NSS Opinion

Scottish evangelists identify Paganism as one of the “biggest threats to Western civilisation”

Posted: Mon, 16 Nov 2015 by Alistair McBay

After the world suffered another grim reminder of the merciless Islamist ideology, the Solas Centre for Public Christianity warned instead that the re-emergence of Paganism in Scotland was one of the biggest threats to civilization.

Tags: Scotland, Christianity

Operation Christmas Child: Christian fundamentalism, gift-wrapped

Posted: Thu, 12 Nov 2015 by Stephen Evans

The Operation Christmas Child 'shoebox' appeal is a front for a project to convert children in predominantly Muslim countries to literalist Christianity. Parents should give it a wide berth, argues Stephen Evans.

Tags: Girl Guides, Charity, Samaritans Purse, Christmas

Mammon, not God, should reign on Sundays

Posted: Thu, 12 Nov 2015 by Oliver Kamm

Sunday trading laws frustrate free enterprise and fail to boost religion. It's time to scrap these petty, scolding restrictions, argues Oliver Kamm Read More »

Tags: Trading Restrictions

Ted Cruz says the President of the United States should be “on his knees” before God “every day”

Posted: Mon, 09 Nov 2015 by Benjamin Jones

Young Americans might be turning away from Christianity, but the American religious right is more audacious than ever – and their rhetoric about 'religious freedom' barely conceals their theocratic aspirations, writes Benjamin Jones.

On his knees.

Tags: Church & State, Islamism, USA, Christianity

Publicly funded services shouldn't be a platform to proselytise

Posted: Fri, 06 Nov 2015 by Stephen Evans

Any attempt to give faith-based organisations more room to discuss religion when running public services risks making their services less inclusive. Besides, public money shouldn't be funding evangelism, argues Stephen Evans.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Public Services

Bishops show why Church and State should split

Posted: Wed, 28 Oct 2015 by GP Taylor

The Church of England is now widely regarded as irrelevant in the political and secular society that it seeks to minister and its bishops have no right to be part of our legislature, argues best-selling author and former Anglican priest GP Taylor. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, Disestablishment

Some good news for free speech on campuses

Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 by Benjamin Jones

With too many instances of campus censorship to list, it's easy to be pessimistic about freedom of expression on campus, but there are a few promising signs of progress, led by students, writes Benjamin Jones.

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Universities

The unreasonableness of ‘reasonable accommodation’

Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2015 by Stephen Evans

Calls to introduce a new workplace duty of 'reasonable accommodation' for religion and belief are a flawed solution to a problem that doesn't really exist, argues Stephen Evans.

But not everyone is happy.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

God “is the man who saves people” – a parent discovers what Religious Observance in school has taught their child

Posted: Wed, 14 Oct 2015 by A Parent

A parent writes of their shock at discovering Religious Observance in the non-denominational Scottish school attended by their daughter, and gives their perspective on the problems caused by archaic Religious Observance rules in Scottish schools. Read More »

Tags: Education, Collective Worship, Scotland, Parents Perspective

Peter Ball sex abuse case: 20 questions that must be answered

Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2015 by Keith Porteous Wood

Any genuine inquiry into the handling of allegations of child sex abuse by Bishop Peter Ball must answer key questions about alleged cover-ups by the Church, police and CPS, argues Keith Porteous Wood

Tags: Child Abuse, Church of England, George Carey

Warwick Student Union have now done the right thing – but universities themselves must step up to defend free speech

Posted: Mon, 28 Sep 2015 by Benjamin Jones

The Union have said that their own internal process for vetting speakers was not properly followed and that the decision to decline the request to host her by Warwick Atheists, Humanists and Secularists Society was only preliminary.

