NSS Opinion

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" Read More »

Tags: Chaplaincy

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. Read More »

Tags: Church & State

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. Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church

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. Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief, Statistics, Secularisation

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. Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Pope, Child Abuse

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. Read More »

Tags: Big Society, Public Services

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. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Sharia

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. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Statistics

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. Read More »

Tags: Religious education, Gender Equality, Reproductive Rights

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 Read More »

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

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. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

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. Read More »

Tags: Islamism, Sharia

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. Read More »

Tags: Disestablishment

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. Read More »

Tags: Big Society, Charity, Public Services

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. Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief, atheism, statistics

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. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, ECtHR

“Religious discrimination” cases – the European Court’s judgements change very little

Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 by Ronan McCrea

Ronan McCrea, a barrister who helped prepare the National Secular Society's intervention, explains why this week's ECHR ruling does very little to change the rights of believers in the workplace. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, ECtHR, Religious Symbols

Employers must justify requiring Christians to work on a Sunday (and why that wasn’t the headline in the Telegraph)

Posted: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 by Darren Newman

Excellent commentary form employment law specialist Darren Newman on the discrimination case involving a devout Christian who refused to work on Sundays. Read More »

Tags: Law, 'Christianophobia', Discrimination, Workplace

Secularists: put your principles into action and support the NSS

Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 by Terry Sanderson

We've got another big year coming up and the strength of our voice is crucial. Please be part of it. Put your principles into action today. Read More »

Tags: Membership

Take part in the Scouts and Girl Guides consultations on the promise

Posted: Tue, 08 Jan 2013 by Stephen Evans

Despite describing themselves as "open and inclusive" organisations, both the Scouts and the Girl Guides currently insist that new members take a 'Promise' that includes a religious oath. However, this could all be about to change. Read More »

Tags: Scouts, Girl Guides

NSS President’s Seasonal Message

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. Read More »

Tags: Church & State

Is it time to separate church and state in marriage?

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? Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Marriage

French confrontation of church and state over gay marriage

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 Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Marriage Equality, France

How to make “nones” disappear: a lesson in statistics from Northern Ireland

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. Read More »

Tags: Statistics

Census 2011: What has caused this massive flight from Christianity?

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? Read More »

Tags: Church & State, statistics