Author: Terry Sanderson

Research or propaganda? How the apologists for faith schools are fighting back

Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Faith schools have been getting a bit of a bad press lately. Despite the fact that successive Governments have encouraged them, parents are far from convinced.

The churches and mosques, of course, are taking full advantage of the Government's enthusiasm and... Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools

Why is the state funding the indoctrination of children in schools with dangerous ideologies?

Posted: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a statement last week about the Nairobi shopping mall massacre which almost beggars belief. He said:

"These appalling terrorist attacks that take place where the perpetrators claim they do it in the name of a religion... Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools

We are all at the mercy of the activists who are driving these veil confrontations

Posted: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues we must tread carefully so that our liberal impulses are not exploited and misused by people who are far from liberal. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Niqab

Can we please stop wasting money on these endless surveys that just tell us what we already know?

Posted: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Professor Paul Weller of Derby University seems to have cornered the market in research into perceived discrimination against religious groups. He seems to bring out a new report on it every year — all saying basically the same thing. We have also had... Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief, Statistics

On homophobia and racism

Posted: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Two weeks ago the Archbishop of Canterbury was in Monterrey, Mexico where he delivered a sermon to the effect that Anglicanism is standing on a precipice and risks falling into a "ravine of intolerance".

Mr Welby said the Church had to steer a course between,... Read More »

Tags: Marriage Equality, Islam

It may be a new velvet glove, but it’s the same old iron fist at the Vatican

Posted: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

You've got to give the Vatican credit for having installed a Pope who appears to be nice and cuddly and says all the right things. But as with everything pertaining to the Vatican, one needs to keep a sceptical antenna waving. Nothing is as it seems in that... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Pope

Muslims must be protected. Islam must not.

Posted: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The Muslim Council of Britain has called for a "serious national response" from the government to attacks against Muslims and mosques.

MCB leader Farooq Murad, said people were living in fear. He said that following the events in Woolwich, there has been a... Read More »

Tags: Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Community Cohesion

How do we keep religious education out of the hands of the evangelists?

Posted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

How can schools tell children about religion in a way that is fair, objective, unbiased and, most important, doesn't close them off to alternatives?

How do we best explain to them that while some religious believers find comfort in their faith — as well... Read More »

Tags: Religious education, Education

Human rights are for humans, not for ideologies

Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues that human rights are not there to fulfill religious demands; but to protect individuals. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Religion & Belief

Public perceptions and reality - have we got it wrong?

Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

An Ipsos-Mori poll for the Royal Statistical Society tried to measure what people's perception of issues were as opposed to the reality (according to the official figures).

On religion, the survey found that people vastly overestimated the number of Muslims... Read More »

Tags: statistics, Islam, Christianity

Three cheers for Channel 4 for trying to move Muslims into the mainstream

Posted: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Channel 4 has set the cat among the pigeons — as I suspect it intended to do — with its announcement that it will broadcast the Muslim call to prayer every day during the month of Ramadan.

If what the chief of Channel 4 says about the network's... Read More »

Tags: Islam, Religion & Belief

New EU guidelines on religion and belief make plain that no religion is entitled to special rights

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The EU Foreign Affairs Council this week adopted a report with 71 Guidelines to promote the right to freedom of religion and belief worldwide. Terry Sanderson highlights here some notable quotes. Read More »

Tags: Europe, Religion & Belief

Reaction to Woking parking challenge reveals national implications

Posted: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 by Terry Sanderson

By Terry Sanderson

There has been some interesting reaction to our challenge to Woking Borough Council's policy of providing free parking for worshippers in the town.

The Kentish Gazette, for instance, revealed that there is also subsidised parking for worshippers:... Read More »

Tags: Parking

The Same-Sex Marriage Bill delivers a blow to the bishops in the House of Lords

Posted: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 by Terry Sanderson

So, the prospect of gay marriage took a mighty leap forward in the House of Lords this week as the intended "wrecking amendment" was itself wrecked by a steamrolling 242 majority against.

During the two-day debate leading up to the vote, their Lordships kept... Read More »

Tags: Marriage Equality, Church of England, House of Lords, Bishops

Questions raised about the running of the BBC’s religious affairs department

Posted: Tue, 04 Jun 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Private Eye's coverage on Aaqil Ahmed's latest headache at the BBC. Read More »

Tags: BBC

Britain’s feeble religious right learns no lessons from its debacle at the European Court

Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

With the recent rejection by the Grand Chamber of three 'religious discrimination' cases, Terry Sanderson questions why the religious right are still determined to push for their Christian privileges. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Church of England, ECtHR

Catholic magazine says Same Sex Marriage Bill will disestablish the Church of England

Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The Catholic weekly magazine The Tablet carried an editorial in its 25 May edition predicting that the legalisation of gay marriage will weaken, if not completely end, the establishment of the Church of England. Read More »

Tags: Church of England, Marriage Equality

Same-sex marriage – is Cameron’s commitment wobbling?

Posted: Thu, 16 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson questions if the recent political upheaval will add leverage for the opponents of gay marriage in the UK. Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Marriage Equality, Pope, David Cameron

It’s the Church’s Christian duty to support the health service, not leech off it

Posted: Mon, 13 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

With the Archbishop of Westminster making the case for clerics in hospitals, Terry Sanderson questions why hospital chaplains are still funded by the public purse when the NHS needs all the help it can get. Read More »

Tags: Chaplaincy, Healthcare, Public Services

Bishops in the House of Lords – too political or not political enough?

Posted: Fri, 10 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Despite calling on the Archbishop of Canterbury to hand over some of the seats occupied by bishops in the House of Lords, Frank Field appears to want clerics to get more involved in politics. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, House of Lords

Not content with a third of state-sponsored schools pushing his faith, now Dr Welby wants the BBC to do more evangelising

Posted: Wed, 08 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The new Archbishop of Canterbury joins the orchestrated call for more religion on the BBC. Read More »

Tags: Church of England, Christianity, BBC

At last – churches recognise The Big Society for the Big Con that it was

Posted: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

It seems The Big Society is back – if only for the last nail to be driven into its coffin. Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Big Society, David Cameron, Conservative Party

Christian activists just won’t let it go

Posted: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Numerous cases have been brought to British courts to try to prove Christians are being discriminated in the workplace, and all of them have failed. They have been to tribunals, Crown Courts, High Courts, Appeal Courts, the Supreme Court and then the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Read More »

Tags: 'Christianophobia', Discrimination, Workplace

Saudi religious police aren’t funny

Posted: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on the Saudi religious police who recently evicted three men from an annual cultural festival and sent them back to Abu Dhabi. Read More »

Tags: Sharia, Religious Law, Saudi Arabia

It’s not fair! Why has Ireland got Ruairi Quinn, while we’re stuck with Michael Gove?

Posted: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on Ireland's education minister Ruairi Quinn who, bit by bit, is challenging the stranglehold that the Catholic Church has over education in the Republic. Read More »

Tags: Education, Ireland