Author: Megan Manson

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Pope Francis

Human rights should not be at the mercy of the pope’s pontifications

Posted: Wed, 28 Oct 2020 by Megan Manson

Amid widespread interest in the pope's views on same-sex civil unions, Megan Manson says states shouldn't allow themselves to be used to further the Catholic Church's agendas. Read More »

Tags: Abortion, Catholic Church, Human rights, LGBT Rights, Reproductive Rights

Islamic marriage

Problems around Islamic marriage require a secular solution

Posted: Fri, 28 Aug 2020 by Megan Manson

A new report says compulsory registration for Islamic marriages is needed to tackle discrimination and abuse. Megan Manson argues broad reform to marriage laws is a better way to ensure fairness and equality for all. Read More »

Tags: Marriage

Children at school

Our schools should promote social cohesion – so educate children together

Posted: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 by Megan Manson

As research shows social integration is key to fostering positive attitudes toward people of different religions and beliefs, Megan Manson says we should challenge the segregation and division inherent to faith schools. Read More »

Tags: Community Cohesion, Education, Faith Schools

It’s time for one marriage law for all

It’s time for one marriage law for all

Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 by Megan Manson

A new High Court challenge to get humanist marriages legally recognised in England and Wales gives us an opportunity to consider how to reform our marriage laws for greater simplicity, equality and freedom, says Megan Manson. Read More »

Tags: Marriage, Marriage equality

Rainbow flag

Why can't Ofsted stop state schools preaching that same-sex relationships are wrong?

Posted: Thu, 25 Jun 2020 by Megan Manson

As the government considers ways to end 'gay conversion therapy' it should give Ofsted the power to stop faith schools fostering anti-LGBT attitudes in the first place, says Megan Manson. Read More »

Tags: Conversion therapy, Education, LGBT Rights, RSE, Religious education

Outdoor weddings

Outdoor marriage shouldn't be restricted on religious grounds

Posted: Thu, 11 Jun 2020 by Megan Manson

The government is reportedly planning to allow couples to marry outdoors as we emerge from lockdown. This is a chance to make marriage more equal and free for all permanently, says Megan Manson. Read More »

Tags: Marriage

Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland

Scotland says it wants to clamp down on hate. But its charity law helps to promote it

Posted: Thu, 21 May 2020 by Megan Manson

The Scottish government has published a bill that threatens to outlaw the expression of hateful ideas. But meanwhile religious groups who promote harmful ideology enjoy charitable status, says Megan Manson. Read More »

Tags: Charity

Woman crying

How charity law props up ‘gay conversion therapy’

Posted: Thu, 14 May 2020 by Megan Manson

As the NSS challenges the status of a Christian charity which pushes "change oriented therapy" for gay people, Megan Manson says charity law shouldn't help religious groups to engage in exploitative behaviour. Read More »

Tags: Charity, Conversion Therapy

Gay men

Charity and homophobia shouldn’t mix

Posted: Wed, 15 Apr 2020 by Megan Manson

The proliferation of religious charities openly expressing anti-LGBT views should prompt us to rethink religion's privileged position in charity law, says Megan Manson. Read More »

Tags: Charity

Plague protection oil

Charities can’t sell snake oil. Or can they?

Posted: Tue, 07 Apr 2020 by Megan Manson

If we want to protect vulnerable people from being duped into buying 'miracle cures' from religious charities we should start by reforming charity law, says Megan Manson. Read More »

Tags: Charity, Healthcare


Most Brits don’t pray. It’s time for our institutions to stop imposing worship

Posted: Tue, 03 Mar 2020 by Megan Manson

As figures show most people in Britain never pray, Megan Manson says institutionalised prayer has no place in our parliament, councils, schools or public ceremonies. Read More »

Tags: Collective Worship, Council Prayers, Parliament, Prayers, Remembrance

Clasped hands

Faith groups should practice without preaching when helping the vulnerable

Posted: Thu, 20 Feb 2020 by Megan Manson

As a report shows some religious groups are helping survivors of modern slavery without proselytising, Megan Manson says public sector bodies must ensure all organisations that provide services adopt similar policies. Read More »

