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Why religions, too, would benefit from embracing secularism

Why religions, too, would benefit from embracing secularism

Posted: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Secularism offers the best route to a society where people of all religions and none can live together peacefully. In a debate at the Nottingham Secular Society, Terry Sanderson argues the time has come for all religions to embrace secularism.

Tags: Secularism

Council prayers: Eric Pickles rewrites history again

Council prayers: Eric Pickles rewrites history again

Posted: Sat, 26 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Rather than being a voice for "moderation and reasonableness" over prayers at council meetings, the partisan and dictatorial Mr Pickles is pursuing an agenda to impose his religion on public life, argues Terry Sanderson.

Tags: Church & State, Council Prayers

The debate over David Cameron’s call to Christianity has taken a wrong turn

The debate over David Cameron’s call to Christianity has taken a wrong turn

Posted: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues that the debate over David Cameron's assertions that the UK is a "Christian Nation" has led away from the important question of whether it should be.


Tags: Church & State, Equality & Human Rights, Church of England, Public Services, David Cameron

Religious schools are the problem, not the answer

Religious schools are the problem, not the answer

Posted: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson

One could almost be tempted to say "Hallelujah" to the news that Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has at last recognised that there is a problem with dangerous religious proselytising in schools – particularly, but certainly not only, in Muslim-dominated schools.

Tags: Education, Faith Schools

The Big Society – to be run by churches - is Mr Cameron’s pipe dream

The Big Society – to be run by churches - is Mr Cameron’s pipe dream

Posted: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson

In a speech to "faith leaders" gathered at Downing Street David Cameron said that his Government intended to see that religious groups play a much bigger role in influencing its policies.

Tags: Church & State, Big Society, David Cameron

Eric Pickles’ dictatorial disregard for the law is dangerous in a democracy

Eric Pickles’ dictatorial disregard for the law is dangerous in a democracy

Posted: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Eric Pickles, the Dickensian-style Communities Minister, has announced that Britain is a "Christian nation" and anyone who disagrees needs to "get over it".

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

Why it would have been invidious to put the Mormon Church on trial

Why it would have been invidious to put the Mormon Church on trial

Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson clarifies the threat to freedom of religion and belief when secular courts rule on theological matters.

Tags: Mormonism, Church & State, Religion & Belief

The bishop’s fantasy secularism

The bishop’s fantasy secularism

Posted: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 by Terry Sanderson

This week the Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan, gave a lecture at King's College in London in which he launched a full frontal attack on secularism. But the secularism the Bishop denounces, argues Terry Sanderson, is simply a figment of his imagination.

Tags: Catholic Church, Secularism

Is the Religious Right responsible for America’s fading allegiance to religion?

Is the Religious Right responsible for America’s fading allegiance to religion?

Posted: Wed, 26 Feb 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on the Religious Right's baneful attempts to desecularize the United States with a raft of "religious freedom" bills.

Tags: Church & State, USA

Australia shows the way in removing evangelists from schools

Australia shows the way in removing evangelists from schools

Posted: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 by Terry Sanderson

With widespread apathy about what passes for religious education in schools, our classrooms are increasingly being used by religious groups to carry out their missionary work. Terry Sanderson explains how Australian parents have led the way in removing evangelists from schools.

Tags: Education, Evangelism in schools

Church of England is kept alive only by its presence in our schools

Church of England is kept alive only by its presence in our schools

Posted: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 by Terry Sanderson

With the Church of England is on its last legs, it's about time its continued involvement in state education was called into question, argues Terry Sanderson.

Tags: Education, Church of England

Ethnic mixing is good for communities – so why are we discouraging it in schools?

Ethnic mixing is good for communities – so why are we discouraging it in schools?

Posted: Tue, 04 Feb 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson reflects upon some recent findings on mixed communities and integration, and the implication of those findings for our education system.

Tags: Multiculturalism, Education

Tony Blair’s ‘solution’ to religious conflict will simply make things worse

Tony Blair’s ‘solution’ to religious conflict will simply make things worse

Posted: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 by Terry Sanderson

In reaction to Tony Blair's recent reflections on religious conflict, Terry Sanderson reflects upon the dangers of Blair's promotion of the "us" and "them" mentality.

