Author: Stephen Evans

Clerics shouldn’t be the gatekeepers to publicly funded schools

A progressive education policy would seek to break down barriers between people of different faiths and beliefs, not... Read More »

Why the Ashers Bakery 'gay cake' ruling was reasonable

Despite the hyperbole, the decision in the Ashers Baker case is both reasonable and straightforward, opening the door... Read More »

The demonisation of Louis Smith: This is how a de facto blasphemy law works

The castigation of a British gymnast for 'mocking Islam' is illustrative of a troubling return of blasphemy, argues... Read More »

Inclusive education: divisive faith schools are the elephant in the room

NSS campaigns director on why progressives of all political and religious stripes should unite in opposing Theresa... Read More »

Facilitating more religious segregation in faith schools can only harm social cohesion

In a move devoid of any common sense, Theresa May's government looks set to capitulate to the demands of religious... Read More »

What do pupils need to know about religion?

In recent years faith communities have amplified their demands for a better understanding of religion in the private... Read More »

Living better together: secularism and cohesion

Later this year the NSS will mark its 150th anniversary with a special conference around the theme of 'living better... Read More »

In modern Britain, tradition is no excuse for retaining religious privilege

News that those declaring themselves to have no religion have exceeded the number of Christians in England and Wales... Read More »

Furore over Islamic bus adverts is nothing but disingenuous propaganda

Christian groups are being disingenuous and divisive in claiming unfavourable treatment over the decision to allow... Read More »

Faith schools add to the angst of school offer day

National Offer Day is when many parents fall victim to religious discrimination or discover they've been allocated... Read More »

Religious worship shouldn’t be a requirement of public office

With an atheist mayor facing criticism for opting not to attend church services, Stephen Evans argues that elected... Read More »

Classrooms should be free from an overbearing religious ethos

With the Church seeking to extend its influence over the management of schools, Stephen Evans argues that religious... Read More »

Secularism protects us all. Let's embrace it.

Britain today is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world, with more non-believers than ever before.... Read More »

So called Lord’s Prayer ‘Ban’: It’s Winterval all over again

The controversy over cinemas rejecting religious advertising appears to be another attempt to reignite the Christian... Read More »

Operation Christmas Child: Christian fundamentalism, gift-wrapped

The Operation Christmas Child 'shoebox' appeal is a front for a project to convert children in predominantly Muslim... Read More »

Publicly funded services shouldn't be a platform to proselytise

Any attempt to give faith-based organisations more room to discuss religion when running public services risks making... Read More »

The unreasonableness of ‘reasonable accommodation’

Calls to introduce a new workplace duty of 'reasonable accommodation' for religion and belief are a flawed solution... Read More »

Let Ofsted inspect religious education in faith schools

Religious education should receive the same scrutiny as any other area of the curriculum – and be inspected... Read More »

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

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

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

If NHS Trusts want to provide pastoral care for all, then there is no rationale for restricting the role of chaplain... Read More »

Tim Montgomerie need not worry, secularism and tolerance go hand in hand

There's nothing "anti-Christian" about a society that sets about dismantling historic religious privilege, argues... Read More »

Faith schools: education’s sacred cow

Faith-based schools have been part of Britain's educational landscape for a long time. But as Britain's religious... Read More »

Allowing children to languish in illegal religious 'schools' is the bigotry of low expectations

NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans warns that growing numbers of unregulated religious 'schools' are badly letting... Read More »

Let’s stop confusing education with religious inculcation

The blurring of the distinction between education and religious inculcation in British schools is preventing young... Read More »

Eric Pickles' 'evangelical charter' on its way to becoming law

A small group of Christians in parliament are changing the law to give local authorities the power to summon councillors... Read More »