NSS Opinion

Sharia councils: unjust, unequal and consequence of failed integration policies

Posted: Wed, 01 May 2013 by Nahla Mahmoud

Following last week's Panorama exposé of Sharia Councils in the UK, Nahla Mahmoud says the question isn't whether these councils discriminate against minorities and citizens from 'different' backgrounds, but whether the government actually cares. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Sharia, BBC, Campaigns

How the clash between Islamism and Zionism not only affects the Middle East but also the west

Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 by Rumy Hasan

Since September 11 2001 however and the 'war on terror', the notion of the existence of a clash between two of Huntington's civilisations – the Western and the Islamic worlds – has gained traction. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Christianity, Religion & Belief

At last – churches recognise The Big Society for the Big Con that it was

Posted: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

It seems The Big Society is back – if only for the last nail to be driven into its coffin. Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Big Society, David Cameron, Conservative Party

Why are children being forced into faith schools?

Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 by Stephen Evans

With the shortage of primary school places becoming more acute, NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans draws attention to the scandal of families being left with no option other than to send their children to 'faith' schools. Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith Schools

Christian activists just won’t let it go

Posted: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Numerous cases have been brought to British courts to try to prove Christians are being discriminated in the workplace, and all of them have failed. They have been to tribunals, Crown Courts, High Courts, Appeal Courts, the Supreme Court and then the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Read More »

Tags: 'Christianophobia', Discrimination, Workplace

Saudi religious police aren’t funny

Posted: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on the Saudi religious police who recently evicted three men from an annual cultural festival and sent them back to Abu Dhabi. Read More »

Tags: Sharia, Religious Law, Saudi Arabia

It’s not fair! Why has Ireland got Ruairi Quinn, while we’re stuck with Michael Gove?

Posted: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on Ireland's education minister Ruairi Quinn who, bit by bit, is challenging the stranglehold that the Catholic Church has over education in the Republic. Read More »

Tags: Education, Ireland

I’m grateful every day that I live in a secular society – and so should we all be

Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 by National Secular Society

Anne Marie Waters on why we need to remember – and everyone needs to know and understand – just how thankful we should be for secularism. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Secularism

Why so little openness in the establishment of these Sikh schools?

Posted: Tue, 09 Apr 2013 by John Hunt

Last month the local press reported that a Sikh free school "remains on course to open in Hounslow in September": but there has been no reporting of the secrecy and subterfuge surrounding its establishment. Read More »

Tags: Education, academisation, Sikhism

After Lord Carey’s attack, Prime Minister assures us that he is a good Christian

Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Still wincing from Lord Carey's attack, the Prime Minister David Cameron put out his own Easter message, assuring religious organisations that "As long as I am Prime Minister, they will have the support of this government." Read More »

Tags: Church & State, David Cameron, Conservative Party

Where there is state religion, there is less freedom

Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 by Elizabeth O'Casey

A recent paper by Professor Steven Kettell shows that state religion is consistently associated with lower levels of political and civil freedom, and suggests the secular model as the best means to protect and promote human rights and freedom. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Freedom, Equality & Human Rights, reviews, Statistics

Miliband should keep his party away from priests

Posted: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 by Richard Heller

Ed Miliband's invitation to the new Archbishop of Canterbury was a mistake and a wrong turning in British politics. Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Politics, Religion & Belief, Ed Miliband

Secularist Thought for the Day competition – and the winner is....

Posted: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 by National Secular Society

Our Secularist Thought for the Day competition brought a big response from all over the country. Here's the winning entry... Read More »

Tags: Thought for the Day

The tensions between Muslim identity and Western citizenship

Posted: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 by Rumy Hasan

Across the West the arrival of significant numbers of migrants has caused a number of acute and ongoing challenges, notably in terms of social cohesion. These should not be overstated, but nor should they be ignored. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Community Cohesion, Multiculturalism

New report confirms that religious TV is least popular genre – but the BBC won’t let up

Posted: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 by Terry Sanderson

A new report, confirming previous research, shows that religion is the least popular genre of programming on TV. Read More »

Tags: BBC, Statistics

Feeding the fires of fundamentalism

Posted: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on the futility of debating Hamza Tzortzis – a man who doesn't believe in freedom, despises democracy and seeks totalitarianism. Read More »

Tags: Islam

The sorry tale of the Catholic Church in Scotland continues to unfold

Posted: Tue, 12 Mar 2013 by Alistair McBay

As we await the inevitable media-inspired 'Popefest' from the Vatican, Alistair McBay wonders if the new Bishop of Rome will grasp the full meaning of the words transparency and accountability, and face up to the Herculean task of getting the Church's house in order. Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church

The Catholic Church must change or die

Posted: Thu, 07 Mar 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson says level of arrogant politicisation to which The Catholic church aspired under the papacy of Joseph Ratzinger was appalling, but perhaps the decline of support in the pews may bring the Church to its senses. Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Pope

It’s OK to criticize religious practices

Posted: Wed, 06 Mar 2013 by Brian D. Earp

In a new academic paper Brian D. Earp argues that a firm distinction must be drawn between criticisms of religious practices that stem from irrational prejudice and bigoted attitudes and those that are grounded in sound moral reasoning. Read More »

Tags: Circumcision

French challenge to exception of Alsace Moselle from separation law fails

Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 by Catherine Le Fur

A challenge to the exception of Alsace-Moselle from the 1905 French law that separates church and state has failed. Read More »

Tags: France

Children in Scotland awaiting adoption - who puts their best interests first?

Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 by Alistair McBay

Who really has the interests of children awaiting adoption at heart? A tale of two adoption agencies by Alistair McBay. Read More »

Tags: LGBTQ rights, Catholic Church, Adoption, St Margaret's

Hospitals in dire cash crisis, but the chaplains sail merrily on

Posted: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Not a week goes by now without more depressing headlines about the gradual demolition of the NHS but provision of chaplaincy services apparently remains "essential" Read More »

Tags: Chaplaincy

Vicar calls for disestablishment

Posted: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson

An encouraging letter from a Church of England vicar advocating disestablishment of the Church appeared in the latest issue of the Church of England Newspaper. Read More »

Tags: Church & State

Is the Catholic Church at last getting the come-uppance it has so long deserved?

Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on why it is hard for secularists to to resist the feelings of schadenfreude at the accumulating catastrophes that are assailing the Catholic Church. Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church

Is Europe secular or Christian?

Posted: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 by Revd Dr Darrell Jackson

Revd Dr Darrell Jackson's analysis of secularity reveals that contemporary Europe is simultaneously experiencing 'pre-secularity', secularity, and 'post-secularity' but finds a surprising number of mentions of God, the church and religion in the constitutions of individual countries. Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief, Statistics, Secularisation