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The Annual Secular Europe Campaign March and Rally 2013

N.B. Some people have commented there are only 52 people registered to go to the March on this site. Please bear in mind this does not reflect the total number of people attending some people have not registered that they will be attending, many more are registered on Facebook and many will be attending from other groups and organisations.

The Secular Europe Campaign March and Rally

has become an annual event to celebrate all we have achieved in Secularism, to demand more and to have a jolly good time with like minded people.

Please join us on the 6th annual March this September.

We are marching to be seen, to be heard, to support others that are struggling to achieve their basic human rights and to show that we are a growing force that will stand up for what we believe in and will challenge what is unbelievable.

Secularism is about democracy and fairness.

In a secular democracy all citizens are equal before the law and parliament. No religious or political affiliation gives advantages or disadvantages and religious believers are citizens with the same rights and obligations as anyone else.

Secularism champions human rights above discriminatory religious demands. It upholds equality laws that protect women, LGBT people and minorities. These equality laws ensure that non-believers have the same rights as those who identify with a religious or philosophical belief.

The separation of religion and state is the foundation of secularism. Secularism is a framework for ensuring equality throughout society – in politics, education, the law and elsewhere, for believers and non-believers alike.


We will assemble in Temple Place at 12.30

The March will start at 13.00

The Rally will then be held in Richmond Terrace opposite Downing Street starting at approximately 2.00 p.m..


Speakers include;

Professor AC Grayling

Stephen Law

Maryam Namazie

Pragna Patel

Anne Marie Waters - One Law for All

Sue Cox - Survivors Voice

Nina Sankari - Polish Rationalist Association

Houzan Mahmoud - Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq

Bob Churchill - International Humanist & Ethical Union

Nahla Mahmoud - Council of Ex Muslims

Naomi Phillips Chair of Labour Humanists

Adam Knowles Chair of GALHA - LGBT Humanists

Rory Fenton AHS President

Charlie Klendjian Secretary of the Lawyer's Secular Society

Dr Pedram Kazemi-Esfarjani - Secular Medical Forum











Please put this important date in your diary now, add it to Facebook, tell friends and Tweet about it.

We will be using the hashtag SECM2013

You can adapt this draft tweet if you wish.

Join the Secular Europe March 14th Sept. Be seen be heard be Secular! Separate church & State#SECM2013












Find more information about the event at these links.

Secular Europe Campaign March & Rally 2013 | Facebook

Secular Europe Campaign -












There are many reasons to attend the March here are a selection and please add your own to the list in the comments section at the end of this page.

Mainly we don't have a Secular Europe.

Religious discrimination against women.

Religious discrimination against LGBT people.

The abuse of children by the clergy.

Bishops in House of Lords.

Religious institutions preying on the poor and vulnerable.

The teaching of Creationism in Schools.

Religious Schools full stop.

Community services being run by religious organisations.

Religious slaughter methods of farmed animal.

The religious anti abortion lobby.

Religious misinformation on contraception and AIDS.

Religious influence on the BMA on the health care of others.

FGM. (Female Genital Mutilation)

Religiously motivated male circumcision.

The right to die with dignity.

The abuse of women and children falsely accused of witchcraft.

The fleecing of their flock by prosperous gospel churches.

Showing solidarity with the rest of the world where individuals and groups are struggling to achieve basic human rights.

Intimidation and death threaths against Ex Muslims living in Europe.

Cultural relativism and putting faith and culture before citizenship and equality.

Discriminatory Sharia Laws being used in the UK

Forced marriages in the UK

Freedom of speech

Freedom of Expression.

We also march to celebrate success with Gay and Humanist Marriage in the UK.

And we march to show that we are proud and happy to live a Secular life.

We hope you join us to make the 2013 Secular Europe March a great success.









The SEC protests against:

  • the privileged status of the churches under Article 17 of the TFEU (Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union)
  • the privileged status of churches in countries where they are established
  • the special status of the Vatican at the United Nations and its economic and political privileges across Europe
  • state-funded religious schools

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  • Mary G.

    Just to let everyone on this event page know (for those who have not yet seen them), I've posted the photos I took of the March and Rally. Just click on 'photos' on the top toolbar and click on the relevant album. Enjoy! Mary

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    it was my first time at this event and it's definitely a worthy cause. Will try and get involved more.

    September 15, 2013

  • Hoogendoorn W.

    good to be there

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Martin D.

    I was particularly happy after the event when talking to a young lady who is attending Cambridge University who went back with an AHS leaflet and a determination to join the AHS.

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • SSK

    Really great speakers

    September 15, 2013

  • DAVID H.

