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by Doc
August 22nd, 2012, 4:19 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: A New Humanist Anthem?
Replies: 8
Views: 1154

A New Humanist Anthem?

This weekend's Beautiful Days Festival near Exeter had Frank Turner headlining to the 15,000 strong crowd on the Friday night. This one went down really well and could be a contender for a new Humanist anthem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbUCzUk84fE ... Brothers and sisters, have you heard the ne...
by Doc
March 17th, 2012, 11:15 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Catholic Priest fails to read out anti-gay marriage letter
Replies: 3
Views: 1440

Catholic Priest fails to read out anti-gay marriage letter

"Catholic Priest fails to read out anti-gay marriage letter in Teignmouth, Devon,church service":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6em7Yy-MjEc
by Doc
February 12th, 2012, 1:13 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Council Prayers unlawful rules High Court
Replies: 45
Views: 3371

Re: Council Prayers unlawful rules High Court

On Council Prayers, though it's a minor victory, it has opened up the debate: http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/Torbay-Humanists-welcome-end-Council-Prayers/story-15199182-detail/story.html Devon Humanists have been campaigning on this for years with various Local Authorities. We suggested a comprom...
by Doc
December 10th, 2011, 9:11 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: The Future of Religion in the UK
Replies: 1
Views: 641

The Future of Religion in the UK

The latest British Social Attitudes Survey considers the future of religion in the UK. It shows that the number of people who do not have a religion has risen to 50% (65% for the 18'24 age group). In 1983 one in three did not have a religion, but by 2010 this has become one in two. Since 1983, the n...
by Doc
October 2nd, 2011, 7:43 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: When Will The Church of England Shut Up Shop...
Replies: 11
Views: 2136

Re: When Will The Church of England Shut Up Shop...

A few weeks ago Devon Humanists had this article published in our local paper 'the Herald Express'. Ironically, local Humanists get asked to write an occasional article in the 'News from our Parish' section alongside other faith groups. Nevertheless, the paper does have a 20,000 circulation... http:...
by Doc
July 27th, 2011, 4:52 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Devon Humanists Events
Replies: 0
Views: 2058

Devon Humanists Events

Devon Humanists Events Sunday August 28, 10:30am: Walk 2.6mi or 5km along the river Dart from Totnes to Staverton Bridge ( Coincidentally the S Devon Railway's Real Ale Festival is here today). Meet at Totnes railway station near the booking office at 10:30. (A train leaves Exeter St Davids at 9:44...
by Doc
November 6th, 2010, 12:16 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Remembrance Day
Replies: 11
Views: 3359

Remembrance Day

Hi All, Devon Humanists have just released the following press release: Remembrance Day should be open to all, say Devon Humanists At the last count, there were nearly 21,500 Service personnel registered as “of no religion”. Although an increasing number of Humanist groups are laying wreaths now at ...
by Doc
October 27th, 2010, 12:00 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Campaign to stop Council prayers
Replies: 71
Views: 7085

Re: Campaign to stop Council prayers

Hi Jaywhat, Sorry for not replying sooner... Nothing much to report since late July. According to the NSS: The papers have now been lodged at the High Court for the “Judicial Review between the Queen, on the Application of the National Secular Society, and Bideford Town Council”. The latter have als...
by Doc
October 5th, 2010, 12:04 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Generation Y: Not bothered...
Replies: 16
Views: 2191

Re: Generation Y: Not bothered...

I've been discussing this with committed Christians - one who is involved in designing study materials for RE classes in schools. Initially, they fought long and hard to have RE as a main subject. Now some are having doubts as RE offers a range of faiths and beliefs and encourages discussion of topi...
by Doc
October 5th, 2010, 10:12 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Generation Y: Not bothered...
Replies: 16
Views: 2191

Generation Y: Not bothered...

A study published by the Church of England concludes that people born after 1982 - known as "Generation Y" - have only a “faded cultural memory” of Christianity. For many young people, religious observance extends no further than praying in their bedrooms during moments of crisis, on a “need to beli...
by Doc
September 29th, 2010, 7:02 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: The Party Leaders and Faith: Two out of three ain't bad...
Replies: 5
Views: 885

The Party Leaders and Faith: Two out of three ain't bad...

David Cameron is now the only major party leader to say he believes in God. The Tory leader describes himself as a Christian but does not 'drop to his knees' to pray in a crisis. Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg declared he does not believe in God, first revealing his lack of faith in 2007. At the time he ...
by Doc
September 21st, 2010, 8:59 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Protesting the Pope in Plymouth
Replies: 1
Views: 649

Re: Protesting the Pope in Plymouth

by Doc
September 13th, 2010, 8:42 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Protesting the Pope in Plymouth
Replies: 1
Views: 649

Protesting the Pope in Plymouth

Plymouth Humanists rally against Pope’s Visit Humanists have organised a protest in Plymouth against the State Visit of the Pope. When Pope Benedict XVI lands at Edinburgh airport on Thursday, he is unlikely to get the rapturous reception that greeted John Paul II on his visit to Britain in 1982. Ov...
by Doc
August 6th, 2010, 4:26 am
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Campaign to stop Council prayers
Replies: 71
Views: 7085

Re: Campaign to stop Council prayers

Hi Alan,

It looks like it's Beachcroft:

http://www.beachcroft.co.uk/home.aspx?id_Content=2
by Doc
August 3rd, 2010, 6:58 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Campaign to stop Council prayers
Replies: 71
Views: 7085

Re: Campaign to stop Council prayers

It looks like it is the Christian Institute that is funding Bideford Council's legal defence: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-10842605 Whether it is appropriate for a local Council - which is supposed to represent people equally - to associate itself with a pressure group that holds so ma...
by Doc
July 22nd, 2010, 12:24 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Campaign to stop Council prayers
Replies: 71
Views: 7085

Re: Campaign to stop Council prayers

I used to go into work places and lecture on equality and diversity good practice, and then found I was paying to support an organisation which broke those very same guidelines. I guess that the Prayers issue became important to me when I raised this issue with my local Council and received an extre...
by Doc
July 16th, 2010, 9:08 am
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Campaign to stop Council prayers
Replies: 71
Views: 7085

Re: Campaign to stop Council prayers

Just an update on the Bideford case:

http://www.northdevongazette.co.uk/nort ... 3A29%3A107
by Doc
July 13th, 2010, 10:11 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: It's fun to stay at the Y...
Replies: 0
Views: 1273

It's fun to stay at the Y...

In what may be another indication of the creeping secularisation of organisations that we have come to hold dear, the YMCA will now be known as "The Y":

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... the-Y.html
by Doc
July 10th, 2010, 10:34 am
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Campaign to stop Council prayers
Replies: 71
Views: 7085

Re: Campaign to stop Council prayers

...& we're starting to pick up sympathetic coverage in the local Press:

http://www.thisisdevon.co.uk/news/Forci ... ticle.html
by Doc
July 10th, 2010, 8:56 am
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Campaign to stop Council prayers
Replies: 71
Views: 7085

Re: Campaign to stop Council prayers

It looks like Bideford Council has linked up with The Christian Institute. Here's a few facts and quotes from The CI: The Christian Institute is an evangelical Christian charity and pressure group. The CI promotes a Fundamentalist Christian viewpoint, founded on the belief that the Bible is inerrant...