BHA celebrates successful Billboard campaign
By BRITISH HUMANIST ASSOCIATION
Added: Tue, 01 Dec 2009 00:00:00 UTC
As the Please Don't Label Me billboard adverts come down, the British Humanist Association (BHA) has thanked all those who came out and declared their support and gratitude for the campaign, in particular those who shared stories and feelings about the message of the campaign and how it resonated with them.
Launched to coincide with Universal Children's Day, the campaign quickly received the support of many hundreds of users of Twitter and Facebook, as well as welcoming endorsements from Derren Brown, Philip Pullman, A C Grayling and Tim Minchin. Donations received off the back of the campaign by the BHA have raised over 60% of the total required to fund the campaigner post against faith schools for another year, and the BHA has received hundreds of emails of support and praise.
'It was the people who told us why they were supporting the campaign, who maybe even got a little passionate about it, that really stood out,' said Bob Churchill, Membership and Web Manager at the BHA. 'People wrote us emails, posted messages on Facebook or let off some steam on a blog. We had former students of "faith" schools talking about how they were made to feel small and unwelcome and different because they questioned the religion they were told they "belonged" to. We had parents talking about the resentment of having to send their children to such schools today. We had teachers talking knowingly about the 'drip drip' of inculcation that goes on in RE and assemblies in schools they used to work in, or that they still work in. And of course we heard from people whose parents were too strict about religion when they were children.'
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