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'Trojan horses' in Birmingham schools should come as no surprise

'Trojan horses' in Birmingham schools should come as no surprise

Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:59 by Rumy Hasan

With powerful religious agendas which reach far beyond faith schools and insufficient protections for community schools, Rumy Hasan argues, the so called 'Operation Trojan Horse' should come as no surprise.

Eric Pickles is doling out taxpayers’ money to ‘faith groups’ – where will it end?

Eric Pickles is doling out taxpayers’ money to ‘faith groups’ – where will it end?

Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:20 by Terry Sanderson

Mr Cameron gave Eric Pickles permission with the "Big Society" project. But we are going to have to ensure that he doesn't make the Big Society into one where only "people of faith" can contribute or benefit, argues Terry Sanderson.

The tensions between Muslim identity and Western citizenship

The tensions between Muslim identity and Western citizenship

Posted: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 07:37 by Rumy Hasan

Across the West the arrival of significant numbers of migrants has caused a number of acute and ongoing challenges, notably in terms of social cohesion. These should not be overstated, but nor should they be ignored.

Interculturalism: The new era of cohesion and diversity

Interculturalism: The new era of cohesion and diversity

Posted: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 10:27 by National Secular Society

In an important new book, Ted Cantle argues that multiculturalism, while seeking to protect minority communities and cultures, has led to a society of plural mono-cultures living alongside each other, where groups different than oneself are identified solely by their most visible characteristics.

Are parliament’s theocrats about to have their day?

Are parliament’s theocrats about to have their day?

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?

Leave Citizen Khan alone! Po-faced, humourless Muslim protestors are their own worst enemy

Leave Citizen Khan alone! Po-faced, humourless Muslim protestors are their own worst enemy

Posted: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:38 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson says Muslims who are protesting about the new BBC sitcom Citizen Khan should calm down. The sitcom, he argues, has the potential to do a big favour for Muslims in Britain if it is allowed to develop without every episode bringing a flood of complaints from those who take offense.

Why do we allow discrimination based on culture?

Why do we allow discrimination based on culture?

Posted: Wed, 15 Aug 2012 10:00 by Anne Marie Waters

So, the Olympics has come and gone and it's been a triumph; our athletes have done us proud and the UK has a whole new raft of sporting heroes and heroines. But that's not all – Saudi Arabia got off the hook, misogyny has been normalised, and multiculturalism has been disingenuously defended … all in a few short weeks.

Religious differences are reinforced by misguided enthusiasts like Tony Blair

Religious differences are reinforced by misguided enthusiasts like Tony Blair

Posted: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:28 by Terry Sanderson

Tony Blair has been on the public platform again talking about how important religion is for everybody. NSS President Terry Sanderson isn't convinced.

UK Integration Policy: Big Society...Or Faith Society?

UK Integration Policy: Big Society...Or Faith Society?

Posted: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:06 by Nahla Mahmoud

Nahla Mahmoud says that instead of promoting common values, the government is busy "defending the valuable role of faith in public life" and promoting religion as the solution for the moral decline of 'broken Britain'.

Secularism and religious freedom

Secularism and religious freedom

Posted: Wed, 06 Jun 2012 10:51 by Anne Marie Waters

An overview of a talk given to a Religious Discrimination and Symbolism workshop. The issue of religious discrimination — including with regard to religious symbolism and expression — is very current, and very popular.

Mr Pickles “community cohesion” policy is a recipe for conflict

Mr Pickles “community cohesion” policy is a recipe for conflict

Posted: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:39 by Terry Sanderson

Why is the Coalition Government increasingly embracing the policy of the US Republicans of appropriating religion for political purposes?