I’ve been pondering these for a while, and it’s taken me ’til now to realise that yes, this is happening somewhere near where I live. And to think I was warned of this by a yank!
The Secular Europe Campaign is a yearly march upon the streets of London, where a load of people will be pointing out that, actually, for a secular continent, and a world full of lovely rationality and science, people with gold hats and fatuous beliefs hold far to much power over our governments and paedophiles.
Here is Andrew Copson of the British Humanist Association, telling you why we could be rocking EVEN harder.
The way to tell if you approve of the march: answer me, are you a fan of these noble aims?
- 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, immune to the clandestine influence of privileged religious (or other) organisations
- one law for all, no religious exemptions from the law
- state neutrality in matters of religion and belief
- the privileged status of the churches under Article 17 of the TFEU (Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union)
- the special status of the Vatican in the United Nations
- state-funded faith schools
- the economic privilege and political influence of the Vatican
If so, then support the march.*
Oh wait, we’re a generation of celebrity-obsessed nutters. Then try this: Richard Dawkins, Robin Ince, PZ Myers and PHILIP PULLMAN all say “Hell yeah!” to these shenanigans. What right do you have to complain now?
Turn up, if you live in Dick Whittington’s hometown, and make an effort even if you don’t. I know I’m going to.
The march is on the 17th of September. I’d better get to banner writing!
* If not, you’re on the wrong blog.