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Religion as a human rights liability

Religion as a human rights liability

Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:23 by Nida Kirmani

While human rights movements must engage people of all religions and none, Nida Kirmani argues that explicitly linking religion to human rights can lead to the exclusion and persecution of minority groups and undermine human rights' claims to universality.

Why it would have been invidious to put the Mormon Church on trial

Why it would have been invidious to put the Mormon Church on trial

Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:31 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson clarifies the threat to freedom of religion and belief when secular courts rule on theological matters.

Tony Blair’s ‘solution’ to religious conflict will simply make things worse

Tony Blair’s ‘solution’ to religious conflict will simply make things worse

Posted: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:39 by Terry Sanderson

In reaction to Tony Blair's recent reflections on religious conflict, Terry Sanderson reflects upon the dangers of Blair's promotion of the "us" and "them" mentality.

Scientology’s dream comes true

Scientology’s dream comes true

Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:20 by Terry Sanderson

The Supreme Court has said that Scientology is a legitimate religion. This ruling undermines the automatic presumption that all religious groups are for the "public benefit", argues Terry Sanderson.

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

Secularism seeks to balance everyone’s religious freedoms fairly. Why would anyone oppose that?

Secularism seeks to balance everyone’s religious freedoms fairly. Why would anyone oppose that?

Posted: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:36 by Stephen Evans

Despite the claims of its critics, secularism protects the freedom of conscience for all citizens, and welcomes believers and non-believers into the public square on equal terms, argues Stephen Evans.

Baroness Warsi and her self-serving anti-secular agenda

Baroness Warsi and her self-serving anti-secular agenda

Posted: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:05 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on Baroness Warsi's latest attempt to discredit secularism and promote the idea that religion and politics belong together.

One oath for all

One oath for all

Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:22 by Jessica Vautier

LSS member Jessica Vautier argues that the proposal for a new oath isn't an attack on Britain's religious heritage. It is an attempt to make the justice system fairer, and for everyone to be treated equally.

Can we please stop wasting money on these endless surveys that just tell us what we already know?

Can we please stop wasting money on these endless surveys that just tell us what we already know?

Posted: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:55 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues we don't need taxpayer's money being spent on reports that tell us that some religious people are annoyed that other people aren't interested in their beliefs.

Human rights are for humans, not for ideologies

Human rights are for humans, not for ideologies

Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:49 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues that human rights are not there to fulfill religious demands; but to protect individuals.

Three cheers for Channel 4 for trying to move Muslims into the mainstream

Three cheers for Channel 4 for trying to move Muslims into the mainstream

Posted: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 13:02 by Terry Sanderson

Channel 4's controversial move to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer has set the cat amongst the pigeons. Terry Sanderson argues that the media needs to do more to show a balanced reflection of the Muslim community.

New EU guidelines on religion and belief make plain that no religion is entitled to special rights

New EU guidelines on religion and belief make plain that no religion is entitled to special rights

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:02 by Terry Sanderson

The EU Foreign Affairs Council this week adopted a report with 71 Guidelines to promote the right to freedom of religion and belief worldwide. Terry Sanderson highlights here some notable quotes.

Conscientious objection in Scotland: a worrying precedent

Conscientious objection in Scotland: a worrying precedent

Posted: Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:35 by Louise Finer

With NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde seeking to appeal the ruling for the allowance of conscientious exemption from abortion procedures, Louise Finer of Reproductive Health Matters argues that judges must not forget the rights of women – to health, autonomy, dignity and respect

Women wake up – your dignity is negotiable

Women wake up – your dignity is negotiable

Posted: Tue, 21 May 2013 10:22 by Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters argues that when there is a clash between the rights and dignity of women and religious or cultural sensitivities, women always lose.

Fighting back in Strasbourg

Fighting back in Strasbourg

Posted: Fri, 03 May 2013 12:13 by David Pollock

David Pollock, of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, describes the goings on behind the scenes in the creation of a recent resolution on religious freedom at the Council of Europe.

How the clash between Islamism and Zionism not only affects the Middle East but also the west

How the clash between Islamism and Zionism not only affects the Middle East but also the west

Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:00 by Rumy Hasan

Since September 11 2001 however and the 'war on terror', the notion of the existence of a clash between two of Huntington's civilisations – the Western and the Islamic worlds – has gained traction.

Miliband should keep his party away from priests

Miliband should keep his party away from priests

Posted: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:09 by Richard Heller

Ed Miliband's invitation to the new Archbishop of Canterbury was a mistake and a wrong turning in British politics.

Is Europe secular or Christian?

Is Europe secular or Christian?

Posted: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:52 by Revd Dr Darrell Jackson

Revd Dr Darrell Jackson's analysis of secularity reveals that contemporary Europe is simultaneously experiencing 'pre-secularity', secularity, and 'post-secularity' but finds a surprising number of mentions of God, the church and religion in the constitutions of individual countries.

Atheists respond in their thousands to ‘census’, but can we trust the data?

Atheists respond in their thousands to ‘census’, but can we trust the data?

Posted: Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:38 by Stewart Ware

In an attempt to capture demographic data on the non-religious, Atheist Alliance International has set up the Atheist Census.

Religion is shrinking: and it only has itself to blame

Religion is shrinking: and it only has itself to blame

Posted: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 17:29 by Terry Sanderson

The perception that Americans are an overwhelmingly church-going, evangelically conservative people took another knock this week with the release of a poll from the Pew Research Centre.