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The Government Department Communities and Local Government (CLG) has published the Citizenship Survey April-September 2007, England & Wales called ‘Race, Cohesion and Faiths – Statistical Release 2 – January 2008’. It discusses only faith, rather than ‘religion or belief’, to include those with non-religious beliefs i.e. humanists, atheists.

You can contact the CLG to make your views know on 020 7944 4400 contactus@communities.gov.uk

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

HFE Bill is passed in the Commons – with no changes to abortion law. The Commons voted with a large majority to pass the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.

Blasphemy Laws Bite the Dust The Christian tenets of the Church of England are no longer afforded special protection under English and Welsh law. 148 votes to 87 in the House of Lords. Guardian comment is free 7/3/08
Outright Victory in Landmark Tribunal

In December the BHA supported and funded claimant Mark Sheridan through a Tribunal in Abergele against his former employer, a Christian charity which had started discriminating against non-Christian staff and candidates. On 16 May 2008 Sheridan’s case was won unanimously and on every point of law. As well as a personal relief for Mark Sheridan, this represents a major victory in the BHA’s campaign on the contracting of public services to religious organisations.
National Offender Management Service (NOMS) consultation: ‘Believing We Can. Promoting the contribution faith-based organisations can make to reducing adult and youth re-offending’.
The BHA have a number of concerns about this consultation, which is seeking to increase greatly the number of religious organisations working with offenders in prison and in the community. To see their briefing click here for the PDF file.
The Government Department Communities and Local Government (CLG) has published the Citizenship Survey April-September 2007, England & Wales called ‘Race, Cohesion and Faiths – Statistical Release 2 – January 2008’. It discusses only faith, rather than ‘religion or belief’, to include those with non-religious beliefs i.e. humanists, atheists.

You can contact the CLG to make your views know on 020 7944 4400 contactus@communities.gov.uk


Thought for the Day Podcasts:
The BHA and the Humanist Society of Scotland have launched these humanist podcasts. Go to our campaigns page to read more about the Radio 4’s Thought for the Day Campaign.

Quotations

“Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast.” Isaac Asimov

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