Author: Keith Porteous Wood

Same Sex Marriage Act - time to separate religion from politics

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has passed with overwhelming support. It has done little more than re-brand civil... Read More »

Will the UN finally bring the Vatican to account for its child abuse crimes?

As a United Nations Committee on children's rights confronts the Vatican on its abysmal record on clerical paedophilia... Read More »

Unsatisfactory answers about Establishment

Keith Porteous Wood reports on Lord MacKay of Clashfern's Richard O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture on the subject "Does... Read More »

The CofE tries to spin its bad news. But it’s still bad news.

The Church of England was struggling to make the best out of its latest attendance figures (pdf) (for 2011), claiming... Read More »

Why it's important to add your voice to the Scout's consultation on non-believers

It was nearly five years ago that I went with a colleague to speak to Derek Twine, the chief executive of the Scouts,... Read More »

It’s time to restore free speech – no-one has the right not to be offended.

Today, Lord Mawhinney is tabling an amendment in the House of Lords to remove the word "insulting" from Section 5... Read More »

A message from Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society and Simon Calvert of The Christian Institute

A week ago we launched Reform Section 5 with a press conference in the House of Commons. The reaction was exactly... Read More »

Government to work with Church of England to promote more religious schools

During Education Questions in the House of Commons on Monday, Michael Gove, the Education Secretary (for England)... Read More »

Religious education GCSE will lose its appeal when the exam is toughened up

The Churches love to tell us how "popular" religious studies are in schools. Keith Porteous Wood suspects the popularity... Read More »

Executive Director’s Diary: Sharia, Civil Partnerships and Lords Reform

NSS Executive Director Keith Porteous Wood on a busy week of campaigning in Parliament.