Author: Oliver Kamm

Mammon, not God, should reign on Sundays

Mammon, not God, should reign on Sundays

Posted: Thu, 12 Nov 2015 by Oliver Kamm

Sunday trading laws frustrate free enterprise and fail to boost religion. It's time to scrap these petty, scolding restrictions, argues Oliver Kamm

Every Sunday evening from October to April I turn up to the Conway Hall in central London, hand over a tenner... Read More »

Tags: Trading Restrictions

Don’t ban women drivers – ban faith schools

Don’t ban women drivers – ban faith schools

Posted: Sat, 30 May 2015 by Oliver Kamm

In a pluralist and diverse society, it's an invitation to ignorance for children to be segregated by their parent's religious affiliation – so why, asks Oliver Kamm, is the state entrusting the education of huge numbers of children to religious bodies?... Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith Schools

Secular values, not religion, make us a tolerant society

Secular values, not religion, make us a tolerant society

Posted: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 by Oliver Kamm

When trying to reach reasoned and compassionate judgments, religion is frequently a source of confusion rather than light, argues Oliver Kamm.

The secular mind is better equipped than religion to reach reasoned and compassionate judgments. That was the argument... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Secularism

Our secular society is wiser than the Church

Our secular society is wiser than the Church

Posted: Wed, 10 Jul 2013 by Oliver Kamm

"There was noticeable hostility to the view of the Churches," the Archbishop of Canterbury told the General Synod on Friday. He was referring to the debate in the House of Lords on same-sex marriage. He added that there had been an "overwhelming change of... Read More »

Tags: Church & State Secularism

A secular society is the key

A secular society is the key

Posted: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 by Oliver Kamm

Teaching science to Jewish children is not the enemy of knowledge but the prerequisite of it, declared the Jewish Chronicle in its leader last week. It was a reference to disquiet among Charedi Jews about the GCSE science curriculum. Michael Gove, the education... Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith Schools, Creationism

The new Archbishop should have no special say

The new Archbishop should have no special say

Posted: Sat, 10 Nov 2012 by Oliver Kamm

The Times's top leader yesterday welcomed the appointment of Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, to succeed Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury. From what I hear of Welby, he is a thoughtful man who is likely to be an effective Church leader. Where I differ... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England

There is no persecution or sidelining of Christianity in Britain

There is no persecution or sidelining of Christianity in Britain

Posted: Thu, 05 Apr 2012 by Oliver Kamm

By guest blogger, Oliver Kamm

Christianity, says Lord Carey of Clifton, is under threat. The former Archbishop of Canterbury complained recently of "a deliberate attempt ... to get rid of Christianity as a public faith". Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary,... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Christianity, Church of England, 'Militant' secularism