Posted: Fri, 21 Dec 2012 by Terry Sanderson
As we prepare for the festive holiday, National Secular Society President, Terry Sanderson, reflects on the year past, and looks forward to the year to come.
Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 by Norman Bonney
The on-going debate over equal marriage has highlighted our outdated and outmoded marriage laws. Is it time for secular reform?
Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 by Catherine Le Fur
Catherine Le Fur on the intensifying debate in France over the French Government's plans to legalise same-sex marriage
Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 by Jill Farquhar
Jill Farquhar argues that the conflation of 'religion' with 'religious background' in the Northern Ireland census perpetuates the idea that the religion of our parents defines our own religious identity.
Posted: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 by Stephen Evans
What has happened in this country in the decade since the last census? What has caused this huge flight from religion?
Posted: Thu, 06 Dec 2012 by Keith Porteous Wood
It was nearly five years ago that I went with a colleague to speak to Derek Twine, the chief executive of the Scouts, and his senior colleagues, to discuss the possibility of the Scouts being opened up to the non-religious.
Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson suggests prayer will be the only "treatment" available in hospitals soon as they close and go bankrupt.
Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 by Stephen Evans
Stephen Evans argues that it's time for the Government to stop dragging its heels and outlaw discrimination and harassment on the grounds of caste.
Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 by Simon Barrow
Simon Barrow explains why the recent Church of England vote against women bishops underlines the urgent need to keep religion independent of the state.
Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on how the vote at the General Synod to reject women bishops demonstrates why the establishment of the Church of England as an arm of the state is unsustainable in a modern, diverse society.
Posted: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 by Adrian Tippetts
Adrian Tippetts argues that if the GOP is to remain a serious force in US politics, a secular leadership capable of sidelining the extremist loons and offering rational, reasonable, constructive alternatives is urgently needed.
Posted: Sat, 10 Nov 2012 by Oliver Kamm
Oliver Kamm says the Church is entitled to religious liberty and freedom of speech, but it is not entitled to a privileged hearing, nor is faith a source of strength.
Posted: Wed, 07 Nov 2012 by Stephen Evans
If this election has told politicians one thing, it should be that they should listen to the voters and not to the religious lobbyists who are trying to write their doctrines into law.
Posted: Tue, 06 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson calls on the Church to relieve the struggling NHS of the financial burden of chaplaincy services, and for them to set up chaplaincy trusts to provide the necessary funding.
Posted: Mon, 05 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on the undesirability of handing out public money to religious groups without strong controls in place.
Posted: Fri, 02 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson
After coming under fire for nominating Cardinal Keith O'Brien as "Bigot of the Year", Terry Sanderson defends Stonewall and agrees the Cardinal is a bigot, and that the award was appropriate and well-deserved.
Posted: Tue, 30 Oct 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The Tories plan to use the upcoming Corby by-election to "road test" an appeal to the "faith vote". Terry Sanderson questions whether a religious voting bloc even exists in the town – or anywhere in Britain for that matter.
Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 by Rebecca Sharkey
Rebecca Sharkey argues that a popular shoebox gift scheme run by evangelicals highlights the dangers of mixing humanitarian work with the promotion of a religious agenda.
Posted: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues that all this talk of Britain being a Christian nation is a fantasy employed by Baroness Warsi and other pious politicians to push forward their own religious agendas.
Posted: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The perception that Americans are an overwhelmingly church-going, evangelically conservative people took another knock this week with the release of a poll from the Pew Research Centre.
Posted: Fri, 05 Oct 2012 by Anne Marie Waters
It's official – raping children is wrong. Sometimes. It depends on the colour (sorry "culture") of the child being raped. Welcome to post-racism Europe.
Posted: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 by Stephen Evans
As head teachers put the Church's plan to intensify the religious input into lessons into action, Stephen Evans asks: isn't it time to rethink the role of religion in our public education system?
Posted: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson
While many will write it off as red meat being thrown to the raving fundamentalists on the back bench of the Tory Party, Terry Sanderson says the appointment of Baroness Warsi as "Minister for Faith and Communities" is potentially threatening for secularism.
Posted: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 by National Secular Society
In an important new book, Ted Cantle argues that multiculturalism, while seeking to protect minority communities and cultures, has led to a society of plural mono-cultures living alongside each other, where groups different than oneself are identified solely by their most visible characteristics.