Author: Terry Sanderson

Confrontation over gay marriage could change the relationship between religion and the state

Posted: Wed, 07 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

In many ways there is more at stake than gay marriage. This is the Catholic Church trying to bully its way into political power, lobbying by intimidation and emotional blackmail. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality

The Tories will be watching how Republican’s religion-in-politics tactic plays

Posted: Fri, 02 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

If Santorum's tactic of overstating religion pays off, can we can expect a similar ratcheting up of the Pickles/Warsi "Britain is a Christian country" message here? Read More »

Tags: USA, Politics

Mr Pickles “community cohesion” policy is a recipe for conflict

Posted: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Why is the Coalition Government increasingly embracing the policy of the US Republicans of appropriating religion for political purposes? Read More »

Tags: Community Cohesion, Church & State

The great debate begins

Posted: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

We've been trying for a long time to get a national debate going about the place of religion in British society. It took our court case in Bideford to really ignite it. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, Council Prayers

Baroness Warsi and her gang of pious politicos are out of step with the nation

Posted: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson warns that Baroness Warsi risks starting a culture war that she cannot win. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Christianity, Catholic Church, 'Militant' secularism

Council prayer case will bring much abuse on to the head of the NSS

Posted: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

As we contemplate the implications of the High Court decision that the saying of prayers as part of local council business is illegal, the National Secular Society is bracing for an absolute torrent of abuse, exaggeration, misrepresentation and hysteria from conservative sources. Read More »

Tags: Council Prayers

The Catholic War on Democracy

Posted: Thu, 09 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on how the Pope is trying to run American politics and bring it in line with his own teachings, regardless of what the people want. Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Reproductive Rights, Church & State

Bishops, too, are entitled to unpleasant opinions

Posted: Mon, 06 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on why he opposes the efforts of a humanist politician trying to prosecute a Catholic Bishop for hate speech. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Bishops

Sentamu's shot at gay marriage is only the first salvo in a bitter battle to come

Posted: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has warned the government that if it tries to legalise gay marriage, it will face a huge onslaught from religious bodies. Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Church & State, Church of England, Equality & Human Rights, Catholic Church

Misguided liberals are playing us all into the hands of the Islamist tyrants

Posted: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The conflation of religion with race, and Islam with Muslims, is becoming an insidious tool to blackmail and stop people questioning Islamists and their activities – aided by misguided liberals. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Islam

Why do the bishops have the right to thwart democratically agreed legislation?

Posted: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Is it right that religious leaders should be able to interfere in the democratic process of an elected Government? Read More »

Tags: Church of England, Lords Reform

Establishment and the gay bishop

Posted: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on how the Church seems to want it both ways. It wants to be exempt from the law on religious grounds, but it also wants to pretend that it is the "nation's church" serving everyone without fear or favour. Read More »

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

A New Year when secularism must stand up for itself or be overwhelmed by religious power-seeking

Posted: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The signs have been there for some considerable time – religion around the world is reviving, and it is not the benign, let's-be-good-to-each-other kind of religion that the propagandists would have us believe. Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Church & State, Big Society, Faith Schools, Education

Cameron is joining the right-wing rush to religion

Posted: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 by Terry Sanderson

David Cameron's now notorious speech to the Church of England, in which he promised to elevate "Christian values" to a special place in society, has been much commented on in the past week. Read More »

Tags: David Cameron, Christianity, Church of England, Morality, Church & State

A predictable reaction to council prayer challenge

Posted: Fri, 09 Dec 2011 by Terry Sanderson

NSS President, Terry Sanderson, reflects on the hostile reaction from commentators to our challenge to prayers during council meetings. Read More »

Tags: Council Prayers

Are Christian extremists at last being found out for what they are?

Posted: Fri, 02 Dec 2011 by Terry Sanderson

It seems that the fantasy world that has been created by the Christian Legal Centre and its rather scary head Andrea Minichiello Williams, has at last come under a bit of critical scrutiny from fellow Christians. Read More »

Tags: Christianity

No, Mr Blair – for all our sakes, pulpits and parliament must remain separate

Posted: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 by Terry Sanderson

Is Tony Blair — the man who converted to Catholicism when he left the office of Prime Minister and went on to establish the Tony Blair Faith Foundation — a secularist? Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Church & State, Tony Blair

It’s good when the Vatican has a bad week

Posted: Fri, 11 Nov 2011 by Terry Sanderson

Frances Kissling, when she was head of theWashingtonDCbased liberal group Catholics for Choice (anathema to theVatican), once told us that "My job is to ensure that the pope has a bad day every day." Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Child Abuse

How did our education system become a playground for theocrats?

Posted: Fri, 28 Oct 2011 by Terry Sanderson

We are seeing the new crop of academy schools beginning to advertise for chaplains Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools, Education, Chaplaincy

Muslim and Sikh scout groups represent the worst aspects of multiculturalism

Posted: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 by Terry Sanderson

As Muslim scout troops proliferate throughout Britain, we now have news of the formation of a Sikh Scout troop forming in Slough in Buckinghamshire. Read More »

Tags: Scouts, Multiculturalism

We’re all in this together – except the BBC’s religion department.

Posted: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 by Terry Sanderson

Last week the BBC announced how it intended to make the swingeing cuts to help it cope with the freeze in the TV licence fee. Read More »

Tags: BBC

Will the Citizens Advice Bureau be compromised by its partnership with the churches?

Posted: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 by Terry Sanderson

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is increasingly "partnering" with churches up and down the country as it seeks to cut costs and to reach more isolated communities. Read More »

Tags: Big Society

Dare To Stand Alone: The Story of Charles Bradlaugh

Posted: Fri, 04 Feb 2011 by Terry Sanderson

Charles Bradlaugh, the man who founded the National Secular Society in 1866, had a short but dramatic life, which is vividly portrayed in this new biography. Reviewed by Terry Sanderson. Read More »

Tags: Reviews