Author: Terry Sanderson
Posted: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 by Terry Sanderson
When you're active in campaigns that aim to change things in society, it can often be difficult to get your voice heard in the media. Groups with a message that seems radical or a threat to the status quo might be treated with suspicion, even hostility, by... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 by Terry Sanderson
If an employer can reasonably accommodate religious requests without disrupting their business or disadvantaging their other staff, we have no objection. But if they can't, then employers should have the right to say "no" argues Terry Sanderson.
Just when you... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson
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 »
Posted: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson
There were calls this week for "a debate on the face veil" after a court and a college were confronted by women who wanted to wear them — even though it was against the rules.
The college backed down within hours of the challenge, cowed by suggestions... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson
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 »
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 »
Posted: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson
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 »
Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson
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 »
Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 by Terry Sanderson
The influential international business magazine The Economist carried an editorial last week calling for the Church of England to be disestablished – and for the influence of religion on the state to be reduced. The editorial said:
Most European countries... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 by Terry Sanderson
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 »
Posted: Tue, 04 Jun 2013 by Terry Sanderson
The latest Private Eye carries the following piece:
These are trying times for Aaqil Ahmed, head of religion and ethics at the BBC.
As we revealed in the last Eye, some of his department's commissions for Songs of Praise are now being scrutinised by the Beeb's... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson
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.
The paper says that:
"It is as if the nation is... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 16 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson
When the issue of same-sex marriage began to arise around the world, the Catholic Church foolishly decided that it would make opposition to it a main plank in its attempts to revive itself. Allied with the Religious Right in America it thought it had a real... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 13 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson
The Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, says that hospital chaplaincy services "ought never to be seen as a luxury to be discarded when budgets are tight; or chapels as spaces to be sacrificed to other purposes when needs arise."
Speaking at... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 10 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson
By Terry Sanderson
The Labour MP Frank Field (right) has called on the Archbishop of Canterbury to hand over some of the seats that the Church of England bishops occupy in the House of Lords to representatives who would take a more active part in policy making.... Read More »
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 Church of England takes it for granted that it is the taxpayers' job to fund its evangelising. We contribute hundreds of millions to support "faith schools" which they use to impart their religion to children who are obliged by law to attend. ("School... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson