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Hull and East Riding Humanist Group

A social group for humanists, atheists, secularists, sceptics and agnostics


Welcome to the 2019 website of the Hull and East Riding Humanist Group. Our group provides an opportunity for like-minded people to meet and discuss humanist values, principles and related subjects and to promote an awareness of the philosophy of humanism to the wider public. The past two decades has seen a significant increase in the number of local groups springing up around the country and although the Hull and East Riding group is small in size (about a dozen regular attendees) we think that there is every reason to hope that the number of people adopting a humanist world-view will continue to increase with time. If you are interested in science, philosophy and debating secular ethics, our meetings are definitely for you, it’s free with a voluntary donation of £1 per meeting, why not give it a try? If you would like to ask any questions about humanism or the activities of our group, please email Tim Stephenson, the group secretary (tim.stephenson@herhg.org.uk).

We had our first meeting on 15th September 2008, originally meeting in The Olde White Harte in Hull City Centre, moving to the Friends Meeting House in Bean Street in January 2009, then back to the Olde White Harte in April 2010, then moving to the Tiger Inn in Lairgate Beverley in January 2012 and then moving to the Willerby and Kirkella Parish Institute in January 2019.  We have regular meetings advertised on this website. Between 2010-2012 we also ran a succesfull campaign to have the well-known Scientist, Humanist and Broadcaster Jacob Bronowski recognised with a commemorative blue heritage plaque at his former home in Cottingham. Jacob Bronowski lived and taught in Hull in 1940 and made the TV documentary the Ascent of Man in 1973.

Donations made to the Hull and East Riding Humanist Group using the link above are gratefully received.

What is Humanism?

Humanism is the belief that we can live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs. Humanists make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves. We take responsibility for our actions and work with others for the common good.Humanism encompasses atheism and agnosticism but is an active and ethical philosophy far greater than these negative responses to religion. The 2011 Census showed a large increase in the number of people in our region stating explicitly that they had no religion (25% of the population).

How do we know what is true?

What should we think about death?

What makes something right or wrong?

How can I be happy?

One of my writers for @TPostMillennial (@MoorJebsen) wrote a great piece about an online knitting platform (@ravelry) banning all Trump supporters. She’s not a Trump supporter, just a critical journalist. Ravelry’s response? Banning her from posting!


ICYMI, interview with @rfidler on @abcconvos from yesterday talking about my book, stand up, anxiety, Laurel and Hardie, Alexei Sayle, Brian Cox and all manner of things. Should be available to listen in UK too. https://t.co/zPoUY9L7J3

This man has been fired from his job at a supermarket for sharing a video on Facebook.

In the video, a comedian mocks the Religion of Peace.

Thank goodness there are still some brave supermarkets out there willing to uphold Islamic blasphemy laws.


Falcon Heavy certainly put on a show for its first nighttime flight: Here’s a stunning view of the rocket’s 27 first stage Merlin 1D engines as the STP-2 mission was launched early this morning.

I’m surprised by how many academics on here tweet out hateful crap under their real names 24/7. Just screeching & hurling abuse. I was an undergrad pre-social media. I wonder how it feels to see your prof shitposting & telling reasonable people to go fuck themselves all day. https://t.co/AvlvgnpLXE

"Overall, the evidence suggests that when a prominent figure apologizes for a controversial statement, the public is either unaffected or becomes more likely to desire that the individual be punished."


.@jonkay talks to Coleman Hughes about what it was like testifying to Congress about reparations and the strong reaction his testimony has caused. https://t.co/j8tcnUexb2

As for Christianity inspiring art, literature, music, architecture etc., here again history is our guide to testing your thesis @DineshDSouza that Christianity is responsible for these blessings. From The Moral Arc:


A Colorado teen is forced to register as a sex offender for exchanging sexts with other teens. The registry is out of control, doesn't make us safer, and is destroying the lives of people who present no risk to society. https://t.co/YEPVk3xSyQ

History shows your thesis that what makes America great is Christian values is wrong @DineshDSouza . Here is the passage from The Moral Arc refuting that claim with numerous examples of Christian nations that did not develop democracy or practice capitalism or embrace rights.

No @DineshDSouza America is not a Christian Nation. It is a Constitutional Republic. POTUS & SCOTUS swear not to Jesus but to the Constitution to uphold the laws protecting rights derived through natural law, not God. I refuted your book in The Moral Arc.

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