NSS Blog & Opinion
Posted: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:29 by Terry Sanderson
The reaction to our challenge to Woking Borough Council's policy of providing free parking for worshippers reveals the national implications of our legal action.
Posted: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:16 by Alistair McBay
With two secular petitions on Religious Observance in play in Scotland, Alistair McBay blogs about the problematic relationship between religion and Scottish schools.
Posted: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:44 by Stephen Evans
Our legal action against Woking Borough Council has met with mixed reactions; Stephen Evans comments on why The National Secular Society is going to court over free parking.
Posted: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:58 by Octavia Nasr
Middle East commentator Octavia Nasr on why the founder of the modern secular Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, must be turning in his grave from the turn of events throughout Turkey and the political implications they usher in.
Posted: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:17 by Terry Sanderson
This defeat for the Church of England may yet have more serious ramifications. It has been speculated that gay marriage will bring the nation nearer to disestablishment.
Posted: Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:07 by Terry Sanderson
Private Eye's coverage on Aaqil Ahmed's latest headache at the BBC.
Posted: Mon, 03 Jun 2013 10:19 by Theo Hobson
A disestablished Church still has difficult issues to face, about how to relate itself to the liberal state, where to stand on homosexuality, and how to engage the world around it.
Posted: Fri, 31 May 2013 13:48 by Margot Fernandez
As the Same-Sex Marriage Bill reaches the House of Lords, Margot Fernandez writes about the American experience of religion trying to dictate the law.
Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 10:01 by Elizabeth O’Casey
In her new book, The Public Woman, NSS Honorary Associate Joan Smith surveys the state of women's rights today and calls for a reconfiguration of the public space. Elizabeth O'Casey reviews it.
Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 18:42 by Terry Sanderson
With the recent rejection by the Grand Chamber of three 'religious discrimination' cases, Terry Sanderson questions why the religious right are still determined to push for their Christian privileges.
Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 11:04 by Terry Sanderson
The Catholic weekly magazine The Tablet carried an editorial in its 25 May edition predicting that the legalisation of gay marriage will weaken, if not completely end, the establishment of the Church of England.
Posted: Wed, 22 May 2013 17:17 by Elizabeth O'Casey
Elizabeth O'Casey argues for the importance of recognising the specific role religious extremism plays in the radicalisation of UK campuses.
Posted: Tue, 21 May 2013 10:22 by Anne Marie Waters
Anne Marie Waters argues that when there is a clash between the rights and dignity of women and religious or cultural sensitivities, women always lose.
Posted: Thu, 16 May 2013 13:50 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson questions if the recent political upheaval will add leverage for the opponents of gay marriage in the UK.
Posted: Mon, 13 May 2013 14:29 by Terry Sanderson
With the Archbishop of Westminster making the case for clerics in hospitals, Terry Sanderson questions why hospital chaplains are still funded by the public purse when the NHS needs all the help it can get.
Posted: Fri, 10 May 2013 14:24 by Kris Hopkins MP
Kris Hopkins MP argues that if the rights of women are to be protected, the government must ensure that the principle of one law for all is upheld.
Posted: Fri, 10 May 2013 11:30 by Keith Porteous Wood
Keith Porteous Wood reports on Lord MacKay of Clashfern's Richard O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture on the subject "Does Establishment have a Future?" at the Middle Temple this week.
Posted: Fri, 10 May 2013 11:08 by Terry Sanderson
Despite calling on the Archbishop of Canterbury to hand over some of the seats occupied by bishops in the House of Lords, Frank Field appears to want clerics to get more involved in politics.
Posted: Thu, 09 May 2013 10:40 by Anne Marie Waters
Secularism does not control belief; it keeps religious oppressors away from power and, most importantly, keeps women safe and free from these oppressors.
Not content with a third of state-sponsored schools pushing his faith, now Dr Welby wants the BBC to do more evangelising
Posted: Wed, 08 May 2013 14:42 by Terry Sanderson
The new Archbishop of Canterbury joins the orchestrated call for more religion on the BBC.
Posted: Wed, 08 May 2013 14:23 by Keith Porteous Wood
A closer look at the Church of England attendance figures, stripped of the spin, confirms the picture of continuing decline.
Posted: Fri, 03 May 2013 12:13 by David Pollock
David Pollock, of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, describes the goings on behind the scenes in the creation of a recent resolution on religious freedom at the Council of Europe.
Posted: Wed, 01 May 2013 12:34 by Nahla Mahmoud
Following last week's Panorama exposé of Sharia Councils in the UK, Nahla Mahmoud says the question isn't whether these councils discriminate against minorities and citizens from 'different' backgrounds, but whether the government actually cares.
Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:00 by Rumy Hasan
Since September 11 2001 however and the 'war on terror', the notion of the existence of a clash between two of Huntington's civilisations – the Western and the Islamic worlds – has gained traction.
Posted: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:54 by Terry Sanderson
It seems The Big Society is back – if only for the last nail to be driven into its coffin.