Tags: Freedom of Expression
Posted: Tue, 19 May 2015 09:51 by Alastair Lichten
Religious voting blocs and sectarian and divisive politics harm society and can undermine democracy. But are laws that potentially restrict free expression the answer? Alastair Lichten considers the charge of 'undue spiritual influence'.
Posted: Thu, 14 May 2015 09:20 by anonymous
Following the recent wave of assassinations targeting atheist and secular writers in Bangladesh, we publish the thoughts of a British secularist of Bangladeshi origin – and his message to their murderers.
Posted: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:23 by Benjamin Jones
It should be politically toxic, publicly excruciating, there should be protests, and mass disruption to campuses when universities censor blasphemy. Where is the outrage?
Posted: Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:53 by Benjamin Jones
A street preacher has been charged for giving a "religiously aggravated" sermon, and was told by a police officer that he wasn't allowed to offend anyone. Benjamin Jones warns of the danger posed to civil liberties if the state continues to police free expression.
Posted: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:54 by Sadikur Rahman
25 years after the Rushdie Affair, one month after the atrocities in Paris and days after the attack on a free speech seminar in Copenhagen, Sadikur Rahman looks at what lessons free expression activists and opponents have taken.
Posted: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:12 by Manfredi La Manna
Manfredi La Manna argues that the response to the Charlie Hebdo murders has exposed unpalatable truths in both the conservative and progressive camps.
Posted: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:45 by Gita Sahgal
Gita Sahgal argues that opposing religious fundamentalism is not a distraction from 'real' politics - the demands of social justice and civil liberties - but a pre-condition for achieving them.
Posted: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:31 by Benjamin Jones
NSS communications officer Benjamin Jones argues that the problem of Islamism is obscured by politicians and others simplistically categorising Muslims as either 'peaceful' or 'violent'.
Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:06
This is a translation of the editorial from the first Charlie Hebdo published since the Paris attacks. It is reproduced here in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo.
Posted: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 16:30
The British print and media press's response to the Charlie Hebdo attack has involved victim blaming, obfuscation and self-censorship, argues Sadikur Rahman.
Posted: Wed, 07 Jan 2015 19:25 by Terry Sanderson
Following the attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, NSS president Terry Sanderson insists we cannot, as a society, place religion beyond the reach of satire or critical examination.
Posted: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:44 by Terry Sanderson
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: 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.
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
Posted: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:02 by Abhishek Phandis
LSE censorship – a first-hand account of what happened last week by Abhishek Phandis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.