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Your humanism is a thoughtcrime - Bob Churchill

We are delighted to welcome Bob Churchill of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). 

Around the world the non-religious are discriminated against by government-backed religious privilege, laws prohibiting advocacy or criticism, even the outright demonizing of atheism, humanism and secularism by authorities. In 13 countries you can even be put to death for "leaving" your presumed religion. Bob Churchill is the editor of the IHEU Freedom of Thought Report, an annual analysis of the violations of freedom against non-religious people globally. Bob will outline the basis for "freedom of thought and expression", the theme of this year's World Humanist Congress, and show how humanists are working globally for these freedoms, and other human rights.

Bob Churchill works in policy and communications at the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), having previously worked at both the British Humanist Association and the Uganda Humanist Association. He studied philosophy at the University of Warwick and Queen's University, Canada, and has long-standing interests in secularism, Humanism, ethics and epistemology. He has appeared as a spokesperson on the likes of BBC News, Channel 4 News and Al Jazeera and as a speaker at Skepticon, the Institute of Fundraising Technology, the Conway Hall Ethical Society, and the European Humanist Youth Days. 

He tweets @bobchurchill

Doors at 6.30 pm for talk at 7.00 pm

Please arrive early to have a glass of wine from our charity wine bar find your seat and chat with other members.

Donations to the wine bar will go to Bob's chosen charity which is: Humanist Empowerment for Livelihoods Uganda

All our talks are open to the general public and free to attend but we do rely on those who can, to make a donation of what they can afford, to cover the costs of room, equipment hire and help keep our talks free to all.

We encourage dialogue, debate and sharing of information on our site but ask people to keep their comments cordial. Any views expressed are those of the individual posting them and may not reflect those of the CLHG.

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  • Ian G.

    As mentioned I blogged a report on this event here: (Apologies to those already notified via twitter.)

    September 19, 2014

  • Mike S

    Brilliant talk; appalling that humanists are treated so badly in some countries, but great to hear about the impressive high-level work by IHEU to improve the situation.

    1 · September 18, 2014

  • stells d.

    Our thanks to Bob for a fantastic talk, entertaining and informative.

    1 · September 17, 2014

    • Ian G.

      have to agree. tweeted to bob but will post fuller report tomorrow. impressed and inspired. now I know why I joined CLHG. can't beat face to face knowledge.

      2 · September 18, 2014

  • Ian S.

    Good to hear that humanism is represented at the UN in such a thoughtful and politically acute way.

    2 · September 17, 2014

  • Sandra

    Hi, just wondering if I need a ticket to attend or we just roll up? Please let me know, this will be my first time in London and at one of your meetups. Thank you!

    1 · July 26, 2014

    • Bigus D.

      This event does not need a ticket. Just turn up. There's a £2 minimum donation if you wish to donate towards costs.

      1 · August 11, 2014

    • Sanch

      Free for first timers though :)

      2 · September 17, 2014

  • Mihai M.

    This sounds like a very interesting talk. Really looking forward to it.

    1 · September 16, 2014

  • terence f.

    I have to help run a local community library event and apologise for withdrawing. Sorry to miss this event.

    September 12, 2014

  • Mary G.

    Unfortunately I can't make Bob's talk as I shall be away :-(

    August 10, 2014

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