Ricky Gervais on religion's greatest trick; childhood indoctrination; myths; prayer; science; belief in god; agnosticism; atheism...
The UK Government Department for Education (DfE) has deleted references to non-religious beliefs such as atheism or humanism in November 2014 advice about ‘improving spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of pupils’. The DfE has also excluded non-religious belief studies of Religious Education (RE) at GCSE and ‘A’ level in their draft syllabus documents.
On Christmas Day 2015, the Queen will “use her traditional annual speech, [given since 1952], to reflect on her personal faith as well as her belief in the continuing role of Christianity at the centre of British life, despite rising secularism.” She will “deliver her most Christian Christmas message yet” says the Daily Mail.
Long time Atheism UK supporter Mike Lawrence (www.notori.co.uk) actively campaigns against the religious indoctrination of children in schools.
Mike will answer the question ‘Did Jesus Actually Exist?’ at an event organised by Watford Area Humanists.
Schools Week report that more than 125 schools have opted-out of Collective Worship in the past 3 years. These schools have applied to be exempt from the legal requirement to hold Collective Worship of a “wholly or broadly Christian character”.
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What?: Book – What is Humanism? How do you live without a God? by Michael Rosen & Annemarie Young.
Who?: Watford Area Humanists
When?: Saturday, 4th July 2015, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m
Where?: Reason Coffee Shop & Bookstore, 116 The Parade, Watford, WD17 1BD, present:
ComRES Poll of UK Muslims, February 2015
Between 23rd January and 20th February 2015, 1000 British Muslims were asked by COMRES what they thought about British Society and cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. The poll asked British Muslims two questions:
- 1) ‘Do you agree or disagree with these eight statements about British society…? (Table 5)
- 2) ‘Do you agree or disagree with these six statements about cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad …?’ (Table 14)