NSS Opinion

Faith schools add to the angst of school offer day

Posted: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 by Stephen Evans

National Offer Day is when many parents fall victim to religious discrimination or discover they've been allocated a religious school against their wishes. Stephen Evans argues that a move towards a secular education system might make school offer day a little... Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith Schools, admissions

Muslim support for theocracy, not terrorism, is the real threat to confront

Posted: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 by Benjamin Jones

The ICM poll on 'What British Muslims Really Think' shows clearly that widespread support for Islamic theocracy, not terrorism, is the real, long-term threat to British society, argues Benjamin Jones. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Statistics

Church of England bishops are more elitist than David Cameron’s cabinet

Posted: Tue, 05 Apr 2016 by Ed Moore

A small, almost entirely Oxbridge-educated elite are given automatic seats in Parliament. How do we allow this to continue, asks Ed Moore.

In 2015 a widely debated report from the Sutton Trust pointed out just how many of David Cameron's new Conservative cabinet... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, Politics

Scotland is a mosaic of religions and beliefs – but the research shows people turning away from politicised faith

Posted: Thu, 24 Mar 2016 by Alistair McBay

Scotland is a mosaic of beliefs and non-beliefs where individuals are free to hold a belief, change it or not have one at all. But it's not hard to see why people are rejecting the organised and politicised aspects of religion, writes Alistair McBay. Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief, Scotland, Church of Scotland, Statistics

Christian country? Politicians should be careful what they wish for

Posted: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 by Benjamin Jones

The demise of Anglican Christianity won't herald a uniformly secularised society, but a fractured country where the vast, non-religious majority contend with vocal religious minorities. Secularism must mediate this, argues Benjamin Jones. Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Secularism

Gender segregation: breaking the law to appease Islamism

Posted: Mon, 21 Mar 2016 by Chris Moos

The LSE and their Students' Union need to stop breaking equality legislation that is designed to protect students, and start listening to the Muslim women challenging gender segregation, argues Chris Moos. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Universities, Gender Equality

Religious worship shouldn’t be a requirement of public office

Posted: Fri, 18 Mar 2016 by Stephen Evans

With an atheist mayor facing criticism for opting not to attend church services, Stephen Evans argues that elected officials shouldn't have to worship or feign religiosity in order to represent the citizens they serve.

The newly elected Mayor of Totnes has... Read More »

Tags: Secularism, Church & State

Do we need ‘religious approaches’ to Human Rights?

Posted: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 by Keith Porteous Wood

Keith Porteous Wood offers a critical review of a new book that claims Human Rights owe their existence to religion – when the greatest modern threat to Human Rights comes from organised religion.

A book on 'Religious approaches to Human Rights' has just... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

The surprising origin of Collective Worship in schools

Posted: Thu, 10 Mar 2016 by Ed Moore

Collective worship has its history in a murky compromise between politicians and the church dating back to the Second World War – and it is long since time the arcane requirement was removed, writes Ed Moore.

There is a growing consensus among educators,... Read More »

Tags: Education, Collective Worship, Church of England, History

Britain’s first women’s mosque: rise of girl power or a Muslim women’s ghetto?

Posted: Tue, 08 Mar 2016 by Aisha Nabi

Muslim women are no different to their Western sisters who fought their battle for equality decades ago, writes Aisha Nabi. Muslim women are fighting the same evil as Western sisters are today – sexism, but what is the best way of achieving gender equality? Read More »

Tags: Islam, Gender Equality

For richer or poorer – where is the Church of England?

Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 by Ed Moore

Is the Church really as poor as it claims? Ed Moore, treasurer of the National Secular Society, considers the extent of the Church of England's considerable wealth. Read More »

Tags: Church of England, church repairs, Statistics

Classrooms should be free from an overbearing religious ethos

Posted: Mon, 15 Feb 2016 by Stephen Evans

With the Church seeking to extend its influence over the management of schools, Stephen Evans argues that religious groups' demands shouldn't outweigh parental rights and children's independent interests. Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools, Education

Dan Walker’s creationism may be an affront to science – but he’s entitled to his beliefs

Posted: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 by Benjamin Jones

The appointment of "young Earth" creationist Dan Walker to front BBC Breakfast has caused a considerable backlash, but unless and until his views interfere with his ability to present the news in a balanced and neutral way, he's entitled to his beliefs, argues... Read More »

