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..
Professor AC Grayling
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 http://tinyurl.com/SECM2013
Find more information about the event at these links.
Secular Europe Campaign March & Rally 2013 | Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/354424788022313/)
Secular Europe Campaign - (http://secular-europe-campaign.org/march-rally/)
Watch the clips below if you need more inspiration to attend http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3XKoZYbceE (http://www.facebook.com/l/IAQEIKyxp/www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3XKoZYbceE)
James McGuire's video from last year
Secular Europe 2012 - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhl8mEX1JDE)
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