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Secularist Thought for the Day competition – and the winner is....

Secularist Thought for the Day competition – and the winner is....

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...

Tags: Thought for the Day

The tensions between Muslim identity and Western citizenship

The tensions between Muslim identity and Western citizenship

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.

Tags: Islam, Community Cohesion, Multiculturalism

New report confirms that religious TV is least popular genre – but the BBC won’t let up

New report confirms that religious TV is least popular genre – but the BBC won’t let up

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.

Tags: BBC, Statistics

Feeding the fires of fundamentalism

Feeding the fires of fundamentalism

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.

Tags: Islam

The sorry tale of the Catholic Church in Scotland continues to unfold

The sorry tale of the Catholic Church in Scotland continues to unfold

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.

Tags: Catholic Church

The Catholic Church must change or die

The Catholic Church must change or die

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.

Tags: Catholic Church, Pope

It’s OK to criticize religious practices

It’s OK to criticize religious practices

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.

Tags: Circumcision

French challenge to exception of Alsace Moselle from separation law fails

French challenge to exception of Alsace Moselle from separation law fails

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.

Tags: France

Children in Scotland awaiting adoption - who puts their best interests first?

Children in Scotland awaiting adoption - who puts their best interests first?

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.

Tags: LGBTQ rights, Catholic Church, Adoption, St Margaret's

Hospitals in dire cash crisis, but the chaplains sail merrily on

Hospitals in dire cash crisis, but the chaplains sail merrily on

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"

Tags: Chaplaincy

Vicar calls for disestablishment

Vicar calls for disestablishment

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.

Tags: Church & State

Is the Catholic Church at last getting the come-uppance it has so long deserved?

Is the Catholic Church at last getting the come-uppance it has so long deserved?

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.

Tags: Catholic Church

Is Europe secular or Christian?

Is Europe secular or Christian?

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.

Tags: Religion & Belief, Statistics, Secularisation

Joseph Ratzinger’s failed papacy may have fatally undermined the Vatican

Joseph Ratzinger’s failed papacy may have fatally undermined the Vatican

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.

Tags: Catholic Church, Pope, Child Abuse

Will the new Archbishop’s evangelical fervour aid destruction of the welfare state?

Will the new Archbishop’s evangelical fervour aid destruction of the welfare state?

Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson asks if the new Archbishop's determination to "bring people to Jesus" will result in him colluding in the destruction of state-run welfare services.

Tags: Big Society, Public Services

Here is why Sharia Law has no place in Britain or elsewhere

Here is why Sharia Law has no place in Britain or elsewhere

Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 by Nahla Mahmoud

Human Rights activist Nahla Mahmoud explains why we should all unequivocally demand one equal law for everyone – both in the UK and abroad.

Tags: Islam, Sharia

There is no American-style Religious Right in Britain, but the general theo-political landscape is lurching rightward

There is no American-style Religious Right in Britain, but the general theo-political landscape is lurching rightward

Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson

A new report by the Theos think-tank throws some interesting light on the evangelical Christian groups that have pushed themselves to the forefront of religio-political activism in the past couple of decades.

Tags: Church & State, Statistics

Education for Choice launch report into abortion education in UK schools

Education for Choice launch report into abortion education in UK schools

Posted: Tue, 05 Feb 2013 by Education for Choice

A new report from a charity that supports young people's right to informed choice on abortion has revealed the extent of poor-quality education on the topic.

Tags: Religious education, Gender Equality, Reproductive Rights

Edward Leigh’s Bill to put religious conscience opt-out into Equality Act is doomed

Edward Leigh’s Bill to put religious conscience opt-out into Equality Act is doomed

Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood

Keith Porteous Wood on why Edwards Leigh's bill to amend the Equality Act to add "conscientious beliefs about the definition of marriage" as a protected characteristic alongside disability, sex, and sexual orientation should never make the statute book

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality, LGBTQ rights

Icelandic Parliament passes life stance equality law

Icelandic Parliament passes life stance equality law

Posted: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 by Hope Knutsson

The Icelandic Parliament (Althing) this week passed a law which gives secular life stance organisations the right to apply for equal legal status with religions.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

Muslim patrols are a sign of things to come

Muslim patrols are a sign of things to come

Posted: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 by Maajid Nawaz

Maajid Nawaz warns that the longer we stand by and watch the far Right and Islamists impose their dogma on our streets, the more the extremes will become mainstream for a rising new generation.

Tags: Islamism, Sharia

Constitution Unit says disestablishment will have to be achieved piecemeal

Constitution Unit says disestablishment will have to be achieved piecemeal

Posted: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Several events over the past few months that have strengthened the argument for a change the relationship between the church and the state in this country. Terry Sanderson vows the NSS will not stop until the Anglican Church is in its rightful place – which is not as part of the state.

Tags: Disestablishment

Faith-based welfare – the push goes on

Faith-based welfare – the push goes on

Posted: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 by Terry Sanderson

David Cameron's big society initiative could result in religion taking control of welfare provision, just as it did in Victorian times. Terry Sanderson warns against this and explains why the role of 'faith communities' should be limited and modest.

Tags: Big Society, Charity, Public Services

Atheists respond in their thousands to ‘census’, but can we trust the data?

Atheists respond in their thousands to ‘census’, but can we trust the data?

Posted: Sun, 20 Jan 2013 by Stewart Ware

In an attempt to capture demographic data on the non-religious, Atheist Alliance International has set up the Atheist Census.

Tags: Religion & Belief, atheism, statistics

Roundup of reactions to this week’s Euro Court rulings

Roundup of reactions to this week’s Euro Court rulings

Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, provides a comprehensive round-up of the reaction to this week's European Court of Human Rights ruling on 'religious discrimination' in the workplace.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, ECtHR

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