Tags: Church & State
Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 by Elizabeth O'Casey
A recent paper by Professor Steven Kettell shows that state religion is consistently associated with lower levels of political and civil freedom, and suggests the secular model as the best means to protect and promote human rights and freedom.
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.
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.
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.
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The on-going debate over equal marriage has highlighted our outdated and outmoded marriage laws.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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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, 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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.