Tags: Charity, Evangelism in schools, Public services

MPs swearing in

Our MPs now subscribe to many religious beliefs and none – it’s time to scrap parliamentary prayers

Posted: Fri, 31 Jan 2020 by Megan Manson

A religiously diverse new intake of MPs should prompt the removal of parliamentary prayers and the Church of England's privilege in our political institutions, says Megan Manson. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Parliament, Prayers

Party logos

Election 2019: Secularism and the parties of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2019 by Megan Manson

Megan Manson continues our election analysis of parties' policies on secularist issues. This time she examines the policies of the major parties of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Read More »

Tags: Democracy, Election, Equality & Human Rights, Freedom of Expression, House of Lords, Reproductive Rights

Party logos

Election 2019: Where do the major parties stand on secularist issues?

Posted: Thu, 28 Nov 2019 by Megan Manson

Megan Manson studies the main UK-wide parties' election manifestos – and says religion will continue to be a dividing force in UK politics during the next parliament. Read More »

Tags: Circumcision, Democracy, Education, Election, Equality & Human Rights, Extremism, FGM, Forced marriage, Freedom of Expression, House of Lords, Marriage, Public Services, RSE, Religious Freedom, Religious Slaughter, Reproductive Rights

Donation box

Most new faith based charities do nothing but promote religion. Time to reform charity law

Posted: Tue, 19 Nov 2019 by Megan Manson

An Islamic organisation which condones extremist messages was among charities which registered on questionable grounds in October. The bar for religious groups to become charities is set too low, says Megan Manson. Read More »

Tags: Charity

Secularism is a feminist issue badges

Secularism is a feminist issue

Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 by Megan Manson

Ahead of the FiLiA 2019 conference this weekend, Megan Manson argues that secularism is a crucial ingredient in campaigns for women's equality. Read More »

Tags: Gender Equality

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child: Does its charity benefit the public?

Posted: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 by Megan Manson

Samaritan's Purse is again launching its Christmas shoebox scheme in parts of the UK. The harm done by Operation Christmas Child should prompt a rethink of this Evangelical group's charitable status, says Megan Manson. Read More »

Tags: Charity, Samaritans Purse


A woman is convicted over circumcision. What happens next?

Posted: Fri, 06 Sep 2019 by Megan Manson

A pharmacist has been convicted for having a baby boy circumcised against his parents' wishes. Megan Manson says the case raises alarming questions over our willingness to defend children's bodily integrity consistently. Read More »

Tags: Circumcision, Healthcare

No Outsiders

‘No Outsiders’ offers a vision of tolerance and equality

Posted: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 by Megan Manson

The current wave of religious protests outside schools began with objections to the No Outsiders scheme of work. As its author prepares to give the NSS's Bradlaugh Lecture, Megan Manson asks what the fuss was about. Read More »

Tags: Education, LGBTQ rights, RSE

Crying baby

Charity law shouldn't support infant genital cutting

Posted: Tue, 23 Jul 2019 by Megan Manson

The existence of religious charities that support and facilitate infant circumcision demonstrates the urgent need to reform charity law, argues Megan Manson. Read More »

Tags: Charity, Circumcision

Same-sex relationship

Why are we letting faith schools stigmatise same-sex relationships?

Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2019 by Megan Manson

Ofsted penalises schools that refuse to teach about LGBT people, but seems to ignore other schools that teach same-sex relationships are morally wrong. Megan Manson says this double standard needs to end. Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith schools, RSE

Transgender and intersex

What might Catholic schools teach about transgender and intersex people?

Posted: Fri, 14 Jun 2019 by Megan Manson

Megan Manson examines a new document outlining the Catholic Church's position on issues relating to sex and gender, and explains how this may lead to conflict in Catholic Schools. Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Education, Faith Schools, RSE

Razor blade

Let’s face facts: FGM has something to do with religion

Posted: Thu, 14 Mar 2019 by Megan Manson

Politicians who insist female genital cutting has nothing to do with religion set a dangerous precedent that undermines campaigns to combat it and other religious harms, says Megan Manson. Read More »

Tags: Circumcision, FGM

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