Tags: Council Prayers

Seven secularist steps that would strengthen democracy in the UK

Posted: Wed, 04 Jul 2018 by Megan Manson

In recognition of National Democracy Week 2018, Megan Manson reflects on what still needs to be changed to make the UK a truly democratic, secular state. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Secularism, Church of England, Faith Schools, Council prayers, Head of state, One law for all, Freedom of Expression

Religious Right supports state backed prayers, until they’re Islamic

Posted: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 by Paul Lusk

Claims of ecumenicalism and pluralism are often used to smuggle exclusively Christian privilege into public institutions. Christian secularist Paul Lusk asks what we should do about that. Read More »

Tags: Council Prayers, Islam, Christianity, Religious Right

Council prayers: none so deaf as those that will not hear

Posted: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 by Alastair Lichten

Those who regard the imposition of religious values and practices in secular spaces as benign should be more aware of their privilege, argues Alastair Lichten.

You may regret clicking this link. If you did you may well have heard 10 seconds of silence. The... Read More »

Tags: Council Prayers, Religious privilege

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

Grievous nonsense

Posted: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 by Terry Sanderson

The narrative that Christians are somehow persecuted in the UK – which the Daily Telegraph and former Attorney General Dominic Grieve were happy to promote this week – is a dishonest appeal for privilege, argues NSS president Terry Sanderson.

To... Read More »

Tags: 'Militant' secularism, Council Prayers

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

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

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

Religious people should recognise that secularism benefits them, too

Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 by Mary Draycott

The UK is a diverse society; a secular political system allows us all to develop equally in peace and fairness. Read More »

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

Prime Minister’s dissembling, hypocritical and disingenuous speech to religious leaders

Posted: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, gave an Easter reception for Christian leaders at Downing Street this week at which he delivered an unctuous speech of such disingenuousness and hypocrisy that it almost takes the breath away. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Equality & Human Rights, Church of England, Council Prayers, 'Militant' secularism, Big Society

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. Read More »

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

Council prayer case will bring much abuse on to the head of the NSS

Posted: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

As we contemplate the implications of the High Court decision that the saying of prayers as part of local council business is illegal, the National Secular Society is bracing for an absolute torrent of abuse, exaggeration, misrepresentation and hysteria from conservative sources. Read More »

Tags: Council Prayers

Why Trevor Phillips owes the NSS an apology

Posted: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 by National Secular Society

Last week, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Trevor Phillips, wrote an article in the Sunday Times in which he expressed concern about the way in which the Human Rights Act is being abused and, as he put it, "used in ways which any reasonable person would describe as thoroughly bonkers". Read More »

Tags: Council Prayers, Equality & Human Rights, Trevor Phillips

A predictable reaction to council prayer challenge

Posted: Fri, 09 Dec 2011 by Terry Sanderson

NSS President, Terry Sanderson, reflects on the hostile reaction from commentators to our challenge to prayers during council meetings. Read More »

Tags: Council Prayers