In spite of the Radio 4 ban on atheistic viewpoints (more below), some local BBC radio stations have a more enlightened policy for their own Thought for the Day talks. Here in Leicester our member Eleanor Davidson (who is also a member of the BHA and an accredited Humanist celebrant) has been invited to record a series of non-religious broadcasts for Ben Jackson's show on BBC Radio Leicester. For the first few editions Eleanor was incorrectly introduced as 'a local writer', but was properly acknowledged as a 'Humanist Celebrant' on 5 February 2010.
Listen to Radio Leicester live online here or on 104.9FM (in the Leicester area) or DAB.
|"A taste for nature in fact seems to arise of its own accord at a certain point in the maturing of civilization. It seems to come whenever men have grown sufficiently knowledgeable and secure to free themselves from ancient fears."|
The British Humanist Association and National Secular Society have long campaigned for an end to the religious monopoly in the Thought for the Day slots broadcast during BBC Radio 4's flagship Today programme. One of the main objections to the current format is that contributors frequently attack secularists and atheists who have no opportunity put their point of view or correct the slurs that are made. It is indeed highly likely that, should an exponent of secular philosophy be allowed from time to time, this ill-founded promotion of atheophobia would stop.
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