Atheists of Great Britain and Ireland


Atheists of Great Britain and Ireland

For those wishing to discuss the desecularisation of services and politicisation of religion in the UK.

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What does CofE mean?

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden May 3, 2014. 0 Replies

When I was age 17 and applying to Oxford University, I answered the question "What is your religion?" by writing CofE. No-one at the interviews asked me what this meant.  All the Oxford Colleges were run by Christians. To me, it meant "Critic of the Establishment", i.e the established church.  This was January 1953. Continue

Alfred Russel Wallace: The contemporary who pre-empted Darwin

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden Feb 18, 2013. 0 Replies

Professor Steve Jones wrote for the London Daily Telegraph recently this splendid short biography of Alfred Russel Wallace and his major contributions to 19th century science.Fourteen years younger, Alfred Russel Wallace discovered the ideas of natural evolution in the 1850s which Charles Darwin had been working on for thirty years. Alfred Russel Wallace was an immensely clever man. This short biography is well worth reading; so please read on . . . Alfred Russel Wallace, the man who pre-empted January 8, 1823, Llanbadoc,Wales, GB    Died: November 7, 1913, Broadstone,…Continue

Tags: Wallace, Natural evolution, Alfred Russel Wallace

2011 Census of England and Wales: Christian numbers slump, Atheist numbers rise

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden Jan 31, 2013. 0 Replies

Referring to the BBC news bulletin of 30 January 2013---   ---the 2011 census revealed that the population of England and Wales identifying themselves as cultural christians has fallen by four million to 33.2 million in the past 10 years.In percentage terms the fall is from 72% to 59%.At the same time those professing to be atheist rose from 15 to 25%.There are 14.1 million people of no religion compared to 7.7 million a decade ago.That's the good news.The bad news is a rise in the number of Muslims, with the proportion of the population in 2011 standing at 4.8%, or 2.7 million (which is up 2% from 1.5 million in 2001), and a rise in the numbers of those with Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Sikh faiths. There are now 817,000 Hindus, a rise of 264,000 since 2001. The Jewish faith also rose by 3,000 over the last decade from 260,000 to 263,000.Continue

In small change this week I acquired a Charles Darwin £2 coin

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden. Last reply by Dr. Terence Meaden Dec 25, 2012. 5 Replies

I was delighted this week to receive a Charles Darwin £2 coin in my change when shopping.The coin was struck by the British Mint as a limited edition in 2009 to mark the bicentenary of Darwin's birth. It depicts a profiled head of the great man face to face with a chimpanzee. Although legal tender, the Darwin £2 coin is rarely found in small change: "Its rarity means that, in mint condition it is worth three or four times its face value. Even a used coin is worth double its tender value. The price acceleration means that it is well worth seeking out as an investment."  Another Darwin coin was issued in 22 carat gold. This is not in circulation although it, too, is legal tender. Most are in the hands of coin collectors.  Continue

Tax Religion in the UK! Sign the petition!

Started by Stuart M Rees. Last reply by Roger Ivan Hart Jun 5, 2012. 3 Replies

Sign the official government petitions:

British state schools and academies banned from teaching creationism

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden. Last reply by The Doubter Oct 17, 2011. 4 Replies

 The Education Secretary Michael Gove encouragingly declared last week that only scientific explanations for the origins of life and the cosmos can be taught in British state schools and academies.   Besides the tens of thousands of state schools and the hundreds of expensive fee-paying 'public' schools, the academy idea of free schools is being encouraged by the Conservative government (partly to save the government some of its taxpayers money).    Academies can be founded and supported by any group that is rich enough and yet also receive some state support. [It would be useful to have atheist groups backing a few such schools, seeing that most are religious schools].    More than 300 groups have applied to the Department of Education to launch free schools----like the Everyday Champions Church in Newark, Nottinghamshire, which has asked to teach creationism by pretending it is science.   The D of E, however, again emphasises that it "will not accept any academy or free school…Continue

Tags: creationism, academies, origins, evolution, schools

Tories to promote more 'faith' schools.

