Posted: Mon, 31 Jul 2017 by Terry Sanderson
New figures show that the BBC is devoting hundreds of hours of programming to religion each year. NSS president Terry Sanderson argues that more of its scarce resources should be spent elsewhere.
BBC1 - 88 hours (last year 92 hours)
Posted: Mon, 23 May 2016 by Benjamin Jones
The overwhelming majority of Britons believe religion should not "influence" politics in the UK, and majorities of all religious believers except Muslims agree. Read More »
Posted: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 by Benjamin Jones
The ICM poll on 'What British Muslims Really Think' shows clearly that widespread support for Islamic theocracy, not terrorism, is the real, long-term threat to British society, argues Benjamin Jones. Read More »
Scotland is a mosaic of religions and beliefs – but the research shows people turning away from politicised faith
Posted: Thu, 24 Mar 2016 by Alistair McBay
Scotland is a mosaic of beliefs and non-beliefs where individuals are free to hold a belief, change it or not have one at all. But it's not hard to see why people are rejecting the organised and politicised aspects of religion, writes Alistair McBay. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 by Ed Moore
Is the Church really as poor as it claims? Ed Moore, treasurer of the National Secular Society, considers the extent of the Church of England's considerable wealth. Read More »
Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 by National Secular Society
As the UK undergoes a "revolutionary generational change" away from religion the Archbishop of Canterbury has boasted that the Church's Bishops in the House of Lords are the "most orthodox since WW2". Read More »
Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2015 by Benjamin Jones
Recent polling found that 56% of Britons think Islam poses a threat to democracy. However this finding has been misrepresented to suggest that British people think Muslims themselves are a "threat".
Academics call for greater sensitivity about religion in universities, but students suggest it’s not an issue
Posted: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 by National Secular Society
Some academics are giving undue prominence to religion and religious students- when the evidence shows they are exaggerating the scale of the 'problem' they describe. Read More »
Most Britons aren’t religious- but are religious ‘voting blocs’ wielding increasing power in our elections?
Posted: Wed, 06 May 2015 by Benjamin Jones
Religious leaders are wielding disproportionate influence in this election. Benjamin Jones argues that this is likely to get worse, and politicians should resist the urge to treat religious people as blocs.
Posted: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 by Benjamin Jones
As huge demographic changes and the rapid increase in the Muslim population reshape religion in the UK, Benjamin Jones makes the case that secularism is the best guarantee of future freedoms for believers and atheists alike.
Posted: Fri, 20 Mar 2015 by Keith Porteous Wood
In this week's budget the Government allocated a further £40 million funding to support "vital" roof repairs in Listed Places of Worship over the next two years.
Posted: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 by Benjamin Jones
Comparing this poll with the "nones", we find that among non-believers the Conservatives are down just 5.3 points, with Labour up 4.6% and the LibDems up by 3.5 percent.
Posted: Sun, 08 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Here we go again – the BBC has commissioned a survey that apparently shows that religious people are more likely to give to charity than non-religious people.
What the poll does not tell us is what the religious people donated their money to.
Posted: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson
All this is done at considerable taxpayers' expense.
But it's all rather low-key and unalarming.
We must call time on any more of them.
Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson
An Ipsos-Mori poll for the Royal Statistical Society tried to measure what people's perception of issues were as opposed to the reality (according to the official figures).
Posted: Wed, 08 May 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood
A closer look at the Church of England attendance figures, stripped of the spin, confirms the picture of continuing decline. Read More »
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. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 by Terry Sanderson
A new report, confirming previous research, shows that religion is the least popular genre of programming on TV. Read More »
Posted: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 by Revd Dr Darrell Jackson
Revd Dr Darrell Jackson's analysis of secularity reveals that contemporary Europe is simultaneously experiencing 'pre-secularity', secularity, and 'post-secularity' but finds a surprising number of mentions of God, the church and religion in the constitutions of individual countries. Read More »
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. Read More »
Posted: Sun, 20 Jan 2013 by Stewart Ware
In an attempt to capture demographic data on the non-religious, Atheist Alliance International has set up the Atheist Census. Read More »
Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 by Jill Farquhar
Jill Farquhar argues that the conflation of 'religion' with 'religious background' in the Northern Ireland census perpetuates the idea that the religion of our parents defines our own religious identity. Read More »
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? Read More »
Posted: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The perception that Americans are an overwhelmingly church-going, evangelically conservative people took another knock this week with the release of a poll from the Pew Research Centre. Read More »