Tags: Church & State

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

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. The debate on how to create a society that protects and is fair to people of all faiths and none can... Read More »

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

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

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: Church & State, Mormonism, Religion & Belief

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

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

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.

On 31 July this... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, New Zealand

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

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.

One area of the political debate that does not receive much attention during election campaigns is the question of religious... Read More »

Tags: Australia, Church & State

A right for one is a right for all

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.

Government in America must be neutral among religions and neutral between religion and non-religion — at least that's... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, USA

Same Sex Marriage Act - time to separate religion from politics

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.

Even the leadership of... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Marriage Equality

The issue of disestablishment won’t go away

The issue of disestablishment won’t go away

Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The influential international business magazine The Economist carried an editorial last week calling for the Church of England to be disestablished – and for the influence of religion on the state to be reduced. The editorial said:

Most European countries... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Disestablishment

Better the muddle you know: Disestablishment and gay marriage

Better the muddle you know: Disestablishment and gay marriage

Posted: Mon, 03 Jun 2013 by Theo Hobson

If, as looks very likely, gay marriage becomes law, the established Church will be opposed to the law of the land in a way that is surely unprecedented. The Church itself hinted at this last summer, hoping to dissuade the Government from moving ahead on the... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Marriage Equality

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

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

Posted: Fri, 10 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

By Terry Sanderson

The Labour MP Frank Field (right) has called on the Archbishop of Canterbury to hand over some of the seats that the Church of England bishops occupy in the House of Lords to representatives who would take a more active part in policy making.... 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

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, LGBT Rights, Secularism, Woman's 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, LGBT Rights, Reproductive Rights, Secularism, Woman's Rights

After Lord Carey’s attack, Prime Minister assures us that he is a good Christian

After Lord Carey’s attack, Prime Minister assures us that he is a good Christian

Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Still wincing from Lord Carey's attack, the Prime Minister David Cameron put out his own Easter message, assuring religious organisations that "As long as I am Prime Minister, they will have the support of this government."

Downing Street, which rejected Lord... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Conservative Party, David Cameron

Where there is state religion, there is less freedom

Where there is state religion, there is less freedom

Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 by Elizabeth O'Casey

In a recent paper, "State Religion and Freedom: A Comparative Analysis", published by the Religion and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, Professor Steven Kettell discusses the findings of his comparative analysis on the relationship... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Equality & Human Rights, Freedom, Statistics, reviews

Vicar calls for disestablishment

Vicar calls for disestablishment

Posted: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson

A Church of England vicar is advocating disestablishment. In a letter in the latest issue of the Church of England Newspaper, the Rev Paul Carr of Billericay writes:

Having reflected on the momentous decision of Parliament to pass the Bill to redefine marriage,... Read More »

Tags: Church & State

There is no American-style Religious Right in Britain, but the general theo-political landscape is lurching rightward

There is no American-style Religious Right in Britain, but the general theo-political landscape is lurching rightward

Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson

By Terry Sanderson

A new report by the Theos think-tank throws some interesting light on the evangelical Christian groups that have pushed themselves to the forefront of religio-political activism in the past couple of decades.

The report entitled "Is there... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Statistics

NSS President’s Seasonal Message

NSS President’s Seasonal Message

Posted: Fri, 21 Dec 2012 by Terry Sanderson

As we prepare for the holiday, it's a good time to reflect on the year past, and to assess our triumphs and failures, and to look forward to the year to come.

We've had a positive avalanche of statistics this year trying to fathom the extent of religious belief... Read More »

Tags: Church & State

Is it time to separate church and state in marriage?

Is it time to separate church and state in marriage?

Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 by Norman Bonney

By Norman Bonney

One fact that the on-going debate over equal marriage has highlighted is that current marriage laws in England and Wales are of Byzantine complexity. They grant the power to many, but not all, religious organisations to register marriages on... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Marriage

Census 2011: What has caused this massive flight from Christianity?

Census 2011: What has caused this massive flight from Christianity?

Posted: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 by Stephen Evans

So, now we have the census figures and, as expected, there has been a huge drop in the number of people declaring themselves Christian in Britain – from 72% to 59%. The rise in those declaring they have no religion has risen from 15% to 25%.

So what has... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, statistics

Church and state need to be set free

Church and state need to be set free

Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 by Simon Barrow

Simon Barrow makes the case for disestablishment from a Christian perspective

If there is one thing that might pleasantly surprise the Church of England in the throes of its embarrassment over failing to approve women bishops, it is surely that so many people... Read More »

Tags: Church & State

Church of England’s establishment is well past its sell-by date

Church of England’s establishment is well past its sell-by date

Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson

By Terry Sanderson, president, National Secular Society

We've argued for a long time that the establishment of the Church of England as an arm of the state is unsustainable in a modern, diverse society. Last night's vote at the General Synod to reject women... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England

Church of England’s establishment is well past its sell-by date

Church of England’s establishment is well past its sell-by date

Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 by Stephen M Evans

By Terry Sanderson, president, National Secular Society

We've argued for a long time that the establishment of the Church of England as an arm of the state is unsustainable in a modern, diverse society. Last night's vote at the General Synod to reject women... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England

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

Baroness Warsi needs to be challenged on her theocratic ambitions

Baroness Warsi needs to be challenged on her theocratic ambitions

Posted: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 by Terry Sanderson

We think it is important to track what the Government is doing in our name, and so we are reproducing below a statement by Baroness Warsi that was published in The Tablet this week.

You will remember that Baroness Warsi is the rather elaborately titled "Senior... Read More »

Tags: Church & State