Defence Humanists and the British Humanist Association (BHA) are for the seventh year in a row advocating the inclusion of a humanist representative at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Whitehall. This year’s ceremony falls on the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, which means it is of crucial importance that service personnel of no religion are not ignored again once again by Government.
At the last count over 32,000 serving members of the Armed Forces described themselves as having ‘no religion’ – the largest group after Christianity, which has seen continuous decline in the six years since records began. The non-religious number eight times all the non-Christian religions combined, which, including Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Sikhs, number just over 3,000.
The membership of Defence Humanists alone is larger than the number of Sikh and Jewish members of the forces – but both Sikhs and Jews do have official representation.
Defence Humanists and the BHA are asking our supporters to urge the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport to reverse their current ban and allow non-religious representatives in our national remembrance events.
You can contact your MP and urge them to lobby the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid MP by following the links on this site. Please also spread word of the campaign to your friends, colleagues and family, and anyone else whom you think might be interested in speaking out for a fully inclusive Remembrance Ceremony this November and in the future.