WEBSITES OF INTEREST FOR HUMANISTS
Humanists UK - www.humanism.org.uk.
Main humanist group – less aggressive than NSS, more emphasis on
neutral information. Again good links to other sites. Also has numerous
sub-groups, such as the BHA SACRE subcommittee for teachers and
concerned parents. They also have a Facebook Presence for Young Humanists.
New Humanist magazine - http://www.newhumanist.org.uk
Freedom from Religion Foundation - www.ffrf.org.
A U.S. national association of non-theists has been working since 1978
to promote freethought & defend the constitutional principle of the
separation of state and church.
Concordatwatch - www.concordatwatch.eu.
A Concordat is a political agreement between the Vatican and a national
government, which binds the government to a Papal judgement, even where
it contravenes the usual law of that country - for example on human
rights.'Concordatwatch' explains this little known concept and puts it
in historical perspective, plus monitoring the renewed spread of a
National Secular Society - www.secularism.org.uk.
Oldest UK organisation campaigning to cut links between church and
state. Very good links to other sites, constant updates. Also has an
excellent free weekly e-mail news service.
International Humanist & Ethical Union - http://iheu.org International association of major national humanist societies, with reports and contributions from numerous countries.
Humani (Humanist Association of Northern Ireland) - www.humanistni.org
Humanist Society of Scotland - www.humanism-scotland.org.uk
Liverpool Humanist Group - http://livehum.org
Lancashire Humanist Group - http://LancsHumanism.org.uk
Rationalist Press Association - www.rationalist.org.uk. Publisher of books and pamphlets, also New Humanist magazine (cms.newhumanist.org.uk.)
– glossy upmarket monthly with numerous well known contributors.
Publications range from contemporary through to ‘classic’ reprints
(Russell, Shelley, etc.)
The Freethinker - www.freethinker.co.uk. Website for a monthly secular campaigning magazine of quality - even Manx Freethinkers have appeared!
The British Humanist Association has a site for local groups:
The National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies
(AHS) is an umbrella organisation which represents atheist, Humanist
and secular student societies in the United Kingdom. We provide support
and resources for established and newly-forming societies as well as a
national voice. The AHS is run for students by students: www.ahsstudents.org.uk
Fish/Evolve Fish -. http://www.evolvefish.com A website offering much witty and provocative atheist merchandise, from T shirts and badges through to serious publications.
Council for Secular Humanism - www.secularhumanism.org/fi.
Publishers of ‘Free Inquiry’ – US magazine of some repute. CSH now have
an online newsletter , while for students, the linked organisation
‘Centre for Inquiry – On Campus’ produces ‘Campus Inquirer’, an
online newsletter for US students who want to promote ‘reason, science,
free inquiry and church-state separation in education’. You can
subscribe to both newsletters, as well as 2 others of particular
interest to scientists and those in the health professions, at
either http://ga1.org/secular_humanism/join.html?r=hdwTxhK1Suv2E or http://ga1.org/cfi_oncampus/join.html
Gay & Lesbian Humanist Association- http://www.galha.org/
. GALHA offer a variety of resources, which includes a newsletter with
articles centred on homophobia, religion and sexuality by well
respected writers – probably one of the best sources of such material
available to serious students of such issues. See also the Pink Triangle Trust (and its blog (http://ptt-blog.blogspot.com/
which is updated daily with topical items of interest)... some of the
best, most pertinent news and analysis you'll read anywhere in the
British humanist community.'
Theocracywatch – http://www.theocracywatch.org/
. An academic study project run by the Center for Religion,
Ethics and Social Policy (CRESP) at Cornell University in the USA. As
well as online information and news, there are seminar announcements,
CDs and a range of other academic materials. The emphasis is on the
erosion of US democracy by the religious right, researched and
presented in a thoroughly objective manner by leading academics.
Mediawatchwatch - http://www.mediawatchwatch.org.uk/
. This site sprang up in reaction to the increasingly intimidatory
tactics of UK religious extremists. The name is a pun of Mary
Whitehouse’s old TV activist group, and reflects the site’s general
policy of turning the tables on her markedly more belligerent heirs.
Rationalist International - http://www.rationalistinternational.net.
The best source of writing by secular, humanist and atheist thinkers
from the Indian subcontinent. Sometimes a healthy corrective to the US
or ‘Eurocentrist’ nature of other secular thinking, and always a firm
answer to those who claim that ‘Secularism = Westernism’.
Brights movement http://www.the-brights.net - if anyone is interested to join a Brights cluster group in The Island, I would love to see a few more members join me: Erika Cowen.
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