Tags: Religion & Belief

Catholic cognitive dissonance: Overlooking evil

Catholic cognitive dissonance: Overlooking evil

Posted: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 by Terry Sanderson

The UN's recent examination of the Holy See presented yet more evidence of the Catholic Church's responsibility for, and cover-up of, child abuse. Yet the Catholic majority remains persistently silent, argues Terry Sanderson.

Tags: Child Abuse, Catholic Church

The President’s Broadcasting Year – behind the scenes

The President’s Broadcasting Year – behind the scenes

Posted: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Being President of the National Secular Society is nothing if not unpredictable. And this year has been no exception for Terry Sanderson...

Tags: Humour

Scientology’s dream comes true

Scientology’s dream comes true

Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The Supreme Court has said that Scientology is a legitimate religion. This ruling undermines the automatic presumption that all religious groups are for the "public benefit", argues Terry Sanderson.

Tags: Religion & Belief

Catholic sex abuse scandal: how will Pope Francis make the Church accountable?

Catholic sex abuse scandal: how will Pope Francis make the Church accountable?

Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The Vatican's refusal to provide information requested by the United Nations on the alleged sexual abuse of children could mean Pope Francis's honeymoon period ends in ignominy, just like his predecessor, argues Terry Sanderson.

Tags: Catholic Church

Eric Pickles is doling out taxpayers’ money to ‘faith groups’ – where will it end?

Eric Pickles is doling out taxpayers’ money to ‘faith groups’ – where will it end?

Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Mr Cameron gave Eric Pickles permission with the "Big Society" project. But we are going to have to ensure that he doesn't make the Big Society into one where only "people of faith" can contribute or benefit, argues Terry Sanderson.

Tags: Parliament, Community Cohesion, Public Services

Is the “Francis Effect” just a figment of Catholic wishful thinking?

Is the “Francis Effect” just a figment of Catholic wishful thinking?

Posted: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Anecdotal reports of a rise in Catholic mass attendance since the arrival of the new Pope do not seem to be supported by systematically obtained data – at least in USA., blogs Terry Sanderson.

Tags: Catholic Church

Baroness Warsi and her self-serving anti-secular agenda

Baroness Warsi and her self-serving anti-secular agenda

Posted: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on Baroness Warsi's latest attempt to discredit secularism and promote the idea that religion and politics belong together.

Tags: Religion & Belief

Change is overdue to our sectarian coronation – even the heir to the throne seems to think so

Change is overdue to our sectarian coronation – even the heir to the throne seems to think so

Posted: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues that the next coronation ceremony of a British monarch should be secular - a ceremony that is inclusive, and reflective of the diversity of Britain today.

Tags: Coronation, Disestablishment, Monarchy

Are we being bamboozled by this charming Pope?

Are we being bamboozled by this charming Pope?

Posted: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Pope Francis may be charming – but he is part of a rehabilitation plan that depends on bamboozling us rather than delivering any real change, argues Terry Sanderson.

Tags: Pope

Letters to editors: a useful tool for campaigners

Letters to editors: a useful tool for campaigners

Posted: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Your local newspaper is a ready platform for you to debate and discuss secularism, writes Terry Sanderson.

Tags: Campaigns, Secularism

Chaos in the workplace will follow if this case succeeds

Chaos in the workplace will follow if this case succeeds

Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 by Terry Sanderson

If an employer can reasonably accommodate religious requests without disrupting their business or disadvantaging their other staff, we have no objection. But if they can't, then employers should have the right to say "no" argues Terry Sanderson.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Workplace

Research or propaganda? How the apologists for faith schools are fighting back

Research or propaganda? How the apologists for faith schools are fighting back

Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The Government is in denial about the fact that parents would prefer there to be fewer faith schools and that the system is being exploited and misused by churches and extremist groups, argues Terry Sanderson.

Tags: Faith Schools