Tags: Church & State

Eric Pickles' 'evangelical charter' on its way to becoming law

Posted: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 by Stephen Evans

A small group of Christians in parliament are changing the law to give councils the power to introduce their meetings with prayers. Stephen Evans argues that the right to freedom of religion should always be balanced by the right to be free from religion. Read More »

Tags: Religious Freedom, Church & State, Secularism, Council Prayers

MPs want God at centre of local democracy

Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 by Imran Khan

When Conservative councillor Imran Khan opted out of Christian prayers at council meetings he was subject to ostracization, abuse and deselection. He's urging MPs to keep sectarianism out of local politics by voting against the Local Government (Religious Etc. Observances) Bill. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Council Prayers

Remembrance Sunday should not be dominated by religion

Posted: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 by Dan Snow

Historian, broadcaster and NSS honorary associate Dan Snow on the need for an inclusive and secular remembrance ceremony that better reflects the society it serves. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, Remembrance, History

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 »

Tags: Church & State, Christianity, Religious Freedom

The Bishops, the Catholic vote and the Referendum

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 by Alistair McBay

Alistair McBay argues that a growing political alliance between the leadership of the Catholic Church in Scotland and SNP has implications which stretch far beyond the Referendum campaign and threaten to revive religious identity politics.

"Most people still... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Catholic Church, Scotland

Principles of secularism and equality must be defended

Posted: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 by Stephen Evans

Attempts to erode equality and undermine secularist principles must be challenged, argues Stephen Evans.

Those seeking to preserve or carve out additional privileges for Christianity in the UK appear buoyed by news that the Equality and Human Rights Commission... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Equality & Human Rights

Talking to God: the corporate religious challenge to a pluralist, progressive Europe

Posted: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 by Kenneth Houston

EU and UN 'dialogue' with civil society gives disproportionate weight to conservative religious voices at the expense of moderate and secular opinion, argues Kenneth Houston. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Europe, Gender Equality

Kerry County Council crucifix a challenge to religious diversity

Posted: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 by Dr Ronan McCrea

Following the erection of a crucifix in the newly renovated Kerry County Council chambers, Dr Ronan McCrea argues that the values of a particular faith should not be given predominance in State institutions. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Equality & Human Rights, Council Prayers

Commission to investigate religion’s role in society

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. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Christianity

Embedded religious privilege triumphs on Scottish education issues

Posted: Mon, 12 May 2014 by Alistair McBay

National Secular Society's spokesperson for Scotland, Alistair McBay, argues that the Scottish Parliament has helped entrench religious privilege in the country's education system.

Tuesday 6 May was a busy day in the Scottish Parliament which saw a triumph... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Education, Scotland

Council prayers: Eric Pickles rewrites history again

Posted: Sat, 26 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Rather than being a voice for "moderation and reasonableness" over prayers at council meetings, the partisan and dictatorial Mr Pickles is pursuing an agenda to impose his religion on public life, argues Terry Sanderson.

You will remember that the Communities... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Council Prayers

The debate over David Cameron’s call to Christianity has taken a wrong turn

Posted: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues that the debate over David Cameron's assertions that the UK is a "Christian Nation" has led away from the important question of whether it should be.

The controversy over David Cameron's Christian chauvinism and the reaction it has prompted... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Equality & Human Rights, Church of England, Public Services, David Cameron

Cameron's courting of Christianity: divisive, inappropriate, cynical and shallow

Posted: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 by Elizabeth O'Casey

Following David Cameron's call in recent statements for British Christians to be more evangelical, Elizabeth O'Casey questions the appropriateness of his comments and reiterates the need for a secular state.

Hearing David Cameron's recent collection of 'Easter... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, David Cameron, Big Society

The Big Society – to be run by churches - is Mr Cameron’s pipe dream

Posted: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson

First the Communities Minister and now the Prime Minister have declared Britain to be a "Christian nation".

In a speech to "faith leaders" gathered at Downing Street Mr Cameron said that his Government intended to see that religious groups play a much bigger... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Big Society, David Cameron

Eric Pickles’ dictatorial disregard for the law is dangerous in a democracy

Posted: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Eric Pickles, the Dickensian-style Communities Minister, has announced that Britain is a "Christian nation" and anyone who disagrees needs to "get over it".

He has the usual easy pop at "militant atheists" and dismisses anyone who opposes what he does as "politically... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, 'Militant' secularism, Council prayers

Being called a ‘fundamentalist secularist’ is an insult I would welcome

Posted: Thu, 03 Apr 2014 by George Gillett

George Gillett defends the fundamentals of secularism against the persistent attempts by some politicians and media commentators to misrepresent the term as a slur, to protect their own religious agendas in government. Read More »

Tags: 'Militant' secularism, Church & State, Parliament, atheism

Why it would have been invidious to put the Mormon Church on trial

Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson clarifies the threat to freedom of religion and belief when secular courts rule on theological matters.

Last week we reported a decision by a judge at Westminster Magistrates' Court not to hear a case of alleged fraud against the Mormon Church... Read More »

Tags: Mormonism, Church & State, Religion & Belief

Is the Religious Right responsible for America’s fading allegiance to religion?

Posted: Wed, 26 Feb 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on the Religious Right's baneful attempts to desecularize the United States with a raft of "religious freedom" bills.

There seems to be something of a disconnect in America between the rising number of people who profess to have no religion... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, USA

Finding separation of church and state for New Zealand

Posted: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 by Max and Meg Wallace

The New Zealand Census is telling us citizens are moving away from religious identification while the government still embraces it. It's time for constitutional separation of church and state to be openly discussed, argue Max and Meg Wallace. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, New Zealand

Report from Australia: secularists score political parties on their levels of religious favouritism

Posted: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 by Meredith Doig

Meredith Doig, president of the Rationalist Society of Australia, reports on her country's continued privileged treatment of religion. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Australia

A right for one is a right for all

Posted: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 by Charles C. Haynes

Charles C. Haynes argues that the First Amendment of the United States Constitution must be vigorously defended from religious attacks. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, USA

Same Sex Marriage Act - time to separate religion from politics

Posted: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has passed with overwhelming support. It has done little more than re-brand civil partnerships, but symbolically its passing was a breath-taking moment of the zeitgeist, writes Keith Porteous Wood. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Marriage Equality

Better the muddle you know: Disestablishment and gay marriage

Posted: Mon, 03 Jun 2013 by Theo Hobson

A disestablished Church still has difficult issues to face, about how to relate itself to the liberal state, where to stand on homosexuality, and how to engage the world around it. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Marriage Equality

Bishops in the House of Lords – too political or not political enough?

Posted: Fri, 10 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Despite calling on the Archbishop of Canterbury to hand over some of the seats occupied by bishops in the House of Lords, Frank Field appears to want clerics to get more involved in politics. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, House of Lords

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

Anne Marie Waters on why we need to remember – and everyone needs to know and understand – just how thankful we should be for secularism. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Secularism