NSS Blog & Opinion
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.
Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:04 by Stephen Evans
With the shortage of primary school places becoming more acute, NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans draws attention to the scandal of families being left with no option other than to send their children to 'faith' schools.
Posted: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:42 by Terry Sanderson
Numerous cases have been brought to British courts to try to prove Christians are being discriminated in the workplace, and all of them have failed. They have been to tribunals, Crown Courts, High Courts, Appeal Courts, the Supreme Court and then the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).
Posted: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:04 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on the Saudi religious police who recently evicted three men from an annual cultural festival and sent them back to Abu Dhabi.
Posted: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:19 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on Ireland's education minister Ruairi Quinn who, bit by bit, is challenging the stranglehold that the Catholic Church has over education in the Republic.
Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 08:45 by National Secular Society
Anne Marie Waters on why we need to remember – and everyone needs to know and understand – just how thankful we should be for secularism.
Posted: Tue, 09 Apr 2013 16:45 by John Hunt
Last month the local press reported that a Sikh free school "remains on course to open in Hounslow in September": but there has been no reporting of the secrecy and subterfuge surrounding its establishment.
Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:43 by Terry Sanderson
Still wincing from Lord Carey's attack, the Prime Minister David Cameron put out his own Easter message, assuring religious organisations that "As long as I am Prime Minister, they will have the support of this government."
Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:17 by Elizabeth O'Casey
A recent paper by Professor Steven Kettell shows that state religion is consistently associated with lower levels of political and civil freedom, and suggests the secular model as the best means to protect and promote human rights and freedom.
Posted: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:09 by Richard Heller
Ed Miliband's invitation to the new Archbishop of Canterbury was a mistake and a wrong turning in British politics.
Posted: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:24 by National Secular Society
Our Secularist Thought for the Day competition brought a big response from all over the country. Here's the winning entry...
Posted: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 07:37 by Rumy Hasan
Across the West the arrival of significant numbers of migrants has caused a number of acute and ongoing challenges, notably in terms of social cohesion. These should not be overstated, but nor should they be ignored.
Posted: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:33 by Terry Sanderson
A new report, confirming previous research, shows that religion is the least popular genre of programming on TV.
Posted: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:49
Terry Sanderson on the futility of debating Hamza Tzortzis – a man who doesn't believe in freedom, despises democracy and seeks totalitarianism.
Posted: Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:33
As we await the inevitable media-inspired 'Popefest' from the Vatican, Alistair McBay wonders if the new Bishop of Rome will grasp the full meaning of the words transparency and accountability, and face up to the Herculean task of getting the Church's house in order.
Posted: Thu, 07 Mar 2013 19:20 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson says level of arrogant politicisation to which The Catholic church aspired under the papacy of Joseph Ratzinger was appalling, but perhaps the decline of support in the pews may bring the Church to its senses.
Posted: Wed, 06 Mar 2013 11:14 by Brian D. Earp
In a new academic paper Brian D. Earp argues that a firm distinction must be drawn between criticisms of religious practices that stem from irrational prejudice and bigoted attitudes and those that are grounded in sound moral reasoning.