British Humanist Association

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The British Humanist Association (BHA) is a United Kingdom organisation that promotes Humanism.

On its website, the BHA states that it "represents the interests of the large and growing population of ethically concerned but non-religious people in the UK – helping to set the agenda for debate. Committed to human rights, democracy, equality and mutual respect, the BHA works for an open and inclusive society with freedom of belief and speech, and for an end to the privileged position of religion – and Christianity in particular – in law, education, broadcasting and wherever else it occurs."

The BHA is widely known in the UK for supporting and officiating in secular funerals, weddings, baby-namings and other non-religious ceremonies. It also helps humanists and other non-religious people to gain confidence in their beliefs, supporting networks for families, teachers and others to share ideas and experience. Local humanist groups provide opportunities for humanists to meet like-minded people for lectures, discussions and social activities.

The BHA is not affiliated with any political party but campaigns energetically through making submissions to UK Government, giving evidence to official enquiries, and briefing and lobbying Parliament, for:

  • freedom of belief and respect for the non-religious, including recognition of humanist views on a wide range of issue;
  • an end to discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, whether in marriage law, the workplace, or the provision of public services;
  • an end to religious privilege;
  • inclusive schools where children with parents of all faiths and none learn to understand and respect each other, instead of being segregated in the growing number of faith and sectarian schools;
  • impartial, fair and balanced education about religion and beliefs, with an emphasis on shared human values;
  • school assemblies without religious worship.

The BHA lists Philip Pullman as one of its Distinguished Supporters.

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