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 »
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 »
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 »
Posted: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson
All this is done at considerable taxpayers' expense.
But it's all rather low-key and unalarming.
We must call time on any more of them.
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 »
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".
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
Posted: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson
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.
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 »
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 »
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."
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 »
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?
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 »
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 »
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).
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 »
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 »