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Those census statistics explained

Those census statistics explained

Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson

A new book attempts to answer intriguing question about why 72% of English people identified themselves as Christian in the 2001 census when less than 10 per cent regularly attends a place of worship.

Tags: Census, Statistics

Are parliament’s theocrats about to have their day?

Are parliament’s theocrats about to have their day?

Posted: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Has the recent reshuffle appeased the religious lobby and are parliament's theocrats about to have their day?

Tags: Church & State, Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality, 'Militant' secularism, Community Cohesion, Discrimination

Here’s hoping the European Court can bring an end to this campaign of distortion over religious discrimination

Here’s hoping the European Court can bring an end to this campaign of distortion over religious discrimination

Posted: Tue, 04 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson

In providing one of the few "dissenting voices" in the media discussion of the cases of supposed religious discrimination being heard in the European Court of Human Rights, the most astonishing thing has been the success of the propaganda campaign conducted by Christian activists and the Daily Mailand Daily Telegraph.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, ECtHR, 'Christianophobia'

Leave Citizen Khan alone! Po-faced, humourless Muslim protestors are their own worst enemy

Leave Citizen Khan alone! Po-faced, humourless Muslim protestors are their own worst enemy

Posted: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson says Muslims who are protesting about the new BBC sitcom Citizen Khan should calm down. The sitcom, he argues, has the potential to do a big favour for Muslims in Britain if it is allowed to develop without every episode bringing a flood of complaints from those who take offense.

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Islam, Community Cohesion, Multiculturalism, BBC

Disillusion for the revolutionaries who thought the Arab Spring would bring freedom and secularism

Disillusion for the revolutionaries who thought the Arab Spring would bring freedom and secularism

Posted: Fri, 03 Aug 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The tightening of the grip of political Islam on the Middle East continues apace. Those young people who put their lives on the line to depose dictators and demagogues are now finding that, in fact, their countrymen seem to like dictators and demagogues – and have used the hard-won democratic process to swap secular tyrants for religious ones.

Tags: Islamism, Middle East

Has the BBC Trust killed vigorous debate about religion on our national broadcaster?

Has the BBC Trust killed vigorous debate about religion on our national broadcaster?

Posted: Wed, 01 Aug 2012 by Terry Sanderson

If you can't even say "hogwash" about religion, then isn't debate is restricted to the point of being impossible? With its decision this week to uphold a complaint against Jeremy Paxman, Terry Sanderson says the BBC Trust has pulled the noose about the neck of free speech a little tighter.

Tags: Freedom of Expression, BBC

Religious differences are reinforced by misguided enthusiasts like Tony Blair

Religious differences are reinforced by misguided enthusiasts like Tony Blair

Posted: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Tony Blair has been on the public platform again talking about how important religion is for everybody. NSS President Terry Sanderson isn't convinced.

Tags: Community Cohesion, Tony Blair

'Faith' schools are becoming a menace

'Faith' schools are becoming a menace

Posted: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 by Terry Sanderson

It is time Michael Gove — and the Government — stopped being so tolerant of 'faith' schools and started thinking about putting the brakes on their malevolent spread.

Tags: Education

The myth of the Nadia Eweida case gets another dishonest outing

The myth of the Nadia Eweida case gets another dishonest outing

Posted: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Anyone who has read the Eweida court and tribunal judgments and followed the case thoroughly (rather than basing our knowledge on the skewed and one-sided reports in the Daily Mail) knows that Nadia Eweida is not an innocent victim of religious prejudice. She is a determined activist who has bullied British Airways into giving her everything she wanted.

Tags: Discrimination, 'Christianophobia', Religious Symbols

Is the Church of England at death’s door or has it found a new lease of life?

Is the Church of England at death’s door or has it found a new lease of life?

Posted: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Church of England is either in its last desperate death throes or it is making a concerted effort to revive itself and reclaim the widespread influence it once enjoyed.

Tags: Church & State, Church of England

Rowan Williams has acquired a backbone – but it’s all too late

Rowan Williams has acquired a backbone – but it’s all too late

Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Since he announced his resignation, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams seems to feel he can now say what he wants, rather than what the "Anglican Communion" demands. And in the process he seems to be demonstrating an extraordinary sympathy for some of the arguments the National Secular Society has been making for years.

Tags: Church & State, Church of England

The Catholic push for power is failing

The Catholic push for power is failing

Posted: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson says the Vatican's great plan to reassert its authority in the Western world has so far delivered little in the way of results.