Started by John Bunyan. Last reply by lt_zippy2 May 9, 2011. 11 Replies

This post from the NSS website had me step back in shock. I always thought the tory party had at least a little more sense than to jump on the faith bandwagon. They just lost my vote in the next election. Any thoughts ?Link :

Tags: schools, faith, Tories

The Darwin set of postage stamps

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden Apr 29, 2011. 0 Replies

I thought that maybe it should be recorded here the set of postage stamps issued in Britain to recognise the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth in 2009.  Continue

Tags: Bicentenary of Darwin's birth

"Dancing of the Graves of Gods: How Science Kills Faith" by PZ Myers in London

Started by lt_zippy2 Apr 16, 2011. 0 Replies

PZ Myers is coming to London as a guest of Attheism UK.He will be giving a talk at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL entitled:"Dancing of the Graves of Gods: How Science Kills Faith"on 6th April 2011doors 6.30pmstart 7.00pmfinish 9.00pmTickets £8 or FREE to AtheismUK FULL members.

Looking for a co-host for a pod cast

Started by Virginia Rand. Last reply by Virginia Rand Apr 11, 2011. 32 Replies

Hey guys! I've been thinking of starting a podcast for a while now, but I've been very nervous to do it all on my lonesome. I've decided to go ahead with it, but I'd love to have a co-host to it with. Anyone interested?Continue

Tags: podcast

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Comment by Andrew on January 6, 2010 at 6:15am
Any members in or near Hampshire? Hampshire Skeptics in the Pub will be having its first event on the 28th of January, in the Royal Oak pub, Winchester.

Rebecca Watson and Sid Rodrigues will be introducing the Skeptics in the pub concept, and then we have a special mystery guest (clue: they're a prominent UK science writer and skeptic).

Please come along if you can. More details here and here, or contact me through A|N
Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 19, 2009 at 6:32pm
This is a reminder that one of the world’s greatest scientists, Isaac Newton, was born on 25th December 1642.
This year, 2009, marks the 367th anniversary of his birth.
Newton achieved his great scientific works against a background of disinterest by the church and general religious oppression in Western Europe.

Michael Shermer among others suggested that we honour Newton at this time of the year; and so we should—by word and by email. The result he called Newtonmass.

Because ‘mass’ implies church service and religious supplication, prostration and gullibilty, I prefer Newton-day, or Newtonday.

For a picture of Newton with a red-and-white hat see

Isaac Newton's scientific and mathematical discoveries were wonders of their time, and have been helping the world along ever since.

Newton was certainly born on 25th December, and Jesus almost certainly was not. No-one knows when. The church picked on this day because it was already a popular time of the year to be celebrating and the church was out to suppress rustic pagan beliefs.

So let us offer a birthday-anniversary toast on the 25th in the memory of Sir Isaac Newton

and starting now at the beginning of Newtonweek

Comment by sinisterpictures on December 15, 2009 at 2:41am
Ahhh handegg!, similar to rugby, another game played by gentlemen, and ladies too these days, but both with odd shaped balls,
Comment by sacha on December 15, 2009 at 2:32am

Comment by sacha on December 1, 2009 at 7:39pm
Comment by mick keogh on October 15, 2009 at 4:40pm
I live in Burnley and am right in the middle of this I have friends who are muslim and friends who are bnp I am just glad that we can mostly agree on the foot ball
Comment by mick keogh on October 15, 2009 at 4:25pm
Should we all join the bnp then vote in a coloured leader
Comment by mick keogh on October 11, 2009 at 10:55am
I have found my self in a bit of a dilemma I appose the BNP but i also appose sharia law in the uk. does any one else have misgivings about who you would support in the recant Manchester protest.
Comment by Luke Hymas on September 12, 2009 at 3:36am
Ah well at least the option was there i guess. I didn't notice the whole advert as i was driving too fast too take it all in. I did drive by yesterday though and yes the third option was in fact 'Probably'.
Comment by Rob A on September 11, 2009 at 5:56am
Luke, I think it's an advert for the alpha course.

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