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@AlastairLichten

The author

I’m a humanist community builder and activist with over a decades experience in AHS+ organisations, stretching back to student secular societies at university.

As of June 2022, I have been quoted in over 300 articles predominantly on secularist education issues, published over 100 opinion pieces on a range of AHS+ issues, produced dozens of podcast episodes, spoken at dozens of humanist groups, and appeared on dozens of media interviews and debates, including television and radio.

In June 2022 I moved to Humanists UK to work to focus on building inclusive and effective local humanist communities.

Between March 2014 and June 2022, I was employed by the National Secular Society in various capacities, leaving as head of education and the UK’s leading secularist education activist.

The views expressed on this website and associated media are my own personal opinions, and should not be taken to represent those of any current or former employers of the author.

What is this blog about?

Atheism: The lack of belief in gods.

Humanism: A philosophy which holds that human reason and empathy, rather than supernatural concerns should lead our approach to life. Most humanism is nontheistic, however, many people manifest their humanism through a religious tradition.

Secularism: A political philosophy which challenges religious privilege and promotes both freedom of and from religion. There are many approaches to secularism and this blog is situated very much within the liberal humanist tradition.

Plus: Philosophies and worldviews closely related to those above, including scientific scepticism, freethought and rationalism.

Anything else?: Football, politics, science fiction, feminism, family, sex, love, social enterprise and anything else I feel like writing about.

What does this blog aim to do?

Represent: progressive thought from the humanist and wider AHS+ community.

Inform: readers about news, campaigns and other issues relevant to AHS+.

Promote: AHS+ values such as freethought, reason and compassion.

Challenge: abuses of human rights and other harms caused by dogmatism, bigotry or religious privilege.

How can I support this content?

If you value the content on this blog and are able to financially support it, that would be great. Just a couple of pounds a month would help with hosting and other costs.

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