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Egyptians are in urgent need of the protection secularism can offer

Egyptians are in urgent need of the protection secularism can offer

Posted: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 by Stephen Evans

Stephen Evans argues that secularism offers the only realistic roadmap to national unity for the people of Egypt.

Tags: Egypt, Middle East, Islam

Why the Guides’ new Promise is something to be celebrated

Why the Guides’ new Promise is something to be celebrated

Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 by Stephen Evans

With the uproar over the Girlguides omitting 'God' from its new Promise; Stephen Evans blogs on why this is a step in the right direction.

Tags: Girl Guides

Woking: equal treatment vs. religious privilege

Woking: equal treatment vs. religious privilege

Posted: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 by Stephen Evans

Our legal action against Woking Borough Council has met with mixed reactions; Stephen Evans comments on why The National Secular Society is going to court over free parking.

Tags: Parking, Discrimination

Why are children being forced into faith schools?

Why are children being forced into faith schools?

Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 by Stephen Evans

With the shortage of primary school places becoming more acute, NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans draws attention to the scandal of families being left with no option other than to send their children to 'faith' schools.

Tags: Education, Faith Schools

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

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.

Tags: Scouts, Girl Guides

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

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?

Tags: Church & State, statistics

Why won’t the Government get serious about caste discrimination?

Why won’t the Government get serious about caste discrimination?

Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 by Stephen Evans

Stephen Evans argues that it's time for the Government to stop dragging its heels and outlaw discrimination and harassment on the grounds of caste.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Caste

An important lesson that politicians can learn from the American election

An important lesson that politicians can learn from the American election

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.

Tags: Catholic Church, USA, Politics, Obama, Romney

Time to rethink the Church's role in state education

Time to rethink the Church's role in state education

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?

Tags: Faith Schools, Education

Time to challenge the religious slaughter of animals

Time to challenge the religious slaughter of animals

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.

Tags: Religious Slaughter

Faith based welfare looms as local authorities ask 'Big Society' to feed the poor

Faith based welfare looms as local authorities ask 'Big Society' to feed the poor

Posted: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 by Stephen Evans

As the UK economy stagnates, church-run food banks are booming. But as local authorities draw up plans to refer people in need to food banks, Stephen Evans asks: should the welfare state force citizens to turn to the church in their hour of need?

Tags: Big Society, Charity, Public Services

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

The booming industry of religious chaplaincy

The booming industry of religious chaplaincy

Posted: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 by Stephen Evans

Despite the parlous state of the UK economy, it appears chaplaincy is a boom industry. An ever increasing army of priests, pastors, rabbis, imams and laypeople are attaching themselves to secular institutions, largely funded by the taxpayer, to take the word of god out of places of worship and into our shared spaces.

Tags: Chaplains

MPs and Peers don’t eat halal – but what about the rest of us?

MPs and Peers don’t eat halal – but what about the rest of us?

Posted: Fri, 06 Jan 2012 by Stephen Evans

The Daily Mail this week made much of the story that neither the House of Lords nor the House of Commons serve halal meat in their restaurants. The rest of us can be less sure.

Tags: Religious Slaughter