NSS Opinion

Anglican gay sex debate is a reminder of the need for secularism

Anglican gay sex debate is a reminder of the need for secularism

Posted: Wed, 03 Aug 2022 by Stephen Evans

The Church of England's position on same-sex relationships should set the wheels of disestablishment in motion, says Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Church and State, Disestablishment, LGBT

Freedoms that flow from secular democracy need to be defended

Freedoms that flow from secular democracy need to be defended

Posted: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 by Stephen Evans

The rolling back of reproductive rights in America shows necessity of secularism, says Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Abortion, Secularism

Obituary: Former NSS president Terry Sanderson

Obituary: Former NSS president Terry Sanderson

Posted: Mon, 13 Jun 2022 by Keith Porteous Wood

An obituary to Terry Sanderson, who died on June 12th 2022, by his civil partner Keith Porteous Wood. Read More »

Tags: NSS

Britain’s de facto blasphemy law strikes again

Britain’s de facto blasphemy law strikes again

Posted: Thu, 09 Jun 2022 by Stephen Evans

Pandering to fundamentalism is not the way to a more open, tolerant and peaceful society, argues Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression

Should specialist theological colleges receive public funds for higher education?

Should specialist theological colleges receive public funds for higher education?

Posted: Mon, 06 Jun 2022 by Keith Sharpe and Chris Higgins

Specialist theological colleges focused on doctrinal training create inherent conflict with the academic freedom and anti-discrimination requirements of education. Therefore, they should neither receive public funds nor be registered with the Office for Students, argue Chris Higgins and Keith Sharpe. Read More »

Tags: Education, LGBT, Universities

Encouraging evangelism in public services will promote division, not divinity

Encouraging evangelism in public services will promote division, not divinity

Posted: Tue, 31 May 2022 by Megan Manson

A survey reveals members of the public generally get along well with Christians – but feel less enthusiastic about proselytism. Megan Manson says this should be a warning to politicians who want faith groups to be free to preach when delivering public services. Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Public services

NI education conference shows cause for secularist hope

NI education conference shows cause for secularist hope

Posted: Wed, 25 May 2022 by Alastair Lichten

The National Secular Society recently held an online conference on inclusive education in Northern Ireland. Here, Alastair Lichten shares the videos from the conference and thoughts on the speakers' key messages. Read More »

Tags: Education, Northern Ireland

The Church shouldn’t have a privileged platform in political debate

The Church shouldn’t have a privileged platform in political debate

Posted: Wed, 20 Apr 2022 by Stephen Evans

Following the furore over the archbishop of Canterbury's latest political intervention, Stephen Evans argues Justin Welby should be free to speak, but his words shouldn't carry the constitutional weight they do. Read More »

Tags: Church and State, Disestablishment

Time to follow Northern Ireland in ending religious discrimination against teachers

Time to follow Northern Ireland in ending religious discrimination against teachers

Posted: Tue, 12 Apr 2022 by Ella Sen

After ending a blanket exemption from equality laws, Northern Ireland will outlaw religious discrimination against teachers. Ella Sen examines the situation across other UK nations and urges them to follow suit. Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith schools

CofE plans to increase influence in post-16 education smack of hubris

CofE plans to increase influence in post-16 education smack of hubris

Posted: Thu, 07 Apr 2022 by Alastair Lichten

The Church of England's emerging plans to expand their role in sixth form and further education colleges, accompanied by empire building and evangelism, may undermine the secularity and inclusivity of this sector, argues Alastair Lichten. Read More »

Tags: Education, Further education

A government blueprint for more religious control of schools?

A government blueprint for more religious control of schools?

