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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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Latest Activity: May 12, 2014

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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

Tags: podcast

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Comment by Enlightened Observer on July 27, 2008 at 4:52am
Today, in the Sunday times Minette Marrin said:

“There must be no public recognition of religious associations as representatives of anything or anybody: not on campuses, not in student unions, not in government consultations or in parliament.

So-called religious community leaders, or umbrella groups of religious bodies, must of course be free to associate as they like in private, in a free country, but publicly they must be ignored. Publicly they must not teach or promote illegal prejudices. Forced into the private sphere, denied the oxygen of publicity, power and influence, highly politicised religious groups will wither on the vine. Perhaps, in that wonderful phrase of Yeats, they might even wither into truth.”

There is no need for me to add anything. I agree totally.
Comment by Fabio on July 26, 2008 at 2:55pm
Greetings everyone. Although I'm Italian and not a British citizen, I'm still going to spend nine months as an exchange student at Salford University starting in September, so I thought it might be a good idea to get to know the local reality a bit more. Any atheists from Greater Manchester and surrounding areas? ^^
Comment by Barry de la Rosa on July 26, 2008 at 9:54am
Just realised I could sign up for the RSS feed here. I'm afraid I'm not impressed by Ning's tools for keeping updated with The Nexus...
Comment by Andrew on July 17, 2008 at 4:02pm
Hey people, don't forget to join the group for European atheists as well!

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