Author: Stephen Evans
Posted: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 by Stephen Evans
With the majority church schools now employing Christian chaplains, Stephen Evans questions whether public money intended for education should be used to fund the Church of England's missionary work.
Posted: Thu, 08 May 2014 by Stephen Evans
Food retailers should be upfront about what they're serving up, but the main issue is one of animal welfare, and the religious exemption that allows animals to be slaughtered without being stunned, argues Stephen Evans.
Posted: Thu, 06 Mar 2014 by Stephen Evans
Education policy and practice should focus more on children's independent interests and building a shared society rather than pandering to religious groups motivated by self-preservation, argues NSS campaigns manager, Stephen Evans.
Posted: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 by Stephen Evans
The Church of England's intention is clear. State funded schools will be regarded as churches – and serve as pulpits for evangelisation, argues Stephen Evans.
Posted: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 by Stephen Evans
Despite the claims of its critics, secularism protects the freedom of conscience for all citizens, and welcomes believers and non-believers into the public square on equal terms, argues Stephen Evans.
Posted: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 by Stephen Evans
A report published this week by the National Secular Society has shone a much needed spotlight on the activities of evangelical Christian organisations operating in our children's schools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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: 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: 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: 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?
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: 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.
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.