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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
Posted: Thu, 21 Jun 2012 by Admin
Terry Sanderson takes a look at the religion followed by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.