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BHA President Jim Al-Khalili delivers 2014 Voltaire Lecture

The room was heaving in Conway Hall last night as British Humanist Association (BHA) President, physicist and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili gave this year’s Voltaire Lecture on the theme of ‘Lessons from the past: science and rationalism in medieval Islam.’ The lecture was chaired by his predecessor as President, and current BHA Vice President, the […]

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Excitement is building for Women in Secularism III, sure to be among 2014’s most inspiring and thought-provoking events, taking place May 16–18 in Washington, D.C.

Can’t wait until the conference?

Check out these great interviews!

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Many of our brave and brilliant speakers have been talking to CFI and other media outlets:

- BARBARA EHRENREICH is on the latest episode of Point of Inquiry, where she discusses her new book Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything, and how she wrestled with atheism and spirituality. She was also interviewed recently on NPR and wrote an op-ed in the New York Times.

- REBECCA GOLDSTEIN was a guest on Point of Inquiry last month, talking to Josh Zepps about her new book Plato at the Googleplex. She also appeared in animated form with her husband Steven Pinker in a new take on their joint TED presentation on irrationality.

- SUSAN JACOBY, author of celebrated books such as Freethinkers and The Great Agnostic, was interviewed as part of a special “Women in Secularism” series at Skepchick.

-LINDSAY BEYERSTEIN, host of Point of Inquiry and award-winning investigative journalist, was also interviewed for the Skepchick series.

- SORAYA CHEMALY spoke to CFI–Northeast Ohio’s Monette Richards for a Secular Woman interview about her fight for equality and making serious efforts to bring more women into the freethought movement.

Now, imagine meeting and talking with these amazing women – and dozens more!
You can do it!

There’s only one event bringing these women together.

Register right now for Women in Secularism III

 May 16-18 in Alexandria, Virginia!

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Women in Secularism III
May 16-18, 2014
The Westin Alexandria • Alexandria, VA
(Minutes away from Washington, D.C.)


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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to both the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism. The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit us at www.centerforinquiry.net.


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The National Secular Society has welcomed reports that Ofsted inspectors are to be sent to schools amid concerns that children are being radicalised and exposed to extremist ideologies.

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Echoing the deeply mistaken comments of Communities Secretary Eric Pickles MP earlier this week, the Prime Minister David Cameron has today repeated the assertion that ‘Britain is a Christian country and we shouldn’t be ashamed to say so’ at a reception for Christians at Downing Street. Like Mr Pickles’, the Prime Minister’s remarks misrepresent the true […]

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The British Humanist Association (BHA) has today signed a joint statement in support of stem cell and reproductive health research in Europe. Along with 30 other signatory organisations and a number of European politicians, we have called for the European Commission to resist ‘One of Us,’ a European Citizen’s Initiative campaign which seeks to ban any activities which […]

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Dozens turned up for a debate hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues yesterday, where British Humanist Association (BHA) Vice President Professor Richard Norman spoke in response to the question ‘Is religion now at the root of the world’s violent conflicts?’  Also on the panel were Quilliam Foundation chairman Maajid Nawaz, Tony Blair Faith […]

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The Government has today published new GCSE and AS and A Level curriculum content for a wide range of subjects, including Science and History. The new content is to be taught from 2015, and includes a new module in A Level Biology on genetics and evolution. In addition, it has been announced that content for […]

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Oasis Community Learning, a chain of Academies and Free Schools with no legally designated religious character, has been establishing churches in its schools and employing chaplains who are present in the schools and ‘contribute to the curriculum and pedagogy’. Oasis is one of the largest Academy chains with some 41 Academies and Free Schools and […]

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In yet another comical intervention on the subject, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (CLG) Eric Pickles MP has insisted that Britain is a ‘Christian nation’ and stated that ‘militant atheists’ should ‘get over’ the fact. The British Humanist Association (BHA) has responded that Mr Pickles’s remarks are ‘simply untrue’ and another example […]

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Non-religious and Christian parents who have been allocated places for their children at a Sikh free school have argued that their right to educate their children according to their beliefs is being infringed.

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