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
Posted: Thu, 03 Apr 2014 by George Gillett
George Gillett defends the fundamentals of secularism against the persistent attempts by some politicians and media commentators to misrepresent the term. The debate on how to create a society that protects and is fair to people of all faiths and none can... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 by Oliver Kamm
When trying to reach reasoned and compassionate judgments, religion is frequently a source of confusion rather than light, argues Oliver Kamm.
The secular mind is better equipped than religion to reach reasoned and compassionate judgments. That was the argument... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 by Charlie Klendjian
Charlie Klendjian, secretary of the Lawyers Secular Society, argues that the Law Society, a secular organisation representing solicitors in a secular legal system, has gone beyond its remit and created division with its Practice Note on sharia wills.
A couple... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Gender segregation: Universities and Student Representatives continue to fail their students miserably
Posted: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 by Chris Moos
In reflection of the anniversary of the first publicised case of forced gender segregation at a British university, Chris Moos gives an update on the present situation within British universities.
This March 10th marked the anniversary of the first publicised... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 by Sadikur Rahman
Posted: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 by Richard Scorer
In England, Catholic leaders have fostered the impression that the English church has been relatively scandal-free, and that such problems as did exist were eliminated by the Nolan reforms. A new book by Richard Scorer, head of the abuse unit at Slater &... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 by Philip Collins
If social integration is the aspiration, we should start in schools and remove faith schools' right to religious selection, argues Philip Collins.
The task of living together well is the dilemma of the diverse modern city. I saw this at its most acute in the... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 by Keith Porteous Wood
This week marks the first anniversary of the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope Francis. But as far as far as child abuse is concerned, it's just business as usual at the Vatican – but with better PR, argues Keith Porteous... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 by John Stephenson
Nick Clegg's reasoning behind his opposition to a ban on Kosher and Halal slaughter is inherently contradictory when set aside his views on LGBT rights, argues John Stephenson, who says when animal rights and religious beliefs conflict, it is religion that... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 by Terry Sanderson
The Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan, has given a lecture at King's College in London in which he launched a full frontal attack on secularism. But the secularism the Bishop denounces, argues Terry Sanderson, is simply a figment of his imagination.... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 06 Mar 2014 by Stephen Evans
Posted: Wed, 26 Feb 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on the Religious Right's baneful attempts to desecularize the United States with a raft of "religious freedom" bills.
There seems to be something of a disconnect in America between the rising number of people who profess to have no religion... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 25 Feb 2014 by European Humanist Federation
A new report from the Council of Europe which uses anti-discrimination rhetoric to justify discrimination and obscurantism, poses a potential threat to democracy and secularism in Europe, argues the European Humanist Federation.
In January, Mr Valeriu Ghiletchi... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 by Terry Sanderson
With widespread apathy about what passes for religious education in schools, our classrooms are increasingly being used by religious groups to carry out their missionary work. Terry Sanderson explains how Australian parents have led the way in removing evangelists... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 by Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Reflecting on the extremist wings of Pakistani politics and ideology, Kunwar Khuldune Shahid describes the dire need for Pakistan to place the secular narrative at the centre of its political agenda and mainstream media.
Before Pierre Gassendi gave Epicureanism... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 by Terry Sanderson
With the Church of England is on its last legs, it's about time its continued involvement in state education was called into question, argues Terry Sanderson.
The Church Times has been carrying a series of supplements over the last few weeks taking a "heath... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 08 Feb 2014 by Abhishek Phandis
The media's refusal to show the Jesus & Mo cartoon emboldens professional offense takers at the expense of inoffensive satirists –and seriously undermines the principle of free expression, argues Abhishek Phadnis.
The Danish scholar Jytte Klausen's... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 07 Feb 2014 by David Clohessy
After hearing the UN's scathing attack on its child abuse record, the Vatican's counter-attack against its critics is a familiar tactic, argues David Clohessy
Inadvertently, by their comments over the past day, Vatican officials are essentially proving what... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 04 Feb 2014 by Terry Sanderson