Tags: Church & State, Catholic Church, USA, Reproductive Rights

Why the Church must not win in this confrontation with the state

Why the Church must not win in this confrontation with the state

Posted: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Church of England has thrown down the gauntlet to the Government over the issue of gay marriage.

Tags: Church of England, Equality & Human Rights, Church & State, Marriage Equality, Obama

The wailing pope and his dirty laundry

The wailing pope and his dirty laundry

Posted: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Ratzinger is wailing about the publication of a book, His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI, by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi. It is based on documents leaked from the Vatican by un-named sources. The documents reveal a web of corruption and cronyism within the walls of Vatican City that would put a Dan Brown novel to shame.

Tags: Catholic Church, Pope

The Catholic Church is trying to flex its political muscle to humiliate Obama – but does it still have the strength?

The Catholic Church is trying to flex its political muscle to humiliate Obama – but does it still have the strength?

Posted: Thu, 24 May 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has ramped up the Catholic Church's politically motivated assault on the Obama administration by accusing the President of "strangling" religious freedom by requiring Catholic employers to provide workers with birth control coverage.

Tags: Church & State, Catholic Church, USA, Reproductive Rights

Are some Christian politicians deliberately trying to mislead us – or are they just ignorant of the facts?

Are some Christian politicians deliberately trying to mislead us – or are they just ignorant of the facts?

Posted: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The myth that there is a ban on crucifixes or crosses in the workplace is now so deeply embedded in the national consciousness that even MPs think that such a ban exists.

Tags: Christianity, Discrimination, Christianophobia

Hitler, Stalin, Obama and a belligerent Catholic Church

Hitler, Stalin, Obama and a belligerent Catholic Church

Posted: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Catholic Church seems to be turning itself from being a religious body into being a rather unpleasant political party – one that is so reactionary it makes the Tea Party look like the Teddy Bears Picnic.

Tags: Catholic Church, USA, Obama, Reproductive Rights

Easter sermons: self-serving and dishonest

Easter sermons: self-serving and dishonest

Posted: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson

It's a Bank Holiday, half the staff in the newsroom are on leave, but news editors still have to somehow fill their papers and their broadcast bulletins. What easier way to do it than to draw on the ready-made Easter sermons of various bishops and Cardinals around the country?

Tags: Faith Schools, Equality & Human Rights, Education

Prime Minister’s dissembling, hypocritical and disingenuous speech to religious leaders

Prime Minister’s dissembling, hypocritical and disingenuous speech to religious leaders

Posted: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, gave an Easter reception for Christian leaders at Downing Street this week at which he delivered an unctuous speech of such disingenuousness and hypocrisy that it almost takes the breath away.

Tags: Church & State, Equality & Human Rights, Church of England, Council Prayers, 'Militant' secularism, Big Society

Persecuted Christian story follows familiar pattern of newspaper distortion

Persecuted Christian story follows familiar pattern of newspaper distortion

Posted: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

A familiar pattern emerged this week in the latest "Christians are being persecuted at work" case to reach an employment tribunal.

Tags: Christianity, 'Christianophobia', Discrimination

Why militant secularism is for believers, too

Why militant secularism is for believers, too

Posted: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Atheists cannot be made to believe and believers cannot – with some exceptions – be persuaded that they are deluded (as Richard Dawkins would have it). So we have to leave it at that and then find a way to live together. That way is secularism.

Tags: Church & State, 'Militant' secularism

The Church of England – myth and reality

The Church of England – myth and reality

Posted: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on how the Church of England plays on the shortness of memory to rewrite its often unpleasant history.

Tags: Church & State, Christianity, Catholic Church, Church of England

Without a pack of lies to back them up, Christian claims of persecution fall flat on their face

Without a pack of lies to back them up, Christian claims of persecution fall flat on their face

Posted: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

This has been a brilliant propaganda coup by the Christian activists who have struggled so hard (and spent so much money in the courts) to plant in the minds of the British that religion – and in particular, Christianity – is under fire in this country.

Tags: Christianity, Equality & Human Rights

Countless millions of taxpayers’ money spent on discrimination in schools

Countless millions of taxpayers’ money spent on discrimination in schools

Posted: Wed, 07 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The state is spending tens of millions of pounds on the salaries of clergy people as well as funding religious discrimination and indoctrination in schools. How did this happen?

Tags: Faith Schools

Confrontation over gay marriage could change the relationship between religion and the state

Confrontation over gay marriage could change the relationship between religion and the state

Posted: Wed, 07 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

In many ways there is more at stake than gay marriage. This is the Catholic Church trying to bully its way into political power, lobbying by intimidation and emotional blackmail.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality