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New report confirms that religious TV is least popular genre – but the BBC won’t let up

New report confirms that religious TV is least popular genre – but the BBC won’t let up

Posted: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 by Terry Sanderson

A new report, confirming previous research, shows that religion is the least popular genre of programming on TV.

Tags: BBC, Statistics

Feeding the fires of fundamentalism

Feeding the fires of fundamentalism

Posted: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on the futility of debating Hamza Tzortzis – a man who doesn't believe in freedom, despises democracy and seeks totalitarianism.

Tags: Islam

The Catholic Church must change or die

The Catholic Church must change or die

Posted: Thu, 07 Mar 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson says level of arrogant politicisation to which The Catholic church aspired under the papacy of Joseph Ratzinger was appalling, but perhaps the decline of support in the pews may bring the Church to its senses.

Tags: Catholic Church, Pope

Hospitals in dire cash crisis, but the chaplains sail merrily on

Hospitals in dire cash crisis, but the chaplains sail merrily on

Posted: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Not a week goes by now without more depressing headlines about the gradual demolition of the NHS but provision of chaplaincy services apparently remains "essential"

Tags: Chaplains

Vicar calls for disestablishment

Vicar calls for disestablishment

Posted: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson

An encouraging letter from a Church of England vicar advocating disestablishment of the Church appeared in the latest issue of the Church of England Newspaper.

Tags: Church & State

Is the Catholic Church at last getting the come-uppance it has so long deserved?

Is the Catholic Church at last getting the come-uppance it has so long deserved?

Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on why it is hard for secularists to to resist the feelings of schadenfreude at the accumulating catastrophes that are assailing the Catholic Church.

Tags: Catholic Church

Joseph Ratzinger’s failed papacy may have fatally undermined the Vatican

Joseph Ratzinger’s failed papacy may have fatally undermined the Vatican

Posted: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues that under Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican has become despised and resented throughout the world – greatly reducing its authority.

Tags: Catholic Church, Pope, Child Abuse

Will the new Archbishop’s evangelical fervour aid destruction of the welfare state?

Will the new Archbishop’s evangelical fervour aid destruction of the welfare state?

Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson asks if the new Archbishop's determination to "bring people to Jesus" will result in him colluding in the destruction of state-run welfare services.

Tags: Big Society, Public Services

There is no American-style Religious Right in Britain, but the general theo-political landscape is lurching rightward

There is no American-style Religious Right in Britain, but the general theo-political landscape is lurching rightward

Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson

A new report by the Theos think-tank throws some interesting light on the evangelical Christian groups that have pushed themselves to the forefront of religio-political activism in the past couple of decades.

Tags: Church & State, Statistics

Constitution Unit says disestablishment will have to be achieved piecemeal

Constitution Unit says disestablishment will have to be achieved piecemeal

Posted: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Several events over the past few months that have strengthened the argument for a change the relationship between the church and the state in this country. Terry Sanderson vows the NSS will not stop until the Anglican Church is in its rightful place – which is not as part of the state.

Tags: Disestablishment

Faith-based welfare – the push goes on

Faith-based welfare – the push goes on

Posted: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 by Terry Sanderson

David Cameron's big society initiative could result in religion taking control of welfare provision, just as it did in Victorian times. Terry Sanderson warns against this and explains why the role of 'faith communities' should be limited and modest.

Tags: Big Society, Charity, Public Services

Roundup of reactions to this week’s Euro Court rulings

Roundup of reactions to this week’s Euro Court rulings

Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, provides a comprehensive round-up of the reaction to this week's European Court of Human Rights ruling on 'religious discrimination' in the workplace.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, ECtHR

Secularists: put your principles into action and support the NSS

Secularists: put your principles into action and support the NSS

Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 by Terry Sanderson

We've got another big year coming up and the strength of our voice is crucial. Please be part of it. Put your principles into action today.

Tags: Membership

NSS President’s Seasonal Message

NSS President’s Seasonal Message

Posted: Fri, 21 Dec 2012 by Terry Sanderson

As we prepare for the festive holiday, National Secular Society President, Terry Sanderson, reflects on the year past, and looks forward to the year to come.

Tags: Church & State

Cracks appearing in NHS, but chaplains sail on regardless

Cracks appearing in NHS, but chaplains sail on regardless

Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson suggests prayer will be the only "treatment" available in hospitals soon as they close and go bankrupt.

Tags: Chaplains, Healthcare

Church of England’s establishment is well past its sell-by date

Church of England’s establishment is well past its sell-by date

Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on how the vote at the General Synod to reject women bishops demonstrates why the establishment of the Church of England as an arm of the state is unsustainable in a modern, diverse society.

Tags: Church & State, Church of England

The Church of England should act now if it wants to save its hospital chaplaincy service

The Church of England should act now if it wants to save its hospital chaplaincy service

Posted: Tue, 06 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson calls on the Church to relieve the struggling NHS of the financial burden of chaplaincy services, and for them to set up chaplaincy trusts to provide the necessary funding.

Tags: Charity, Healthcare, Chaplains, Big Society, Church of England, public funding

Mr Cameron, the Big Society and the fundamentalists

Mr Cameron, the Big Society and the fundamentalists

Posted: Mon, 05 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on the undesirability of handing out public money to religious groups without strong controls in place.

Tags: Public Services

Stonewall is right – the Cardinal is a bigot

Stonewall is right – the Cardinal is a bigot

Posted: Fri, 02 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson

After coming under fire for nominating Cardinal Keith O'Brien as "Bigot of the Year", Terry Sanderson defends Stonewall and agrees the Cardinal is a bigot, and that the award was appropriate and well-deserved.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Catholic Church, Marriage Equality, LGBTQ rights

We’re not in Kansas now: why targeting the “faith vote” is a hopeless cause in Britain

We’re not in Kansas now: why targeting the “faith vote” is a hopeless cause in Britain

Posted: Tue, 30 Oct 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Tories plan to use the upcoming Corby by-election to "road test" an appeal to the "faith vote". Terry Sanderson questions whether a religious voting bloc even exists in the town – or anywhere in Britain for that matter.

Tags: Politics, Conservative Party

Baroness Warsi needs to be challenged on her theocratic ambitions

Baroness Warsi needs to be challenged on her theocratic ambitions

Posted: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues that all this talk of Britain being a Christian nation is a fantasy employed by Baroness Warsi and other pious politicians to push forward their own religious agendas.

Tags: Church & State

Religion is shrinking: and it only has itself to blame

Religion is shrinking: and it only has itself to blame

Posted: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The perception that Americans are an overwhelmingly church-going, evangelically conservative people took another knock this week with the release of a poll from the Pew Research Centre.

Tags: Statistics, Religion & Belief

Politicians and “faith leaders” make a gruesome combination

Politicians and “faith leaders” make a gruesome combination

Posted: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson

While many will write it off as red meat being thrown to the raving fundamentalists on the back bench of the Tory Party, Terry Sanderson says the appointment of Baroness Warsi as "Minister for Faith and Communities" is potentially threatening for secularism.

Tags: Catholic Church, Church & State

These imbecilic riots must serve to reinforce our commitment to freedom

These imbecilic riots must serve to reinforce our commitment to freedom

Posted: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson

It is estimated that throughout the Muslim world something like just ten to twenty thousand people have taken part in the rampages that have dominated the headlines for a week. Terry Sanderson says these few Islamist extremists must not lead us to to compromise our commitment to the values of democracy and freedom.

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Islam

Hospitals axed, wages cut, frontline staff dispensed with – but Chaplains are sitting pretty

Hospitals axed, wages cut, frontline staff dispensed with – but Chaplains are sitting pretty

Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson

As our precious health services are falling one after another in the face of the recession, the Church must be very happy that the NHS is prepared to pick up the substantial wage bill for the clerics it should be paying for itself.

Tags: Chaplains, Healthcare