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Secular Europe Campaign March and Rally

Twitter #seculareurope

Please join us for the Secular Europe Campaign Annual March and Rally.

The march is organised in conjunction with the BHA and the National Secular Society.

Assembly: 13:30 Storey’s Gate, Between St James's Park and Parliament Square

March: 14:00-15:00 Storey’s Gate, Parliament Square, Bridge Street, Embankment

Rally: 15:00-17:00 Surrey Street (Temple Place)

Watch the clip below if you need a little inspiration to attend

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3XKoZYbceE

The SEC protest 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

The SEC promotes:

  • freedom of religion, freedom of conscience and freedom of speech
  • women’s equality and reproductive rights
  • equal rights for LGBT people in all the European Union
  • a secular Europe – democratic, peaceful, open and just, with no privilege for religious or belief organisations
  • one law for all, no religious exemptions from the law
  • state neutrality in matters of religion and belief

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:

  • Robin Ince, Comedian and BHA Distinguished Supporter
  • Chris French, Skeptic and Professor of Psychology, Goldsmiths University
  • Warren Ellis, Writer and BHA Distinguished Supporter
  • Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner
  • Joan Smith, Journalist
  • Mejindarpal Kaur, Legal Director, United Sikhs
  • Richard Norman, Philosopher
  • Pavan Dhaliwal, Head of Public Affairs, British Humanist Association
  • Terry Sanderson, President, National Secular Society
  • Antony Lempert, Secular Medical Forum Chair
  • Adam Knowles, Gay And Lesbian Humanist Association
  • Nahla Mahmood, Council of ex-Muslims of Britain and One law for All
  • Sue Cox, Survivors Voice Europe
  • Maurizio Turco MP, Italian Radicals

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Missed the march because of the sheer amount of nonfunctional tube lines but made it to the rally. The turnout was a little disappointing, though if I knew in advance how many there would be I still would have gone and will continue to do so in future.
    I enjoyed the speakers, particularly Nahla Mahmood (I think that's who she was, anyway). The genuine passion behind what she was saying did a lot to remove any doubts about criticising faith schools and sharia law.

    September 17, 2012

  • Philip H.

    I was interested in Josh's observation that " the turn-out was disappointing." I too was a little dismayed at the numbers congregating in front of the QE ll Conference Centre but the numbers seem to have swollen once we were marching and I was quite heartened by the eventual turn out. I suppose one's response to the level of support is a function of your expectations and I suspect that a cause as abstract as "a secular Europe" would be unlikely to galvanize activists for particular causes like gay rights, lords reform and the abolition of state funding for faith schools etc., etc. If the purpose of the march had been more narrowly defined and the declared aim of the march had not been so nebulous, we might have seen many more marching. This was an event I was proud to be associated with and in no way constitutes any criticism of the organizers or the multiplicity of causes promoted by the placards - which I helped produce at the BHA HQ in Gower Street the evening before! Thanks to all!

    September 16, 2012

    • Philip H.

      I've just realized that I have mis-attributed the remark about turn out to Josh while Phil was the author; apologies to both!

      September 16, 2012

    • Josh K.

      I think there is much in what you say, Philip. Maybe next year we can choose one issue and really make that the focus of the campaign.

      September 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to all who attended especially those who offered to be stewards. Next year please bring a friend or three along with you.

    September 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Glad the weather was nice, and I was really proud to take part. The speakers were inspirational, and I came away feeling even more passionate about Secularism :) Shame there weren't more regular faces from CLHG.

    September 16, 2012

  • Josh K.

    Phil commented "Some good speakers, but just like last year, the turn-out was disappointing."
    I don't know what it will take to mobilise more people but if we keep going it will happen (unless we achieve a secular Europe before September next year :-)). It would be good if we could have some more feedback.

    September 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very good march in lovely weather. The 'rally' was more of a mixed bag - some good speakers, some a little less inspirational. Very odd location for a rally in a back ally. Good conversations in the pub afterwards and a fiendish trick demonstrated by Steve

    September 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Some good speakers, but just like last year, the turn-out was disappointing.

    September 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed chanting and marching with the others

    September 15, 2012

  • Sanch

    Couldn't make it. Hope it was a good one.

    September 15, 2012

  • Gary

    Suggest the Deveroux pub on Fleet street for post rally beers. Top of Surrey street, turn right and keep walling until you see deveroux court on right...

    September 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A group of us from LAAG (London Atheist Activist Group) will be there. supporting secularism. Hopefully we'll run into each other there! Looks like nice weather for it too. Have a great day everyone :-)

    September 15, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll text you otherwise, it'll be nice to see you!

      September 15, 2012

  • Josh K.

    I am having problems accessing the Secular Europe Campaign website. I have added the twitter hashtag for the event to our event page. It is #seculareurope

    September 15, 2012

  • Josh K.

    From the SEC facebook page -

    Kraków: https://www.facebook.com/events/383008128433433/
    London: http://www.facebook.com/events/307451025970582/
    Russia: http://www.humanism.ru/

    Human rights are in danger all over Europe – threatened by religious interference in politics. As our own Government threatens to “do God” on a big scale, we must let them know that we won’t tolerate any interference in the lives of those who don’t share, or won’t share, their religious beliefs.

    We must not stand by and watch religious doctrine written into law. This march and rally through the streets of London (and Kraków and Russia) is an opportunity to make our voices heard. BE THERE!

    September 15, 2012

  • Josh K.

    GOVERNMENT PROUD TO 'DO' GOD
    Communities Secretary Eric Pickles in an opinion piece for the Daily Telegraph headed A Christian ethos strengthens our nation: Religion shaped the modern British state, and this Government is proud to 'do God'.

    He asserts that "we are a Christian nation – and should not be afraid to say so". Now you know. You are here in this country on sufferance only according to our laughably titled "Communities Secretary"
    If you aren't planning to become a Christian or to be happy as a second class citizen/subject, I suggest you make your demands for equality at tomorrow's March and Rally.

    September 14, 2012

  • Steve C.

    Brilliant YouTube clip posted by Mary. Our own Marco is on the clip and will be there at the march.

    1 · September 14, 2012

  • Mary G.

    Here's a great YouTube clip about the importance of a Secular Europe. Suggest people copy and post this link on their Facebook Walls along with a copy of the Meet Up link above, encouraging FB friends to come along ...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3XKoZYbceE

    1 · September 13, 2012

  • Josh K.

    Apparently they will be marching in Russia also. Dear Friends!
    Russian Humanist Society welcomes  March and rally for a secular Europe - 15 September 2012!
    Secular Humanists in Russia strongly believe that only secular Europe and secular society provide the peaceful and democratic future for all habitants of the world.
    15 September 2012 we here in Russia will have of the March of Millions that is demonstration against clericalization and authoritarianism for democracy and human rights.
    Valerii Kuvakin,
    Russian Humanist Society,
    President

    September 12, 2012

  • Josh K.

    A little bird has told me that Marco Tranchino is in town! An SEC March & Rally wouldn't be the same without Marco!

    1 · September 10, 2012

    • Mary G.

      Haven't seen Marco in ages - do hope I see him on Saturday!

      1 · September 11, 2012

  • Philip H.

    Its not often you can do something that you know you must do and which helps you burn off calories at the same time!

    September 9, 2012

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