Author: Terry Sanderson
Posted: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The perception that Americans are an overwhelmingly church-going, evangelically conservative people took another knock this week with the release of a poll from the Pew Research Centre.
It showed that one-fifth of U.S.adults say they are not part of a traditional... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Many will write it off as red meat being thrown to the raving fundamentalists on the back bench of the Tory Party, but the appointment of Baroness Warsi as "Minister for Faith and Communities" is potentially threatening for secularism.
She recently held a meeting... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson
It is estimated that throughout the Muslim world something like ten to twenty thousand people have taken part in the rampages that have dominated the headlines for a week.
That is 20,000 people out of a world Muslim population of a billion.
On the basis of the... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Several alarming headlines over the past few weeks have indicated that hospitals up and down the country are about to close and that those that stay open will have savage staff culls and wage cuts.
Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson
A new study of what people mean when they say they are "religious" or "spiritual" has been published by the Oxford University Press (Believing in Belonging: Belief and social identity in the modern world by Abby Day, £55).
The book begins with the intriguing... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson
When the Conservative-led coalition Government came to power at the last election we braced ourselves for a raised profile for religion in matters of state.
What transpired, though, were several confrontations between religious groups and Mr Cameron's "modernising"... Read More »
Here’s hoping the European Court can bring an end to this campaign of distortion over religious discrimination
Posted: Tue, 04 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson
In providing one of the few "dissenting voices" in the media discussion of the cases of supposed religious discrimination being heard in the European Court of Human Rights, the most astonishing thing I've noticed has been the success of the propaganda campaign... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The new BBC sitcom Citizen Khan has, apparently, created something of a stir among Muslims. The BBC is reporting having received more than 200 complaints about its portrayal of the "Muslim Community", claiming it is disrespectful of Islam and full of stereotypes.... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 03 Aug 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The tightening of the grip of political Islam on the Middle East continues apace. Those young people who put their lives on the line to depose dictators and demagogues are now finding that, in fact, their countrymen seem to like dictators and demagogues –... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 01 Aug 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The BBC Trust – which advertises itself as the "final arbiter in complaints to the BBC" — has upheld a complaint this week against Jeremy Paxman, saying that there was no clear editorial purpose to Paxman's comments — made during an interview... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Tony Blair has been on the public platform again talking about how important religion is for everybody – even if they don't think it is.
At a debate in London this week on Religion in Public Life, he appeared to be presenting himself as some sort of religious... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Posted: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 by Terry Sanderson
During an exchange at Prime Minister's Question Time yesterday, David Cameron was asked by David Davis MP about the case of Nadia Eweida, who has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights after she was told by her employer, British Airways, that wearing... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The Church of England is either in its last desperate death throes or it is making a concerted effort to revive itself and reclaim the widespread influence it once enjoyed. At its General Synod (parliament) this week it got itself into a humiliating tangle... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams is demob-happy.
It seems that since he announced his resignation he feels he can now say what he wants, rather than what the "Anglican Communion" demands. And in the process he seems to be demonstrating an extraordinary... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Yesterday the Catholic Church in America began a campaign it calls "A Fortnight for Freedom" which it says is an effort to raise awareness among Catholics of the threats to their religious liberty. In particular they want to "raise awareness" about the Obama... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The Church of England has thrown down the gauntlet to the Government over the issue of gay marriage.
The message is clear: "do as we say or there will be dire consequences."
Their response to the Government consultation on its intention to legalise civil marriages... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The Catholic Church is trying to flex its political muscle to humiliate Obama – but does it still have the strength?
Posted: Thu, 24 May 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has ramped up the Catholic Church's politically motivated assault on the Obama administration by accusing the President of "strangling" religious freedom by requiring Catholic employers to provide workers with birth control... Read More »
Are some Christian politicians deliberately trying to mislead us – or are they just ignorant of the facts?
Posted: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson
In a parliamentary question last week, Karl McCartney, the Conservative MP for Lincoln, asked the Minister for Women and Equalities, Lynne Featherstone, "if she will bring forward legislative proposals to protect workers who choose to wear a visible cross... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The Catholic Church seems to be turning itself from being a religious body into being a rather unpleasant political party – one that is so reactionary it makes the Tea Party look like the Teddy Bears Picnic.
For instance, the Conference of Catholic Bishops... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson
It's a Bank Holiday, half the staff in the newsroom are on leave, but news editors still have to somehow fill their papers and their broadcast bulletins. What easier way to do it than to draw on the ready-made Easter sermons of various bishops and Cardinals... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, gave an Easter reception for Christian leaders at Downing Street this week at which he delivered an unctuous speech of such disingenuousness and hypocrisy that it almost takes the breath away.
He starts by saying he welcomes... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Posted: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson