Charles Cowling
  Posted by Richard Rawlinson ‘Organising atheists is like herding cats’. Richard Dawkins Every so often, civil celebrants here revive the debate about rituals in secular funerals. Some point out there’s plenty of spirituality already in a unique eulogy and individually-chosen readings and music, and enough symbolism with the procession of
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There’s nothing new in a minister-naffs-off-mourners story, nor yet a Catholic-priest-bans-eulogy story. Some minsters are insensitive to the needs of their congregations, some insist on theological orthodoxy, some use a funeral as a conversion opportunity, some like to remind non-churchgoers that they will burn for all eternity in the fires
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Richard Rawlinson Coming to adulthood in the 1980s, there seemed to be less anger surrounding religious beliefs. Before sex abuse scandals, suicide bombers and militant atheism hit the headlines, debate seemed more liberal, tolerant and respectful of differences. Ironically, there seemed to be less apathy, too. You could
Charles Cowling
  In an article in the Telegraph, atheist Brendan O’Neill asks: When did atheists become so teeth-gratingly annoying? Surely non-believers in God weren’t always the colossal pains in the collective backside that they are today? Surely there was a time when you could say to someone “I am an atheist”
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  Ed’s note: Here’s your chance to interrogate the BHA on humanist funerals. If you’ve something to say, say it. Hannah or another BHA representative will respond.  Guest post by Hannah Hart from the British Humanist Association explains the basics about humanist funerals, what happens at them and how they
Charles Cowling
We’ve held this over awhile, but the question it asks remains topical. The article is about the aftermath of the Newtown shootings:  The funerals and burials over the past two weeks have taken place in Catholic, Congregational, Mormon and United Methodist houses of worship, among others. They have been held
Charles Cowling
  Fans of Thunderbirds will be pleased to know that FAB 1 was among the mourners at his funeral (humanist) in Reading last week. 
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The Religion is the Blues [Trailer] from Antonio Rui Ribeiro on Vimeo.   Trailer for a film which examines the relationship between the blues and funerals. 
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  The following is by Matthew Parris in his Times column (£). A nice little snapshot of a typical modern British funeral. I went on Friday to the funeral of my dear and (very) old friend Barbara Carrington, my landlady once. It was a humanist funeral: beautiful, simple, unsentimental, with