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'Faith' schools are becoming a menace

'Faith' schools are becoming a menace

Posted: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 by Terry Sanderson

It is time Michael Gove — and the Government — stopped being so tolerant of 'faith' schools and started thinking about putting the brakes on their malevolent spread.

Tags: Education

The myth of the Nadia Eweida case gets another dishonest outing

The myth of the Nadia Eweida case gets another dishonest outing

Posted: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Anyone who has read the Eweida court and tribunal judgments and followed the case thoroughly (rather than basing our knowledge on the skewed and one-sided reports in the Daily Mail) knows that Nadia Eweida is not an innocent victim of religious prejudice. She is a determined activist who has bullied British Airways into giving her everything she wanted.

Tags: Discrimination, 'Christianophobia', Religious Symbols

Is the Church of England at death’s door or has it found a new lease of life?

Is the Church of England at death’s door or has it found a new lease of life?

Posted: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Church of England is either in its last desperate death throes or it is making a concerted effort to revive itself and reclaim the widespread influence it once enjoyed.

Tags: Church & State, Church of England

Ritual circumcision: religious rights of parents are at odds with the best interests of the child

Ritual circumcision: religious rights of parents are at odds with the best interests of the child

Posted: Fri, 06 Jul 2012 by Dr Antony Lempert

Dr Antony Lempert of the Secular Medical Forum on the landmark German court ruling that parents do not have the right to circumcise their children without a medical reason.

Tags: Healthcare, Circumcision

It’s time to restore free speech – no-one has the right not to be offended.

It’s time to restore free speech – no-one has the right not to be offended.

Posted: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 by Keith Porteous Wood

Keith Porteous Wood explains why no-one has the right not to be offended, and no-one is entitled to have their feelings protected.

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Public Order Act

Rowan Williams has acquired a backbone – but it’s all too late

Rowan Williams has acquired a backbone – but it’s all too late

Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Since he announced his resignation, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams seems to feel he can now say what he wants, rather than what the "Anglican Communion" demands. And in the process he seems to be demonstrating an extraordinary sympathy for some of the arguments the National Secular Society has been making for years.

Tags: Church & State, Church of England

UK Integration Policy: Big Society...Or Faith Society?

UK Integration Policy: Big Society...Or Faith Society?

Posted: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 by Nahla Mahmoud

Nahla Mahmoud says that instead of promoting common values, the government is busy "defending the valuable role of faith in public life" and promoting religion as the solution for the moral decline of 'broken Britain'.

Tags: Multiculturalism, Community Cohesion

The Catholic push for power is failing

The Catholic push for power is failing

Posted: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson says the Vatican's great plan to reassert its authority in the Western world has so far delivered little in the way of results.

Tags: Church & State, Catholic Church, USA, Reproductive Rights

Mormonism: Why Mitt Romney isn’t anxious to talk about his religion

Mormonism: Why Mitt Romney isn’t anxious to talk about his religion

Posted: Thu, 21 Jun 2012 by Admin

Terry Sanderson takes a look at the religion followed by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Tags: USA, Romney, Obama, Mormonism

Religious people should recognise that secularism benefits them, too

Religious people should recognise that secularism benefits them, too

Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 by Mary Draycott

The UK is a diverse society; a secular political system allows us all to develop equally in peace and fairness.

Tags: Church & State, 'Militant' secularism, Council Prayers

Forced marriage: the real racism lies in our failure to protect victims

Forced marriage: the real racism lies in our failure to protect victims

Posted: Wed, 13 Jun 2012 by Anne Marie Waters

Forced marriage is to become a criminal offence. I am tempted to think progress is being made and that many young girls will now be saved from a life of rape and servitude. I'm afraid I remain somewhat sceptical however, because laws mean nothing if they are not enforced.

Tags: Forced Marriage

Why the Church must not win in this confrontation with the state

Why the Church must not win in this confrontation with the state

Posted: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Church of England has thrown down the gauntlet to the Government over the issue of gay marriage.

Tags: Church of England, Equality & Human Rights, Church & State, Marriage Equality, Obama

Secularism and religious freedom

Secularism and religious freedom

Posted: Wed, 06 Jun 2012 by Anne Marie Waters

An overview of a talk given to a Religious Discrimination and Symbolism workshop. The issue of religious discrimination — including with regard to religious symbolism and expression — is very current, and very popular.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

The wailing pope and his dirty laundry

The wailing pope and his dirty laundry

Posted: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Ratzinger is wailing about the publication of a book, His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI, by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi. It is based on documents leaked from the Vatican by un-named sources. The documents reveal a web of corruption and cronyism within the walls of Vatican City that would put a Dan Brown novel to shame.

