Dr Simon Nightingale on BBC Radio Shropshire – Humanist views on forgiveness

Simon_NightingaleDr Simon Nightingale was on BBC Radio Shropshire on Sunday morning (20th November) delivering a ‘Pause for Thought’ on humanist views on forgiveness.

You can listen by visiting http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04dqz9k  and scrolling on the timeline between 1.19.30 and 1.26.30. The recording will be available for 1 month.

As Simon mentioned on the show, he will be giving a public talk on Humanism at the Engaging Issues Forum in Church Stretton on 29th November. For more information, please visit our blog post on the talk.

Simon Nightingale on radio: identity, labelling, prejudice and discrimination – and humanism

Simon_NightingaleSimon Nightingale was on BBC Radio Shropshire on Sunday morning talking about identity, labelling, prejudice and discrimination – and humanism.

If you would like to hear it (available for 7 days) go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03yf1r5#play and listen on the time line from 1:16:50 to 1:22:00.


BBC The Big Questions: Should humanists have the same rights as religious people?

In this episode, one of the three questions discussed was the rather oddly phrased “Should humanists have the same rights as religion?”

Humanist marriage was the main topic discussed, but whether humanism should be on religious education syllabuses was also touched on.

Amongst the contributors are Andrew Copson of the British Humanist Association and Julian Huppert MP.

You can find the link here to watch the programme for 30 days after broadcast.

You may wonder why the question even needs debating in the 21st century. You may be puzzled by the rant by one person that humanism is the work of the devil, but as another speaker said, that shows why we need to keep the right to mock.

Simon on Pause for Thought radio slot

Simon was on Pause for Thought on Radio Shropshire again. You can here it online until the programme changes on Sunday 8 May:


Listen from 2′ 16.45″ to 2′ 23″ on the timeline.

Simon writes:

I expect that some of my humanist colleagues may feel that my Pause for Thought is somewhat anodyne and would prefer a more direct attack on religion or an overt promotion of humanism, but I am strictly forbidden to promote humanism or atheism or to say anything that might upset anyone at all! My “thoughts” must be directed to any and all, regardless of faith or lack of it. The programme producer is very clear about what she wants for each Pause for Thought. It must start with something personal to me. I then develop that theme, add some quotation and then end with a “call to action” – often a prayer when others do it. Within those limits I have tried to present a calm, rational and thoughtful approach and to explain a bit about humanism in a non-confrontational way.

In contrast to my talks to philosophy or religious groups when I do not pull any punches, in this program I have to tread carefully as I am the first non-religious speaker they have used and the producer is fearful of a backlash that might prevent any more. So far, I have done 3 programmes without drawing a lot of flack. I might say that both the producer and the presenter seem quite sympathetic to humanism – so I hope to keep going a bit longer. The next is in August.

A step in the right direction: Shropshire humanist on the radio

On Sunday, August 1st, Simon Nightingale presented the first non-religious Thought for the Day on Radio Shropshire. You can listen again for a week on Radio Shropshire/Listen Again/Mike George, and go to 2.16 on the time line.