We've been saying for 151 years that separating religion from politics makes societies fairer and protects everyone's rights. Our critics often say we want to
place unreasonable restrictions on people's ability to practice their religion. But this week the Pew Research Center has again made clear that the true threat to
religious people's rights – like those of non-believers – comes from theocrats, not secularists.
Secularism is the only way to protect rationalism in public policy, freedom from the demands of religious authorities and the right to practice religion freely for
those that wish to. It is in everyone's interests, and we hope you will continue to support our promotion of it.
Megan Manson considers the importance of the Christian secularist view in James Paul Lusk's book. Lusk argues that attempts to re-establish Christian
religious privilege, and roll back equalities, undermine religious freedom.
Efforts to promote 'British values' in schools are being criticised, mainly on account of their name, but these four clear values already underpin our
education, and are something to which we should aspire, argues Lottie Moore.
Quotes of the week
"States that have an official or preferred religion tend to behave differently from states that do not. Not only are they more likely to provide financial or
legal benefits to a single religion, but they also are more likely to place a high level of government restrictions on other religious
groups." The Pew Research Center finds secular states are fairer than religious ones
"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Journalist Simon Kelner responds to Justin
Welby's criticism of the BBC over child abuse
Re-establishment of the Manchester Secular Society
At the social following the inaugural Bradlaugh Lecture (held at
Manchester Art Gallery) enthusiasm was expressed for the Re-establishment of Manchester Secular Society. The original MSS was an important part of the early
secularist movement, and donated a large painting of our founder by Walter Sickert which was unveiled at the same lecture.
An initial meeting of those interested in actively helping to re-form Manchester Secular Society has been held (with a second planned in November) but further
volunteers are still needed. If you would like to help, please contact Kenny
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