Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 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: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson
It seems The Big Society is back – if only for the last nail to be driven into its coffin.
Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 by Stephen Evans
With the shortage of primary school places becoming more acute, NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans draws attention to the scandal of families being left with no option other than to send their children to 'faith' schools.
Posted: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Numerous cases have been brought to British courts to try to prove Christians are being discriminated in the workplace, and all of them have failed. They have been to tribunals, Crown Courts, High Courts, Appeal Courts, the Supreme Court and then the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).
Posted: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on the Saudi religious police who recently evicted three men from an annual cultural festival and sent them back to Abu Dhabi.
Posted: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on Ireland's education minister Ruairi Quinn who, bit by bit, is challenging the stranglehold that the Catholic Church has over education in the Republic.
Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 by National Secular Society
Anne Marie Waters on why we need to remember – and everyone needs to know and understand – just how thankful we should be for secularism.
Posted: Tue, 09 Apr 2013 by John Hunt
Last month the local press reported that a Sikh free school "remains on course to open in Hounslow in September": but there has been no reporting of the secrecy and subterfuge surrounding its establishment.
Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Still wincing from Lord Carey's attack, the Prime Minister David Cameron put out his own Easter message, assuring religious organisations that "As long as I am Prime Minister, they will have the support of this government."
Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 by Elizabeth O'Casey
A recent paper by Professor Steven Kettell shows that state religion is consistently associated with lower levels of political and civil freedom, and suggests the secular model as the best means to protect and promote human rights and freedom.
Posted: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 by Richard Heller
Ed Miliband's invitation to the new Archbishop of Canterbury was a mistake and a wrong turning in British politics.
Posted: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 by National Secular Society
Our Secularist Thought for the Day competition brought a big response from all over the country. Here's the winning entry...
Posted: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 by Rumy Hasan
Across the West the arrival of significant numbers of migrants has caused a number of acute and ongoing challenges, notably in terms of social cohesion. These should not be overstated, but nor should they be ignored.
Posted: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 by Terry Sanderson
A new report, confirming previous research, shows that religion is the least popular genre of programming on TV.
Posted: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on the futility of debating Hamza Tzortzis – a man who doesn't believe in freedom, despises democracy and seeks totalitarianism.
Posted: Tue, 12 Mar 2013 by Alistair McBay
As we await the inevitable media-inspired 'Popefest' from the Vatican, Alistair McBay wonders if the new Bishop of Rome will grasp the full meaning of the words transparency and accountability, and face up to the Herculean task of getting the Church's house in order.
Posted: Thu, 07 Mar 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson says level of arrogant politicisation to which The Catholic church aspired under the papacy of Joseph Ratzinger was appalling, but perhaps the decline of support in the pews may bring the Church to its senses.
Posted: Wed, 06 Mar 2013 by Brian D. Earp
In a new academic paper Brian D. Earp argues that a firm distinction must be drawn between criticisms of religious practices that stem from irrational prejudice and bigoted attitudes and those that are grounded in sound moral reasoning.
Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 by Catherine Le Fur
A challenge to the exception of Alsace-Moselle from the 1905 French law that separates church and state has failed.
Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 by Alistair McBay
Who really has the interests of children awaiting adoption at heart? A tale of two adoption agencies by Alistair McBay.
Posted: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Not a week goes by now without more depressing headlines about the gradual demolition of the NHS but provision of chaplaincy services apparently remains "essential"
Posted: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson
An encouraging letter from a Church of England vicar advocating disestablishment of the Church appeared in the latest issue of the Church of England Newspaper.
Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on why it is hard for secularists to to resist the feelings of schadenfreude at the accumulating catastrophes that are assailing the Catholic Church.
Posted: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 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: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues that under Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican has become despised and resented throughout the world – greatly reducing its authority.