The British Humanist Association (BHA) has started to issue a secularist text called The young atheist’s handbook to every secondary school in England and Wales.
According to Colin Hart, director of the Christian Institute, the BHA, which campaigns for a secular state, claims to be distributing the book so that pupils can ‘encounter the full range of philosophies and world views’ available to them.
The young atheist’s handbook was written by science teacher Alom Shaha, who shares his life lessons, based on humanist principles. Mr Hart said, ‘You could fit all the atheists into a place the size of Bolsover. For every 10,000 people, only 14 will not believe in God. The census does show that hardly anyone signs up to the full package of atheism’.
In one extract from his book, Mr Shaha said, ‘I think the idea that it is immoral to not believe in God is perhaps the most insidious one that parents encourage to take root in the minds of young children’.
According to the 2011 census, 33 million people identified as being Christian, compared to 15,067 people who said they were humanists, and 29,267 atheists.