Author: Stephen Evans

Britain’s de facto blasphemy law strikes again

Britain’s de facto blasphemy law strikes again

Pandering to fundamentalism is not the way to a more open, tolerant and peaceful society, argues Stephen Evans.

With... Read More »

The Church shouldn’t have a privileged platform in political debate

The Church shouldn’t have a privileged platform in political debate

Following the furore over the archbishop of Canterbury's latest political intervention, Stephen Evans argues Justin... Read More »

An inclusive Britain starts with inclusive schools

An inclusive Britain starts with inclusive schools

Keeping religion and state education separate is the best way of ensuring schools promote free inquiry, equality and... Read More »

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Religious education isn’t the right vehicle for civics

The government thinks religious education is important for developing children's critical thinking, values, and understanding... Read More »

Appointments of future archbishops shouldn’t be the state’s business

Appointments of future archbishops shouldn’t be the state’s business

Church of England plans to give Anglican church leaders from around the world greater power in choosing future archbishops... Read More »

A message from the chief executive

A message from the chief executive

It's that time of year again, when we look forward to a break and reflect on the year that's been.

For all of us campaigning... Read More »

Christian lobby groups’ doublespeak is a distortion of human rights

Christian lobby groups’ doublespeak is a distortion of human rights

Evangelical activists' insistence that equality amounts to discrimination is a narcissistic approach to human rights,... Read More »

David Amess

Islamist extremism won’t be addressed by ignoring it

The national conversation following the brutal killing of David Amess suggests an unwillingness to tackle the Islamic... Read More »

Religion shouldn’t frustrate assisted dying reform

Religion shouldn’t frustrate assisted dying reform

Ahead of parliament's first consideration of assisted dying for six years, Stephen Evans calls on secularists to help... Read More »

Schools should be liberated from the compulsion of worship

Schools should be liberated from the compulsion of worship

As a bill to reform collective worship progresses in parliament, Stephen Evans argues that the time has come for lawmakers... Read More »

Afghan Taliban spokesman

The Taliban takeover is part of a wider threat to secular liberal democracy

Stephen Evans argues that secular liberal democracy is the antidote to the totalitarian Islamism offered up by the... Read More »

Schools aren’t there to save the church

Schools aren’t there to save the church

The Church of England's new evangelical missional strategy should lead us to question its entitlement to proselytise... Read More »

Daughter comforts ill mother

Evidence and compassion should trump dogma in assisted dying debate

As politicians again grapple with assisted dying, we should beware attempts to impose a religious worldview on those... Read More »

Batley Grammar School

The outcome of the Batley investigation is a surrender of liberal principles

As an investigation into the Batley Grammar affair concludes, Stephen Evans says we should recognise the censorious... Read More »

Batley Grammar School protesters

The DfE must show leadership when religious hardliners turn on schools

The start of an investigation into the Batley Grammar affair raises questions over the government's willingness to... Read More »

Religiosity inspections National Secular Society report

Faith groups have no business inspecting schools

Publicly funded school inspections which enable clerics to exert undue influence should have no place in a modern... Read More »

Catholic priest

Regressive religious demands shouldn't hold sway over political decisions

Much of a pre-election letter from Scotland's Catholic bishops highlights the risks of allowing religious dogma to... Read More »

Batley Grammar School

A lesson in blasphemy

After a teacher was suspended for showing cartoons of Muhammad in class, Stephen Evans says we shouldn't accept a... Read More »

Abortion rights Northern Ireland

Women in NI should have the same abortion rights as other UK citizens

Other people's religious beliefs shouldn't be allowed to continue to thwart women's access to safe and accessible... Read More »

Church open sign

The lockdown exemption for communal worship represents a dangerous double standard

With the country again plunged into a strict lockdown, Stephen Evans questions the rationale behind and wisdom of... Read More »

Freedom of and from religion

All I want for Christmas is freedom of and from religion

Opponents often erect a straw man of secularism to justify demands for religious privilege. But freedom of religion... Read More »

Janet Daby MP

Religion is not a justification for discrimination

A shadow minister was wrong to say religious registrars should be able to opt out of providing same-sex marriages.... Read More »

Church and state should be separate

Church and state should be separate

Ahead of the NSS's 2020 Bradlaugh Lecture on the subject, Stephen Evans says the disestablishment of the Church of... Read More »

Society

Those providing public services – including religious groups – should respect reasonable boundaries

Following a call for a greater role for religion in public services, Stephen Evans argues that any expansion of faith-based... Read More »

Public debate

The Scottish hate crime bill is a threat to free and open debate

As ministers reportedly consider changing Scotland's hate crime bill to address free expression concerns, Stephen... Read More »