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Thought For The World was created by Juliet Wilson, a celebrant of The Humanist Society of Scotland. On Monday 9 February 2009, she wrote an article about it for Comment is Free in The Guardian. This is an extract.

"The BBC argues that Thought For The Day should remain devoutly religious because the rest of the programme is profoundly secular. I think they’re missing a trick.

If the UN Special Rapporteur on Religion and Belief is to be believed, the 2001 census figures are wrong, and two thirds of the UK population have no religious belief. Why should they look to religious leaders for moral guidance? If the Daily Mail is to be believed, there’s a huge moral vacuum in our society. For once, I agree, but let’s fill it with philosophers, thinkers and comedians whose conclusions are reached by reason and compassion rather than divine revelation.

I’m delighted that The Guardian is running the podcasts this year on their 'Comment is Free' website. I’m pleased to have the support of the British Humanist Association and thrilled we have so many female contributors. The BBC is a publicly funded body that should provide for and represent its full audience. That audience is becoming increasingly secular. Like many loveable aged relations, Auntie’s in danger of losing touch.

But why don’t you be the judge? if you like what you hear, please sign our petition. If you want the campaign to continue, bung us a fiver – the Humanist Society of Scotland is a small charity run entirely by volunteers and we don’t have the Licence Fee. As Ariane Sherine’s Atheist Bus campaign showed, Britain’s sizeable secular population wants its voice heard. Let’s challenge Thought for the Day with free thinking until the BBC sees the light. Now, that would be a miracle!"

Thanks for visiting the Thought For The World fundraising page. Your donations will allow us to keep the campaign going and produce secular Thoughts For the World for as long as the BBC continues to refuse to allow them on Thought for the Day.

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Faith groups increasingly demand to be heard in public life. They want to influence our politics, our schools and our cultural life. But who represents the interests of the growing number of ethically concerned but non-religious people in Scotland? The Humanist Society of Scotland (HSS) does.

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A word to the wise is enough

Donation by The Nullifidian on 12/04/09

£10.00

Now it's over £200, but some momentum would be good to see. I look forward to more open expressions of Humanism.

Donation by Gavin Kirby on 09/03/09

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

Donation by Jim M on 01/03/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

I'm enjoying the fresh batch of thoughts for 2009. Keep up the good work!

Donation by James R on 15/02/09

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

For Chris Mullender. Rest in peace

Donation by Malcolm on 13/02/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

For Chris

Donation by Kenny Mitchell on 12/02/09

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Can the sort of people who subject ideas to scrutiny really have 'thoughts'?

Donation by Niall Scott on 11/02/09

£11.11

+ £3.13 Gift Aid

power to the people

Donation by jackie on 11/02/09

£10.00

If you haven't already done so, read Owen Flanagan's "The Really Hard Problem"

Donation by Mike on 10/02/09

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

Best wishes, keep up the good work

Donation by Marilyn Jackson on 09/02/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Donation by Ken Hutcheon on 09/02/09

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Good Luck to the HSS

Donation by Gordon on 09/02/09

£10.00

The "Science Just Science" Campaign supports "Thought For The World"

Donation by James C. Rocks on 09/02/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Superb! Keep up the good work...

Donation by Richard Bingham on 09/02/09

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Thought for the Day can only gain by adding a secular or humanist voice. Let's get the support of every religious group on this!

Donation by Roger R on 08/02/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Let "Thought for the Day" include independent thought!

Donation by Paul Brill on 08/02/09

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

All the best!

Donation by Lewis Thomson on 07/02/09

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

Let's make it happen!

Donation by Juliet Wilson on 06/02/09

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

Good luck!

Donation by Tim Maguire on 06/02/09

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£211.11
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£211.11
  • Gift Aid£51.08

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