Posted: Wed, 30 Mar 2022 by Alastair Lichten

The government's new proposals for education reform in England could see increased discrimination, and most non-faith schools placed in faith-based academy trusts. Alastair Lichten explores the threat to secular education posed by the 'Opportunity for all' white paper. Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith schools

An inclusive Britain starts with inclusive schools

An inclusive Britain starts with inclusive schools

Posted: Wed, 23 Mar 2022 by Stephen Evans

Keeping religion and state education separate is the best way of ensuring schools promote free inquiry, equality and inclusivity, argues Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Admissions, Education, Faith schools

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Religious education isn’t the right vehicle for civics

Posted: Wed, 23 Feb 2022 by Stephen Evans

The government thinks religious education is important for developing children's critical thinking, values, and understanding of different traditions. There are much better ways to achieve this than through the outdated subject of RE, argues Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Education, Religious education

Recent studies agree: the risks of circumcision outweigh any benefits. It’s time to rethink our permissive approach to genital cutting.

Recent studies agree: the risks of circumcision outweigh any benefits. It’s time to rethink our permissive approach to genital cutting.

Posted: Mon, 31 Jan 2022 by Dr Antony Lempert

Dr Antony Lempert says the findings of two recent medical papers critical of infant circumcision should prompt us to greater protect children from religious and cultural genital cutting. Read More »

Tags: Circumcision

Appointments of future archbishops shouldn’t be the state’s business

Appointments of future archbishops shouldn’t be the state’s business

Posted: Thu, 27 Jan 2022 by Stephen Evans

Church of England plans to give Anglican church leaders from around the world greater power in choosing future archbishops of Canterbury are a reminder of the need to separate church and state, argues Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Church and State, Disestablishment

Playing whack-a-mole with religious charities isn’t working. Time to reform charity law.

Playing whack-a-mole with religious charities isn’t working. Time to reform charity law.

Posted: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 by Megan Manson

Regulating charities effectively will not be possible until religious privilege is removed from charity law, says Megan Manson. Read More »

Tags: Charity

Religious selection is only part of the problem with faith schools

Religious selection is only part of the problem with faith schools

Posted: Thu, 20 Jan 2022 by Alastair Lichten

Ending religious discrimination in faith school admissions is an important first step – but it will not undo all the harms caused by faith schools, says Alastair Lichten. Read More »

Tags: Admissions, Education, Faith schools

A message from the chief executive

A message from the chief executive

Posted: Wed, 22 Dec 2021 by Stephen Evans

NSS chief executive Stephen Evans reflects on how secularism fared in 2021 and the NSS's activities over the year. Read More »

Tags: Secularism

‘Islamophobia’ distracts from tackling anti-Muslim bigotry

‘Islamophobia’ distracts from tackling anti-Muslim bigotry

Posted: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 by Nova Daban

We need to tackle anti-Muslim hate, but the politicised and problematic term of Islamophobia should be ditched, argues Nova Daban. Read More »

Tags: Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Blasphemy Laws, Islamophobia

Don’t sacrifice the principle of universal human rights to religious leaders

Don’t sacrifice the principle of universal human rights to religious leaders

Posted: Mon, 22 Nov 2021 by Megan Manson

A recent report on state-sanctioned killings of 'blasphemers' and 'apostates' suggests re-interpreting Islam as a solution rather than promoting universal human rights. Megan Manson argues this is the wrong approach. Read More »

Tags: Apostasy, Blasphemy

‘Inclusive language’ in the army is meaningless without inclusive culture

‘Inclusive language’ in the army is meaningless without inclusive culture

Posted: Mon, 08 Nov 2021 by Megan Manson

The Armed Forces must dismantle their institutional Christian privilege if they are truly committed to inclusivity, says Megan Manson. Read More »

Tags: Army, Opinion Out Loud, Remembrance

A vision for inclusive assemblies for all

A vision for inclusive assemblies for all

Posted: Fri, 05 Nov 2021 by Susan Garratt

Paul Stanley's work shows how much more inclusive and engaging school assemblies could be without the anachronistic legal requirement for religious worship, argues Sue Garratt. Read More »

Tags: Collective worship, Education, Reviews

David Amess

Islamist extremism won’t be addressed by ignoring it

Posted: Thu, 21 Oct 2021 by Stephen Evans

The national conversation following the brutal killing of David Amess suggests an unwillingness to tackle the Islamic extremism behind it, argues Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Extremism, Islamism

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