This is the web site of the Suffolk Humanist and Secularist Group, providing fellowship, education and ceremonies for Humanists and Secularists in Suffolk, NE Essex, and elsewhere.
The Rationalist Association's magazine New Humanist has a new editor, Daniel Trilling. When he introduced himself in August, making it clear that he didn't share an anti-religious, hardline atheist point of view, he attracted (predictably) some strong criticism from those who did. In the winter edition of the magazine he's written,
As anyone who’s ventured online knows, to many people “atheist” has become a badge of identity, and an aggressive, exclusionary one at that. In a country like Britain, where being open about a lack of religious belief puts you in no physical danger, and does not hold back your career, your love life or your liberty, it doesn’t require much investment. For some, it’s become an easy way to feel smugly superior to the ignorant masses. Worse still, for others, it’s been co-opted into a paranoid right-wing project that would have us believe that the West is locked in a Clash of Civilisations with the Muslim world.
I agree totally. How about you?
The BHA has produced a clever Christmas card this year. It says "Christmas", until you turn it upside down.
To buy some, click here.
Of course, you may prefer to avoid referring to it as "Christmas" and stick to "Midwinter" instead. That's when we have the festival, after all. Click here to read about how the ancient festival got high-jacked.
See our page about Christmas under the "Humanism" tab above.
Whatever you call it, have a happy one.
If you meet any "Storms" at Xmas parties, go easy on them - or not.
Our latest newsletter is ready - click here to downlaod it (pdf). Only 2 pages (sorry), but there's a book review as well as details of meetings.
Someone in Australia loves Douglas Adams.
Bring your favourite CD tracks to Hadleigh Library and tell us why they're special when we listen to them. Family and friends welcome. We'll be in the seminar room on the first floor from 2pm.
Parking is free in the council car park opposite, accessed via Magdalen Road (see map via the link below). If you get lost, phone 07901 656463.
If you didn't come to our meeting on 9th July, you didn't miss much. We were going to watch a video of a lecture by physicist Lawrence Krauss, about how everything comes from nothing, but unfortunately Denis's laptop ate it. Instead, he found a video about Charles Darwin's life story. Later, I was surprised to hear someone say that he hadn't realised what Darwin had done, apart from his trip on the Beagle and its consequences. So, as compensation for those who didn't see the Krauss video, and to inform those who didn't know about Darwin's interest in all sorts of things here in England, including barnacles and pigeons, as well as the things he saw on the Galapagos Islands, here's one of Krauss's lectures and a link to a site that'll tell you all about Darwin. OK? Don't thank me now...
Click here for Darwin online, "The world's largest and most widely used resource on Charles Darwin".