Posted: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 by Alastair Lichten
When mainstream politicians endorse the 'Christian Nation' narrative they feed both Muslim and Christian persecution complexes and pander to the far-right, argues Alastair Lichten.
Elements in the current government like to promote the dog whistle message that... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 by A Parent
One parent speaks out about the damaging impact of excluding her young child from mandatory collective worship in school, and how withdrawal isn't really an option at all.
My four year old son has just started primary school. Starting school was a very exciting... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 by Alastair Lichten
Every year the National Secular Society is contacted by parents upset to discover that a festive charitable project in their children's school is unwittingly making them tools for evangelisation. Alastair Lichten looks at some of their concerns.
It seems to... Read More »
Free Church of Scotland attacks secularism and “sexual equality”; calls for Biblical principles in Scottish Government
Posted: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 by Benjamin Jones
The Free Church of Scotland has labelled secularism "harmful to society" and called for the new Scottish constitutional settlement to reflect Biblical principles. Benjamin Jones argues that secularism is in fact entirely impartial, and defends the rights of... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 by Lord Alton
Religious cleansing in Iraq is making a "hateful mockery" of international law which should protect people and uphold their freedom to follow our own beliefs, argues Lord Alton
The last Christian has now been expelled from Mosul. The light of religious freedom,... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 03 Jul 2014 by Terry Sanderson
A commission has set itself up to "take the temperature of Britain's relationship with religion". But with so many vested interests on board, Terry Sanderson questions how objective its findings will be.
A commission has set itself up with the task of "taking... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Not content with a third of state-sponsored schools pushing his faith, now Dr Welby wants the BBC to do more evangelising
Posted: Wed, 08 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson
The Church of England takes it for granted that it is the taxpayers' job to fund its evangelising. We contribute hundreds of millions to support "faith schools" which they use to impart their religion to children who are obliged by law to attend. ("School... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 by Rumy Hasan
By Rumy Hasan
Samuel Huntington's book The Clash of Civilizations aroused a storm of interest when it was published in 1996. Its basic thesis was that in the aftermath of the Cold War, the fundamental antagonism among nations would be on the basis of 'civilisation'... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 by Richard Heller
Amid his spectacular enthronement, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, managed to say something spectacularly wrong. "There can be no final justice or security or love or hope in our society if it is not finally based on rootedness in Christ."... Read More »
Are some Christian politicians deliberately trying to mislead us – or are they just ignorant of the facts?
Posted: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson
In a parliamentary question last week, Karl McCartney, the Conservative MP for Lincoln, asked the Minister for Women and Equalities, Lynne Featherstone, "if she will bring forward legislative proposals to protect workers who choose to wear a visible cross... Read More »
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 »
Posted: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Posted: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 by Martin Robbins
If you live in South Luton, South-West Devon, or the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency in Southern Cumbria, then congratulations; your neighbours have elected MPs who believe that prayer can heal the sick, and that any quack with a Bible should be able... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson
We are told constantly how important the Church of England is to this country and how fond of it we all are. That doesn't sit very well with the result of a BBC survey for the quiz show Pointless that asked 100 respondents to name Archbishops of Canterbury.... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The old adage "never believe what you read in the newspapers" has never been as apposite as it has been over the past week.
The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail have surpassed themselves with headlines about the wearing of Christian crosses at work.
The Mail... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The old adage "never believe what you read in the newspapers" has never been so apposite as it has been over the past couple of days.
The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail have surpassed themselves with headlines about the wearing of Christian crosses at work.... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson
I'm sure Baroness Warsi's speech to the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome today will please its audience. She promised to support the Pope in his desire to return Christianity to the centre of public life in Britain.
It also seemed to chime with the... Read More »
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.
These are not empty words. The Church of England and the Catholic Church are already in talks to... Read More »
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.
It is the old-time, ambitious, politicised,... Read More »
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.
The speech itself was confused, contradictory and in places downright... Read More »
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.
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?