Scottish care provider’s decision to drop faith test should prompt a rethink over equality exceptions
Posted: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:05
When religious organisations are delivering state-funded public services they should neither discriminate nor proselytize – argues Stephen Evans, looking at the case of CrossReach and its implications.
Posted: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:15
The British media unquestioningly promulgates the false narrative of Christians being discriminated against in the workplace. Terry Sanderson looks at the latest case involving a Christian disciplined for subjecting a subordinate to unwanted and intrusive proselytising.
Posted: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:46
The Christian Legal Centre's latest 'discrimination' claim follows a familiar pattern – but its use of dissembling tactics shouldn't be permitted to manipulate a change in equality laws, argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:01
When mainstream politicians endorse the 'Christian Nation' narrative they feed both Muslim and Christian persecution complexes and pander to the far-right, argues Alastair Lichten.
Posted: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:40
A Catholic diocese has made clear its intention to replace a headteacher, drafted in to save a failing school, because he isn't Roman Catholic. Stephen Evans argues that such discrimination would be totally unacceptable in almost all other areas of public life.
Posted: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:25
Misleading reporting of individual cases and calls for "conscience clauses" feed into a false narrative of Christian persecution aimed at undermining the Equality Act, argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:44
On 21 June 2014, NSS President Terry Sanderson spoke at the Chatham Unitarian Church, about the importance of equalities protections and secularism to religious freedom. This is a transcript of his speech.
Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:02
Rather than a faith-based ethos, Terry Sanderson argues that it's selection that allows faith schools to outperform other schools – and calls for fairer admissions policies to ensure a level playing field for all.
Posted: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:11
A teacher's perspective on why faith schools should not be able to select staff and students based on their religion.
Posted: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:44
Our legal action against Woking Borough Council has met with mixed reactions; Stephen Evans comments on why The National Secular Society is going to court over free parking.
Posted: Thu, 09 May 2013 10:40
Secularism does not control belief; it keeps religious oppressors away from power and, most importantly, keeps women safe and free from these oppressors.
Posted: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:08
Has the recent reshuffle appeased the religious lobby and are parliament's theocrats about to have their day?
Posted: Thu, 06 Sep 2012 06:32
In this response to Joshua Rozenberg's piece on conscience exemptions from anti-discrimination legislation, Human rights barrister Dr Ronan McCrea argues that discriminatory acts have a moral significance beyond the deprivation of the relevant service.
Posted: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 13:00
Legal expert Joshua Rozenberg on the employment cases due to be heard at the European Court of Human Rights next week, after all four applicants ailed to convince UK courts that they had suffered religious discrimination.
Posted: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 08:46
Anyone who has read the Eweida court and tribunal judgments and followed the case thoroughly (rather than basing our knowledge on the skewed and one-sided reports in the Daily Mail) knows that Nadia Eweida is not an innocent victim of religious prejudice. She is a determined activist who has bullied British Airways into giving her everything she wanted.
Posted: Wed, 06 Jun 2012 10:51
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.
Are some Christian politicians deliberately trying to mislead us – or are they just ignorant of the facts?
Posted: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 11:34
The myth that there is a ban on crucifixes or crosses in the workplace is now so deeply embedded in the national consciousness that even MPs think that such a ban exists.
Posted: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 11:11
A familiar pattern emerged this week in the latest "Christians are being persecuted at work" case to reach an employment tribunal.