    Actually got there, impressed by range of folk present and partic by Polish speaker.Thanks to organisers - liked the B/W '26' mitres- genius! Davidh

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Steve I.

    Good fun for a serious cause-well done Clive and Helen!

    September 15, 2013

  • Mary G.

    Thanks Josh - it was a great event - shame you couldn't be there ...

    September 15, 2013

  • Josh K.

    I am personally most grateful to the organisers of this event, particularly Helen Palmer and Clive Aruede, but not forgetting their great support team - they know who they are! Their hard work has ensured that this demonstration has continued to be a marker in the calendar for those of us who, whilst confident in the promise of an enlightened secular future, are old enough, or sufficiently well versed in history, to know the twists and turns that organised religious opposition can create. True secularity is for us all - the majority non-religious and the religious alike.

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Mary G.

    What a fantastic event! Thanks to Helen and Clive for all the work they put into it, and to fellow placard-makers and chant buddies :-)

    September 14, 2013

  • David M.

    Thanks to everyone for coming and to Helen and Clive for organising. It was an excellent day with excellent people and excellent speakers. Also special thanks to Phil and Rumit for sorting the microphone out.

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • stells d.

    Fantastic event.

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great, loved the chanting and the company but listening to the speeches was the best.

    September 14, 2013

  • Fiona W.

    Sorry I couldn't be there. I'm glad it was good fun, but I'd also love to have some serious feedback on how successful it was at getting the message across to the public - the object of the exercise!

    September 14, 2013

  • Tam N.

    Good fun. Met some really nice people. Over-ran slightly, but what the heck!

    September 14, 2013

  • Mark G.

    Hey everyone - hope you have a great time! I've been looking forward to this since I signed up to attend, but I can't come now, dammit. A knee injury means I'm not "mobile" enough. I look forward to hearing about it tomorrow @ Conway Hall.

    September 14, 2013

  • Mark G.

    Hey everyone - hope you have a great time! I've been looking forward to this since I signed up to attend, but I can't come now, dammit. A knee injury means I'm not "mobile" enough. I look forward to hearing about it tomorrow @ Conway Hall.

    September 14, 2013

  • James

    Might not make it for the start but def be there for the speeches. I'll try and find everyone!

    September 14, 2013

  • Steve

    Sorry, can't attend the Secular Europe event now :( Hope you all have a happy and successful day on Saturday.

    September 13, 2013

  • Couldbe

    I suppose the SWP will be nowhere to be seen again? It really does them no credit that they can't support a secular Europe where everyone's rights are respected.

    September 12, 2013

  • Josh K.

    When you fear losing something you realise how valuable it is.
    Spread the word about our March and Rally.

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Josh K.

    Chief Rabbi who is about to retire from that post but will remain in the House of Lords will not be supporting us - he thinks secularism has gone too far and should be pushed back!

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I dont know anyone at this meet up so hope to catch up with some of you before the day :)

    July 22, 2013

    • SSK

      there is a social event on 2/9/13 and we are a friendly lot :o)

      August 25, 2013

  • Joanna B.

    I hope Turkey's ban on scientific research involving either evolution or religion is also to be discussed. Turkey really is a part of Europe, and has a significant science budget, so their democratically-elected government introducing these sorts of bias in their "allowable" scientific outcomes is a real problem for us all. (Note that even if you don't set out to study religion or evolution, either can turn out to be a factor in all kinds of scientific questions.)

    1 · August 16, 2013

    • Clive A.

      What you say about Turkey is so true and it is why we need this annual march and rally to remind everyone that we cannot be complacent, we cannot take secularism for granted, we have to fight to make advances. In the rally at Richmond Terrace, Professor A C Grayling, Sue Cox and others will address the crowd. Would you please agree to say a few words on Turkey banning some science? We need voices such as yours to articulate these issues and concerns.

      August 16, 2013

    • Joanna B.

      Sorry, I'm not getting into London until 7pm that day -- tickets already booked.

      August 16, 2013

  • Jim

    Very sorry to miss this. I'll be in Switzerland (LHC!).

    July 22, 2013

    • Josh K.

      Does that mean Lazing Having Coffee or Large Hadron Collider?

      August 10, 2013

  • Shadé

    Can't wait for this, this is good cause! Can't wait to meet some of you on the day it will be interesting....

    August 9, 2013

    • Josh K.

      I agree. Unfortunately, I don't think I can make it this year but I will be marching and rallying where I am with the help of tweets from those taking part #SECM2013

      August 10, 2013

  • Priscilla R.

    Totally support this!!!

    1 · August 2, 2013

  • Fiona W.

    Me too. I'll be singing all day (in a church!)

    1 · July 22, 2013

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