Tags: Discrimination

UNESCO: Putting religious privilege above gender equality

Posted: Wed, 11 Oct 2017 by Megan Manson

UNESCO says gender equality is one of its top priorities. But Megan Manson says it is protecting misogynistic attitudes by awarding World Heritage Status to religious sites that practise sexual discrimination. Read More »

Tags: Gender Equality, United Nations, Discrimination

Scottish care provider’s decision to drop faith test should prompt a rethink over equality exceptions

Posted: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 by Stephen Evans

When religious organisations are delivering state-funded public services they should neither discriminate nor proselytize – argues Stephen Evans, looking at the case of CrossReach and its implications.

The decision of The Church of Scotland this week... Read More »

Tags: Public Services, Discrimination

The Christian “fired for praying at work” – here’s the other side of the story

Posted: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 by Terry Sanderson

The British media unquestioningly promulgates the false narrative of Christians being discriminated against in the workplace. Terry Sanderson looks at the latest case involving a Christian disciplined for subjecting a subordinate to unwanted and intrusive... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Discrimination, Healthcare

The Christian Legal Centre makes another attempt to gain privileges for Christians in the workplace

Posted: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 by Terry Sanderson

The Christian Legal Centre's latest 'discrimination' claim follows a familiar pattern – but its use of dissembling tactics shouldn't be permitted to manipulate a change in equality laws, argues Terry Sanderson.

So, here we go again. Another evangelical... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Discrimination, Workplace

Britain First – foot soldiers of a ‘Christian Nation’?

Posted: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 by Alastair Lichten

When mainstream politicians endorse the 'Christian Nation' narrative they feed both Muslim and Christian persecution complexes and pander to the far-right, argues Alastair Lichten.

Elements in the current government like to promote the dog whistle message that... Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Islam, Community Cohesion, Discrimination, Multiculturalism

Teachers shouldn’t be the victims of religious discrimination

Posted: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 by Stephen Evans

A Catholic diocese has made clear its intention to replace a headteacher, drafted in to save a failing school, because he isn't Roman Catholic. Stephen Evans argues that such discrimination would be totally unacceptable in almost all other areas of public life. Read More »

Tags: Discrimination, Faith Schools

Will the Equality Act be battered into submitting to religious exemptions?

Posted: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Misleading reporting of individual cases and calls for "conscience clauses" feed into a false narrative of Christian persecution aimed at undermining the Equality Act, argues Terry Sanderson.

Recently the vice president of the UK Supreme Court, Baroness Hale,... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Discrimination

Terry Sanderson’s speech to the Religious Freedom Conference, Chatham

Posted: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson

On 21 June 2014, NSS President Terry Sanderson spoke at the Chatham Unitarian Church, about the importance of equalities protections and secularism to religious freedom. This is a transcript of his speech.

The first problem I have is with a definition of "religious... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Freedom of Expression, Discrimination

A “religious ethos” is not why faith schools succeed – it’s selection that does it

Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Rather than a faith-based ethos, Terry Sanderson argues that it's selection that allows faith schools to outperform other schools – and calls for fairer admissions policies to ensure a level playing field for all.

The headline in the Coventry Telegraph... Read More »

Tags: Education, Discrimination, Faith Schools

Job applications should not be a matter of faith

Posted: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 by A Teacher

A teacher's perspective on why faith schools should not be able to select staff and students based on their religion. Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools, Education, Discrimination

Woking: equal treatment vs. religious privilege

Posted: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 by Stephen Evans

This week, The National Secular Society launched legal action against Woking Borough Council over its policy of offering free parking to worshippers, while charging others.

Woking Borough Council, like Bideford Town Council before it, has come out fighting.... Read More »

Tags: Parking, Discrimination

Christian activists just won’t let it go

Posted: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Numerous cases have been brought to British courts to try to prove Christians are being discriminated in the workplace, and all of them have failed. They have been to tribunals, Crown Courts, High Courts, Appeal Courts, the Supreme Court and then the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Read More »

Tags: 'Christianophobia', Discrimination, Workplace

Employers must justify requiring Christians to work on a Sunday (and why that wasn’t the headline in the Telegraph)

Posted: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 by Darren Newman

Excellent commentary form employment law specialist Darren Newman on the discrimination case involving a devout Christian who refused to work on Sundays. Read More »

Tags: Law, 'Christianophobia', Discrimination, Workplace

Are parliament’s theocrats about to have their day?

Posted: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Has the recent reshuffle appeased the religious lobby and are parliament's theocrats about to have their day? Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality, 'Militant' secularism, Community Cohesion, Discrimination

Discriminatory acts have a moral significance

Posted: Thu, 06 Sep 2012 by Dr Ronan McCrea

In this response to Joshua Rozenberg's piece on conscience exemptions from anti-discrimination legislation, Human rights barrister Dr Ronan McCrea argues that discriminatory acts have a moral significance beyond the deprivation of the relevant service. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, ECtHR, Discrimination

Religious beliefs should be respected - when rights are not impeded

Posted: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 by Joshua Rozenberg

Legal expert Joshua Rozenberg on the employment cases due to be heard at the European Court of Human Rights next week, after all four applicants ailed to convince UK courts that they had suffered religious discrimination. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Discrimination, Religious Symbols, Law

The myth of the Nadia Eweida case gets another dishonest outing

Posted: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Anyone who has read the Eweida court and tribunal judgments and followed the case thoroughly (rather than basing our knowledge on the skewed and one-sided reports in the Daily Mail) knows that Nadia Eweida is not an innocent victim of religious prejudice. She is a determined activist who has bullied British Airways into giving her everything she wanted. Read More »

Tags: Discrimination, 'Christianophobia', Religious Symbols

Are some Christian politicians deliberately trying to mislead us – or are they just ignorant of the facts?

Posted: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The myth that there is a ban on crucifixes or crosses in the workplace is now so deeply embedded in the national consciousness that even MPs think that such a ban exists. Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Discrimination, Christianophobia

Persecuted Christian story follows familiar pattern of newspaper distortion

Posted: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

A familiar pattern emerged this week in the latest "Christians are being persecuted at work" case to reach an employment tribunal. Read More »

Tags: Christianity, 'Christianophobia', Discrimination