Past Meetup

EXT. EVENT (LAAG): Scaramanga exposé Xtian curriculum,& Celebrate Darwin Day!


We have 20 places for this event, which is run by our friends,

The London Atheist Activist Group (LAAG) - as well as registering here, please go to LAAG's Meetup site to book a place ( (These events are often full and people registered on the LAAG site will be given priority in that event)

It's Darwin Day, come along and celebrate! Our speaker this month, Jonny Scaramanga, is very suitable for Darwin day as he attended a fundamentalist Christian school in the '90s where he learned that the Loch Ness Monster disproved evolution, God disapproved of the NHS, and homosexuals were an abomination to God. He talks about what students learn in these schools today, and what we should do when the parent's right to freedom of religion conflicts with the child's right to a sound education.

Jonny is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Education, where he is researching student experiences in Britain's 50 Accelerated Christian Education schools. He has written for the Guardian, the Times Education Supplement, New Humanist, and Liberal Conspiracy. His broadcast appearances include BBC Radio 4, BBC2, BBC local radio, and Channel 4's 4Thought TV. His blog is at (, or you can follow @JonnyScaramanga on Twitter.

P.S we're told that yes, it was Jonny's family link to Ian Fleming that led to add the Scaramanga character in the Bond films!

And Jonny is a rock singer btw! More about him below...



£5 non members/ non RSVP'd
£3 LAAG/CLHG members, £2 NUS (RSVP'd)

Please note:

People who are no shows more than twice in a year (from now on) will not be eligible for discount, so please update RSVP's ;-) RSVP facility will close automatically, at 17:00 on the day of the event. ★★ If you have a genuine issue after that time, or are a 'maybe' for some reason, just comment in the boxes below & that'll be just fine. This is guide only & we won't be draconican, but it is a courtesy that shouldn't need to be asked for, especially when it possibly denies others from attending fully booked events. __________________________________________________

19:00- 19:20 General arrival upstairs (please get drinks and order any food DOWNSTAIRS first)

19:30 Discussion /Talk starts PROMPTLY, till latest 21:30 (but flexible)

Social time, drinks & nibbles, till 22:30



Hey, I’m Jonny.

I grew up in the UK as a Christian fundamentalist. Most people think this kind of fundamentalism does not exist in Britain, or it is limited to certain ethnic communities, like black pentecostals. They have no idea what fundamentalists believe, and certainly no clue what it’s like to be one.

I know all of these things. I know what it is to be lied to for an entire childhood, and then to spend your 20s trying to separate fact from fiction while worrying that you could be condemning yourself to eternal damnation.

So I am writing a book about it. This blog is for the research I turn up along the way that doesn’t fit into my book.

I’ve written about fundamentalism for the Times Education Supplement (, and discussed it on BBC Radio 4′s Sunday programme, hosted by Edward Stourton.

Feel free to add your own questions or comments in the comments boxes below (these comments boxes are for pre and post event discussion TO DO WITH THIS PARTICULAR MEETUP - please use the forum to start discussions about anything else) Though these midweek events are usually structured talks/debates/discussions, they are nevertheless fairly informal; so the bar is usually open upstairs in the break and feel free to order food and have it during the event (simple but pretty good we've been told). We start the discussion promptly at 19:30. As a courtesy to others, please try to turn up by 19:20 ... if at all possible :-) If a late arrival can't be helped, no worries, just come in quietly :-) The usual end time for discussion is 21:30pm, but this is flexible if people want to continue with the discussion, and usually we have some social time afterwards until 10:30pm (or until the pub closes!) The meetup fee either goes towards costs of running the group, and towards our campaigns and activism.