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National Secular Society

Challenging Religious Privilege

Polly Toynbee

Polly Toynbee

Polly Toynbee is a journalist and writer and has been a columnist for The Guardian newspaper since 1998. She has won the Political Journalist of the Year Award 2003 and is one of the most ardent supporters of the secular cause.

“When absolute God-given righteousness beckons, blood flows and women are in chains.”

“Most insulting is the idea that morality comes only from the rulebook of an external God: the Godless are without moral compass. Yet morality is plainly inborn in every child as soon it cries, "Unfair!" It is this presumptuous arrogance that underpins religion's claim to a monopoly on ethics.”