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Faith groups demand the Government’s permission for homophobic teaching in English schools

A number of fundamentalist and fringe religious groups are seeking to undermine the Government’s plans for relationships and sex education (RSE) in English schools by opposing teaching about same-sex relationships, Humanists UK can reveal. The Department for Education’s (DfE) consultation on Relationships Education (RelEd) in primaries and RSE in secondaries closed on Monday. Whilst the […]

Humanists UK calls for an end to non-stunned meat being served in Lancashire schools

Humanists UK has responded to a consultation by Lancashire County Council on a proposal to remove meat from its schools meals that was slaughtered without being pre-stunned, causing unnecessary pain and suffering to the animal. In October 2017, Lancashire County Council voted in favour of removing non-stunned meat products from 27 of its schools catering […]

2018 Darwin Day Lecture explores origins of human morality

Evolutionary psychologist Dr Diana S. Fleischman delighted an audience of close to 1,000 people in London on Thursday night as part of Humanists UK’s annual celebration of Darwin Day, the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Diana’s lecture took on a suitably Darwinian theme, exploring the evolution of human morality – as well as its […]

UK Government expresses concern over minority rights in Pakistan… but still seeks to deport Hamza

The UK Government has expressed serious concerns about the protection of minorities in Pakistan as part of the United Nations Periodic Review (UPR) of its human rights. However, it remains willing to deport ex-Muslim apostate Hamza bin Walayat who could face the death penalty for his beliefs if returned to Pakistan over his failure to […]

Northern Ireland Humanists calls for stronger equalities laws in the wake of Brexit

Humanists UK and its section Northern Ireland Humanists have submitted evidence to the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee’s inquiry into the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland. Its submission focuses on the negative consequences that leaving the EU is likely to have upon equalities legislation in the country, and the possibility of additional […]

Humanists UK calls for buffer zones around abortion clinics

Humanists UK has responded to the Home Office consultation into harassment and intimidation of women by anti-choice activists outside of abortion clinics, calling for the introduction of activist-free ‘buffer zones’ in the immediate vicinity of clinics. The consultation sought views from healthcare providers, police forces, local authorities, and indeed groups carrying out such activities. Humanists […]

Humanists UK responds to Government RSE and PSHE consultation

In response to the Department for Education’s consultation on relationships and sex Education (RSE) and personal, social, health, and economic education (PSHE) in English schools, Humanists UK has stressed the need for both RSE and PSHE to be available to pupils in all schools, including faith schools. Humanists UK is an active member of the […]

Humanists UK calls for easy access for Northern Ireland women to abortion in Wales

Take Action! You can respond to the Welsh Government’s consultation on the provision for Northern Ireland women accessing abortion services in Wales. You can read Humanists UK’s response to help you draft your own. Deadline is Friday 9 February. Humanists UK and its section Wales Humanists has called upon the Welsh Government to make provision […]

Humanists call for ban on anti-gay pseudoscience

Humanists UK has responded to premiere of a new film promoting so-called ‘conversion therapy’ by repeating calls on ministers to ban the harmful, pseudo-scientific practice throughout the UK. The Core Issues Trust, a Christian non-profit which offers ‘change oriented therapy’ to gay and bisexual people in the UK, directed at helping them ‘come out of […]

Church of England criticised by Ofsted for obstructing crackdown on illegal religious schools

The Church of England has been criticised by Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman for frustrating Government efforts to regulate unregistered schools, many of which are religious. Speaking at a Church of England conference yesterday, the Chief Inspector stated that tackling illegal religious schools ‘requires changes to legislations’, and that ‘it is a matter of regret […]

Jersey passes law recognising humanist and same-sex marriages

Jersey has today passed a law giving legal recognition to both humanist and same-sex marriages. Humanists UK led the campaign for recognition of humanist marriages and supported legal same-sex marriages as well. Today it has expressed its delight at the news, and looks forward to its celebrants legally marrying many happy couples in Jersey in […]

Humanists UK expresses concern about proposed regulation of sharia courts

An independent review into the application of sharia law in England and Wales has recommended changes to offer greater protection for Muslim women in family law and divorce. This includes the recommendation, now rejected by the Home Office, to create an official regulatory body for ‘sharia courts’. Humanists UK has welcomed this as such a […]

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