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Council prayers: Eric Pickles rewrites history again

Council prayers: Eric Pickles rewrites history again

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.

Eric Pickles’ dictatorial disregard for the law is dangerous in a democracy

Eric Pickles’ dictatorial disregard for the law is dangerous in a democracy

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".

Religious people should recognise that secularism benefits them, too

Religious people should recognise that secularism benefits them, too

Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:37 by Mary Draycott

The UK is a diverse society; a secular political system allows us all to develop equally in peace and fairness.

Prime Minister’s dissembling, hypocritical and disingenuous speech to religious leaders

Prime Minister’s dissembling, hypocritical and disingenuous speech to religious leaders

Posted: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 21:18 by Terry Sanderson

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, gave an Easter reception for Christian leaders at Downing Street this week at which he delivered an unctuous speech of such disingenuousness and hypocrisy that it almost takes the breath away.

The great debate begins

The great debate begins

Posted: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:44 by Terry Sanderson

We've been trying for a long time to get a national debate going about the place of religion in British society. It took our court case in Bideford to really ignite it.

Council prayer case will bring much abuse on to the head of the NSS

Council prayer case will bring much abuse on to the head of the NSS

Posted: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 16:28 by Terry Sanderson

As we contemplate the implications of the High Court decision that the saying of prayers as part of local council business is illegal, the National Secular Society is bracing for an absolute torrent of abuse, exaggeration, misrepresentation and hysteria from conservative sources.

Why Trevor Phillips owes the NSS an apology

Why Trevor Phillips owes the NSS an apology

Posted: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 12:43 by National Secular Society

Last week, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Trevor Phillips, wrote an article in the Sunday Times in which he expressed concern about the way in which the Human Rights Act is being abused and, as he put it, "used in ways which any reasonable person would describe as thoroughly bonkers".

A predictable reaction to council prayer challenge

Posted: Fri, 09 Dec 2011 12:30 by Terry Sanderson

NSS President, Terry Sanderson, reflects on the hostile reaction from commentators to our challenge to prayers during council meetings.