Atheism UK campaign for the abolition of compulsory Collective Worship.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) held its 72nd Session on 17 May 2016 – 03 Jun 2016. In July 2016, the CRC reported on Freedom of thought, conscience and religion in the UK. The report recommended that the Government repeal collective worship.
Story taken from the BBC News Site
School children who decided not to attend their Catholic school’s Founders Mass one afternoon are to be subjected to discipline by the school. The school has said that it is ostensibly for “truancy” but as the whole school was expected to attend this service which lasted the whole afternoon, somehow this excuse of truancy sounds hollow. Curiously there is no mention of any alternative activities for those pupils who wised to opt out!
Religious privilege strikes again!
Until 13th November 2016, watch the documentary here.
I know I only posted yesterday about the ongoing war over homosexuality that is taking place in the Church of England which has revealed a deep split over the issue (although I think we all knew it was there).
Well, the ongoing collapse continues with two more stories (both taken from the BBC website):
In a week when the first Church of England Bishop came out as gay and in a relationship (and yet stating that he is obeying the rules and staying celebate… we believe him don’t we?), another CofE vicar in Tunbridge Wells is threatening to form a new group to orchestrate a formal split from the church on the issue of “watering down the church’s teachings on homosexuality. Oh, and he has gone on to state that old, hateful and now thoroughly debunked canard that Gay Pride encourages child abuse.
Story taken from “The Thinking Atheist” podcast:
An Oklahoma children’s home happily accepted a $100 donation (given by Matt Wilbourne, a Muskogee (Oklamhoma) resident), until it realized that the money was given in the name of the Muskogee Atheist Community.
In his latest episode of the “Waking Up” Podcast, Sam Harris reads and examines articles from ISIS’ own magazine “Dabiq”.
Hear, in their own words, the reasons why they hate us, and why some apologists for Islam are wrong!
‘Voice of Islam’ radio
Sometimes Atheism UK Council Members get requests to speak on radio and in University debates (I’ve spoken twice at the Cambridge Union and will probably speak at Bath University this November). We also speak to schools about atheism – we will be speaking to an independent school in central London in September. This time we’ve been invited to talk to Voice of Islam radio about the ‘Meaning of Life’.
Atheism UK 2016 AGM
The 2016 AGM will be held in London (N1 postcode) on Saturday 20th August. At the meeting the Atheism UK Council will review our activities during 2015/16 and our plans for 2016/17 year.