WEBSITES OF INTEREST FOR HUMANISTS
British Humanist Association - 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 disturbing phenomena.
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.
Humanist Association of Ireland - www.irish-humanists.org
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’.
Maryam Namazie is an Iranian-born humanist writer and campaigner against Islamic extremism currently living in London. For some of the best informed coverage of such issues on the internet, try her website atwww.maryamnamazie.com. For updates on current campaigns in which you can help stop such abuse, visit her blog at http://maryamnamazie.blogspot.com/
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.
“Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox Appeal”... Some positive alternatives for humanists: