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Launch: 08:00 GMT Wednesday February 18, 2009

The contributions have been streaming in, and now we're ready to launch.

The first "thought" will be posted at about 08:00 on Wednesday. I haven't decided yet which submission will be first, but every one I've received so far has been excellent, and every one of them deserves to be the first post.

So, between now and Wednesday please let as many people as you can know about this site. Blog about it, talk about it, write to your local paper about it. Spread the word. And of course remind people of the purpose behind it: to demonstrate to the BBC that a Secular Thought for the Day is just as valid, if not more so, than the faith-oriented intermissions on Radio 4's Today programme.

And if you haven't submitted your "thought" yet, please do so as soon as you can. We need a steady stream of submissions to keep the site running as we build momentum.

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Coming Soon

Assuming the pledge at PledgeBank is successful then there will soon be a daily posting here of secular thoughts.

We will be providing one thought a day for at least a month. It will be secular and will discuss topical issues from a moral or ethical perspective. Expect logical reasoning and rational arguments.

The site has been inspired by Gavin Orland's campaign to allow non-religious contributions to BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day slot, which is broadcast each day at 7:45am within the Today Programme. Here we are demonstrating, in the most practical way possible, that secular contributions are possible and would have something to say.

The thoughts published here will be written mostly by ordinary people who do not claim any particular authority or standing in society. They are not Rabbis or Priests nor are they personalities or household names. Their only authority is that they speak rationally and cogently about whatever subject they choose.


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