NSS Blog & Opinion
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.