Author: Admin

This is not a ‘Christian country’

This is not a ‘Christian country’

Posted: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 by Harry Small

Despite many remaining anachronisms in our constitution, the UK is not a Christian country in any meaningful legal sense: but politicians continue to repeat this myth.

Theresa May's father was an Anglican priest, as she likes to remind us frequently. And on... Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Church & State

Charlie Hebdo Editorial: Je Suis Charlie Means Je Suis Secularism

Charlie Hebdo Editorial: Je Suis Charlie Means Je Suis Secularism

Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 by Admin

This is a translation of the editorial from the first Charlie Hebdo published since the Paris attacks. It is reproduced here in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo.

For a week now, Charlie, an atheist magazine, has accomplished more miracles than all the saints and... Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Islam, Secularism

25 years: women working against fundamentalism in the UK

25 years: women working against fundamentalism in the UK

Posted: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 by Nira Yuval-Davis and Sukhwant DhaliwalI

An interview with Nira Yuval-Davis and Sukhwant Dhaliwal, co-editors of the new book telling the story of Women Against Fundamentalism, an organisation set up in 1989 by women of many faiths and none to work at the interface of feminism and anti-racism. The... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Gender Equality, Community Cohesion, History

Five reasons why secularism is linked to development

Five reasons why secularism is linked to development

Posted: Thu, 15 May 2014 by Daphne Holmes

In the Indian election campaign Modi supporters sought frame a choice between development and secularism. While closer to home, the "One of us" campaign has attempted to push Christian beliefs into the EU's international aid policies. Daphne Holmes argues... Read More »

Tags: Development, Secularisation

Finding separation of church and state for New Zealand

Finding separation of church and state for New Zealand

Posted: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 by Max and Meg Wallace

The New Zealand Census is telling us citizens are moving away from religious identification while the government still embraces it. It's time for constitutional separation of church and state to be openly discussed, argue Max and Meg Wallace.

On 31 July this... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, New Zealand

The “cutting season” and FGM in the UK: A national disgrace, a national shame

The “cutting season” and FGM in the UK: A national disgrace, a national shame

Posted: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 by Elizabeth O’Casey

Last month, a coalition of Egyptian NGOs launched a campaign, 'Kamla' (meaning 'complete' in Arabic), against female genital mutilation (FGM), after a botched operation resulted in the death of Egyptian teenager, Soheir Mohamed Al- Batea.

FGM is an intensely... Read More »

Tags: FGM, Reproductive Rights, Human Rights of Women

Conscientious objection in Scotland: a worrying precedent

Posted: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 by Admin

With NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde seeking to appeal the ruling for the allowance of conscientious exemption from abortion procedures, Louise Finer of Reproductive Health Matters argues that judges must not forget the rights of women – to health, autonomy,... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church

Faith based welfare looms as local authorities ask 'Big Society' to deliver crisis aid to the vulnerable

Faith based welfare looms as local authorities ask 'Big Society' to deliver crisis aid to the vulnerable

Posted: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 by Admin

As the UK economy stagnates, charity-run food banks are booming. But as most are run by churches and faith groups, secularists should be concerned about reports that local authorities are considering funding such initiatives.

Cuts next year to the social fund... Read More »

Tags: Big Society, Food banks, Public Services

Mormonism: Why Mitt Romney isn’t anxious to talk about his religion

Mormonism: Why Mitt Romney isn’t anxious to talk about his religion

Posted: Thu, 21 Jun 2012 by Admin

As the US Presidential race gets into gear, the Republican challenger to Barack Obama is Mitt Romney.

Mr Romney is a Mormon, something that seems to befuddle many Americans. Little is known about the origins of this fast-growing religion: is it a branch of... Read More »

Tags: USA, Romney, Obama, Mormonism

American Religious Right advances in Europe

American Religious Right advances in Europe

Posted: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 by David Pollock, President of the European Humanist Federation

The American religious right continues its advance into Europe. Our representative at the Fundamental Rights Agency Hans Christian Cars reports that Roger Kiska, Senior Legal Counsel at the Alliance Defence Fund, is based in Europe and disturbingly has been... Read More »

Tags: Europe, Equality & Human Rights

Public protest against Saudi sexism in London

Public protest against Saudi sexism in London

Posted: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 by Faiza Ahmad

The Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford have organised public protest against Saudi sexism in London following official confirmation by Saudi Arabia that it will be sending an exclusively male team to the London Olympics.

Here is the announcement from the Muslim... Read More »

Tags: Sharia, Islam, Olympics