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.
Posted: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson
It is estimated that throughout the Muslim world something like just ten to twenty thousand people have taken part in the rampages that have dominated the headlines for a week. Terry Sanderson says these few Islamist extremists must not lead us to to compromise our commitment to the values of democracy and freedom.
Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 by National Secular Society
Terry Sanderson's speech to the Secular Europe rally: "It is time now for politicians to lose their fear of religious leaders, to accept that they can't corral their followers into a voting bloc, and to give the people what they want - a peaceful, tolerant and progressive society."
Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson
As our precious health services are falling one after another in the face of the recession, the Church must be very happy that the NHS is prepared to pick up the substantial wage bill for the clerics it should be paying for itself.
Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 by European Women's Lobby
At the current session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Russia has tabled a resolution seeking to promote "traditional values" as a basis for human rights. If this resolution is passed, there is no doubt that governments in future will use "traditional values" to restrict human rights.
Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson
A new book attempts to answer intriguing question about why 72% of English people identified themselves as Christian in the 2001 census when less than 10 per cent regularly attends a place of worship.
Posted: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Has the recent reshuffle appeased the religious lobby and are parliament's theocrats about to have their day?
Posted: Fri, 07 Sep 2012 by Stephen Evans
Freedom of thought, conscience and religion is an important right, but a qualified right, which means that an interference with the right can be justified in certain circumstances. Stephen Evans argues that ensuring the welfare of animals provides such a justification.
Posted: Thu, 06 Sep 2012 by Dr Ronan McCrea
In this response to Joshua Rozenberg's piece on conscience exemptions from anti-discrimination legislation, Human rights barrister Dr Ronan McCrea argues that discriminatory acts have a moral significance beyond the deprivation of the relevant service.
Posted: Wed, 05 Sep 2012 by Anne Marie Waters
Anne Marie Waters argues that when it comes to freedom, prosperity and liberty, the men-who-live-in-palaces have got some serious questions to answer.