NSS Blog & Opinion
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.
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.
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.
Posted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:32 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues why we need a more balanced and secular approach to teaching religion in schools.
Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:31 by Calum Grant
NSS member Calum Grant questions how narrow are the limits afforded to freedom of speech when criticising or satirising religion.
Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:49 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues that human rights are not there to fulfill religious demands; but to protect individuals.
Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:30 by Keith Porteous Wood
As a United Nations Committee on children's rights confronts the Vatican on its abysmal record on clerical paedophilia and criminal cover-ups, Keith Porteous Wood describes his role in bringing the Holy See to account.
Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:15 by Terry Sanderson
Poll claims British public vastly overestimate the number of Muslims and underestimate the number of Christians – Terry Sanderson questions if we have.
Posted: Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:08 by Oliver Kamm
Oliver Kamm reflects on how our secular society moves forward whilst the Church struggles to catch up.
Posted: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:06 by Maryam Namazie
Maryam Namazie argues that if Channel 4 wants to do something really provocative; it should show Muslims as 21st century human beings and citizens with countless characteristics like everyone else.
Posted: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 13:02 by Terry Sanderson
Channel 4's controversial move to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer has set the cat amongst the pigeons. Terry Sanderson argues that the media needs to do more to show a balanced reflection of the Muslim community.
Posted: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:36 by Elizabeth O’Casey
After teenager Soheir Mohamed died whilst undergoing female genital mutilation in Egypt last month, Elizabeth O'Casey looks at the practice within the UK context and examines how little is being done about it.
Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:02 by Terry Sanderson
The EU Foreign Affairs Council this week adopted a report with 71 Guidelines to promote the right to freedom of religion and belief worldwide. Terry Sanderson highlights here some notable quotes.
Posted: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:22 by Oliver Kamm
Oliver Kamm explains why a Charedi faith schools' refusal to teach evolution doesn't just impoverish children's minds, but also violates their rights.
Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:24 by Stephen Evans
With the uproar over the Girlguides omitting 'God' from its new Promise; Stephen Evans blogs on why this is a step in the right direction.
Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:00 by Maryam Namazie
Maryam Namazie argues why we must oppose the far-tight of all varieties, but also the pro-Islamist left and side with universalism, equality for all and secularism, irrespective of beliefs.
Posted: Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:35 by Louise Finer
With NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde seeking to appeal the ruling for the allowance of conscientious exemption from abortion procedures, Louise Finer of Reproductive Health Matters argues that judges must not forget the rights of women – to health, autonomy, dignity and respect
Posted: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:29 by Terry Sanderson
The reaction to our challenge to Woking Borough Council's policy of providing free parking for worshippers reveals the national implications of our legal action.
Posted: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:16 by Alistair McBay
With two secular petitions on Religious Observance in play in Scotland, Alistair McBay blogs about the problematic relationship between religion and Scottish schools.
Posted: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:44 by Stephen Evans
Our legal action against Woking Borough Council has met with mixed reactions; Stephen Evans comments on why The National Secular Society is going to court over free parking.
Posted: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:58 by Octavia Nasr
Middle East commentator Octavia Nasr on why the founder of the modern secular Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, must be turning in his grave from the turn of events throughout Turkey and the political implications they usher in.
Posted: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:17 by Terry Sanderson
This defeat for the Church of England may yet have more serious ramifications. It has been speculated that gay marriage will bring the nation nearer to disestablishment.
Posted: Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:07 by Terry Sanderson
Private Eye's coverage on Aaqil Ahmed's latest headache at the BBC.
Posted: Mon, 03 Jun 2013 10:19 by Theo Hobson
A disestablished Church still has difficult issues to face, about how to relate itself to the liberal state, where to stand on homosexuality, and how to engage the world around it.
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.