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You can’t do that – it’s against my religion

You can’t do that – it’s against my religion

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.

Book Review: The Public Woman by Joan Smith

Book Review: The Public Woman by Joan Smith

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.

Britain’s feeble religious right learns no lessons from its debacle at the European Court

Britain’s feeble religious right learns no lessons from its debacle at the European Court

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.

Catholic magazine says Same Sex Marriage Bill will disestablish the Church of England

Catholic magazine says Same Sex Marriage Bill will disestablish the Church of England

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.

New "safe campus" website - radical silence on religious radicalism?

New "safe campus" website - radical silence on religious radicalism?

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.

Women wake up – your dignity is negotiable

Women wake up – your dignity is negotiable

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.

Same-sex marriage – is Cameron’s commitment wobbling?

Same-sex marriage – is Cameron’s commitment wobbling?

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.

It’s the Church’s Christian duty to support the health service, not leech off it

It’s the Church’s Christian duty to support the health service, not leech off it

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.

We need answers to the doubts and distrust raised by the call for sharia law

We need answers to the doubts and distrust raised by the call for sharia law

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.

Unsatisfactory answers about Establishment

Unsatisfactory answers about Establishment

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.

Bishops in the House of Lords – too political or not political enough?

Bishops in the House of Lords – too political or not political enough?

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.

Are religions unfair to women? Is the Pope Catholic?

Are religions unfair to women? Is the Pope Catholic?

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

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.

The CofE tries to spin its bad news. But it’s still bad news.

The CofE tries to spin its bad news. But it’s still bad news.

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.

Fighting back in Strasbourg

Fighting back in Strasbourg

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.

Sharia councils: unjust, unequal and consequence of failed integration policies

Sharia councils: unjust, unequal and consequence of failed integration policies

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.

How the clash between Islamism and Zionism not only affects the Middle East but also the west

How the clash between Islamism and Zionism not only affects the Middle East but also the west

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.

At last – churches recognise The Big Society for the Big Con that it was

At last – churches recognise The Big Society for the Big Con that it was

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.

Why are children being forced into faith schools?

Why are children being forced into faith schools?

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.

Christian activists just won’t let it go

Christian activists just won’t let it go

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).

Saudi religious police aren’t funny

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.

It’s not fair! Why has Ireland got Ruairi Quinn, while we’re stuck with Michael Gove?

It’s not fair! Why has Ireland got Ruairi Quinn, while we’re stuck with Michael Gove?

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.

I’m grateful every day that I live in a secular society – and so should we all be

I’m grateful every day that I live in a secular society – and so should we all be

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.

Why so little openness in the establishment of these Sikh schools?

Why so little openness in the establishment of these Sikh schools?

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.

After Lord Carey’s attack, Prime Minister assures us that he is a good Christian

After Lord Carey’s attack, Prime Minister assures us that he is a good Christian

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."