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Evangelism in schools – a parent’s perspective

Evangelism in schools – a parent’s perspective

Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:12 by Saul Freeman

A first-hand account from a parent on discovering and trying to deal with evangelism in his child's school.

One oath for all

One oath for all

Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:22 by Jessica Vautier

LSS member Jessica Vautier argues that the proposal for a new oath isn't an attack on Britain's religious heritage. It is an attempt to make the justice system fairer, and for everyone to be treated equally.

Evangelism in schools?

Evangelism in schools?

Posted: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 08:57 by Stephen Evans

A report published this week by the National Secular Society has shone a much needed spotlight on the activities of evangelical Christian organisations operating in our children's schools.

Scouts: Reflections on a victory from a former Scout Leader

Scouts: Reflections on a victory from a former Scout Leader

Posted: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:28 by Shaun Joynson

Shaun Joynson explains how it took a moment of brave realisation by one official that the world had changed and that as a movement, Scouting by definition, had to change and be open to all.

What is the freedom of expression if not the freedom of the heretic who thinks differently?

What is the freedom of expression if not the freedom of the heretic who thinks differently?

Posted: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:02 by Abhishek Phandis

LSE censorship – a first-hand account of what happened last week by Abhishek Phandis.

Research or propaganda? How the apologists for faith schools are fighting back

Research or propaganda? How the apologists for faith schools are fighting back

Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:03 by Terry Sanderson

The Government is in denial about the fact that parents would prefer there to be fewer faith schools and that the system is being exploited and misused by churches and extremist groups, argues Terry Sanderson.

Why is the state funding the indoctrination of children in schools with dangerous ideologies?

Why is the state funding the indoctrination of children in schools with dangerous ideologies?

Posted: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:55 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson asks how have we allowed state schools to fall into the hands of people with such a sinister agenda of indoctrination?

As the niqab controversy shows, not all women are feminists

As the niqab controversy shows, not all women are feminists

Posted: Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:38 by Anne Marie Waters

Just because a woman chooses the niqab does not make the niqab ok – it remains a tool of subjugation and suppression, argues Anne Marie Waters.

We are all at the mercy of the activists who are driving these veil confrontations

We are all at the mercy of the activists who are driving these veil confrontations

Posted: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:23 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues we must tread carefully so that our liberal impulses are not exploited and misused by people who are far from liberal.

Why “One of us”, the European anti-choice petition, should be monitored and tackled

Why “One of us”, the European anti-choice petition, should be monitored and tackled

Posted: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:52 by Julie Pernet

A statement on the "One of us" petition by Julie Pernet on behalf of the European Humanist Federation.

Can we please stop wasting money on these endless surveys that just tell us what we already know?

Can we please stop wasting money on these endless surveys that just tell us what we already know?

Posted: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:55 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues we don't need taxpayer's money being spent on reports that tell us that some religious people are annoyed that other people aren't interested in their beliefs.

Yes, we can talk about this

Yes, we can talk about this

Posted: Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:04 by Meg Wallace

Meg Wallace argues against cultural relativism as a basis for accepting moral values, and instead advocates the observance of the globally-agreed principles enshrined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On homophobia and racism

On homophobia and racism

Posted: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:52 by Terry Sanderson

Those who portray themselves as a moral arbiter have to be consistently moral — something which Justin Welby and The Runnymede Trust hasn't fully grasped, argues Terry Sanderson.

Report from Australia: secularists score political parties on their levels of religious favouritism

Report from Australia: secularists score political parties on their levels of religious favouritism

Posted: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:00 by Meredith Doig

Meredith Doig, president of the Rationalist Society of Australia, reports on her country's continued privileged treatment of religion.

Secularism for beginners

Secularism for beginners

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?

Islamic apostasy laws — a big disgrace in the 21st Century

Islamic apostasy laws — a big disgrace in the 21st Century

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.

Egyptians are in urgent need of the protection secularism can offer

Egyptians are in urgent need of the protection secularism can offer

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.

Stoning – the true horror

Stoning – the true horror

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.

Prayer Spaces in Schools

Prayer Spaces in Schools

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.

A right for one is a right for all

A right for one is a right for all

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.

It may be a new velvet glove, but it’s the same old iron fist at the Vatican

It may be a new velvet glove, but it’s the same old iron fist at the Vatican

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.

It’s not culture, it’s a crime against humanity

It’s not culture, it’s a crime against humanity

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.

Convictions for female genital mutilation: France - 100; Britain  0

Convictions for female genital mutilation: France - 100; Britain 0

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.

Muslims must be protected. Islam must not.

Muslims must be protected. Islam must not.

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.

Same Sex Marriage Act - time to separate religion from politics

Same Sex Marriage Act - time to separate religion from politics

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.