Tags: Catholic Church, Pope

Not a “slip of the tongue”: only one religion is recognised as the basis of the Turkish state

Not a “slip of the tongue”: only one religion is recognised as the basis of the Turkish state

Posted: Wed, 30 May 2012 by Halil M. Karaveli

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently expressed allegiance to "one nation, one flag, one religion, one state." Indeed, the Turkish republic recognizes only "one religion", Sunni Islam, as the basis of the nation.

Tags: Church & State, Turkey

The Catholic Church is trying to flex its political muscle to humiliate Obama – but does it still have the strength?

The Catholic Church is trying to flex its political muscle to humiliate Obama – but does it still have the strength?

Posted: Thu, 24 May 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has ramped up the Catholic Church's politically motivated assault on the Obama administration by accusing the President of "strangling" religious freedom by requiring Catholic employers to provide workers with birth control coverage.

Tags: Church & State, Catholic Church, USA, Reproductive Rights

A message from Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society and Simon Calvert of The Christian Institute

A message from Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society and Simon Calvert of The Christian Institute

Posted: Wed, 23 May 2012 by Keith Porteous Wood

A week ago we launched Reform Section 5 with a press conference in the House of Commons. The reaction was exactly what we hoped for: within hours everyone was talking about how ridiculous it is to outlaw insults.

Tags: Freedom of Expression

Advertising watchdog threatens to martyr Archbishop Cranmer all over again

Advertising watchdog threatens to martyr Archbishop Cranmer all over again

Posted: Mon, 14 May 2012 by National Secular Society

Christian blogger Archbishop Cranmer is under investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority after he reproduced an advertisement from the group "Coalition for Marriage" which is seeking to thwart the Government's plans to legalise same-sex marriage.

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Marriage Equality

The need for secularism in a superdiverse society

The need for secularism in a superdiverse society

Posted: Thu, 10 May 2012 by Stephen Evans

The Westminster faith debates concluded last week with a debate on religious trends. According to the research presented, religion in the UK is changing, but not disappearing.

Tags: Church & State, statistics

Asking the impossible? Lebanon’s march for secularism

Asking the impossible? Lebanon’s march for secularism

Posted: Tue, 08 May 2012 by Alex Rowell

While in most respects the previous seventeen months have seen undreamt-of victories for civil liberties in the Middle East, there is one crucial measure by which things have not improved, and in fact threaten to worsen considerably: the separation of religion and politics.

Tags: Church & State, Lebanon

Murdoch no match for Benedict in the 'unfit to govern' stakes

Murdoch no match for Benedict in the 'unfit to govern' stakes

Posted: Fri, 04 May 2012 by Alistair McBay

Does the British Government regard hacking into celebrity telephone mailboxes a greater crime than the brutal and systematic rape of innocent children?

Tags: Catholic Church, Child Abuse

The battle against gay marriage causes deep divisions in politics and religion

The battle against gay marriage causes deep divisions in politics and religion

Posted: Wed, 02 May 2012 by Tessa Kendall

Religious groups' opposition to equal marriage is causing deep rifts among their leaders and followers - and among Tory MPs.

Tags: Marriage Equality, Equality & Human Rights

We’re all in this together – aren’t we?

We’re all in this together – aren’t we?

Posted: Tue, 01 May 2012 by

The National Secular Society argues that churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples should fund these chaplains off their own bats and I couldn't agree more, especially in times of austerity because as we keep hearing - we are all in this together. Aren't we?

Tags: Chaplains

Christian doctors claim jobs at risk if they refuse to do gender reassignment operations

Christian doctors claim jobs at risk if they refuse to do gender reassignment operations

Posted: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 by Tessa Kendall

Dr Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship claims that doctors risk disciplinary action if they refuse to carry out gender reassignment surgery - but a doctor with objections wouldn't train in this surgical specialism in the first place.

Tags: Healthcare

Are some Christian politicians deliberately trying to mislead us – or are they just ignorant of the facts?

Are some Christian politicians deliberately trying to mislead us – or are they just ignorant of the facts?

Posted: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The myth that there is a ban on crucifixes or crosses in the workplace is now so deeply embedded in the national consciousness that even MPs think that such a ban exists.

Tags: Christianity, Discrimination, Christianophobia

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