Atheists of Great Britain and Ireland

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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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Losing our religion: Most white UK adults are now faith-less

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 22. 1 Reply

Losing our religion: Most white UK adults are now faith-lessDaily Telegraph, London 19 Jan 2016 By John Bingham, Religious Affairs Editor Not having a religion is the “new norm”, says a study which found a majority of the UK’s white population do not indentify with a particular faith.Those classed as “nones” have also overtaken those describing themselves as Christians, according to the study by Prof Linda Woodhead, a leading authority on religion and society.The research included a YouGov poll, carried out last month, which recorded that 46% of the adult population now identify as not having a religion compared with 44% who say they follow Christianity.A series of polls commissioned by Prof Woodhead over recent years shows the “nones” apparently increasing rapidly—from 37% in 2013 to 42% in 2014 and 46% last year.The latest survey also shows those without religious affiliation just above half of white Britons for the first time.The proportion of people indicating no faith is rising…Continue

An atheist rational society run by a superstitious gang of fools.

Started by Gerald Payne. Last reply by Gerald Payne Dec 21, 2015. 2 Replies

The queen of England, and everywhere else, has deigned in her divinely inspired position as the head of Christian truth and unquestionable enlightenment, to explain to the ignorant masses the hallowed wisdom of believing everything your told. The queens speech is a national must listen for many people hypnotized by the crap dished out by Buckingham palace and the governmental gestapo. I've always had a soft spot for the queen but just lately I've come to realize what a piece of theological furniture she represents. The future has to be honest secularism or theological suicide. Lets hope it's the former rather than the latter.Continue

We wish a Merry Isaac Newtonmas to everyone, everywhere.

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden. Last reply by Gerald Payne Dec 21, 2015. 4 Replies

We wish a Merry Isaac Newtonmas to everyone, everywhere.We know to 100% accuracy that the great British scientist and mathematician was born on the day that the British knew as 25 December, whereas there is only a 1 in 365 chance that Jesus was.Let's spread the good news . . .  Continue

Tags: Isaac Newton, Newtonmas

Another letter to my MP required.

Started by Gerald Payne. Last reply by Dr. Terence Meaden Dec 12, 2015. 1 Reply

Good morning Ms.The UK, as everyone but the politicians seem to realize, is a secular society with only a very small proportion of actively religious people. Contrast this with a parliament where the ratio is reversed and one finds a total misbalance of worldviews regarding the governed and the governing. The secretary of state for Wales, Stephen Crabb, in his Wilberforce address to the Conservative Christian fellowship, exemplified the medieval mindset of politicians compared to the public in general.Blaming secularism for the radicalization of youngsters, who have been indoctrinated from birth in the idealization of a war god, is an example of the purblind nature of the religious psych.Describing the British people as ‘’a strain of hard edged secularism’’ makes one wonder what measures this paragon of virtue would like to take to ‘’re-educate’’ the ungodly masses in the country. Our not so distant past experiences of religious corrective methods should serve as a warning.Politicians…Continue

Tags: politics, Medieval

The oldest craze in town.

Started by Gerald Payne. Last reply by Gerald Payne Nov 30, 2015. 2 Replies

Brainwashed, indoctrinated, and gullible, the people of the world have been the thankful recipients of an ideology of superstition. Houses of worship have been built by the thousand at the cost of social welfare and infant mortality, driven by an organized mob of religious ascetics.The principles underpinning religious zealotry, piety and faith, have no meaning except in a religious context where the demands are outside any everyday virtue and are no more than an expression of submission. This idea of submission is the key to the psychological chaining of the mind to a form of holy masochism, wanting to take a bullet for Jesus and enslave oneself in some rapturous torment. That a million dollar industry is the upshot of this mesmerisation is food for thought.Without the Roman Empire to promulgate and stipulate the terms of the superstition Christianity would be just another mythology alongside the rest. Supernaturalism is a fictional, not a factual word. We don’t get supernatural…Continue

Tags: Brainlessness

"All pupils in non-faith schools must study atheism", judge rules

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden. Last reply by Dr. Terence Meaden Nov 26, 2015. 1 Reply

All non-faith schools will be forced to teach non-religious views following a landmark judgment by the High Court that ruled the Education Secretary unlawfully excluded atheism from a new GCSE. • Rowan Williams: teach about non-belief in school Religious Studies classesThe decision was met with fierce opposition by religious groups which argued "humanistic ideas already dominate the rest of the curriculum", while teachers warned a slow official response might risk wasting valuable teaching time and resources. The ruling was a victory for three families, supported by the British Humanist Association, who claimed Nicky Morgan had taken a "skewed" approach and was failing to reflect in schools the pluralistic nature of the UK. "[The Education Secretary] has made an error of law in her interpretation of the education statutes." The Judge Allowing their…Continue

Religious appeasement in the UK.

