Jonathan Meades

Jonathan Meades was made a patron of Humanists UK for his exploration of the human condition through the arts.

Writer and broadcaster

The secularisation of society is vital. That means: quashing faith schools; instituting a uniform and predominantly Anglophone educational system; administering civil laws which do not acknowledge religions’ peculiarities; insisting on the primacy of free expression over the rights of institutionalised superstitions.

Jonathan Meades (born 1947) is a British writer on food, architecture, and culture, as well as an author and broadcaster. Meades studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) c.1967.

In July 2001 he was one of the signatories to a letter published in The Independent which urged the Government to reconsider its support for the expansion of maintained religious schools, and in July 2002 he was one of the distinguished humanists who read extracts from James Kirkup's poem “The Love That Dares To Speak Its Name” in a public challenge to the blasphemy law outside St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square.

See also
Jonathan Meades’ contribution to “Enlightening the Future 2024”, a Spiked discussion on key challenges facing the next generation
Jonathan Meades’ website