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Editor's welcome

David Warden


This month, our talented team of writers has tackled a number of related themes including monarchy, republicanism, colonialism and the Commonwealth with thought-provoking incisiveness. We've even included an AI-generated recipe for Coronation Chicken for the delectation of our readers! It's probably fair to say that the weight of humanist opinion this month is against hereditary monarchy. I've done my best to be contrarian and to mount a defence of monarchy from a humanist standpoint. I shall certainly be watching the whole shebang. We'd love to hear your views of course so do please write in.

We're also very privileged this month to be able to include guest articles by Andreas Kyriacou, President of the Freethinkers Association of Switzerland, and by freelance journalist Camilla Landbø. Andreas has written about secularisation in Switzerland and Camilla has written about the amazing story of secular Uruguay. Closer to home, Megan Manson, head of campaigns at the National Secular Society in London, has contributed a stimulating view on the Coronation and Guy Otten, a vice-chair of Greater Manchester Humanists, has written about disestablishing the Church of England.

Anthony and I have waded into the trans debate with a critical piece about New Zealand Humanists' response to the recent visit of UK women's rights campaigner Posie Parker. We think it's vital for humanists to be able to express different perspectives on these complex social issues.

Last but not least, we have included Humanists International's update on Mubarak Bala. Please help if you are able to.

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