Tags: Church & State
Posted: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:00 by Terry Sanderson
In a speech to "faith leaders" gathered at Downing Street David Cameron said that his Government intended to see that religious groups play a much bigger role in influencing its policies.
Posted: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:28 by Terry Sanderson
Eric Pickles, the Dickensian-style Communities Minister, has announced that Britain is a "Christian nation" and anyone who disagrees needs to "get over it".
Posted: Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:01 by George Gillett
George Gillett defends the fundamentals of secularism against the persistent attempts by some politicians and media commentators to misrepresent the term as a slur, to protect their own religious agendas in government.
Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:31 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson clarifies the threat to freedom of religion and belief when secular courts rule on theological matters.
Posted: Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:26 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on the Religious Right's baneful attempts to desecularize the United States with a raft of "religious freedom" bills.
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: 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: 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, 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, 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, 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, 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: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 13:32 by Terry Sanderson
An encouraging letter from a Church of England vicar advocating disestablishment of the Church appeared in the latest issue of the Church of England Newspaper.
There is no American-style Religious Right in Britain, but the general theo-political landscape is lurching rightward
Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:50 by Terry Sanderson
A new report by the Theos think-tank throws some interesting light on the evangelical Christian groups that have pushed themselves to the forefront of religio-political activism in the past couple of decades.
Posted: Fri, 21 Dec 2012 09:50 by Terry Sanderson
As we prepare for the festive holiday, National Secular Society President, Terry Sanderson, reflects on the year past, and looks forward to the year to come.
Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:50 by Norman Bonney
The on-going debate over equal marriage has highlighted our outdated and outmoded marriage laws. Is it time for secular reform?
Posted: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:45
What has happened in this country in the decade since the last census? What has caused this huge flight from religion?
Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 19:05 by Simon Barrow
Simon Barrow explains why the recent Church of England vote against women bishops underlines the urgent need to keep religion independent of the state.
Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:55 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on how the vote at the General Synod to reject women bishops demonstrates why the establishment of the Church of England as an arm of the state is unsustainable in a modern, diverse society.
Posted: Sat, 10 Nov 2012 13:41 by Oliver Kamm
Oliver Kamm says the Church is entitled to religious liberty and freedom of speech, but it is not entitled to a privileged hearing, nor is faith a source of strength.
Posted: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:34 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues that all this talk of Britain being a Christian nation is a fantasy employed by Baroness Warsi and other pious politicians to push forward their own religious agendas.
Posted: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:04 by Terry Sanderson
While many will write it off as red meat being thrown to the raving fundamentalists on the back bench of the Tory Party, Terry Sanderson says the appointment of Baroness Warsi as "Minister for Faith and Communities" is potentially threatening for secularism.
Posted: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:08 by Terry Sanderson
Has the recent reshuffle appeased the religious lobby and are parliament's theocrats about to have their day?
Posted: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 07:19 by Claire McCormack
Ireland awaits a September report on its abortion laws by a European Court of Human Rights panel of experts at a time of rising political tensions over the issue and a backdrop of steep declines in the popularity of religion.