Started by Gerald Payne. Last reply by Dr. Terence Meaden Nov 14, 2015. 1 Reply

The murderous events in Paris are another eye-opener for the public and another blind eye to be turned for politicians. Religious violence is not a matter of terrorist organizations running amok; it has its genesis in the delusions propagated by the mainstream religions, or the moderates, as they like to be called.The fact is there wouldn’t be religious violence without religious organizations to inspire it, and there wouldn’t be deluded people without a deluded message being propagated. Once children are indoctrinated with medieval fantasies regarding reality they’re open to any illusion they’re minds take a fancy for, and if this results in pernicious intentions they haven’t the moral instinct to combat it. Everything comes down to a divine justification of their every action no matter how savage the deed.That this is the mind-set inspired by every religion on the planet is too hard to swallow for politicians with religious sympathies. Consequently they cloud the reality with verbal…Continue

Atheism UK

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden. Last reply by Dr. Terence Meaden Nov 14, 2015. 2 Replies

As the fight against religious dogma and indoctrination gains momentum, it has never been more important for atheists to show a united front. We already have the most powerful, rational arguments against religious faith and belief, but together, we can be even stronger to counter the unearned, undeserved power and privileges held by religious organizations.Atheism UK has two levels of membership – ‘Supporter’ and ‘Full Member’. We recommend that you first register as a ‘Supporter’ before progressing to the ‘Full Member’ option as this will enable immediate access to the web site facilities.As a Supporter of Atheism UK you can register for free to help us in our campaign work and add your voice to the growing atheist community. Clicking the link below will take you to an information page and then registration is simply a matter of entering a user name of your choice and a valid e-mail address.…Continue

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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.
Comment by Luke Hymas on September 8, 2009 at 5:07pm
Hi all i'm quite new at this. Just thought i'd say i saw a big bill board in Rainworth in NOTTS tonight which was laid out as a question from a questionnaire. The question highlighted in the poster read out as 'IS there a god?'. This was a multiple choice question and the answers you could pick in this hypothetical question were 1) Yes 2) No or even 3) which i don't quite remember as i was driving, but i think it was probably not.

It made me smile. Just thought i'd reveal something pretty cool for my first post here.
Comment by Tom on July 7, 2009 at 12:45pm
Any London atheists know of any discussion groups or meet-ups happening?
Comment by Alex Gibson on February 22, 2009 at 6:07pm
A good place to start are the lists of distinguished supporters on the BHA and NSS websites. Dr Evan Harris and Lord Avebury are probably your go-to guys for all things atheist and ethical in Parliament
Comment by Andrew on February 9, 2009 at 7:56am
alak, there are actually quite a few outspoken non-religious MPs and Lords, compiling an accurate list would be a substantial task. You might find this discussion useful:
Comment by alak on February 5, 2009 at 2:33pm
I am having a discussion with my friend and would like to know if anyone can tell me of how many (or evenn if there are any) Outspoken atheists currently sit in parlaiment
Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on February 1, 2009 at 1:58pm
Here are some immediate events for the British including a splendid new television film this evening by atheist David attenborough:

Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life (Sunday 1 February, 9 pm, BBC1 TV).
It's fascinating on every front, a clear survey of a huge expanse of science and not to be missed.
There's one sequence in David Attenborough's masterly cruise through the history of life where he explains the development of the eye in animals. With beautiful briskness it stifles the old canard that Darwin's theory of natural selection can't explain how an organ as complex and 'designed' as an eye could evolve. For this one-off, the great communicator brings a lifetime of experience to bear on the story of Darwin's work and what we have learnt since about evolution. What makes the programme so captivating is not just the gentle clarity of Attenborough's style but the fact that he makes the story so personal. He reminisces about his fossil-collecting childhood and, via clips from his many series, we see not just dazzling creatures but also the "evolution" of Attenborough himself, from bright-eyed enthusiast to grey-haired sage. (Radio Times preview).

Darwin's Struggle: The Evolution of the Origin of Species (BBC4 TV, Monday 2 February, 9 pm). For 20 years after his return from the Galapagos islands, Charles Darwin observed all manner of life around him in Kent, including his own children, testing his ideas about evolution. This fine documentary tells Darwin's moving story.

Darwin & The Darwinian Controversy. A talk by Prof A C Grayling at Lord Hill Hotel, Shrewsbury, Wednesday 4 February 2009, 6.30pm. Full details. Booking form (pdf).
Comment by Alex Gibson on January 13, 2009 at 2:23am
Did anyone hear Jonathan Bartley on Thought For The Afternoon? Wouldn't it be lovely if all Christians were like those level-headed people of Ekklesia? I actually thought he gave a more forceful non-religious message than Ariane Sherine
Comment by Roger Ivan Hart on September 9, 2008 at 6:47am
By the way, Hi. I'm a newbie. I used to be a bright but decided the Brights were getting too pally with religious groups for my liking. Glad to see a group of people dedicating themselves to atheism.
 
 
 

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