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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

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

Is it time to separate church and state in marriage?

Is it time to separate church and state in marriage?

Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 by Norman Bonney

The on-going debate over equal marriage has highlighted our outdated and outmoded marriage laws. Is it time for secular reform?

Tags: Church & State, Marriage

Census 2011: What has caused this massive flight from Christianity?

Census 2011: What has caused this massive flight from Christianity?

Posted: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 by Stephen Evans

What has happened in this country in the decade since the last census? What has caused this huge flight from religion?

Tags: Church & State, statistics

Church and state need to be set free

Church and state need to be set free

Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 by Simon Barrow

Simon Barrow explains why the recent Church of England vote against women bishops underlines the urgent need to keep religion independent of the state.

Tags: Church & State

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 new Archbishop should have no special say

The new Archbishop should have no special say

Posted: Sat, 10 Nov 2012 by Oliver Kamm

Oliver Kamm says the Church is entitled to religious liberty and freedom of speech, but it is not entitled to a privileged hearing, nor is faith a source of strength.

Tags: Church & State, Church of England

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

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

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

Ireland awaits Human Rights report on its abortion law

Ireland awaits Human Rights report on its abortion law

Posted: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 by Claire McCormack

Ireland awaits a September report on its abortion laws by a European Court of Human Rights panel of experts at a time of rising political tensions over the issue and a backdrop of steep declines in the popularity of religion.

Tags: Gender Equality, Church & State, Catholic Church, Reproductive Rights, Ireland

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

Religious people should recognise that secularism benefits them, too

Religious people should recognise that secularism benefits them, too

Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 by Mary Draycott

The UK is a diverse society; a secular political system allows us all to develop equally in peace and fairness.

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

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

Not a “slip of the tongue”: only one religion is recognised as the basis of the Turkish state

Not a “slip of the tongue”: only one religion is recognised as the basis of the Turkish state

Posted: Wed, 30 May 2012 by Halil M. Karaveli

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently expressed allegiance to "one nation, one flag, one religion, one state." Indeed, the Turkish republic recognizes only "one religion", Sunni Islam, as the basis of the nation.

Tags: Church & State, Turkey

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

The need for secularism in a superdiverse society

The need for secularism in a superdiverse society

Posted: Thu, 10 May 2012 by Stephen Evans

The Westminster faith debates concluded last week with a debate on religious trends. According to the research presented, religion in the UK is changing, but not disappearing.

Tags: Church & State, statistics

Asking the impossible? Lebanon’s march for secularism

Asking the impossible? Lebanon’s march for secularism

Posted: Tue, 08 May 2012 by Alex Rowell

While in most respects the previous seventeen months have seen undreamt-of victories for civil liberties in the Middle East, there is one crucial measure by which things have not improved, and in fact threaten to worsen considerably: the separation of religion and politics.

Tags: Church & State, Lebanon

There is no persecution or sidelining of Christianity in Britain

There is no persecution or sidelining of Christianity in Britain

Posted: Thu, 05 Apr 2012 by Oliver Kamm

In a free society, government must defend religious liberty while being indifferent to the content of people's beliefs.

Tags: Church & State, Christianity, Church of England, 'Militant' secularism

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

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

Mr Pickles “community cohesion” policy is a recipe for conflict

Mr Pickles “community cohesion” policy is a recipe for conflict

Posted: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Why is the Coalition Government increasingly embracing the policy of the US Republicans of appropriating religion for political purposes?

Tags: Community Cohesion, Church & State