“Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.” ― Christopher Hitchens
Some of the work that we are doing
We are working closely with the British Humanist Association and the local Advisory Council for Religious Education at the moment to enable a non-religious person to have a say in the local RE Syllabus. We were refused a number of years ago but this year, it has finally been agreed that representation of non-religious families in Swindon is important. The aim is not to do away with RE, but to make it more inclusive for children who have no religion.
Humanism for Schools:
In the same vein as the above, we will also be hosting a training day in Swindon in February to equip people (anyone can come, you don’t need to be a teacher) with the ability to, if requested, visit local schools with information on what exactly humanism is and how it can benefit young people as they grow up. I personally see this as a neutraliser to some of the evangelism that schools all over the country are experiencing http://www.secularism.org.uk/evangelism-in-schools.html and as a method of expressing moral and ethical ideas to children without using religious texts as guidance. By learning that there are alternatives to religion, we can explain to young people that you can still be good and kind whether you are from a religious background or not.
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Belinda and Neil