NSS Blog & Opinion
Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:25 by Nahla Mahmoud
Human Rights activist Nahla Mahmoud explains why we should all unequivocally demand one equal law for everyone – both in the UK and abroad.
There is no American-style Religious Right in Britain, but the general theo-political landscape is lurching rightward
Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:50 by Terry Sanderson
A new report by the Theos think-tank throws some interesting light on the evangelical Christian groups that have pushed themselves to the forefront of religio-political activism in the past couple of decades.
Posted: Tue, 05 Feb 2013 11:58 by Education for Choice
A new report from a charity that supports young people's right to informed choice on abortion has revealed the extent of poor-quality education on the topic.
Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 06:23 by Keith Porteous Wood
Keith Porteous Wood on why Edwards Leigh's bill to amend the Equality Act to add "conscientious beliefs about the definition of marriage" as a protected characteristic alongside disability, sex, and sexual orientation should never make the statute book
Posted: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:08 by Hope Knutsson
The Icelandic Parliament (Althing) this week passed a law which gives secular life stance organisations the right to apply for equal legal status with religions.
Posted: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:33 by Maajid Nawaz
Maajid Nawaz warns that the longer we stand by and watch the far Right and Islamists impose their dogma on our streets, the more the extremes will become mainstream for a rising new generation.
Posted: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:16 by Terry Sanderson
Several events over the past few months that have strengthened the argument for a change the relationship between the church and the state in this country. Terry Sanderson vows the NSS will not stop until the Anglican Church is in its rightful place – which is not as part of the state.
Posted: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:07 by Terry Sanderson
David Cameron's big society initiative could result in religion taking control of welfare provision, just as it did in Victorian times. Terry Sanderson warns against this and explains why the role of 'faith communities' should be limited and modest.
Posted: Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:38 by Stewart Ware
In an attempt to capture demographic data on the non-religious, Atheist Alliance International has set up the Atheist Census.
Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:27 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, provides a comprehensive round-up of the reaction to this week's European Court of Human Rights ruling on 'religious discrimination' in the workplace.
Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:29 by Ronan McCrea
Ronan McCrea, a barrister who helped prepare the National Secular Society's intervention, explains why this week's ECHR ruling does very little to change the rights of believers in the workplace.
Employers must justify requiring Christians to work on a Sunday (and why that wasn’t the headline in the Telegraph)
Posted: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:26 by Darren Newman
Excellent commentary form employment law specialist Darren Newman on the discrimination case involving a devout Christian who refused to work on Sundays.
Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:47 by Terry Sanderson
We've got another big year coming up and the strength of our voice is crucial. Please be part of it. Put your principles into action today.
Posted: Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:51 by Stephen Evans
Despite describing themselves as "open and inclusive" organisations, both the Scouts and the Girl Guides currently insist that new members take a 'Promise' that includes a religious oath. However, this could all be about to change.
Posted: Fri, 21 Dec 2012 09:50 by Terry Sanderson
As we prepare for the festive holiday, National Secular Society President, Terry Sanderson, reflects on the year past, and looks forward to the year to come.
Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:50 by Norman Bonney
The on-going debate over equal marriage has highlighted our outdated and outmoded marriage laws. Is it time for secular reform?
Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:09 by Catherine Le Fur
Catherine Le Fur on the intensifying debate in France over the French Government's plans to legalise same-sex marriage
Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:51 by Jill Farquhar
Jill Farquhar argues that the conflation of 'religion' with 'religious background' in the Northern Ireland census perpetuates the idea that the religion of our parents defines our own religious identity.
Posted: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:45
What has happened in this country in the decade since the last census? What has caused this huge flight from religion?
Posted: Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:31 by Keith Porteous Wood
It was nearly five years ago that I went with a colleague to speak to Derek Twine, the chief executive of the Scouts, and his senior colleagues, to discuss the possibility of the Scouts being opened up to the non-religious.
Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:38 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson suggests prayer will be the only "treatment" available in hospitals soon as they close and go bankrupt.
Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:14 by Stephen Evans
Stephen Evans argues that it's time for the Government to stop dragging its heels and outlaw discrimination and harassment on the grounds of caste.
Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:30
Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 19:05 by Simon Barrow
Simon Barrow explains why the recent Church of England vote against women bishops underlines the urgent need to keep religion independent of the state.
Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:55 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on how the vote at the General Synod to reject women bishops demonstrates why the establishment of the Church of England as an arm of the state is unsustainable in a modern, diverse society.