Tags: Church & State
Posted: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:27 by Stephen Evans
A small group of Christians in parliament are changing the law to give councils the power to introduce their meetings with prayers. Stephen Evans argues that the right to freedom of religion should always be balanced by the right to be free from religion.
Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:33 by Imran Khan
When Conservative councillor Imran Khan opted out of Christian prayers at council meetings he was subject to ostracization, abuse and deselection. He's urging MPs to keep sectarianism out of local politics by voting against the Local Government (Religious Etc. Observances) Bill.
Posted: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:43 by Dan Snow
Historian, broadcaster and NSS honorary associate Dan Snow on the need for an inclusive and secular remembrance ceremony that better reflects the society it serves.
Free Church of Scotland attacks secularism and “sexual equality”; calls for Biblical principles in Scottish Government
Posted: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:14 by Benjamin Jones
The Free Church of Scotland has labelled secularism "harmful to society". Benjamin Jones argues that secularism is in fact entirely impartial, and defends the rights of the religious and non-religious.
Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:37 by Alistair McBay
Alistair McBay argues that a growing political alliance between the leadership of the Catholic Church in Scotland and SNP has implications which stretch far beyond the Referendum campaign and threaten to revive religious identity politics.
Posted: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:57 by Stephen Evans
Attempts to erode equality and undermine secularist principles must be challenged, argues Stephen Evans.
Posted: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:51 by Kenneth Houston
EU and UN 'dialogue' with civil society gives disproportionate weight to conservative religious voices at the expense of moderate and secular opinion, argues Kenneth Houston.
Posted: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:27 by Dr Ronan McCrea
Following the erection of a crucifix in the newly renovated Kerry County Council chambers, Dr Ronan McCrea argues that the values of a particular faith should not be given predominance in State institutions.
Posted: Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:38 by Terry Sanderson
A commission has set itself up to "take the temperature of Britain's relationship with religion". But with so many vested interests on board, Terry Sanderson questions how objective its findings will be.
Posted: Mon, 12 May 2014 14:51 by Alistair McBay
National Secular Society's spokesperson for Scotland, Alistair McBay, argues that the Scottish Parliament's has helped entrench religious privilege in the country's education system.
Posted: Sat, 26 Apr 2014 09:33 by Terry Sanderson
Rather than being a voice for "moderation and reasonableness" over prayers at council meetings, the partisan and dictatorial Mr Pickles is pursuing an agenda to impose his religion on public life, argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:49 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues that the debate over David Cameron's assertions that the UK is a "Christian Nation" has led away from the important question of whether it should be.
Posted: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:32 by Elizabeth O'Casey
Following David Cameron's call in recent statements for British Christians to be more evangelical, Elizabeth O'Casey questions the appropriateness of his comments and reiterates the need for a secular 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."