Tags: Creationism, BBC

The niqab in schools: An argument for prohibition

Posted: Thu, 04 Feb 2016 by Sadikur Rahman

Sadikur Rahman argues that the case for banning full face veils in schools extends far beyond whether or not they present a barrier to learning. Read More »

Tags: Education, Islam, Niqab

Spotlight: This hard-hitting film salutes the journalists who exposed the power of a deeply corrupt institution

Posted: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 by Keith Porteous Wood

Keith Porteous Wood previews Spotlight, the hard-hitting film which depicts the Boston Globe's investigation into the cover-up of child sex abuse by the Catholic Church. Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Reviews

Secularism protects us all. Let's embrace it.

Posted: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 by Stephen Evans

Britain today is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world, with more non-believers than ever before. With society at risk of fragmenting along religious lines, secularism could be our salvation, argues Stephen Evans.

More than two thirds of... Read More »

Tags: Secularism

Welby praises “most orthodox” bishops since WW2 as UK gives up on the church

Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 by National Secular Society

As the UK undergoes a "revolutionary generational change" away from religion the Archbishop of Canterbury has boasted that the Church's Bishops in the House of Lords are the "most orthodox since WW2". Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, Secularism, statistics

David Cameron is right to raise the integration of Muslim women

Posted: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 by National Secular Society

The hysterical response to David Cameron's proposals to help the most disadvantaged Muslim women learn English and improve their lot in life will do far more to alienate British Muslims than anything he has actually said. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Community Cohesion

Bishop Ball case: Questions for Lord Carey

Posted: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 by Richard Scorer

With the release of some of the letters written in support of Bishop Ball during the 1992-1993 police investigation, we're starting to see more clearly how he was protected, writes legal specialist on child abuse Richard Scorer. Read More »

Tags: Church of England, Child Abuse

2015: A year of terror for Bangladesh’s secularist writers

Posted: Tue, 05 Jan 2016 by Arif Rahman

Arif Rahman, a Bangladeshi blogger, reflects on the targeted attacks on secularist bloggers that took place in Bangladesh throughout 2015, claiming many lives, and considers the road ahead for secularism in the face of terror and state-sanctioned persecution. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Islamism

Damning details emerge about establishment cover-up of Anglican sex abuse

Posted: Mon, 04 Jan 2016 by Keith Porteous Wood

New revelations about the extent of the letter-writing campaign to help disgraced bishop Peter Ball escape charges raise urgent questions about the extent of the establishment cover-up, writes Keith Porteous Wood.

Former Bishop of Gloucester Peter Ball was... Read More »

Tags: Church of England, Child Abuse

Secularism is on the front line

Posted: Fri, 18 Dec 2015 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson, the recently re-elected president of the National Secular Society, reflects on the challenges of the past year and invites our members and supporters to take an active role supporting our campaign work in 2016.

We've heard very little this... Read More »

Tags: Christmas, Secularism

Minister’s claim that secularism pushes Muslims towards ISIS is a shameless attempt to advance Christian privilege

Posted: Wed, 09 Dec 2015 by Benjamin Jones

Stephen Crabb MP, the Secretary of State for Wales, has said that secularism and "creeping intolerance" of religion "risks pushing more young Muslims into the arms of Isil". Benjamin Jones responds, debunking his nonsensical claims.

In the latest misleading... Read More »

Tags: Secularism, Politics, 'Militant' secularism, Conservative Party

Religious education reform: mistakes of the past must be avoided

Posted: Fri, 04 Dec 2015 by Alastair Lichten

Despite many RE teachers doing their best under difficult circumstances, a growing consensus now recognises that religious education in schools needs a rethink. Alastair Lichten looks at the latest report calling for reform.

This week saw the launch of REforReal... Read More »

Tags: Education, Religious education

National occasions need not be dominated by religion – as France’s commemoration ceremony so poignantly demonstrated

Posted: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 by Keith Porteous Wood

France's recent ceremony for those killed in the Paris attacks was a moving demonstration that religiously neutral ceremonies are a powerful way to unite people regardless of faith or politics; it is something the UK could emulate for our own public ceremonies,... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Remembrance, France