NSS Blog & Opinion
Posted: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:28 by Terry Sanderson
The UN's recent examination of the Holy See presented yet more evidence of the Catholic Church's responsibility for, and cover-up of, child abuse. Yet the Catholic majority remains persistently silent, argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:05 by Alistair McBay
Alistair McBay examines the PR campaign behind an educational resource that seeks to bring creationism and intelligent design into the science classrooms of Scotland.
Posted: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:03 by Terry Sanderson
Being President of the National Secular Society is nothing if not unpredictable. And this year has been no exception for Terry Sanderson...
Posted: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:30 by Anne Marie Waters
Using the language of freedom, Islamists are turning back the clock on women's human rights. Segregation in universities is just another example, argues Anne Marie Waters.
Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:20 by Terry Sanderson
The Supreme Court has said that Scientology is a legitimate religion. This ruling undermines the automatic presumption that all religious groups are for the "public benefit", argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:11 by Terry Sanderson
The Vatican's refusal to provide information requested by the United Nations on the alleged sexual abuse of children could mean Pope Francis's honeymoon period ends in ignominy, just like his predecessor, argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:52 by Alistair McBay
Intelligent Design is back in shiny new packaging, labelled as 'evidence based and balanced' and getting into the science classrooms in Scotland, argues Alistair McBay.
Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:20 by Terry Sanderson
Mr Cameron gave Eric Pickles permission with the "Big Society" project. But we are going to have to ensure that he doesn't make the Big Society into one where only "people of faith" can contribute or benefit, argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:13 by Max and Meg Wallace
The New Zealand Census is telling us citizens are moving away from religious identification while the government still embraces it. It's time for constitutional separation of church and state to be openly discussed, argue Max and Meg Wallace.
Posted: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:00 by Terry Sanderson
Anecdotal reports of a rise in Catholic mass attendance since the arrival of the new Pope do not seem to be supported by systematically obtained data – at least in USA., blogs Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:00 by Anne Marie Waters
Baroness Warsi's partnership with the OIC means it is only a matter of time before we are completely silenced in the name of religious freedom, argues Anne Marie Waters
Posted: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:32 by Stephen Evans
The Church of England's intention is clear. State funded schools will be regarded as churches – and serve as pulpits for evangelisation, argues Stephen Evans.
Posted: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 10:00 by Veronica Wikman
The Scottish Government must take action to remove the proselytising opportunity presented by religious observance in our schools, argues Veronica Wikman.
Posted: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:36 by Stephen Evans
Despite the claims of its critics, secularism protects the freedom of conscience for all citizens, and welcomes believers and non-believers into the public square on equal terms, argues Stephen Evans.
Posted: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:05 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on Baroness Warsi's latest attempt to discredit secularism and promote the idea that religion and politics belong together.
Posted: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:28 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues that the next coronation ceremony of a British monarch should be secular - a ceremony that is inclusive, and reflective of the diversity of Britain today.
Posted: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:01 by Alistair McBay
Alistair McBay questions the objectivity of a new educational resource that claims to "review, objectively and dispassionately, the case for the existence of God".
Posted: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:11 by a teacher
A teacher's perspective on why faith schools should not be able to select staff and students based on their religion.
Posted: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:14 by Terry Sanderson
Pope Francis may be charming – but he is part of a rehabilitation plan that depends on bamboozling us rather than delivering any real change, argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:17 by Terry Sanderson
Your local newspaper is a ready platform for you to debate and discuss secularism, writes Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:18 by Gary McLelland
Young people have a human right to sexual health and relationships education. Something which the religious minority in Scotland is taking away, argues Gary McLelland.
Posted: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:57 by Keith Porteous Wood
The RE Council's report has been well received. However, with the decline in church attendance and increasing evangelism in schools, Keith Porteous Wood argues vital opportunities to reform RE have been missed.
Posted: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:57 by Alistair McBay
Alistair McBay blogs about the widespread failure of schools in Scotland to make the opt-out to Religious Observance known and accessible to parents.
Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:50 by Anne Marie Waters
Concordats are a little known tool of the Vatican to impose its dogma in to the public square. They are anti-democratic and anti-secular and, as Anne Marie Waters argues, are having a serious impact on the safety and health of millions of women.
Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:25 by Terry Sanderson
If an employer can reasonably accommodate religious requests without disrupting their business or disadvantaging their other staff, we have no objection. But if they can't, then employers should have the right to say "no" argues Terry Sanderson.