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Challenging Religious Privilege

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Publish and be damned

Publish and be damned

Posted: Sun, 09 Feb 2014 13:38 by Abhishek Phadnis

The mainstream media's craven refusal to print the Jesus & Mo cartoon seriously undermines the principle of free expression, and will further embolden professional offense takers, argues Abhishek Phadnis.

Baroness Warsi and the OIC

Baroness Warsi and the OIC

Posted: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:00 by Anne Marie Waters

Baroness Warsi's partnership with the OIC means it is only a matter of time before we are completely silenced in the name of religious freedom, argues Anne Marie Waters

What is the freedom of expression if not the freedom of the heretic who thinks differently?

What is the freedom of expression if not the freedom of the heretic who thinks differently?

Posted: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:02 by Abhishek Phandis

LSE censorship – a first-hand account of what happened last week by Abhishek Phandis.

Islamic apostasy laws — a big disgrace in the 21st Century

Islamic apostasy laws — a big disgrace in the 21st Century

Posted: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:08 by Nahla Mahmoud

Nahla Mahmoud argues that authorities, groups and individuals who use apostasy as a weapon to silence others or to justify their existence need to challenged.

Free speech?

Free speech?

Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:31 by Calum Grant

NSS member Calum Grant questions how narrow are the limits afforded to freedom of speech when criticising or satirising religion.

These imbecilic riots must serve to reinforce our commitment to freedom

These imbecilic riots must serve to reinforce our commitment to freedom

Posted: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:21 by Terry Sanderson

It is estimated that throughout the Muslim world something like just ten to twenty thousand people have taken part in the rampages that have dominated the headlines for a week. Terry Sanderson says these few Islamist extremists must not lead us to to compromise our commitment to the values of democracy and freedom.

Bishop Nazir-Ali gives a master class in hypocrisy and double-speak

Bishop Nazir-Ali gives a master class in hypocrisy and double-speak

Posted: Wed, 05 Sep 2012 11:37 by Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters argues that when it comes to freedom, prosperity and liberty, the men-who-live-in-palaces have got some serious questions to answer.

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.

Springtime for defamation of religion

Springtime for defamation of religion

Posted: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 08:41 by Robert C. Blitt

Associate Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee, Robert C. Blitt explains why The US Department of State and numerous human rights organizations are premature in heralding the end of attempts to entrench an international norm prohibiting blasphemy at the United Nations

Has the BBC Trust killed vigorous debate about religion on our national broadcaster?

Has the BBC Trust killed vigorous debate about religion on our national broadcaster?

Posted: Wed, 01 Aug 2012 13:01 by Terry Sanderson

If you can't even say "hogwash" about religion, then isn't debate is restricted to the point of being impossible? With its decision this week to uphold a complaint against Jeremy Paxman, Terry Sanderson says the BBC Trust has pulled the noose about the neck of free speech a little tighter.

It’s time to restore free speech – no-one has the right not to be offended.

It’s time to restore free speech – no-one has the right not to be offended.

Posted: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 17:01 by Keith Porteous Wood

Keith Porteous Wood explains why no-one has the right not to be offended, and no-one is entitled to have their feelings protected.

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.

A message from Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society and Simon Calvert of The Christian Institute

A message from Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society and Simon Calvert of The Christian Institute

Posted: Wed, 23 May 2012 13:08

A week ago we launched Reform Section 5 with a press conference in the House of Commons. The reaction was exactly what we hoped for: within hours everyone was talking about how ridiculous it is to outlaw insults.

Advertising watchdog threatens to martyr Archbishop Cranmer all over again

Advertising watchdog threatens to martyr Archbishop Cranmer all over again

Posted: Mon, 14 May 2012 15:34 by National Secular Society

Christian blogger Archbishop Cranmer is under investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority after he reproduced an advertisement from the group "Coalition for Marriage" which is seeking to thwart the Government's plans to legalise same-sex marriage.

Sharia Law and Free Speech

Sharia Law and Free Speech

Posted: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 14:03 by Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters argues that concerns over 'islamophobia' means truth and fair comment is under attack.

Bishops, too, are entitled to unpleasant opinions

Bishops, too, are entitled to unpleasant opinions

Posted: Mon, 06 Feb 2012 12:23 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on why he opposes the efforts of a humanist politician trying to prosecute a Catholic Bishop for hate speech.

Misguided liberals are playing us all into the hands of the Islamist tyrants

Misguided liberals are playing us all into the hands of the Islamist tyrants

Posted: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 09:05 by Terry Sanderson

The conflation of religion with race, and Islam with Muslims, is becoming an insidious tool to blackmail and stop people questioning Islamists and their activities – aided by misguided liberals.

Freedom of expression under threat by violent extremists

Freedom of expression under threat by violent extremists

Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:08 by Ann Marie Waters

Ann Marie Waters' account of how her talk on sharia and human rights at Queen Mary College, London was cancelled at the last moment because of an Islamist who made serious threats against everyone there.