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Church of England bishops are more elitist than David Cameron’s cabinet

Church of England bishops are more elitist than David Cameron’s cabinet

Posted: Tue, 05 Apr 2016 12:35 by Ed Moore

A small, almost entirely Oxbridge-educated elite are given automatic seats in Parliament. How do we allow this to continue, asks Ed Moore.

The surprising origin of Collective Worship in schools

The surprising origin of Collective Worship in schools

Posted: Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:32 by Ed Moore

Collective worship has its history in a murky compromise between politicians and the church dating back to the Second World War – and it is long since time the arcane requirement was removed, writes Ed Moore.

For richer or poorer – where is the Church of England?

For richer or poorer – where is the Church of England?

Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 11:55 by Ed Moore

Is the Church really as poor as it claims? Ed Moore, treasurer of the National Secular Society, considers the extent of the Church of England's considerable wealth.

Welby praises “most orthodox” bishops since WW2 as UK gives up on the church

Welby praises “most orthodox” bishops since WW2 as UK gives up on the church

Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:26

As the UK undergoes a "revolutionary generational change" away from religion the Archbishop of Canterbury has boasted that the Church's Bishops in the House of Lords are the "most orthodox since WW2".

Bishop Ball case: Questions for Lord Carey

Bishop Ball case: Questions for Lord Carey

Posted: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:26 by Richard Scorer

With the release of some of the letters written in support of Bishop Ball during the 1992-1993 police investigation, we're starting to see more clearly how he was protected, writes legal specialist on child abuse Richard Scorer.

Damning details emerge about establishment cover-up of Anglican sex abuse

Damning details emerge about establishment cover-up of Anglican sex abuse

Posted: Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:07 by Keith Porteous Wood

New revelations about the extent of the letter-writing campaign to help disgraced bishop Peter Ball escape charges raise urgent questions about the extent of the establishment cover-up, writes Keith Porteous Wood.

Time for the Church to come clean on the ‘Just Pray’ controversy

Time for the Church to come clean on the ‘Just Pray’ controversy

Posted: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:03

With a considerable media firestorm the Church launched a crafty piece of marketing for their 'Just Pray' campaign – centred on the accusation that their Lord's Prayer advert had been "banned" because it was "offensive". One week on, new facts raise significant questions about their claims.

So called Lord’s Prayer ‘Ban’: It’s Winterval all over again

So called Lord’s Prayer ‘Ban’: It’s Winterval all over again

Posted: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:43 by Stephen Evans

The controversy over cinemas rejecting religious advertising appears to be another attempt to reignite the Christian victimisation narrative, argues Stephen Evans

Bishops show why Church and State should split

Bishops show why Church and State should split

Posted: Wed, 28 Oct 2015 08:16 by GP Taylor

The Church of England is now widely regarded as irrelevant in the political and secular society that it seeks to minister and its bishops have no right to be part of our legislature, argues best-selling author and former Anglican priest GP Taylor.

Peter Ball sex abuse case: 20 questions that must be answered

Peter Ball sex abuse case: 20 questions that must be answered

Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:57 by Keith Porteous Wood

Any genuine inquiry into the handling of allegations of child sex abuse by Bishop Peter Ball must answer key questions about alleged cover-ups by the Church, police and CPS, argues Keith Porteous Wood

Should taxpayers be paying for the Church’s leaking roofs?

Should taxpayers be paying for the Church’s leaking roofs?

Posted: Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:40 by Keith Porteous Wood

Keith Porteous Wood argues that with the Church Commissioners sitting on a £4bn surplus, the Church of England should not be receiving additional public funds for fixing church roofs, and should concede to abolishing Chancel Repair Liability without compensation.

The dishonesty of religious lobbying shines like a beacon

The dishonesty of religious lobbying shines like a beacon

Posted: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 11:59 by Terry Sanderson

NSS President Terry Sanderson argues that the churches have changed their lobbying tactics, and are trying to impose their doctrines through misdirection and 'slippery slope' arguments.

Rendering unto Caesar

Rendering unto Caesar

Posted: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:42 by Alistair McBay

The established Church throws stones from inside its Government-subsidised glass cathedral, argues Alistair McBay.

Remembrance Sunday should not be dominated by religion

Remembrance Sunday should not be dominated by religion

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.

It’s not only Islamists who have Trojan Horses

It’s not only Islamists who have Trojan Horses

Posted: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:47 by Terry Sanderson

Those with a vested interest in the continuation of 'faith schools' have started their fight back against the growing number of critics, says Terry Sanderson.

School chaplains: the Church of England's latest plan to evangelise in schools

School chaplains: the Church of England's latest plan to evangelise in schools

Posted: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:49 by Stephen Evans

With the majority church schools now employing Christian chaplains, Stephen Evans questions whether public money intended for education should be used to fund the Church of England's missionary work.

The debate over David Cameron’s call to Christianity has taken a wrong turn

The debate over David Cameron’s call to Christianity has taken a wrong turn

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.


Cameron's courting of Christianity: divisive, inappropriate, cynical and shallow

Cameron's courting of Christianity: divisive, inappropriate, cynical and shallow

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.

Church of England is kept alive only by its presence in our schools

Church of England is kept alive only by its presence in our schools

Posted: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:30 by Terry Sanderson

With the Church of England is on its last legs, it's about time its continued involvement in state education was called into question, argues Terry Sanderson.

The Church of England’s unrelenting exploitation of the nation’s schools

The Church of England’s unrelenting exploitation of the nation’s schools

Posted: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:32 by Stephen Evans

The Church of England's intention is clear. State funded schools will be regarded as churches – and serve as pulpits for evangelisation, argues Stephen Evans.

Prayer Spaces in Schools

Prayer Spaces in Schools

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.

The Same-Sex Marriage Bill delivers a blow to the bishops in the House of Lords

The Same-Sex Marriage Bill delivers a blow to the bishops in the House of Lords

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.

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.

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.

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