Humanists are hopeful for a breakthrough in the long quest for legal recognition of Humanist weddings in England & Wales. Ilford Recorder ‘Faith Column’ piece 6.8.20.
The deep roots of racism, its brutal consequences, and the pseudo-science that underpins it. Opinion Piece Newham Recorder 8.7.20
A message from Leo Igwe in support of Mubarak Bala, President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, detained since 28 April 2020. View here.
East London Humanists support demands for action against racism and for greater awareness. Opinion piece Barking and Dagenham Post 18.6.20.
An appreciation of humanist values and progress in these dark times. Opinion piece Barking & Dagenham Post 6.5.20.
Enduring values, progress and hope. Opinion piece Newham Recorder 22.4.20.
A humanist perspective on the virus crisis. Humanism = Atheism +. Opinion piece Barking & Dagenham Post 25.3.20 & Spiritual Life column Ilford Recorder 26.3.20.
The recent ridiculous Bishops’ Guidelines on sex come under the spotlight in this Barking and Dagenham Post opinion piece published 12.2.20
Keiron McCabe will speak about the latest developments in the campaign to reform the law on assisted dying. The event will be held at Wanstead Library* Mon 24 Feb 7.30 – 9.00 pm.
Keiron heads the Assisted Dying Campaign at Humanists UK. He cut his campaigning teeth working on the Hilary Clinton election campaign. Keiron also represents Humanists UK in the Assisted Dying Coalition comprising End of Life Choices Jersey, Friends at the End, Humanist Society Scotland, Humanists UK, and My Death, My Decision. The coalition was launched in Feb 2019.
Keiron has been closely involved in the recent high profile High Court Challenge by Paul Lamb, which was supported by Humanists UK. In describing his passion for reform of the law he explains that it would be of immediate positive benefit to the individuals concerned who simply seek peace of mind over their right to end their life at a place and time of their own choosing with their nearest and dearest. Reform has overwhelming public support, but has been thwarted by opponents often motivated by an underlying religious agenda.
The event is free and open to all. Doors open 7.00 for chatting and light refreshments. Join us at The George (opp Wanstead Tube) after the event for further chatting.
*Wanstead Library is a 3 minute walk from Wanstead Tube. There is free adjacent parking. The library has good disabled access and is served by numerous buses, including 145, 101, 238, W13, W14, 66.
Humanists were represented at the Holocaust Memorial Day event in London Borough of Waltham Forest on 27 January, it is believed for the first time. EL Humanists member Ruth Kaufman spoke alongside the Mayor and other religious and secular speakers. Ruth is the humanist representative on Waltham Forest’s SACRE (Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education).
Ruth introduced her contribution by pointing out that “people with no belief in God also were murdered in the Holocaust, also mourn, also must remember, and also must do all they can to prevent more genocide, more of man’s inhumanity to man.”
Ruth went on to read from the works of acclaimed author Primo Levi, a Jewish atheist captured fighting for the Italian resistance and detained at Auschwitz for 11 months. She concluded with his words: “We must be listened to: … It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say. It can happen, and it can happen everywhere.”