NSS Blog & Opinion
Posted: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:46 by Adrian Short
The secular state frees believers from religious persecution and non-believers from religious compulsion. Adrian Short asks, who in their right mind would want anything else?
Posted: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:08 by Nahla Mahmoud
Nahla Mahmoud argues that authorities, groups and individuals who use apostasy as a weapon to silence others or to justify their existence need to challenged.
Posted: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:20 by Stephen Evans
Stephen Evans argues that secularism offers the only realistic roadmap to national unity for the people of Egypt.
Posted: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 10:17 by Anne Marie Waters
Anne Marie Waters argues that stoning is very much a part of Islamic sharia law, and needs to be named and shamed.
Posted: Thu, 01 Aug 2013 13:35 by Alistair McBay
As church attendance continues to plummet along with the numbers of Britons professing religious belief, the Prayer Spaces in Schools initiative is turning schools into churches — and turning teaching increasingly into preaching, writes Alistair McBay.
Posted: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:42 by Charles C. Haynes
Charles C. Haynes argues that the First Amendment of the United States Constitution must be vigorously defended from religious attacks.
Posted: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:43 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues that Pope Bergoglio won't move the Catholic Church forward and help it reform.
Posted: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 15:18 by Anne Marie Waters
Women's rights are being ignored and side-stepped under the guise of 'culture', 'tradition' and religion, argues Anne Marie Waters.
Posted: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:58 by Joan Smith
This country has a very poor record on the prevention of female genital mutilation. A new approach from the police could change that. But they need help, writes Joan Smith.
Posted: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:46 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues we must not allow the current attacks on the Muslim community to justify anything that looks even remotely like a blasphemy law.
Posted: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:44 by Keith Porteous Wood
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has passed with overwhelming support. It has done little more than re-brand civil partnerships, but symbolically its passing was a breath-taking moment of the zeitgeist, writes Keith Porteous Wood.
Posted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:32 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues why we need a more balanced and secular approach to teaching religion in schools.
Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:31 by Calum Grant
NSS member Calum Grant questions how narrow are the limits afforded to freedom of speech when criticising or satirising religion.
Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:49 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues that human rights are not there to fulfill religious demands; but to protect individuals.
Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:30 by Keith Porteous Wood
As a United Nations Committee on children's rights confronts the Vatican on its abysmal record on clerical paedophilia and criminal cover-ups, Keith Porteous Wood describes his role in bringing the Holy See to account.
Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:15 by Terry Sanderson
Poll claims British public vastly overestimate the number of Muslims and underestimate the number of Christians – Terry Sanderson questions if we have.
Posted: Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:08 by Oliver Kamm
Oliver Kamm reflects on how our secular society moves forward whilst the Church struggles to catch up.
Posted: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:06 by Maryam Namazie
Maryam Namazie argues that if Channel 4 wants to do something really provocative; it should show Muslims as 21st century human beings and citizens with countless characteristics like everyone else.
Posted: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 13:02 by Terry Sanderson
Channel 4's controversial move to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer has set the cat amongst the pigeons. Terry Sanderson argues that the media needs to do more to show a balanced reflection of the Muslim community.
Posted: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:36 by Elizabeth O’Casey
After teenager Soheir Mohamed died whilst undergoing female genital mutilation in Egypt last month, Elizabeth O'Casey looks at the practice within the UK context and examines how little is being done about it.
Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:02 by Terry Sanderson
The EU Foreign Affairs Council this week adopted a report with 71 Guidelines to promote the right to freedom of religion and belief worldwide. Terry Sanderson highlights here some notable quotes.
Posted: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:22 by Oliver Kamm
Oliver Kamm explains why a Charedi faith schools' refusal to teach evolution doesn't just impoverish children's minds, but also violates their rights.
Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:24 by Stephen Evans
With the uproar over the Girlguides omitting 'God' from its new Promise; Stephen Evans blogs on why this is a step in the right direction.
Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:00 by Maryam Namazie
Maryam Namazie argues why we must oppose the far-tight of all varieties, but also the pro-Islamist left and side with universalism, equality for all and secularism, irrespective of beliefs.
Posted: Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:35 by Louise Finer
With NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde seeking to appeal the ruling for the allowance of conscientious exemption from abortion procedures, Louise Finer of Reproductive Health Matters argues that judges must not forget the rights of women – to health, autonomy, dignity and respect