Tags: Religion & Belief
Posted: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:56 by David Voas
The Woolf Institute has convened a commission to consider the place and role of religion and belief in contemporary Britain, and to "make recommendations for public life and policy." David Voas questions whether this review can reach a conclusion that reflects the priorities of the general public, rather than just people of faith.
Posted: Thu, 01 May 2014 11:02 by Douglas Todd
Douglas Todd argues that, properly understood, secularism is the best thing that has happened for modern religion and religious believers, and that secular societies can be breeding grounds for religious pluralism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.