Every secondary school in Cornwall will soon own a copy of a landmark atheist text.
The British Humanist Association (BHA) is sending out copies of The Young Atheist’s Handbook: Lessons for Living a Good Life without God to every school in the county as part of a national campaign.
A spokesman for the BHA said the initiative was part of its work to ensure young people had access to resources that enable them to come to their own decisions about their values and beliefs.
The book was written by science teacher Alom Shaha and tells the story of his upbringing in a Bangladeshi Muslim community in South East London, how he overcame his inner conflict surrounding his atheism, and the lessons he learnt in leading a good life based on humanist principles.
Mary Fletcher, secretary of Cornwall Humanists said: “We’re pleased that schools in Cornwall and in the whole of England and Wales, will now have this book available in their libraries.
“We’re sure it will be of great use to both teachers and young people from all backgrounds, who want to explore how people who are not religious find meaning and purpose in their lives, and make a positive contribution to our local community.”
Mrs Fletcher said the move to hand out the Atheist’s Handbook to every school was prompted by concern that books from a non-religious perspective were lacking in school libraries.
She said: “In the last census more young people than in the previous one said they were not religious, and we want to ensure that they know there they are not alone.”
Cornwall Humanists meet on the third Tuesday of the month at Truro College in the Fal building at 7.30pm for talks and discussions and new members are welcome. On May 20 Pedyr Prior will lead a discussion on the impact of recent upheavals in Arab States.
Source: West Briton