The Suffolk Humanist Group was formed in December 1991, so we're 21 this year. A bunch of us celebrated with a tea party in Hadleigh, Suffolk, today, where members old and new met and reminisced. Thanks to Sue Hewlett for organising the lovely buffet. The cake was lovely - sorry if you missed it, but it's all gone.
Physicist, author, and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili has been appointed the British Humanist Association's new President from January 2013, when he'll take over from Polly Toynbee.
Member Sue Hewlett will lead a discussion about some of the women who've influenced humanist thinking. As always, guests welcome and refreshments will be provided, but if you let us know you're coming it would be helpful. Click here to RSVP.
The latest issue of The Pink Humanist, the only LGBT magazine for Atheists, Humanists, Sceptics and Freethinkers, is out now. This issue has a strongly international flavour, with articles on Christianity and Fascism in the Ukraine, The Exemption of Gays in Turkey from Military Service, and Religious Law, Democracy and Human Rights in Africa – the last by the courageous Nigerian Humanist Leo Igwe.
Margaret will be talking about humanism and anything else that Lesley asks her on BBC Radio Suffolk today. If you miss it, you can listen again.
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National Secular Society intervention aims to protect UK equality laws from religious onslaught
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Research debunks the myth that Christians contribute more to society
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