Posted: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 by John Sargeant
The state and society undermine children's rights, when they treat them as an extension of their parents' religious identity, argues John Sargeant. Read More »
Posted: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 by Achieng Maureen Akena
Political religion, particularly that exported from the US, is impeding the struggle for universal human rights in Africa and the two must be kept separate, argues Achieng Maureen Akena. Read More »
Posted: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 by Maajid Nawaz
Quilliam Co-Founder and Chairman and NSS honorary associate Maajid Nawaz gives his thoughts on the crisis in North-West Iraq. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 by Stephen Evans
As Eric Pickles takes over Baroness Warsi's ministerial responsibilities for promoting faith, Stephen Evans argues that the job should have gone, not just the minister.
In one of the more popular moves of her political career to date, Baroness Warsi this week... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 by Kenneth Houston
EU and UN 'dialogue' with civil society gives disproportionate weight to conservative religious voices at the expense of moderate and secular opinion, argues Kenneth Houston. Read More »
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. Read More »
Posted: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 by Alison Fenwick
As a parent of a 6 year old daughter, Alison Fenwick argues that the obligation on schools to 'worship' impinges on her parental right to raise her child in accordance with her own beliefs. Read More »
Posted: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 by Lord Alton
Religious cleansing in Iraq is making a "hateful mockery" of international law which should protect people and uphold their freedom to follow our own beliefs, argues Lord Alton.
Posted: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 by Sadikur Rahman
After attending a seminar held by the Law Society on Islamic rules and legal services, Sadikur Rahman reflects upon the Society's desire to develop its members' knowledge of sharia law in the UK and questions how this contributes to Muslim people's freedoms. Read More »
Posted: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 by Stephen Evans
With the launch of a new petition calling on political parties to make the removal of the collective worship requirement part of their education policy, NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans explains why the time has come to relieve schools of the obligation to provide worship. Read More »
Posted: Thu, 03 Jul 2014 by Terry Sanderson
A commission has set itself up to "take the temperature of Britain's relationship with religion". But with so many vested interests on board, Terry Sanderson questions how objective its findings will be. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Misleading reporting of individual cases and calls for "conscience clauses" feed into a false narrative of Christian persecution aimed at undermining the Equality Act, argues Terry Sanderson.
Recently the vice president of the UK Supreme Court, Baroness Hale,... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Those with a vested interest in the continuation of 'faith schools' have started their fight back against the growing number of critics, says Terry Sanderson.
After the furore of the Birmingham Trojan Horse affair, a lot of commentators reached the conclusion... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson
On 21 June 2014, NSS President Terry Sanderson spoke at the Chatham Unitarian Church, about the importance of equalities protections and secularism to religious freedom. This is a transcript of his speech.
The first problem I have is with a definition of "religious... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 by David McClenaghan
Words are not enough: David McClenaghan argues that if the Church wants to deal with its record on child abuse it must root out both offenders and enablers. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Rather than a faith-based ethos, Terry Sanderson argues that it's selection that allows faith schools to outperform other schools – and calls for fairer admissions policies to ensure a level playing field for all.
The headline in the Coventry Telegraph... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 by Rumy Hasan
Rumy Hasan argues that faith based identity politics have contributed to an increasingly divisive school system, which undermines children's right to a broad, critical and tolerant secular education. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Politicians are in denial over the problems caused by "faith schools" and religious influence in education, argues Terry Sanderson.
The National Secular Society has been saying it for years – "faith schools" are a bad idea. And despite the events of the... Read More »
Posted: Sun, 08 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Posted: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 by Stephen Evans
With the majority church schools now employing Christian chaplains, Stephen Evans questions whether public money intended for education should be used to fund the Church of England's missionary work. Read More »
Posted: Fri, 30 May 2014 by Matthew Syed
Our reluctance to fight 'small' battles – over forced marriage and the burka – merely emboldens the fundamentalists, argues Matthew Syed Read More »
Posted: Tue, 13 May 2014 by Sadikur Rahman
Sadikur Rahman, of the Lawyers' Secular Society, argues that the Law Society's response to criticism of its sharia guidance misses the point that the society has gone beyond its mandate and given credibility to discriminatory practices. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 12 May 2014 by Alistair McBay
National Secular Society's spokesperson for Scotland, Alistair McBay, argues that the Scottish Parliament has helped entrench religious privilege in the country's education system.
Tuesday 6 May was a busy day in the Scottish Parliament which saw a triumph... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 08 May 2014 by Stephen Evans
Food retailers should be upfront about what they're serving up, but the main issue is one of animal welfare, and the religious exemption that allows animals to be slaughtered without being stunned, argues Stephen Evans.
Halal again hit the headlines this week,... Read More »