The British Humanist Association
is an organisation of the United Kingdom
which promotes Humanism
. The BHA is committed to secularism
, human rights
, equality and mutual respect. It works for an open and inclusive society with freedom of belief
and speech, and for an end to the privileged position of religion in law, education, broadcasting and wherever else it occurs.
The BHA is the foremost provider of humanist and non-religious ceremonies in England & Wales, maintaining a national network of accredited officiants. This network offer humanist wedding/civil partnership celebration, humanist baby naming and humanist funeral ceremonies, linked to the rites of passage.
The BHA is a member organisation of the International Humanist and Ethical Union. The official symbol of the BHA is the Happy Human.
The British Humanist Association was founded in 1896 by American Stanton Coit as the Union of Ethical Societies, which brought together existing ethical societies in Britain.
IHEU's minimum statement on Humanism
All member organisations of the IHEU are required by IHEU bylaw 5.1 to accept the IHEU minimum statement on Humanism:
"Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethic based on human and other natural values in the spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. It is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality."''
The British Humanist Association campaigns for a number of causes. It supports the international campaign to make Charles Darwin's day of birth a public holiday, Darwin Day
. It also campaigns for legal provision against discrimination on grounds of religious belief or sexual orientation. It has called for unification of existing anti-discrimination legislation and has contributed to the Discrimination Law Review which developed the proposed Single Equality Bill
has criticised both the British Humanist Association and the National Secular Society
for their campaign against the Scout's
oath of allegiance as have Deborah Orr
and Rod Liddle
Famous British Humanists
- For more information regarding the 'Distinguished Supporter' honorific, see: BHA Distinguished Supporters