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Challenging Religious Privilege

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Religious education contributes to good community relations, claims parliamentary report

Religious education contributes to good community relations, claims parliamentary report

Posted: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:25

A parliamentary group has published a report saying that Religious Education in schools can help counter extremism and build better community relations.

Pickles wrong to assign a ‘Christian ethos’ to Britain

Pickles wrong to assign a ‘Christian ethos’ to Britain

Posted: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:40

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has surpassed himself in an opinion piece for the Telegraph headed A Christian ethos strengthens our nation: Religion shaped the modern British state, and this Government is proud to 'do God'.

Government proposes to force private schools to promote “British values” as a means of combating extremism

Government proposes to force private schools to promote “British values” as a means of combating extremism

Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 15:10

The Department of Education is consulting on new rules for private schools that seek to ensure they promote 'British values' and discourage extremism.

Eric Pickles’ favouring of Christianity risks causing rifts in society

Eric Pickles’ favouring of Christianity risks causing rifts in society

Posted: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:23

The Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles – and the Coalition Government as a whole – risks alienating huge swathes of the population of this country with calls to return Christianity to the centre of public life, says the National Secular Society.

Minister reinforces role of faith groups in local communities

Posted: Fri, 01 Jul 2011 15:03

At a recent meeting of the Cinnamon Network, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, said: "The problem is that, in our recent years, some people have started becoming suspicious about religion."

Muslim police officers? No! Police officers, full stop

Posted: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:38

Back in March we reported that the Government had ended funding for minority groups within the police. We cheered this, arguing that the development of sectarian policing was highly undesirable in a society where separatism is already a problem.

Faith-based welfare could bring discrimination against marginalised groups, say Unitarians

Faith-based welfare could bring discrimination against marginalised groups, say Unitarians

Posted: Fri, 03 Jun 2011 14:07

In a submission to the Parliamentary Public Administration Select Committee, the Unitarian Church has warned that "faith based welfare" could lead to discrimination against marginalised groups.