Welcome to your AHS+ Daily briefing on news, views and issues related to atheism, humanism, and secularism in the UK and internationally. Every weekday we highlight ten articles, news stories or other pieces of content we hope you’ll find interesting.
01. Latest episode of Skeptics with a K from Merseyside Skeptics
“This ep, Alice talks about the controversy Orgasmic Meditation, its advocates at OneTaste, and their ongoing trouble with the FBI. Meanwhile, Mike reflects on autism and reframing past events after receiving a diagnosis.”
02. UK: Conversion therapy ban must include harmful religious practices
“Planned Westminster legislation to ban so-called LGBTI+ conversion therapy must include harmful religious practices, Amnesty International said in response to the Government’s commitment to ban the practice but only after a public consultation.”
03. Virtual worship allows people to break away from local congregations to find new communities, say researchers
It would be interesting to see how many freed from social pressure of in person meetings can have a genuinely free choice of a more liberal or no Church, and the impact on secular congregations.
04. New bill proposes to replace compulsory worship with inclusive assemblies
A new bill could pile the pressure on England’s ridiculous requirement for a daily act of Christian worship in schools.
05. How to repair the American mind: solving America’s cognitive crisis
“Vast numbers of people do not know how to think critically and are insufficiently aware of how easy it can be for anyone, regardless of general education or intelligence, to be lured into a bogus belief. This abundance of unprotected minds provides the necessary foundation for our growing crisis. Minus many millions of people in such a vulnerable state, empty claims and ridiculous beliefs could not rage across the land collecting converts with the ease they do now.”
06. Inventing Secularism: The Radical Life of George Jacob Holyoake – book launch with Ray Argyle
“Jailed for atheism and disowned by his family, George Jacob Holyoake came out of an English prison at the age of 25 determined to bring an end to religion’s disproportionate control over daily life. The story of the rise and success of secularism as a political principle cannot be told without Holyoake, who in fact coined the term ‘secularism’ itself.”
07. Check out this report on religiosity inspections, the case against faith-based reviews of state schools
“Faith based inspections of state schools are an unnecessary drain on public finds, frame widely held values as exclusive, and promote biased religious education.”
08. It’s time for our Catholic president to address the church’s sexual abuse scandal
“For more than 25 years — nearly half of the president’s adult life — the U.S. Catholic Church has been dealing with the horror of widespread clergy sex crimes and cover-ups. Yet U.S. abuse survivors have never received official acknowledgment of their pain by any federal official anywhere.”
09. New Zealand’s Catholic Church investigating claims children were prostituted to Church officials
10. Did you miss last week’s post: “Happy humans and atheist ‘A’s; the symbolism of AHS+”
As an amateur graphic design enthusiast and doodler, I’ve been thinking about common symbols used by different atheist, humanist and secularist groups, what they communicate and why they are or aren’t successful.
From the atomic whirl of 1963 and the happy human of 1965 and more recent symbols, exploring the meaning behind common atheist, humanist and secularist groups’ iconography.
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