Tags: Council prayers
Posted: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 by Paul Lusk
Claims of ecumenicalism and pluralism are often used to smuggle exclusively Christian privilege into public institutions. Christian secularist Paul Lusk asks what we should do about that.
Posted: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 by Alastair Lichten
Those who regard the imposition of religious values and practices in secular spaces as benign should be more aware of their privilege, argues Alastair Lichten.
Posted: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 by Stephen Evans
A small group of Christians in parliament are changing the law to give councils the power to introduce their meetings with prayers. Stephen Evans argues that the right to freedom of religion should always be balanced by the right to be free from religion.
Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 by Imran Khan
When Conservative councillor Imran Khan opted out of Christian prayers at council meetings he was subject to ostracization, abuse and deselection. He's urging MPs to keep sectarianism out of local politics by voting against the Local Government (Religious Etc. Observances) Bill.
Posted: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 by Terry Sanderson
The narrative that Christians are somehow persecuted in the UK – which the Daily Telegraph and former Attorney General Dominic Grieve were happy to promote this week – is a dishonest appeal for privilege, argues NSS president Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 by Dr Ronan McCrea
Following the erection of a crucifix in the newly renovated Kerry County Council chambers, Dr Ronan McCrea argues that the values of a particular faith should not be given predominance in State institutions.
Posted: Sat, 26 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Rather than being a voice for "moderation and reasonableness" over prayers at council meetings, the partisan and dictatorial Mr Pickles is pursuing an agenda to impose his religion on public life, argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Eric Pickles, the Dickensian-style Communities Minister, has announced that Britain is a "Christian nation" and anyone who disagrees needs to "get over it".
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, 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, 17 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson
We've been trying for a long time to get a national debate going about the place of religion in British society. It took our court case in Bideford to really ignite it.
Posted: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson
As we contemplate the implications of the High Court decision that the saying of prayers as part of local council business is illegal, the National Secular Society is bracing for an absolute torrent of abuse, exaggeration, misrepresentation and hysteria from conservative sources.
Posted: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 by National Secular Society
Last week, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Trevor Phillips, wrote an article in the Sunday Times in which he expressed concern about the way in which the Human Rights Act is being abused and, as he put it, "used in ways which any reasonable person would describe as thoroughly bonkers".
Posted: Fri, 09 Dec 2011 by Terry Sanderson
NSS President, Terry Sanderson, reflects on the hostile reaction from commentators to our challenge to prayers during council meetings.