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Universities

A parent’s perspective: collective worship and evangelism in schools

Posted: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 by A Parent

Even where parents have the option of a community school, securing a secular education can be difficult. One parent offers their perspective on negotiating appropriate boundaries which respect children's rights to form their own beliefs. Read More »

Tags: Education, Collective Worship, Parents Perspective, evangelism in schools

Assisted Dying Bill: The Church has no right to deny dignity in death

Posted: Thu, 10 Sep 2015 by Keith Porteous Wood

The media give too much weight to the views of faith leaders who have failed to deal with the central issue of assisted dying, which is alleviating the suffering of others, argues Keith Porteous Wood. Read More »

Tags: Assisted Dying

The media now say ‘Islamophobia’ without question; but insist on the “so-called Islamic State”

Posted: Thu, 10 Sep 2015 by Benjamin Jones

Reporting of the deeply troubling rise in anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim attacks demonstrates that the term 'Islamophobia' has, worryingly, been widely accepted by the media. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Islamism, Community Cohesion

Sectarianism in modern Britain

Posted: Wed, 09 Sep 2015 by Iram Ramzan

From Iranian dissidents fearing deportation after seeking asylum from theocracy, to ex-Muslims driven from their homes in Bradford, Iram Ramzan looks at some worrying examples of sectarianism threatening Britain's reputation for tolerance. Read More »

Tags: sectarianism, Ex-Muslim, asylum

Let Ofsted inspect religious education in faith schools

Posted: Wed, 09 Sep 2015 by Stephen Evans

Religious education should receive the same scrutiny as any other area of the curriculum – and be inspected by Ofsted, argues Stephen Evans.

But isn't it disturbing that the state is so complicit in enforcing religious identities on children?

Tags: Education, Religious education, Faith Schools

The encroachment of reactionary Islamism in academic life

Posted: Tue, 08 Sep 2015 by Stefano Bonino

Universities and academics seeking to challenge anti-Muslim prejudice should promote genuine Muslim human rights groups rather than unrepresentative Islamists seeking to advance their own reactionary agenda, argues Dr Stefano Bonino. Read More »

Tags: Islamism, Universities, Community Cohesion, Extremism

Students forced to lead prayers and made to attend Mass – the reality of faith schools for non-religious pupils

Posted: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 by A Pupil

A Sixth Former gives a student's account of what it's like to attend a faith school if you aren't religious, and shows the reality of some faith schools for pupils who don't share the school's enthusiasm for religion. Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith Schools, student

The BBC is failing to respond to fair criticism of its religious output

Posted: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 by Keith Porteous Wood

Radio 4's Today programme provides the most informed start to the day for me as for many listeners, and I wrote to Feedback to put across our case on TftD, on behalf of the many people who feel it has no place during a news programme

Tags: BBC, Thought for the Day

We need a Robert Conquest figure to demolish the pro-Islamist left

Posted: Thu, 06 Aug 2015 by Benjamin Jones

The late historian Robert Conquest exposed the true horror of Stalinism; and the 21st century badly needs a similar expose to break the pro-Islamist left away from their cruel sympathy with another totalitarian system, argues Benjamin Jones.

Tags: Islam, Politics

Christians shouldn’t put self-interest above Britain’s need to better integrate

Posted: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 by Stephen Evans

The long history of Christian involvement in state education shouldn't stand in the way of a more integrated education system, argues Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith Schools

NHS pastoral care should be a non-discriminatory service for all

Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 by Stephen Evans

If NHS Trusts want to provide pastoral care for all, then there is no rationale for restricting the role of chaplain to those of faith, argues Stephen Evans.

Tags: Healthcare, Chaplaincy

Quilliam is coming to Exeter- and here’s why

Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 by Charlie Evans

The Quilliam Foundation promote a citizenship and human rights approach to tackling extremism. Charlie Evans is setting up the first Quilliam student group at Exeter University and hopes anyone who shares secular and liberal values will join this new student movement against political and religious extremism. Read More »

Tags: Extremism, student, Quilliam

Why have I never taught a Jewish child?

Posted: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 by Dennis O’Sullivan

Is this the way to unite society – with faith schools teaching the supremacy of their ideology and how wrong the rest of us are, asks Dennis O'Sullivan, a headteacher with thirty-five years of experience in education. Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith Schools

Misrepresenting concerns about Islam won’t make society more cohesive

Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2015 by Benjamin Jones

Recent polling found that 56% of Britons think Islam poses a threat to democracy. However this finding has been misrepresented to suggest that British people think Muslims themselves are a "threat".

Tags: Islam, Community Cohesion, Statistics