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Proportion of non-religious in Northern Ireland hits record high

The proportion of people in Northern Ireland identifying as non-religious has hit a record high according to new figures released today. The latest Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey found that 20% of adults now consider themselves to have ‘no religion’, a rise of 3% from the previous year. The proportion of non-religious people in […]

Trust in charge of inadequate Sikh school stripped of funding

A Sikh academy trust stripped of Government funding for one of its schools is hoping to open another Sikh school through the latest round of free schools. Last week, Khalsa Academies Trust received a termination notice from the Department for Education recommending that the Government withdraw all funding for Khalsa Secondary Academy in Stoke Poges, […]

Humanist National Memorial Ceremony to mark three months since lockdown

On 23 June at 11:00, Humanists UK is holding a national memorial ceremony to help those who have experienced loss due to the coronavirus pandemic and to mark three months since the start of the UK lockdown. The ceremony will offer an opportunity to reflect on what we have been and are still going through, […]

Humanists UK launches ‘What I Believe’, new podcast presented by Andrew Copson

Humanists UK is launching its first ever podcast, What I Believe, with the help of some well-known celebrity guests. In the podcast – which will be broadcast every Thursday starting on 11 June – Chief Executive Andrew Copson will be speaking to humanists in the public eye about what they believe, to understand more about […]

UK Government urges Nigeria to free Mubarak Bala

The UK Government has said it is working to secure the release of the Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala, who was arrested by Nigerian police in relation to his humanist activism, in contravention of his human rights. Responding to parliamentary questions by Stephen Doughty MP, a Shadow Foreign Minister, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson James […]

Alice Roberts is latest humanist to appear on National Prison Radio

Humanists UK is now in its eleventh week of broadcasting on the national radio station for prisoners as part of an initiative to raise hope and offer support during the epidemic. This week its President, Alice Roberts, became the latest to take to the airwaves to provide an uplifting message taken from her book, The […]

Thirty leading Anglicans, including former Bishop of Bolton, criticise guidance promoting ‘religious discrimination in admission policies’ to provide ‘pew fodder’

Thirty leading Anglicans, including the former Bishop of Bolton, the Right Reverend David Gillett, have written to the Church of England to express their dismay at guidance calling faith-based admissions an ‘enormous missional opportunity’. The letter, which was organised by the Accord Coalition, has been welcomed by Humanists UK – a founding member of Accord […]

At least 13 more religious schools investigated for operating illegally since September

At least 13 and possibly more religious settings have been investigated for operating as illegal schools according to new data published by Ofsted this week. Humanists UK, which leads the national campaign against illegal religious schools, expressed concern at the figure but says it is likely to be ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ with […]

UK among the worst countries for children’s rights, new report finds

The UK is one of the worst countries in the world for respecting the rights of children, a new international report has found. The KidsRights Index 2020, published this week, ranked the UK 169th out of 182 countries, behind Yemen, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Iraq. The best-ranked countries were Iceland, Switzerland, and Finland. Humanists UK, […]

Education pamphlet endorsed by religious community leaders is ‘manifesto for corporal punishment’ Ofsted head tells inquiry

An education pamphlet, endorsed by religious leaders from the Charedi Jewish community, recommends physical punishment and humiliation of children in schools an independent inquiry has heard. Humanists UK, which campaigns for the rights and interests of children irrespective of their religious background, has expressed alarm at the document and the fact that corporal punishment appears […]

Morals without religion

To mark our Humanism At Home series, we’re sharing a key note lecture delivered by Professor Alice Roberts, at the Humanists UK Convention 2019. Humanists UK President Professor Alice Roberts takes us on a personal exploration of Margaret Knight’s 1950s radio essay series, ‘Morals Without Religion’, to examine changing attitudes to, and controversies around, the […]

Success! Humanists UK celebrates new life-saving organ donation law after more than a decade of campaigning

A new opt-out organ donation law that will automatically consider adults to be organ donors when they die comes into effect in England today. Humanists UK, which lobbied for the change for over a decade, has welcomed the new law, saying it is ‘likely to save thousands of lives’ by dramatically increasing the number of […]

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