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

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Comment by Debbie Morris on April 1, 2010 at 5:02am

great article by Paul Sims in New Humanist Magazine on this very topic. Check it out.
Comment by Enlightened Observer on March 31, 2010 at 5:46pm
Another good reason for supporting the L Dems. Two party politics is a consequence of our first past the post system. Proportional representation will make governing less confrontational, force co-operation, long term goals and better representation.

However, when the time comes, we shall see.
Comment by Debbie Morris on March 31, 2010 at 7:36am
conservatives are planning to introduce more faith schools. At least Nick Clegg isn't planning on giving tax payers money to religious institutes nor turning the clock back to the victoriam era when welfare was distributed by charities and not the state and it's obvious that the Labour governments latest budget was all about electioneering instead of helping the people who are suffering the most from the recession. My nieces go to a Cof E school but they don't receive any religious instruction as such. Cameron is an elitest upper class twit who hasn't a clue what the vast majority of british citizens need from their government all his policies will reward those that are already well off. reducing inheritance tax, tax benefits for married couples and he would leave tax loopholes wide open. He has led a life of comfort surrounded and influenced by the same breed.

I would rather Labour stay than see the conservatives in power, but I don't see why the Lib Dems don't deserve to win. They've never been tested but I think they should be. I think it would be fantastic to break the two party cycle. It's pretty stupid when you think about it.
Comment by Enlightened Observer on March 31, 2010 at 7:21am
You are probably right Debbie. Nick Clegg has said he does not believe in a god but his wife is religious and they send their children to a faith school. I do not know about the others in the party. Labour and Conservative have a Humanist parliamentary group. I have yet to find one for the Lib Dems.
Comment by Debbie Morris on March 31, 2010 at 6:25am
Mick, Lib Dem.
Comment by mick keogh on March 27, 2010 at 4:49pm
How should an atheist cast thier vote in the coming genral election.
Comment by Christopher Wilton on February 20, 2010 at 8:31am
If any one is on facebook, could you please consider lending support to my new group; "Hospital Chaplains SHOULD Pay Their Own Way!!!"
I really want to make a noise about this and massive support on facebook has been known to catch the eye of the press. Please spread the word as wide as possible, it doesn't have to be restricted to the UK.

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