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Secularism in the UK and Europe.and all those lucky places that doesnt have Trump as its leader

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Secularism in the UK and Europe.and all those lucky places that doesnt have Trump as its leader

To show that Secularism and Freethought are alive and well in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Members: 16
Latest Activity: on Monday

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Did Europe's centuries of religious war result in its secularism?

Started by Tom Sarbeck. Last reply by Chris Jul 30, 2016. 8 Replies

Did long-term monarchs impose their religions?In the US, with presidents' terms limited to eight years, religions might be imposed by majorities in state legislatures or Congress or by majorities on state supreme courts or the US Supreme Court.Continue

Tags: state., church

Firms 'place asylum seekers in sub-standard housing'

Started by Stephen. Last reply by Mrs.B Jan 20, 2016. 1 Reply

Private security firms G4S and Serco have placed asylum seekers in sub-standard properties, according to a report by the National Audit Office.…Continue

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Comment by Mrs.B on Monday

Sounds good.

Comment by Stephen on Monday

Celebrating Dissent

Festival on Freedom of Thought - August 30 until September 1
Women and men from various countries and backgrounds come together in Amsterdam to celebrate freedom through theatre, talks, poetry, film and stand-up comedy. Women, non-believers and LGBT+ are often the victims of the strictest cultural and religious dogmas. The festival Celebrating Dissent honours their freedom. Freedom to think differently, freedom not to believe, and freedom to be yourself. A shout-out to everyone who fights for universal rights and freedom of speech.

https://debalie.nl/celebrating-dissent/ 

Comment by Stephen on August 7, 2019 at 2:23am

Humanists claim victory in battle to sit on RE councils 

Humanists say the decision to admit them to Greenwich advisory council on RE could have an impact across the country

Humanists say a London council has backed down in the face of a legal challenge after trying to bar them from sitting on its standing advisory council on religious education (SACRE).
The Royal Borough of Greenwich's decision is now "likely to pave the way for more humanists to sit on such bodies across England" alongside representatives of religious denominations, according to Humanists UK.

The organisation had warned that it would take the local authority to the High Court if it persisted in barring humanist Rachel Taggart-Ryan from its SACRE.

Control over religious education
She had applied for membership of the body that oversees the religious education curriculum, but its members voted against giving her full membership and voting rights, and Greenwich backed this decision on the grounds that humanism is not a religion.
Ms Taggart-Ryan sent the council a letter arguing that she had been discriminated against because she was a humanist.
Greenwich again refused to allow her to join the SACRE and Humanists UK then instructed solicitors, at which point Greenwich reversed its stance and admitted her as a full committee member.
Humanists UK chief executive Andrew Copson said: ‘It is now very clear that SACREs cannot discriminate against humanists by refusing them membership.
“Like religious representatives, humanists must be allowed to contribute and vote on decisions regarding the RE syllabus and we are glad that common sense has prevailed in this case.
“Hopefully, it will also ensure that more pupils in schools across England receive a broader RE syllabus where they learn about humanism alongside the major religions, which is a vital part of their education.”
Greenwich council and the Church of England have been contacted for comment.

Comment by Stephen on July 27, 2019 at 12:13pm

Hopefully a resurgent leftwing 

Comment by Stephen on July 26, 2019 at 10:12pm

Isn't it marvellous these firefighters did this video walking backwards

But unless you knew it beforehand you couldn't tell.

Comment by Chris on July 23, 2019 at 10:32pm

Interesting Manifesto.

Rethinking religion and belief in public life: a manifesto for change

I read through about 12 pages of it. I'm sure it's needed to make England a secular nation. Do you think it's possible for England to abandon the Anglian Church of England behind?

Comment by Mrs.B on July 23, 2019 at 7:40pm

I will never understand people!

Comment by Stephen on July 23, 2019 at 7:34pm

Cycle hire firms urged to help clear dumped bikes from canals 

Trust says it is recovering 100 bikes a year – docked, dockless, even electric – in London alone

Hundreds of dockless bikes are being dumped in canals and rivers and most operators should do more help clean up the mess, the body responsible for the UK’s waterways has complained.
The Canal & River Trust said it was growing increasingly frustrated by the number of hire bikes abandoned in and beside its 2,000-mile network. It said more than 100 hire bikes a year were being thrown into canals in London alone.
The trust’s latest haul, gathered at its depot beside the Thames, included 20 Mobikes, nine Ofo bikes, an Urbo bike, a new Lime electric bike and seven Santander bikes from London’s official docking cycle scheme.
Joe Coggins, a spokesman for the trust, said: “We remove around 100 per year and that’s just in London. There are probably more than that being dumped – it’s really frustrating.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/21/cycle-hire-firms-ur...

Comment by Stephen on July 22, 2019 at 7:31pm

Harrow Council urged to reject APPG definition of Islamophobia

Harrow Council has been called upon to reject a popular definition of Islamophobia because it is a “back door blasphemy law”.
The authority is due to debate supporting the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) definition at a council meeting tomorrow.
National Secular Society CEO Stephen Evans has written to councillors, asking them to reject the motion.
He warns that it is at odds with the concept of free speech, and that it “conflates hatred of, and discrimination against, Muslims with criticism of Islam”.

He explained that the society “unreservedly and emphatically condemns acts of violence against Muslims” and it appreciates the need to tackle anti-Muslim hatred. But it has concerns around the APPG’s claim that Islamophobia is a “type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness”.   Mr Evans says this could mean Islamic practices, something he believes should be open to scrutiny and debate.
“We are concerned that allegations of Islamophobia will be, indeed already are being, used to effectively shield Islam and even extremists from criticism, and that formalising this definition will result in it being employed effectively as something of a backdoor blasphemy law,” he said.   
https://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/17776993.harrow-council-urged-re...

Comment by Stephen on July 22, 2019 at 10:40am

Protect free expression

The National Secular Society robustly challenges religious threats to free expression.

Our vision for a secular democracy is underpinned by the right to free speech. Without this, democracy cannot exist. We played an instrumental role in abolishing the UK's blasphemy laws, but other threats remain; not least from those who seek to impose their blasphemy taboos on others through violence and intimidation.
Without free speech no search for truth is possible; without free speech no discovery of truth is useful; without free speech progress is checked, and the nations no longer march forward towards the nobler life which the future holds for man. Better a thousand fold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day; the denial slays the life of the people and entombs the hope of the race.

NSS founder Charles Bradlaugh MP

 

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