NSS Opinion

Baroness Warsi and the OIC

Posted: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 by Anne Marie Waters

Baroness Warsi's partnership with the OIC means it is only a matter of time before we are completely silenced in the name of religious freedom, argues Anne Marie Waters Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression

The Church of England’s unrelenting exploitation of the nation’s schools

Posted: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 by Stephen Evans

The Church of England's intention is clear. State funded schools will be regarded as churches – and serve as pulpits for evangelisation, argues Stephen Evans.

Parents and their children may have deserted the pews in droves – but that doesn't really... Read More »

Tags: Church of England, Education, Faith Schools

Don’t give in to the Gideons

Posted: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 by Veronica Wikman

The Scottish Government must take action to remove the proselytising opportunity presented by religious observance in our schools, argues Veronica Wikman. Read More »

Tags: Religious Observance, Scotland

Secularism seeks to balance everyone’s religious freedoms fairly. Why would anyone oppose that?

Posted: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 by Stephen Evans

Despite the claims of its critics, secularism protects the freedom of conscience for all citizens, and welcomes believers and non-believers into the public square on equal terms, argues Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief, Secularism, Equality & Human Rights

Baroness Warsi and her self-serving anti-secular agenda

Posted: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Baroness Warsi, the Coalition's "Minister for Faith" is no friend of the National Secular Society. Why should she be? Her role is the very antithesis of secularism.

For a Government Minister whose brief is to promote religion in politics, she does not seem... Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief

Change is overdue to our sectarian coronation – even the heir to the throne seems to think so

Posted: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The day after we announced that we were seeking lawyers' opinions on the Human Rights implications of the coronation and accession oaths, one of which, for example, requires the monarch to uphold the "Protestant religion as established by law", the Daily Telegraph... Read More »

Tags: Coronation, Disestablishment, Monarchy

A search for truth, or a trojan horse for religion in schools?

Posted: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 by Alistair McBay

Alistair McBay questions the objectivity of a new educational resource that claims to "review, objectively and dispassionately, the case for the existence of God". Read More »

Tags: Education, Scotland, Creationism

Job applications should not be a matter of faith

Posted: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 by A Teacher

A teacher's perspective on why faith schools should not be able to select staff and students based on their religion. Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools, Education, Discrimination

Are we being bamboozled by this charming Pope?

Posted: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Pope Francis may be charming – but he is part of a rehabilitation plan that depends on bamboozling us rather than delivering any real change, argues Terry Sanderson.

Am I being cynical or has the Vatican scored an amazing PR victory with Pope Francis?... Read More »

Tags: Pope

Letters to editors: a useful tool for campaigners

Posted: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 by Terry Sanderson

When you're active in campaigns that aim to change things in society, it can often be difficult to get your voice heard in the media. Groups with a message that seems radical or a threat to the status quo might be treated with suspicion, even hostility, by... Read More »

Tags: Campaigns, Secularism

Scotland’s young people deserve better than this

Posted: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 by Gary McLelland

Young people have a human right to sexual health and relationships education. Something which the religious minority in Scotland is taking away, argues Gary McLelland.

Scotland, like many areas, is working to promote safe and healthy relationships, especially... Read More »

Tags: Education, Scotland

The RE Report – A missed opportunity

Posted: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood

The RE Council's report has been well received. However, with the decline in church attendance and increasing evangelism in schools, Keith Porteous Wood argues vital opportunities to reform RE have been missed.

The Religious Education Council Report is a missed... Read More »

Tags: Education, Religious education

No new options on religious observance in Scottish schools

Posted: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 by Alistair McBay

Alistair McBay blogs about the widespread failure of schools in Scotland to make the opt-out to Religious Observance known and accessible to parents. Read More »

Tags: Religious Observance

Do you know what a Concordat is?

Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 by Anne Marie Waters

Concordats are a little known tool of the Vatican to impose its dogma in to the public square. They are anti-democratic and anti-secular and, as Anne Marie Waters argues, are having a serious impact on the safety and health of millions of women. Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church

Chaos in the workplace will follow if this case succeeds

Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 by Terry Sanderson

If an employer can reasonably accommodate religious requests without disrupting their business or disadvantaging their other staff, we have no objection. But if they can't, then employers should have the right to say "no" argues Terry Sanderson.

Just when you... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Workplace

Evangelism in schools – a parent’s perspective

Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 by Saul Freeman

A first-hand account from a parent on discovering and trying to deal with evangelism in his child's school. Read More »

Tags: Education, Parents Perspective, evangelism in schools

One oath for all

Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 by Jessica Vautier

LSS member Jessica Vautier argues that the proposal for a new oath isn't an attack on Britain's religious heritage. It is an attempt to make the justice system fairer, and for everyone to be treated equally. Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief

Evangelism in schools?

Posted: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 by Stephen Evans

A report published this week by the National Secular Society has shone a much needed spotlight on the activities of evangelical Christian organisations operating in our children's schools.

The report reveals a concerted effort from evangelical organisations... Read More »

Tags: Education

Scouts: Reflections on a victory from a former Scout Leader

Posted: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 by Shaun Joynson

Shaun Joynson explains how it took a moment of brave realisation by one official that the world had changed and that as a movement, Scouting by definition, had to change and be open to all. Read More »

Tags: Scouts oath

What is the freedom of expression if not the freedom of the heretic who thinks differently?

Posted: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 by Abhishek Phandis

LSE censorship – a first-hand account of what happened last week by Abhishek Phandis. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression

Research or propaganda? How the apologists for faith schools are fighting back

Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Faith schools have been getting a bit of a bad press lately. Despite the fact that successive Governments have encouraged them, parents are far from convinced.

The churches and mosques, of course, are taking full advantage of the Government's enthusiasm and... Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools

Why is the state funding the indoctrination of children in schools with dangerous ideologies?

Posted: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a statement last week about the Nairobi shopping mall massacre which almost beggars belief. He said:

"These appalling terrorist attacks that take place where the perpetrators claim they do it in the name of a religion... Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools

As the niqab controversy shows, not all women are feminists

Posted: Wed, 18 Sep 2013 by Anne Marie Waters

Just because a woman chooses the niqab does not make the niqab ok – it remains a tool of subjugation and suppression, argues Anne Marie Waters. Read More »

Tags: Niqab

We are all at the mercy of the activists who are driving these veil confrontations

Posted: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues we must tread carefully so that our liberal impulses are not exploited and misused by people who are far from liberal. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Niqab

Why “One of us”, the European anti-choice petition, should be monitored and tackled

Posted: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 by Julie Pernet

A statement on the "One of us" petition by Julie Pernet on behalf of the European Humanist Federation. Read More »

Tags: Reproductive Rights, Gender Equality