Author: National Secular Society

Why we must reclaim religious freedom

Why we must reclaim religious freedom

Posted: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 by National Secular Society

There is an urgent case for resisting those who claim the mantle of 'religious freedom' without regard for others' rights and freedoms. Here's why our Secularism 2019 conference will be held under the tagline 'reclaiming religious freedom'.

"Everyone has the... Read More »

Tags: Secularism 2019, Religious freedom, Freedom from Religion, Freedom of Expression, Healthcare, LGBTQ rights

What happens next? Some thoughts on the election and the challenges to come

What happens next? Some thoughts on the election and the challenges to come

Posted: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 by National Secular Society

The dust is beginning to settle. Whether you're delighted, dismayed or just surprised by last night's results there are challenges and opportunities to come.

Whatever your party political views, there are principles that we can all support: the triumph of secular... Read More »

Tags: Politics, GE2017

What do the main parties have to say on secular issues?

What do the main parties have to say on secular issues?

Posted: Thu, 18 May 2017 by National Secular Society

The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have all released their manifestos for the General Election. Read our analysis of what they say on issues from equality to human rights, Islamist extremism and education.

We'll continue to update this article... Read More »

Tags: Politics, GE2017, Labour Party, Conservative Party, LibDem Party, UKIP, GreenParty

As a nation we’re thinking about our future, here’s our secular manifesto for change

As a nation we’re thinking about our future, here’s our secular manifesto for change

Posted: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 by National Secular Society

Ahead of the General Election we're calling on political parties to embrace a series of secular reforms, drawn from our recently published secular manifesto, that make society, our education system, and the law fairer for all.

As electioneering gets into full... Read More »

Tags: GE2017, Politics, Labour Party, Conservative Party, LibDem Party, UKIP

Had the Ashers ‘gay cake’ ruling gone the other way it would have seriously undermined equality law

Had the Ashers ‘gay cake’ ruling gone the other way it would have seriously undermined equality law

Posted: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 by National Secular Society

Despite the outcry following this week's Ashers 'gay cake' ruling, Northern Ireland's Court of Appeal delivered a clear and logical judgment.

There was an outcry this week when the Christian bakers found to have discriminated against a gay man by refusing... Read More »

Tags: Ashers, Equality & Human Rights

Welby praises “most orthodox” bishops since WW2 as UK gives up on the church

Welby praises “most orthodox” bishops since WW2 as UK gives up on the church

Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 by National Secular Society

As the UK undergoes a "revolutionary generational change" away from religion the Archbishop of Canterbury has boasted that the Church's Bishops in the House of Lords are the "most orthodox since WW2".

Speaking during the fractious meeting of the Anglican Communion,... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, Secularism, statistics

David Cameron is right to raise the integration of Muslim women

David Cameron is right to raise the integration of Muslim women

Posted: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 by National Secular Society

The hysterical response to David Cameron's proposals to help the most disadvantaged Muslim women learn English and improve their lot in life will do far more to alienate British Muslims than anything he has actually said.

According to Government figures 22%... Read More »

Tags: Islam, Community Cohesion

Time for the Church to come clean on the ‘Just Pray’ controversy

Time for the Church to come clean on the ‘Just Pray’ controversy

Posted: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 by National Secular Society

With a considerable media firestorm the Church launched a crafty piece of marketing for their 'Just Pray' campaign – centred on the accusation that their Lord's Prayer advert had been "banned" because it was "offensive". One week on, new facts raise... Read More »

Tags: Church of England

Academics call for greater sensitivity about religion in universities, but students suggest it’s not an issue

Academics call for greater sensitivity about religion in universities, but students suggest it’s not an issue

Posted: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 by National Secular Society

Some academics are giving undue prominence to religion and religious students- when the evidence shows they are exaggerating the scale of the 'problem' they describe.

