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Letters to editors: a useful tool for campaigners

Letters to editors: a useful tool for campaigners

Posted: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Your local newspaper is a ready platform for you to debate and discuss secularism, writes Terry Sanderson.

Tags: Campaigns, Secularism

Scotland’s young people deserve better than this

Scotland’s young people deserve better than this

Posted: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 by Gary McLelland

Young people have a human right to sexual health and relationships education. Something which the religious minority in Scotland is taking away, argues Gary McLelland.

Tags: Education, Scotland

The RE Report – A missed opportunity

The RE Report – A missed opportunity

Posted: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood

The RE Council's report has been well received. However, with the decline in church attendance and increasing evangelism in schools, Keith Porteous Wood argues vital opportunities to reform RE have been missed.

Tags: Education

No new options on religious observance in Scottish schools

No new options on religious observance in Scottish schools

Posted: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 by Alistair McBay

Alistair McBay blogs about the widespread failure of schools in Scotland to make the opt-out to Religious Observance known and accessible to parents.

Tags: Religious Observance

Do you know what a Concordat is?

Do you know what a Concordat is?

Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 by Anne Marie Waters

Concordats are a little known tool of the Vatican to impose its dogma in to the public square. They are anti-democratic and anti-secular and, as Anne Marie Waters argues, are having a serious impact on the safety and health of millions of women.

Tags: Catholic Church

Chaos in the workplace will follow if this case succeeds

Chaos in the workplace will follow if this case succeeds

Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 by Terry Sanderson

If an employer can reasonably accommodate religious requests without disrupting their business or disadvantaging their other staff, we have no objection. But if they can't, then employers should have the right to say "no" argues Terry Sanderson.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Workplace

Evangelism in schools – a parent’s perspective

Evangelism in schools – a parent’s perspective

Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 by Saul Freeman

A first-hand account from a parent on discovering and trying to deal with evangelism in his child's school.

Tags: Education, Parents Perspective, evangelism in schools

One oath for all

One oath for all

Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 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.

Tags: Religion & Belief

Evangelism in schools?

Evangelism in schools?

Posted: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 by Stephen Evans

A report published this week by the National Secular Society has shone a much needed spotlight on the activities of evangelical Christian organisations operating in our children's schools.

Tags: Education

Scouts: Reflections on a victory from a former Scout Leader

Scouts: Reflections on a victory from a former Scout Leader

Posted: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 by Shaun Joynson

Shaun Joynson explains how it took a moment of brave realisation by one official that the world had changed and that as a movement, Scouting by definition, had to change and be open to all.

Tags: Scouts oath

What is the freedom of expression if not the freedom of the heretic who thinks differently?

What is the freedom of expression if not the freedom of the heretic who thinks differently?

Posted: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 by Abhishek Phandis

LSE censorship – a first-hand account of what happened last week by Abhishek Phandis.

Tags: Freedom of Expression

Research or propaganda? How the apologists for faith schools are fighting back

Research or propaganda? How the apologists for faith schools are fighting back

Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The Government is in denial about the fact that parents would prefer there to be fewer faith schools and that the system is being exploited and misused by churches and extremist groups, argues Terry Sanderson.

Tags: Faith Schools

Why is the state funding the indoctrination of children in schools with dangerous ideologies?

Why is the state funding the indoctrination of children in schools with dangerous ideologies?

Posted: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson asks how have we allowed state schools to fall into the hands of people with such a sinister agenda of indoctrination?

Tags: Faith Schools

As the niqab controversy shows, not all women are feminists

As the niqab controversy shows, not all women are feminists

Posted: Wed, 18 Sep 2013 by Anne Marie Waters

Just because a woman chooses the niqab does not make the niqab ok – it remains a tool of subjugation and suppression, argues Anne Marie Waters.

Tags: Niqab

We are all at the mercy of the activists who are driving these veil confrontations

We are all at the mercy of the activists who are driving these veil confrontations

Posted: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues we must tread carefully so that our liberal impulses are not exploited and misused by people who are far from liberal.

Tags: Islam, Niqab

Why “One of us”, the European anti-choice petition, should be monitored and tackled

Why “One of us”, the European anti-choice petition, should be monitored and tackled

Posted: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 by Julie Pernet

A statement on the "One of us" petition by Julie Pernet on behalf of the European Humanist Federation.

Tags: Reproductive Rights, Gender Equality

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 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.

Tags: Religion & Belief, Statistics

Yes, we can talk about this

Yes, we can talk about this

Posted: Tue, 03 Sep 2013 by Meg Wallace

Meg Wallace argues against cultural relativism as a basis for accepting moral values, and instead advocates the observance of the globally-agreed principles enshrined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Tags: Gender Equality, Cultural Relativism

On homophobia and racism

On homophobia and racism

Posted: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Those who portray themselves as a moral arbiter have to be consistently moral — something which Justin Welby and The Runnymede Trust hasn't fully grasped, argues Terry Sanderson.

Tags: Marriage Equality, Islam

Report from Australia: secularists score political parties on their levels of religious favouritism

Report from Australia: secularists score political parties on their levels of religious favouritism

Posted: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 by Meredith Doig

Meredith Doig, president of the Rationalist Society of Australia, reports on her country's continued privileged treatment of religion.

Tags: Church & State, Australia

Secularism for beginners

Secularism for beginners

Posted: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 by Adrian Short

The secular state frees believers from religious persecution and non-believers from religious compulsion. Adrian Short asks, who in their right mind would want anything else?

Tags: Church & State Secularism, Secularisation

Islamic apostasy laws — a big disgrace in the 21st Century

Islamic apostasy laws — a big disgrace in the 21st Century

Posted: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 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.

Tags: Islam, Freedom of Expression

Egyptians are in urgent need of the protection secularism can offer

Egyptians are in urgent need of the protection secularism can offer

Posted: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 by Stephen Evans

Stephen Evans argues that secularism offers the only realistic roadmap to national unity for the people of Egypt.

Tags: Egypt, Middle East, Islam

Stoning – the true horror

Stoning – the true horror

Posted: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 by Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters argues that stoning is very much a part of Islamic sharia law, and needs to be named and shamed.

Tags: Stoning

Prayer Spaces in Schools

Prayer Spaces in Schools

Posted: Thu, 01 Aug 2013 by Alistair McBay

As church attendance continues to plummet along with the numbers of Britons professing religious belief, the Prayer Spaces in Schools initiative is turning schools into churches — and turning teaching increasingly into preaching, writes Alistair McBay.

Tags: Education, Church of England, Church of Scotland, Evangelism in schools

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