Posted: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 by Pragna Patel
The state's adoption of 'faith based' approaches to address minority issues are increasingly marginalising women from minority backgrounds and denying them the right to participate in the wider political community as equal citizens, argues Pragna Patel.
In... Read More »
Secular conference created a sense of imminent and momentous change – and women will be the driving force
Posted: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 by Terry Sanderson
The passion of feminist secular activists from around the world at a recent conference has inspired Terry Sanderson, who chaired a panel on religion's role in the state, law and politics.
Last weekend's conference organised in London by Maryam Namazie and her... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 by Alistair McBay
Alistair McBay argues that a growing political alliance between the leadership of the Catholic Church in Scotland and SNP has implications which stretch far beyond the Referendum campaign and threaten to revive religious identity politics.
"Most people still... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 by Gita Sahgal
Ahead of this weekend's conference on the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights, Gita Sahgal highlights the importance and bravery of secular activism in the Global South.
The issue of secularism is a controversial one in international human rights organisations.... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 by Alastair Lichten
Iran's execution of Mohsen Amir-Aslani on apostasy charges illustrates the injustices caused by such laws in the Middle East and around the world, argues Alastair Lichten.
This week, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 by Al-Razi
In an essay written to coincide with the publication of her new book, Karen Armstrong diagnoses the secular impulse as a cause of religious intolerance and extremism. Ex-Muslim al-Razi argues that the secular movement is in-fact responsible for the good things... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 by Stephen Evans
Sixth form pupils can excuse themselves from acts of worship – but it appears some schools aren't so keen on recognising their students' rights to religious freedom.
Sixth form pupils over the age of sixteen have, since 2006, enjoyed the right to withdrawal... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 by Maajid Nawaz
Maajid Nawaz argues that a London girls' school is right to ban the Niqab on educational grounds.
British Muslims are facing yet another controversy. Camden School for Girls in London has introduced a strict dress code for its pupils. Part of the code states... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 by Alastair Lichten
Reports of a Cabinet row over plans to require faith schools to teach more than one religion at GCSE level show that even baby steps towards greater objectivity in religious education will face fierce opposition, argues Alastair Lichten.
Secularists have had... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 by Stephen Evans
Posted: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 by David Voas
The Woolf Institute has convened a commission to consider the place and role of religion and belief in contemporary Britain, and to "make recommendations for public life and policy." David Voas questions whether this review can reach a conclusion that reflects... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 by Nira Yuval-Davis and Sukhwant DhaliwalI
An interview with Nira Yuval-Davis and Sukhwant Dhaliwal, co-editors of the new book telling the story of Women Against Fundamentalism, an organisation set up in 1989 by women of many faiths and none to work at the interface of feminism and anti-racism. The... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 by Alistair McBay
Both media commentators and politicians seem keen to claim religion as a cause for good deeds but determined not to acknowledge it as a contributing factor to bad ones, argues Alistair McBay.
An article in the Scotsman in May by Joyce McMillan ran with the... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 04 Sep 2014 by Michael Hall
Posted: Thu, 04 Sep 2014 by Marieme Helie Lucas
Ahead of an historic conference on the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights in London this October, Algerian secularist, Marieme Helie Lucas calls on secularists everywhere to mobilise to counter the rise of the Religious-Right – and to urge... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 by Terry Sanderson
The narrative that Christians are somehow persecuted in the UK – which the Daily Telegraph and former Attorney General Dominic Grieve were happy to promote this week – is a dishonest appeal for privilege, argues NSS president Terry Sanderson.
To... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 by Stephen Evans
Attempts to erode equality and undermine secularist principles must be challenged, argues Stephen Evans.
Those seeking to preserve or carve out additional privileges for Christianity in the UK appear buoyed by news that the Equality and Human Rights Commission... Read More »
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.
Adults are extolled in the Christian tradition to be childlike in their acceptance of the faith. Jesus says:... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 by Achieng Maureen Akena
Posted: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 by Maajid Nawaz
Quilliam Co-Founder and Chairman and National Secular Society honorary associate Maajid Nawaz gives his thoughts on the crisis in North-West Iraq.
The terror group ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) which has shortened its name to "Islamic State" or "IS",... 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.
Corporate religion needs to hear the word 'no' more often from our politicians.
An... 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.
The decision to erect a crucifix in Kerry County... 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.
I first became concerned about the status of the Christian religion... 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
The last Christian has now been expelled from Mosul. The light of religious freedom,... Read More »