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
London Oratory School in High Court challenge to School Adjudicator’s ruling on discriminatory admissions policy
On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, the High Court will hear whether one of the country's leading state secondary schools has been selecting its pupils on ethnic and socio-economic grounds in its admissions policy, the BHA can reveal.
It was with great sorrow that we have heard of the death of author and BHA patron Terry Pratchett. His fiction was loved by many, both children and adults, and he will be much missed.
With the publication today of new national guidance, NHS bodies in England will be obliged for the first time to provide pastoral support and care to non-religious people on the same basis as chaplaincy is provided to the religious.
Government rejects consensus of subject experts, public, and religious leaders, marginalises Humanism in GCSE and A levels
Publishing its final version of the revised subject content for GCSE, AS and A level Religious Studies (RS) in schools in England, the DfE has excluded the Annex on Humanism, in spite of majority public support for its inclusion.
28 religious leaders have called on schools minister Nick Gibb to reverse the Government’s decision to exclude an annex on Humanism from new RS GCSEs and preclude similar systematic study from AS and A levels.