NSS Blog & Opinion
Posted: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:44 by Terry Sanderson
On 21 June 2014, NSS President Terry Sanderson spoke at the Chatham Unitarian Church, about the importance of equalities protections and secularism to religious freedom. This is a transcript of his speech.
Posted: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:45 by David McClenaghan
Words are not enough: David McClenaghan argues that if the Church wants to deal with its record on child abuse it must root out both offenders and enablers.
Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:02 by Terry Sanderson
Rather than a faith-based ethos, Terry Sanderson argues that it's selection that allows faith schools to outperform other schools – and calls for fairer admissions policies to ensure a level playing field for all.
Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:34 by Rumy Hasan
Rumy Hasan argues that faith based identity politics have contributed to an increasingly divisive school system, which undermines children's right to a broad, critical and tolerant secular education.
Posted: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:32 by Terry Sanderson
Politicians are in denial over the problems caused by "faith schools" and religious influence in education, argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Sun, 08 Jun 2014 09:02 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson questions the relevance and wisdom of a BBC commissioned survey that apparently shows that religious people are more likely to give to charity than the non-religious.
Posted: Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:08 by Terry Sanderson
Speaking from personal experience, Terry Sanderson argues that religious opposition to a new law on assisted dying causes needless suffering to the terminally ill and their families.
Posted: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:49 by Stephen Evans
With the majority church schools now employing Christian chaplains, Stephen Evans questions whether public money intended for education should be used to fund the Church of England's missionary work.
Posted: Fri, 30 May 2014 11:10 by Matthew Syed
Our reluctance to fight 'small' battles – over forced marriage and the burka – merely emboldens the fundamentalists, argues Matthew Syed
Posted: Tue, 13 May 2014 09:55 by Sadikur Rahman
Sadikur Rahman, of the Lawyers' Secular Society, argues that the Law Society's response to criticism of its sharia guidance misses the point that the society has gone beyond its mandate and given credibility to discriminatory practices.
Posted: Mon, 12 May 2014 14:51 by Alistair McBay
National Secular Society's spokesperson for Scotland, Alistair McBay, argues that the Scottish Parliament's has helped entrench religious privilege in the country's education system.
Posted: Thu, 08 May 2014 14:33 by Stephen Evans
Food retailers should be upfront about what they're serving up, but the main issue is one of animal welfare, and the religious exemption that allows animals to be slaughtered without being stunned, argues Stephen Evans.
Posted: Thu, 01 May 2014 11:02 by Douglas Todd
Douglas Todd argues that, properly understood, secularism is the best thing that has happened for modern religion and religious believers, and that secular societies can be breeding grounds for religious pluralism.
Posted: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:16 by Terry Sanderson
Secularism offers the best route to a society where people of all religions and none can live together peacefully. In a debate at the Nottingham Secular Society, Terry Sanderson argues the time has come for all religions to embrace secularism.
Posted: Sat, 26 Apr 2014 09:33 by Terry Sanderson
Rather than being a voice for "moderation and reasonableness" over prayers at council meetings, the partisan and dictatorial Mr Pickles is pursuing an agenda to impose his religion on public life, argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:49 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues that the debate over David Cameron's assertions that the UK is a "Christian Nation" has led away from the important question of whether it should be.
Posted: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:32 by Elizabeth O'Casey
Following David Cameron's call in recent statements for British Christians to be more evangelical, Elizabeth O'Casey questions the appropriateness of his comments and reiterates the need for a secular state.
Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:59 by Rumy Hasan
With powerful religious agendas which reach far beyond faith schools and insufficient protections for community schools, Rumy Hasan argues, the so called 'Operation Trojan Horse' should come as no surprise.
Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:23 by Nida Kirmani
While human rights movements must engage people of all religions and none, Nida Kirmani argues that explicitly linking religion to human rights can lead to the exclusion and persecution of minority groups and undermine human rights' claims to universality.
Posted: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:33 by Terry Sanderson
One could almost be tempted to say "Hallelujah" to the news that Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has at last recognised that there is a problem with dangerous religious proselytising in schools – particularly, but certainly not only, in Muslim-dominated schools.
Posted: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:47 by Jonny Scaramanga
The Government may prohibit schools from teaching creationism as scientific theory, but as Jonny Scaramanga argues, public funds are still being used to introduce pre-school children to religious pseudoscience.
Posted: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:00 by Terry Sanderson
In a speech to "faith leaders" gathered at Downing Street David Cameron said that his Government intended to see that religious groups play a much bigger role in influencing its policies.
Posted: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:28 by Terry Sanderson
Eric Pickles, the Dickensian-style Communities Minister, has announced that Britain is a "Christian nation" and anyone who disagrees needs to "get over it".
Posted: Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:01 by George Gillett
George Gillett defends the fundamentals of secularism against the persistent attempts by some politicians and media commentators to misrepresent the term as a slur, to protect their own religious agendas in government.
Posted: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:27 by Oliver Kamm
When trying to reach reasoned and compassionate judgments, religion is frequently a source of confusion rather than light, argues Oliver Kamm.