NSS Blog & Opinion
Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:33 by Imran Khan
When Conservative councillor Imran Khan opted out of Christian prayers at council meetings he was subject to ostracization, abuse and deselection. He's urging MPs to keep sectarianism out of local politics by voting against the Local Government (Religious Etc. Observances) Bill.
Posted: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 16:30
The British print and media press's response to the Charlie Hebdo attack has involved victim blaming, obfuscation and self-censorship, argues Sadikur Rahman.
Posted: Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:07 by GP Taylor
Many principled people of faith oppose religious privilege in state schools. Former Anglican priest GP Taylor makes an impassioned case for secularism as a basis for equally inclusive education.
Posted: Wed, 07 Jan 2015 19:25 by Terry Sanderson
Following the attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, NSS president Terry Sanderson insists we cannot, as a society, place religion beyond the reach of satire or critical examination.
Posted: Tue, 06 Jan 2015 10:03 by Alistair McBay
There are many ways to do good, including campaigning for human rights and equality over discrimination and prejudice, but charitable work is not a bargaining chip for special privileges, argues Alistair McBay.
Posted: Mon, 05 Jan 2015 11:57 by Matthew Syed
Matthew Syed argues that the right to religious freedom is not an absolute right to do what you like, and that religious exemptions for ritual slaughter are a slippery slope into far worse crimes.
Posted: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:58 by Sadikur Rahman
The last year has seen a number of successful campaigns against attempts to impose religion in our secular legal system. Council member Sadikur Rahman looks at hopes for optimism in 2015.
Posted: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:10 by Stephen Evans
The Government's proposal to reform the religious studies GCSE subject content falls far short of what's really needed, argues Stephen Evans.
Posted: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:27 by Benjamin Jones
The Sony crisis is almost identical to the Satanic Verses controversy, or the Mohammed cartoon riots. Benjamin Jones argues that Sony's capitulation to North Korea has all the hallmarks of religious blasphemy cases, and that the state religion of North Korea is functionally identical to theocracy.
Posted: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:01 by Alastair Lichten
When mainstream politicians endorse the 'Christian Nation' narrative they feed both Muslim and Christian persecution complexes and pander to the far-right, argues Alastair Lichten.
Posted: Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:23 by Stephen Evans
After it this week emerged that some school nativity plays are losing their religion, NSS campaigns manager, Stephen Evans, argues that schools should be free to innovate and have a bit of fun with their festive plays without po-faced nativity police telling them they can't.
Posted: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:28 by Rumy Hasan
With the embedding in of multiculturalism, communal, sectarian politics are becoming prevalent in many towns and cities with significant religious-ethnic minority communities. Rumy Hasan argues that many candidates now seek votes from people on the basis of their religion, ethnicity, and country of origin, rather than on political ideology.
Posted: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:43 by Benjamin Jones
Video has emerged of the Left Unity political party voting on whether to endorse the Islamic State. Although the amendment was easily defeated, Benjamin Jones argues that this is just the latest flirtation in a long courtship between elements of the British far left and the Islamist far right.
Posted: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:00 by a parent
One parent speaks out about the damaging impact of excluding her young child from mandatory collective worship in school, and how withdrawal isn't really an option at all.
Posted: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:27 by Matthew Syed
Moderate believers argue that Isis has misinterpreted the Koran. But no one can determine who is right or wrong, argues Matthew Syed.
Posted: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:10 by Alastair Lichten
Every year the National Secular Society is contacted by parents upset to discover that a festive charitable project in their children's school is unwittingly making them tools for evangelisation. Alastair Lichten looks at some of their concerns.
Posted: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:20 by Keith Porteous Wood
On Friday 7 November the Assisted Dying Bill was debated in the House of Lords. The executive director of the National Secular Society, Keith Porteous Wood, who attended last Friday's debate, reports back about the debate and the Bill's progress.
Posted: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:43 by Dan Snow
Historian, broadcaster and NSS honorary associate Dan Snow on the need for an inclusive and secular remembrance ceremony that better reflects the society it serves.
Posted: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:38 by Stephen Evans
A "hideous form of discrimination" or the justifiable removal of a religious privilege? NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans takes on Conservative MP Nigel Evans over the removal of transport subsidies to faith schools.
Posted: Tue, 04 Nov 2014 10:21 by Safak Pavey
Political Islamism has undermined the Turkish Republic's secular social order, education and legal systems and Western pundits manifestly failed to see this coming, argues Turkish opposition MP, Safak Pavey.
Posted: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:45 by Benjamin Jones
The British Election Study (BES) has shed new light on the voting intentions of non-believers and religious minorities. Benjamin Jones explores the results and considers some of the potential long term consequences.
Free Church of Scotland attacks secularism and “sexual equality”; calls for Biblical principles in Scottish Government
Posted: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:14 by Benjamin Jones
The Free Church of Scotland has labelled secularism "harmful to society". Benjamin Jones argues that secularism is in fact entirely impartial, and defends the rights of the religious and non-religious.
Posted: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:08 by Pragna Patel
The state's adoption of 'faith based' approaches to address minority issues are increasingly marginalising women from minority backgrounds and denying them the right to participate in the wider political community as equal citizens, argues Pragna Patel.
Secular conference created a sense of imminent and momentous change – and women will be the driving force
Posted: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:53 by Terry Sanderson
The passion of feminist secular activists from around the world at a recent conference inspired Terry Sanderson, who chaired a panel on religion in the state, law and politics.
Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:37 by Alistair McBay
Alistair McBay argues that a growing political alliance between the leadership of the Catholic Church in Scotland and SNP has implications which stretch far beyond the Referendum campaign and threaten to revive religious identity politics.