NSS Opinion

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. Read More »

Tags: Niqab

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. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Niqab

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. Read More »

Tags: Reproductive Rights, Gender Equality

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

All this is done at considerable taxpayers' expense.

The latest is 'Religion and Belief: Discrimination and Equality in England and Wales. A Decade of Continuity and Change'

But it's all rather low-key and unalarming.

We must call time on any more of them.

Tags: Religion & Belief, Statistics

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. Read More »

Tags: Gender Equality, Cultural Relativism

On homophobia and racism

Posted: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Two weeks ago the Archbishop of Canterbury was in Monterrey, Mexico where he delivered a sermon to the effect that Anglicanism is standing on a precipice and risks falling into a "ravine of intolerance".

Tags: Marriage Equality, Islam

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. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Australia

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? Read More »

Tags: Church & State Secularism, Secularisation

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. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Freedom of Expression

Egyptians are in urgent need of the protection secularism can offer

Posted: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 by Stephen Evans

Earlier this week a ten year old child was shot dead as she walked home through the streets of Cairo on her way home from Bible study.

But one thing is clear. Democratic elections alone will not restore stability for the people of Egypt.

Tags: Egypt, Middle East, Islam

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. Read More »

Tags: Stoning

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. Read More »

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

A right for one is a right for all

Posted: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 by Charles C. Haynes

Charles C. Haynes argues that the First Amendment of the United States Constitution must be vigorously defended from religious attacks. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, USA

It may be a new velvet glove, but it’s the same old iron fist at the Vatican

Posted: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

So far.

But for those who are prepared to look beyond the carefully constructed image, it is clear that Senor Bergoglio is, in fact, as hard and unyielding as his cold-hearted predecessor.

Put the kettle on, sister — and my apartment needs cleaning.

Tags: Catholic Church, Pope

It’s not culture, it’s a crime against humanity

Posted: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 by Anne Marie Waters

Women's rights are being ignored and side-stepped under the guise of 'culture', 'tradition' and religion, argues Anne Marie Waters. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

Convictions for female genital mutilation: France - 100; Britain 0

Posted: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 by Joan Smith

This country has a very poor record on the prevention of female genital mutilation. A new approach from the police could change that. But they need help, writes Joan Smith. Read More »

Tags: Gender Equality, Reproductive Rights, FGM, Violence against Women

Muslims must be protected. Islam must not.

Posted: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The Muslim Council of Britain has called for a "serious national response" from the government to attacks against Muslims and mosques.

"It cannot be right that a minority community is allowed to be targeted in this manner."

Tags: Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Community Cohesion

Same Sex Marriage Act - time to separate religion from politics

Posted: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has passed with overwhelming support. It has done little more than re-brand civil partnerships, but symbolically its passing was a breath-taking moment of the zeitgeist, writes Keith Porteous Wood. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Marriage Equality

How do we keep religious education out of the hands of the evangelists?

Posted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

How can schools tell children about religion in a way that is fair, objective, unbiased and, most important, doesn't close them off to alternatives?

Tags: Religious education, Education

Free speech?

Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 by Calum Grant

Tags: Freedom of Expression

Human rights are for humans, not for ideologies

Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

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

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Religion & Belief

Will the UN finally bring the Vatican to account for its child abuse crimes?

Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood

As a United Nations Committee on children's rights confronts the Vatican on its abysmal record on clerical paedophilia and criminal cover-ups, Keith Porteous Wood describes his role in bringing the Holy See to account. Read More »

Tags: Child Abuse, Pope, Catholic Church

Public perceptions and reality - have we got it wrong?

Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

An Ipsos-Mori poll for the Royal Statistical Society tried to measure what people's perception of issues were as opposed to the reality (according to the official figures).

Tags: statistics, Islam, Christianity

Our secular society is wiser than the Church

Posted: Wed, 10 Jul 2013 by Oliver Kamm

Oliver Kamm reflects on how our secular society moves forward whilst the Church struggles to catch up. Read More »

Tags: Church & State Secularism

Channel 4’s call to prayer during Ramadan is more of the same old, same old

Posted: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 by Maryam Namazie

Maryam Namazie argues that if Channel 4 wants to do something really provocative; it should show Muslims as 21st century human beings and citizens with countless characteristics like everyone else. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Religious Observance