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Jerry Coyne delivers Darwin Day Lecture 2016 on ‘Evolution and atheism: best friends forever?’

February 13th, 2016

A packed auditorium of almost 1,000 people attended the 2016 Darwin Day Lecture in London on Friday night, which was presented by Professor Jerry Coyne, author of Why Evolution is True and Faith vs Fact. The lecture, hosted by the British Humanist Association (BHA) and entitled ‘Evolution and atheism: best friends forever?’, explored whether comprehension of evolution was […]

Northern Ireland fails to uphold women’s rights while new campaign seeks to strike abortion from criminal law

February 12th, 2016

As the British Pregnancy Advisory Service launches ‘We Trust Women’, a campaign backed by the British Humanist Association (BHA) seeking to decriminalise abortion across the UK, attempts to amend abortion law in Northern Ireland, following last year’s legal victory, have failed. In November, Belfast’s High Court ruled that the current law, which permits abortion only […]

Thom Scott-Phillips explores cultural evolution in first ever Newcastle Darwin Day Lecture

February 11th, 2016

More than 400 humanists gathered in Newcastle last night for the first of two Darwin Day Lectures organised by the British Humanist Association (BHA). The Newcastle Darwin Day Lecture was presented by evolutionary anthropologist Dr Thom Scott-Phillips, and was hosted in association with the North East Humanists. Thom gave the first ever BHA Darwin Day Lecture hosted in the […]

Government decides against statutory PSHE despite overwhelming support and expert evidence

February 10th, 2016

The UK Government has today decided not to put Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education on a statutory footing in English schools. The decision follows on from a report last February by the House of Commons Education Select Committee that recommended that the subject – including Sex and Relationships Education – be made compulsory […]

Humanist Simon Binner’s final moments to be broadcast in ‘How to Die’ documentary

February 10th, 2016

Tonight sees the broadcast of How to Die: Simon’s Choice, a documentary detailing motor neurone disease sufferer Simon Binner’s final moments leading up to his death at an assisted dying clinic in Switzerland. Prior to his death in October last year the British Humanist Association (BHA) worked with Simon to help him speak out in […]

Government approves yet more religious Free Schools

February 9th, 2016

Continuing its drive to deliver a promised 500 new free schools by 2020, the Government has announced the latest set of Free Schools to be given approval to open from September 2017 and beyond. The list reveals that five new ‘faith’ schools have been approved, a move which the British Humanist Association (BHA) has described as out-of-step […]

BHA mourns MP and humanist Harry Harpham

February 5th, 2016

The British Humanist Association (BHA) is saddened to note the death of Harry Harpham, the former miner, Labour MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, and a member of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG). Harry, who became an MP at the 2015 general election, was diagnosed with cancer last year and died on 4 […]

BHA demands protection of children’s rights in response to consultation on the purpose and quality of education in England

February 5th, 2016

In response to a call for evidence by the House of Commons Education Committee on the purpose and quality of education, the British Humanist Association (BHA) has called for the education system to better protect the rights of children in England, specifically identifying the narrow Religious Education (RE) curriculum and discriminatory admission policies in many […]

BHA challenges Secretary of State on false allegation of ‘vexatious’ actions in open letter

January 28th, 2016

Take action! We’ve written to Nicky Morgan to oppose the Government’s moves to prevent us and other civil society organisations from voicing concerns about the many problems that parents face as a result of discriminatory religious selection within the school admissions system. Now it’s your turn: we are encouraging everyone to write to their MPs to […]

Government moves to ban organisations from exposing law-breaking schools unfairly restricting access to children and parents

January 25th, 2016

Following a report published by the British Humanist Association (BHA) and Fair Admissions Campaign (FAC) last year revealing that almost every religiously-selective school in England is breaking the law, the Education Secretary has announced she now plans to ban groups and organisations from officially raising concerns about the admission arrangements of schools. In a thinly […]

Major new report finds children’s safety is put at risk by poor sex and relationships education in schools

January 21st, 2016

The safety of children and young people is being put at risk by patchy and low-quality sex and relationships education (SRE) in English schools, a major new report published by the Sex Education Forum (SEF) has found. Entitled Heads or tails? What young people are telling us about SRE, the report details the findings of […]

Professor Dame Anne Glover to deliver inaugural Rosalind Franklin Lecture on 10 March

January 19th, 2016

The British Humanist Association (BHA) today announced a brand new entry to its prestigious annual lecture series. Held on the week of International Women’s Day, the Rosalind Franklin Lecture will explore and celebrate the contribution of women towards the promotion and advancement of Humanism –  whether through achievements in science, philosophy, or the promotion of […]