Tags: Church & State

The great debate begins

The great debate begins

Posted: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

We've been trying for a long time to get a national debate going about the place of religion in British society. It took our court case in Bideford to really ignite it.

The initial reaction has been — as we predicted last week — hysterical, misinformed,... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, Council Prayers

Baroness Warsi and her gang of pious politicos are out of step with the nation

Baroness Warsi and her gang of pious politicos are out of step with the nation

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 »

Tags: 'Militant' secularism, Catholic Church, Christianity, Church & State

The Catholic War on Democracy

The Catholic War on Democracy

Posted: Thu, 09 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

At a Vatican meeting with Catholic bishops from the USA last month, the Pope told them that they had a duty to apply pressure on Catholic politicians to get Catholic doctrine written into law.

Ratzinger said: "The Church has a critical role to play in countering... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Church & State, Reproductive Rights

Sentamu's shot at gay marriage is only the first salvo in a bitter battle to come

Sentamu's shot at gay marriage is only the first salvo in a bitter battle to come

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 »

Tags: Catholic Church, Christianity, Church & State, Church of England, Equality & Human Rights

Establishment and the gay bishop

Establishment and the gay bishop

Posted: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Geoffrey John, the clergyman at the heart of the gay bishops row, is threatening to take the Church of England to court if it continually refuses to make him a bishop.

It isn't clear what law he would sue under. Certainly not the Equality Act, which specifically... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, Equality & Human Rights

A New Year when secularism must stand up for itself or be overwhelmed by religious power-seeking

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 »

Tags: Big Society, Christianity, Church & State, Education, Faith Schools

Cameron is joining the right-wing rush to religion

Cameron is joining the right-wing rush to religion

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 »

Tags: Christianity, Church & State, Church of England, David Cameron, Morality

No, Mr Blair – for all our sakes, pulpits and parliament must remain separate

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?

Tags: Christianity, Church & State, Tony Blair