pupils and students can […]

Couples having first legal same-sex marriages in England and Wales still see a humanist wedding as their ‘real’ ceremony

March 29th, 2014

Couples among the first to have legal same-sex weddings are still choosing to have an additional humanist ceremony to mark their special day. The British Humanist Association (BHA) welcomes the the first ever same-sex marriages following the implementation of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act. The BHA was a strong supporter of the Act, as […]