Most Britons aren’t religious- but are religious ‘voting blocs’ wielding increasing power in our elections?
Posted: Wed, 06 May 2015 16:46 by Benjamin Jones
Religious leaders are wielding disproportionate influence in this election. Benjamin Jones argues that this is likely to get worse, and politicians should resist the urge to treat religious people as blocs.
Posted: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:15 by Benjamin Jones
As huge demographic changes and the rapid increase in the Muslim population reshape religion in the UK, Benjamin Jones makes the case that secularism is the best guarantee of future freedoms for believers and atheists alike.
Posted: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:01 by Alastair Lichten
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: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:28 by Rumy Hasan
With the embedding in of multiculturalism, communal, sectarian politics are becoming prevalent in many towns and cities with significant religious-ethnic minority communities. Rumy Hasan argues that many candidates now seek votes from people on the basis of their religion, ethnicity, and country of origin, rather than on political ideology.
Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:34 by Rumy Hasan
Rumy Hasan argues that faith based identity politics have contributed to an increasingly divisive school system, which undermines children's right to a broad, critical and tolerant secular education.
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.
Posted: Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:37 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson reflects upon some recent findings on mixed communities and integration, and the implication of those findings for our education system.
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.
Posted: Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:13 by Anne Marie Waters
It's official – raping children is wrong. Sometimes. It depends on the colour (sorry "culture") of the child being raped. Welcome to post-racism Europe.
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.
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: 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.
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'.
Posted: Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:43 by Anne Marie Waters
Forced marriage is to become a criminal offence. I am tempted to think progress is being made and that many young girls will now be saved from a life of rape and servitude. I'm afraid I remain somewhat sceptical however, because laws mean nothing if they are not enforced.
Posted: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:04 by Anne Marie Waters
Anne Marie-Waters says that the doctrine of multiculturalism prevents criticism of the most appalling actions if the people committing them happen to not be white.
Posted: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 12:54 by Terry Sanderson
As Muslim scout troops proliferate throughout Britain, we now have news of the formation of a Sikh Scout troop forming in Slough in Buckinghamshire.