Tags: Democracy

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The ugly Batley and Spen campaign showed the risks of indulging religious identity politics

Posted: Fri, 02 Jul 2021 by Chris Sloggett

Voters and politicians who value social cohesion and basic democratic principles should reject the trend of pandering to religious tribalism, says Chris Sloggett. Read More »

Tags: Democracy, Freedom of Expression

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Election 2019: Secularism and the parties of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2019 by Megan Manson

Megan Manson continues our election analysis of parties' policies on secularist issues. This time she examines the policies of the major parties of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Read More »

Tags: Democracy, Election, Equality & Human Rights, Freedom of Expression, House of Lords, Reproductive Rights

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Election 2019: Where do the major parties stand on secularist issues?

Posted: Thu, 28 Nov 2019 by Megan Manson

Megan Manson studies the election manifestos for the main UK-wide parties – and says religion will continue to be a dividing force in UK politics during the next parliament.

Earlier this month the National Secular Society launched a 'secularist manifesto'... Read More »

Tags: Circumcision, Democracy, Education, Election, Equality & Human Rights, Extremism, FGM, Forced marriage, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of religion or belief, House of Lords, Marriage, Public Services, RSE, Religious Slaughter, Reproductive Rights


Don’t let religious sectarianism tear our democracy apart

Posted: Thu, 14 Nov 2019 by Chris Sloggett

Chris Sloggett says the major parties in the current election campaign are indulging Britain's division into religious tribes – and we should urgently ask how we can move past this. Read More »

Tags: Democracy, Election, Freedom of Expression

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Don’t take lessons on democracy from Church of England bishops

Posted: Fri, 04 Oct 2019 by Chris Sloggett

The bishop of London has lamented the state of British democracy while delivering a sermon at the annual judges' service. Perhaps someone should point out the undemocratic nature of her own position, says Chris Sloggett. Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, Democracy, Law

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Sudan deserves a secular democracy

Posted: Wed, 06 Mar 2019 by Nahla Mahmoud

As protesters demand the end of Sudan's Islamist regime, Nahla Mahmoud says a secular democracy is the only way to protect the rights of the Sudanese people. Read More »

Tags: Democracy, Islamism

Peterloo’s heroes represented the finest traditions of secular democracy

Peterloo’s heroes represented the finest traditions of secular democracy

Posted: Fri, 23 Nov 2018 by Bob Forder

The film Peterloo is a reminder of the close links between the campaign for church-state separation and the push for a truly democratic society in the 19th century and beyond, writes Bob Forder.

Mike Leigh's keenly anticipated, ambitious and long film, Peterloo... Read More »

Tags: Democracy, History, Secularism