Tariq Modood, professor of sociology at the University of Bristol, and Professor Craig Calhoun,... Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Education, Religion & Belief, Community Cohesion, Universities, Statistics

Secularist bequest upheld in court, in 1915

Secularist bequest upheld in court, in 1915

Posted: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 by National Secular Society

A landmark legal cases involving secularists took place a century ago. In Bowman v. Secular Society the relatives of a testator leaving money to the Secular Society (an associated company of the NSS) sought but failed to have the bequest declared invalid on... Read More »

Tags: Blasphemy, Secular Society, History

Election 2015: Where the parties stand on secularist issues

Election 2015: Where the parties stand on secularist issues

Posted: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 by National Secular Society

Find out where the parties stand on collective worship, faith schools, multiculturalism, sex and relationships education, religion in society and a range of other secular issues.

While the National Secular Society is not party political, that doesn't stop us... Read More »

Tags: Politics, GE2015

I’m grateful every day that I live in a secular society – and so should we all be

I’m grateful every day that I live in a secular society – and so should we all be

Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 by National Secular Society

By Anne Marie Waters

I've been hearing and reading a lot of debates recently about secularism; what it is, what it isn't.

There are several viewpoints flying around, lots of "militant" and other hyperbolic words; many designed, no doubt, to stir up trouble and... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Secularism

I’m grateful every day that I live in a secular society – and so should we all be

I’m grateful every day that I live in a secular society – and so should we all be

Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 by National Secular Society

By Anne Marie Waters

I've been hearing and reading a lot of debates recently about secularism; what it is, what it isn't.

There are several viewpoints flying around, lots of "militant" and other hyperbolic words; many designed, no doubt, to stir up trouble and... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Secularism, Woman's Rights, LGBT Rights

I’m grateful every day that I live in a secular society – and so should we all be

I’m grateful every day that I live in a secular society – and so should we all be

Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 by National Secular Society

By Anne Marie Waters

I've been hearing and reading a lot of debates recently about secularism; what it is, what it isn't.

There are several viewpoints flying around, lots of "militant" and other hyperbolic words; many designed, no doubt, to stir up trouble and... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Secularism, Woman's Rights, LGBT Rights, Reproductive Rights

Secularist Thought for the Day competition – and the winner is....

Secularist Thought for the Day competition – and the winner is....

Posted: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 by National Secular Society

Our Secularist Thought for the Day competition brought a big response from all over the country and choosing a winner was very difficult given the generally high quality of the entries.

But in the end, we plumped for this imaginative entry from Veronica Wikman:... Read More »

Tags: Thought for the Day

Interculturalism: The new era of cohesion and diversity

Interculturalism: The new era of cohesion and diversity

Posted: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 by National Secular Society

Book Review: Interculturalism: The new era of cohesion and diversity (Ted Cantle, Palgrave, £19.99)

Reviewed by Steve Sparrow

Who are you? Ask me to describe myself and I may give you five hundred words. Often though, we're happy to identify people different... Read More »

Tags: Community Cohesion, Multiculturalism, Reviews

NSS President's speech to Secular Europe rally

NSS President's speech to Secular Europe rally

Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 by National Secular Society

Terry Sanderson's speech to the Secular Europe Rally

London, 15 September 2012

If you've seen the newspapers this morning or the TV news, you won't need me to make the case for secularism.

I have to admit, though, that neither secularism nor anything else could... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

Advertising watchdog threatens to martyr Archbishop Cranmer all over again

Advertising watchdog threatens to martyr Archbishop Cranmer all over again

Posted: Mon, 14 May 2012 by National Secular Society

The rather eccentric Christian blogger Archbishop Cranmer is under investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority after he reproduced an advertisement from the group "Coalition for Marriage" which is seeking to thwart the Government's plans to legalise... Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Marriage Equality

Why Trevor Phillips owes the NSS an apology

Why Trevor Phillips owes the NSS an apology

Posted: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 by National Secular Society

Last week, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Trevor Phillips, wrote an article in the Sunday Times in which he expressed concern about the way in which the Human Rights Act is being abused and, as he put it, "used in ways which any... Read More »

Tags: Council Prayers, Equality & Human Rights, Trevor Phillips