I have just received this e-mail from the Armed Forces Humanist Society: Dear member! ... This is an update - as promised - about the use of the posters that I agreed to have withdrawn two weeks ago. The complaint came via the Royal Navy Chaplaincy, and the main points raised were as follows (my explanatory comments are in bold brown italics): 1) They disagreed with our "assumption" that there are 24,000 personnel in the Armed Forces who are not religious ... We got our information from the MoD's DASA records [Table 2.13] which details those in the Armed Forces as of "No Religion". I'm told - and I quote - "... that just because a person does not declare a religion on JPA, it cannot be assumed they are not religious". ...The truth is, JPA does not offer "Atheism" or "Humanism" as alternatives ... Nor is "No Comment" an option ... So in the case of a religious service person who does not wish to divulge their religion, they have no other choice than to key in "No religion". Thus, the MoD claim, someone who ticks the"No Religion" box, is not necessarily "Not religious" - they might just wish to keep the issue as a private matter. As a result, the MoD claim the figures shown are not an accurate record of those who are not religious within the Armed Forces ... 2) Umbrage was taken to suggestions that some people may feel obliged to attend chapel services because they are told to... I was advised that no one is obliged or instructed or otherwise coerced into attending services people are given the choice to have down time when others are at a Church Service of their choice 3) Comments about anyone baulking during the praises to God during Remembrance Day Services ... I was advised that whilst non-Christians are not excused during prayers on Parade, they are not forced to take part in actually praying... 4) Comments that ... "We work from the baseline that people in general can be good, moral citizens, without religion, and are sometimes better for it." ... This was felt to be rather antagonistic towards other faiths/beliefs Bearing these points in mind, I will issue some posters sometime next week to be reviewed by the Royal Navy Equality and Diversity Unit for their agreement before promulgating to everyone. But I can tell you that The Chaplain of The Fleet has agreed to meet myself and Andrew Copson, and I believe Andrew and the Reverend Scott Browns PAs will be getting in touch to arrange it shortly. I will of course keep you informed as developments take place Chaplain, UKAFHA The offending poster: The utter cheek of these people.