The British Humanist Association
Who are we?
The British Humanist Association (BHA) is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity.
Founded in 1896, the BHA is trusted by over 28,000 members and supporters and over 90 local and special interest affiliates to promote Humanism. Our policies are informed with the support of over 120 of the UK’s most prominent philosophers, scientists, and other thinkers and experts and we seek to advance them with the help of over 100 parliamentarians in membership of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group.
What do we want?
We want a world where everyone lives cooperatively on the basis of shared human values and respect for human rights.
We want non-religious people to be confident in living ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity.
What do we do?
We campaign for a secular state, challenge religious privilege, and promote equal treatment in law and policy of everyone regardless of religion or belief.
We offer a humanist perspective in public debate, drawing on contemporary humanist thought and the worldwide humanist tradition.
To find out more about our campaign work click on Campaigns in the menu or www.humanism.org.uk/campaigns
The British Humanist Association is a registered charity, no. 285987
The British Humanist Association (BHA) has today welcomed a number of new reports and surveys showing strong support for making Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) compulsory in schools.
The Department for Education (DfE) has today announced the approval of 102 new Free Schools due to open from September 2014, including 25 new religious schools, as well as one Steiner school. The British Humanist Association (BHA) has expressed regret at the continuing increase in the number of ‘faith’ schools.
A proposal in the House of Commons to give legal recognition to humanist marriages in England and Wales has been halted through the last minute intervention of the Attorney General.
Prominent humanists have taken a significant role in the International Day of UN Peacekeepers Remembrance Ceremony, which commemorates UN peacekeepers who have been killed in the line of duty.
The BHA responds to Tory MP Tony Baldry's comments on humanist wedding: "In spite of some people's desperate scaremongering, the amendment does not open up legal recognition for any new weddings other than humanist ones."
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