Author: Terry Sanderson
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.