Disclaimer: all quotes from the AHS Convention are para-phrasings, not direct.
I've just been, yesterday, to the National Federation for Atheist, Humanist, and Secular Student ...' conference in Conway Hall, London. The AHS are a group wholly facilitated and supported by the - perhaps more familiar - British Humanist Association, and the day involved many high-profile Humanists giving salient, topical, and often humorous talks to an audience of mainly student society leaders.
The speakers included Jim Al-Khalili, a Physicist, broadcaster, and the new President of the BHA; Robin Ince, a well-known Atheist comedian and co-host of the Infinite Monkey Cage with Brian Cox on Radio 4; Andrew Copson, Chief executive of the BHA; Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist and former BHA President; and many more notable and inspirational people.
I mention this because, during the Q&A after Polly Toynbee's talk, a very interesting point was made... A self-identifying 'Conservative Libertarian' seemed at pains with the idea that potential Humanists could be put off from identifying with the label because the organisation tends to take left-wing political views on various issues (and it's leading members are themselves vocally left-wing). According to my memory of it at least, the issue was - in his mind - a misrepresentation of the members of the BHA, as it 'was not meant to be a political organisation'.
Again, to my memory, Polly made the point in reply that the stance that the BHA takes on certain public ethical issues - such as assisted dying and sexual/reproductive rights - is intrinsically left-wing. Andrew Copson noted too, that (after beginning with 'Let me say something about the Tories', which had the hall laughing) while the BHA did have associations with Conservatives, those Tories tended to be the most left-wing of the right - perhaps of the same somewhat paradoxical group of 'Conservative Libertarians' as the man who asked the question... (Read more of this post)