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 the offenders and enablers.
The church must not only root out offenders but also those who have allowed crimes to happen by... 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, 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.
The spat between Michael Gove and Theresa May focuses on the... 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
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
I guess I should start by saying that I am half Pakistani. My dad grew up there, has dual citizenship (British... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 15 May 2014 by Daphne Holmes
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.
The Law Society's response... 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 »
Posted: Thu, 01 May 2014 by Douglas Todd
Posted: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson
In a debate at the Nottingham Secular Society on 28 April, National Secular Society president, Terry Sanderson, argued that the time has come for all religions to embrace secularism. These are his opening remarks:
I think one of the most poignant headlines... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 26 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Rather than being a voice for "moderation and reasonableness" over prayers at council meetings, the partisan and dictatorial Mr Pickles is pursuing an agenda to impose his religion on public life, argues Terry Sanderson.
You will remember that the Communities... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues that the debate over David Cameron's assertions that the UK is a "Christian Nation" has led away from the important question of whether it should be.
The controversy over David Cameron's Christian chauvinism and the reaction it has prompted... Read More »
Posted: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 by Elizabeth O'Casey
Following David Cameron's call in recent statements for British Christians to be more evangelical, Elizabeth O'Casey questions the appropriateness of his comments and reiterates the need for a secular state.
Hearing David Cameron's recent collection of 'Easter... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 by Rumy Hasan
With powerful religious agendas which reach far beyond faith schools and insufficient protections for community schools, Rumy Hasan argues, the so called 'Operation Trojan Horse' should come as no surprise.
The 'Trojan Horse' plot in Birmingham - where some... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 by Nida Kirmani
While human rights movements must engage people of all religions and none, Nida Kirmani argues that explicitly linking religion to human rights can lead to the exclusion and persecution of minority groups and undermine human rights' claims to universality.... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Posted: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 by Jonny Scaramanga
The Government may prohibit schools from teaching creationism as scientific theory, but as Jonny Scaramanga argues, public funds are still being used to introduce pre-school children to religious pseudoscience.
The Government has a clear policy on teaching... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Posted: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson