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Why is the state funding the indoctrination of children in schools with dangerous ideologies?

Why is the state funding the indoctrination of children in schools with dangerous ideologies?

Posted: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson asks how have we allowed state schools to fall into the hands of people with such a sinister agenda of indoctrination?

Tags: Faith Schools

We are all at the mercy of the activists who are driving these veil confrontations

We are all at the mercy of the activists who are driving these veil confrontations

Posted: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues we must tread carefully so that our liberal impulses are not exploited and misused by people who are far from liberal.

Tags: Islam, Niqab

Can we please stop wasting money on these endless surveys that just tell us what we already know?

Can we please stop wasting money on these endless surveys that just tell us what we already know?

Posted: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues we don't need taxpayer's money being spent on reports that tell us that some religious people are annoyed that other people aren't interested in their beliefs.

Tags: Religion & Belief, Statistics

On homophobia and racism

On homophobia and racism

Posted: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Those who portray themselves as a moral arbiter have to be consistently moral — something which Justin Welby and The Runnymede Trust hasn't fully grasped, argues Terry Sanderson.

Tags: Marriage Equality, Islam

It may be a new velvet glove, but it’s the same old iron fist at the Vatican

It may be a new velvet glove, but it’s the same old iron fist at the Vatican

Posted: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues that Pope Bergoglio won't move the Catholic Church forward and help it reform.

Tags: Catholic Church, Pope

Muslims must be protected. Islam must not.

Muslims must be protected. Islam must not.

Posted: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues we must not allow the current attacks on the Muslim community to justify anything that looks even remotely like a blasphemy law.

Tags: Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Community Cohesion

How do we keep religious education out of the hands of the evangelists?

How do we keep religious education out of the hands of the evangelists?

Posted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues why we need a more balanced and secular approach to teaching religion in schools.

Tags: RE, Education

Human rights are for humans, not for ideologies

Human rights are for humans, not for ideologies

Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues that human rights are not there to fulfill religious demands; but to protect individuals.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Religion & Belief

Public perceptions and reality - have we got it wrong?

Public perceptions and reality - have we got it wrong?

Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Poll claims British public vastly overestimate the number of Muslims and underestimate the number of Christians – Terry Sanderson questions if we have.

Tags: statistics, Islam, Christianity

Three cheers for Channel 4 for trying to move Muslims into the mainstream

Three cheers for Channel 4 for trying to move Muslims into the mainstream

Posted: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Channel 4's controversial move to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer has set the cat amongst the pigeons. Terry Sanderson argues that the media needs to do more to show a balanced reflection of the Muslim community.

Tags: Islam, Religion & Belief

New EU guidelines on religion and belief make plain that no religion is entitled to special rights

New EU guidelines on religion and belief make plain that no religion is entitled to special rights

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The EU Foreign Affairs Council this week adopted a report with 71 Guidelines to promote the right to freedom of religion and belief worldwide. Terry Sanderson highlights here some notable quotes.

Tags: Europe, Religion & Belief

Reaction to Woking parking challenge reveals national implications

Reaction to Woking parking challenge reveals national implications

Posted: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The reaction to our challenge to Woking Borough Council's policy of providing free parking for worshippers reveals the national implications of our legal action.

Tags: Parking

The Same-Sex Marriage Bill delivers a blow to the bishops in the House of Lords

The Same-Sex Marriage Bill delivers a blow to the bishops in the House of Lords

Posted: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 by Terry Sanderson

This defeat for the Church of England may yet have more serious ramifications. It has been speculated that gay marriage will bring the nation nearer to disestablishment.

Tags: Marriage Equality, Church of England, House of Lords, Bishops

Questions raised about the running of the BBC’s religious affairs department

Questions raised about the running of the BBC’s religious affairs department

Posted: Tue, 04 Jun 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Private Eye's coverage on Aaqil Ahmed's latest headache at the BBC.

Tags: BBC

Britain’s feeble religious right learns no lessons from its debacle at the European Court

Britain’s feeble religious right learns no lessons from its debacle at the European Court

Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

With the recent rejection by the Grand Chamber of three 'religious discrimination' cases, Terry Sanderson questions why the religious right are still determined to push for their Christian privileges.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Church of England, ECtHR

Catholic magazine says Same Sex Marriage Bill will disestablish the Church of England

Catholic magazine says Same Sex Marriage Bill will disestablish the Church of England

Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The Catholic weekly magazine The Tablet carried an editorial in its 25 May edition predicting that the legalisation of gay marriage will weaken, if not completely end, the establishment of the Church of England.

Tags: Church of England, Marriage Equality

Same-sex marriage – is Cameron’s commitment wobbling?

Same-sex marriage – is Cameron’s commitment wobbling?

Posted: Thu, 16 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson questions if the recent political upheaval will add leverage for the opponents of gay marriage in the UK.

Tags: Catholic Church, Marriage Equality, Pope, David Cameron

It’s the Church’s Christian duty to support the health service, not leech off it

It’s the Church’s Christian duty to support the health service, not leech off it

Posted: Mon, 13 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

With the Archbishop of Westminster making the case for clerics in hospitals, Terry Sanderson questions why hospital chaplains are still funded by the public purse when the NHS needs all the help it can get.

Tags: Chaplains, Healthcare, Public Services

Bishops in the House of Lords – too political or not political enough?

Bishops in the House of Lords – too political or not political enough?

Posted: Fri, 10 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Despite calling on the Archbishop of Canterbury to hand over some of the seats occupied by bishops in the House of Lords, Frank Field appears to want clerics to get more involved in politics.

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, House of Lords

Not content with a third of state-sponsored schools pushing his faith, now Dr Welby wants the BBC to do more evangelising

Not content with a third of state-sponsored schools pushing his faith, now Dr Welby wants the BBC to do more evangelising

Posted: Wed, 08 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The new Archbishop of Canterbury joins the orchestrated call for more religion on the BBC.

Tags: Church of England, Christianity, BBC

At last – churches recognise The Big Society for the Big Con that it was

At last – churches recognise The Big Society for the Big Con that it was

Posted: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

It seems The Big Society is back – if only for the last nail to be driven into its coffin.

Tags: Catholic Church, Big Society, David Cameron, Conservative Party

Christian activists just won’t let it go

Christian activists just won’t let it go

Posted: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Numerous cases have been brought to British courts to try to prove Christians are being discriminated in the workplace, and all of them have failed. They have been to tribunals, Crown Courts, High Courts, Appeal Courts, the Supreme Court and then the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

Tags: 'Christianophobia', Discrimination, Workplace

Saudi religious police aren’t funny

Posted: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on the Saudi religious police who recently evicted three men from an annual cultural festival and sent them back to Abu Dhabi.

Tags: Sharia, Religious Law, Saudi Arabia

It’s not fair! Why has Ireland got Ruairi Quinn, while we’re stuck with Michael Gove?

It’s not fair! Why has Ireland got Ruairi Quinn, while we’re stuck with Michael Gove?

Posted: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on Ireland's education minister Ruairi Quinn who, bit by bit, is challenging the stranglehold that the Catholic Church has over education in the Republic.

Tags: Education, Ireland

After Lord Carey’s attack, Prime Minister assures us that he is a good Christian

After Lord Carey’s attack, Prime Minister assures us that he is a good Christian

Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Still wincing from Lord Carey's attack, the Prime Minister David Cameron put out his own Easter message, assuring religious organisations that "As long as I am Prime Minister, they will have the support of this government."

Tags: Church & State, David Cameron, Conservative Party