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Government plans to force children to pray

The Goverment’s take on freedom of belief is examined by East London Humanists [Opinion piece Ilford Recorder (9.6.22); Barking & Dagenham Post (8.6.22.)]

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Religion and Cancel Culture

The vicious sentence on Humanist Mubarak Bala should remind all ‘culture war’ warriors that the hidebound religious have always presented one of the biggest threats to free speech. Barking and Dagenham Post Opinion Piece. 4 May 2022.

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24 year ‘blasphemy’ sentence protest. Thursday 28 April 4 – 6 pm

Mubarak Bala, President of the Nigerian Humanist Association, was jailed for 24 years on 5 April simply for expressing non-religious views on Facebook. Our group is supporting a protest organised by Humanists UK at the Nigerian High Commission, near to … Continue reading

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Environment Hustings Success

The pre-council election hustings on 11 April at Wanstead Library succeeded in achieving a generally good-natured and constructive debate. It was co-organised and co-chaired by East London Humanists and local conservation group, The Wanstead Society. The panel, comprising one candidate … Continue reading

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Reason v Racism

The appointment of Adam Rutherford as Humanist UK’s next president is cheered as an important antidote to the ugly spectre of racism. East London Humanist opinion piece published Barking and Dagenham Post 30.3.22, Newham Recorder 13.4.22.

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Cran Brook Festival. Cherishing our environment

A mini environmental festival was held in Valentines Park, Ilford, East London on 24 February. Deferred from Valentines day due to the high wind, the gathering was held in a corner of the park being re-wilded by the local community.

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Happy Darwin Day. Infection Reflection!

A time to celebrate the advance of science and its role in tackling infection, and decry those who ignore its lessons. Barking and Dagenham Post opinion piece 23.2.22.

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Taking liberties

Boozy parties and the Government’s attacks on civil liberties. Newham Recorder opinion piece 2.2.22

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Humanist Chaplain firsts in East London

The appointment of a non-religious ‘Chaplain’ in the London Borough of Redbridge in East London has proved to be an important milestone in many ways. ‘Spiritual Life’ column Ilford Recorder 26.1.22.

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One rule for them…….

Our Government disdains fairness, and that applies to the non-religious too. Opinion piece Barking & Dagenham Post 19.1.22

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