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 »
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.
Posted: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 by Terry Sanderson
The Christian Legal Centre's latest claim that one of its clients had suffered religious discrimination at work has been rejected by an employment tribunal in East London.
This is how the tribunal judgment then describes what happened:
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.
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.
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 »
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.
And we saw a classic example in the Daily Telegraph on Sunday.
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »