Homosexuality is not confined to humans. It is a natural behaviour and has been documented in over 400 species of animals.
Plans to set up atheist schools could soon be given the green light by the Government.
Education Secretary Michael Gove says he is open to the idea as part of reforms to his department, according to Premier Radio.
The move comes after high profile anti-faith campaigner Professor Richard Dawkins suggested the idea.
The Education Secretary said he would be “interested” to look at proposals for non-religious schools after Prof Dawkins, author of ‘The God Delusion’, said last month that he approved of the idea of setting up a “free-thinking” school.
Ann Widdecombe, the former Home Secretary who is also a believer, said it is not something that should be opposed.
She told Premier Radio: “If you can set up faith schools, then I think quite obviously you must also be allowed to set up a school that will cater for people whose parents are bringing them up specifically to have no faith.”
Widdicombe added: “I think it is a great pity if somebody is brought up that way, but our job is to win those people over, not to look to the law to do it for us.”
Addressing the House of Commons education select committee, Mr Gove said parents opposed to faith-based schools should be given more opportunities to educate their children in the way they want in the state education system.
Around a third of the 21,000 state primary (elementary) and secondary modern (high schools) in England are currently faith schools. The majority are Anglican or Roman Catholic, with small numbers of Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu schools.
By UK law, all other schools must provide religious education and stage a compulsory Christian assembly every day, although parents have the power to withdraw their children from attending.
According to secular humanists, human values should comprise the commitment to improve universal well-being. Ethical principles should be assessed by their effects on people, not by how well they conform to preconceived ideas of right and wrong.
Secular humanists reject that values and ethics are imposed from any deity. In that it echoes simple atheism. Secular humanism goes further challenging humans to develop their own values, and maintains that through a process of value inquiry, where reflective men and women can reach rough agreement concerning values such as integrity, trustworthiness, benevolence, and fairness; components of effective morality that are universally recognized.
These qualities are celebrated by almost every human association, not because god ordained them, but because human beings cannot thrive in communities where these values are ignored.
Secular humanists strive to offer a nonreligious guide that hopefully one day will conduct humanity in pursuing fulfilling and humane lives – lives that are rich intellectually, ethically, and emotionally, without reliance on religious faith.
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UPDATED: June 28th, 2011
Hi, I’m Monica, @Monicks on Twitter; remember this tweet? “Getting a count of atheists on twitter by hashtag! If you’re an atheist….”
If you’re fairly new to Twitter you can’t remember that time, but let me fill you in; I started this project somewhere in June 2009, it was a hard task, but I got help from my dear kind friend Antoine @OldCola @AthOnTwi who united his own list with mine (thank you, Antoine.) It took like four weeks for me to gather all the names to create this list, the first version was posted on my Tumblr on August 30th, 2009; but at some point there were too many names and Tumblr couldn’t hold them all in one post… who would have thought, right?
UPDATE: Guess what, to hold over 5,000 links to twitter profiles on a single post, triggers a warning from Google Chrome that the website contains content from a place that is known to distribute malware. Unacceptable. So, I hope you guys don’t mind the little changes.
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This list is a self updating spreadsheet.