Tags: Equality & Human Rights

Section 28 was a shameful piece of legislation prompted by fake news

Posted: Wed, 23 May 2018 by Terry Sanderson

Thirty years after the government banned local authorities from 'promoting' homosexuality, Terry Sanderson reflects on the hysteria that prompted Section 28, the fear it caused and the backing religious fanatics gave it. Read More »

Tags: LGBTQ rights, Equality & Human Rights

The Christian ‘legal army’ in hundreds of court battles worldwide

Posted: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 by Claire Provost & Ella Milburn

Women's rights advocates say the US legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom is "exporting extreme ideologies worldwide" against sexual and reproductive rights. Claire Provost and Ella Milburn investigate. Read More »

Tags: Gender Equality, Equality & Human Rights, Christianity

The greater the religious fervency, the greater the homophobia

Posted: Fri, 07 Jul 2017 by Keith Porteous Wood

On Pride weekend, NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood highlights the interconnectedness between the fight for secularism and equality for LGBTQ people.

Homosexuality, or at least homosexual activity, especially by men, has been a long-standing subject... Read More »

Tags: LGBTQ rights, Equality & Human Rights

Caste discrimination: Fear of upsetting religious groups must not impede social justice

Posted: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 by Stephen Evans

Caste discrimination is the latest area where misplaced sensitivity could allow deference to religion to trump social justice, argues Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Caste, Equality & Human Rights

The human rights of women and secularism go hand in hand

Posted: Wed, 08 Mar 2017 by Alastair Lichten

On International Women's Day 2017 NSS campaigns officer Alastair Lichten reflects on the intersection of gender and religious privilege, and what the secularist movement can learn from IWD.

The theocratic mindset has always had a particular obsession with policing... Read More »

Tags: Gender Equality, Equality & Human Rights, Secularism

Why the Ashers Bakery 'gay cake' ruling was reasonable

Posted: Tue, 01 Nov 2016 by Stephen Evans

Despite the hyperbole, the decision in the Ashers Baker case is both reasonable and straightforward, opening the door neither to a denigration of religious freedom or equality laws. Had the case gone the other way it would have undermined both, argues Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Northern Ireland, LGBTQ rights, Equality & Human Rights

Had the Ashers ‘gay cake’ ruling gone the other way it would have seriously undermined equality law

Posted: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 by National Secular Society

Despite the outcry following this week's Ashers 'gay cake' ruling, Northern Ireland's Court of Appeal delivered a clear and logical judgment. Read More »

Tags: Ashers, Equality & Human Rights

Church and State united in denying religious freedom to young people

Posted: Tue, 05 Jul 2016 by Keith Porteous Wood

NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood writes on the union between church and state that is denying freedom of religion to young people – in defiance of the United Nations and human rights.

The UN recently recommended that the UK "repeal legal provisions... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Equality & Human Rights, Collective Worship, United Nations

The gay community should recognise and oppose its chief oppressor

Posted: Tue, 17 May 2016 by Terry Sanderson

While people of all faiths and none have campaigned for and against LGBTQ rights, the merger of religious and state power has always been the greatest threat to LGBTQ rights around the world and turns bigotry into discrimination, argues NSS president Terry Sanderson. Read More »

Tags: LGBTQ rights, Equality & Human Rights, Hindu Nationalism, Islamism, Christian Right, History

Gender segregation: breaking the law to appease Islamism

Posted: Mon, 21 Mar 2016 by Chris Moos

The LSE and their Students' Union need to stop breaking equality legislation that is designed to protect students, and start listening to the Muslim women challenging gender segregation, argues Chris Moos. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Universities, Gender Equality

Do we need ‘religious approaches’ to Human Rights?

Posted: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 by Keith Porteous Wood

Keith Porteous Wood offers a critical review of a new book that claims Human Rights owe their existence to religion – when the greatest modern threat to Human Rights comes from organised religion.

A book on 'Religious approaches to Human Rights' has just... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

Publicly funded services shouldn't be a platform to proselytise

Posted: Fri, 06 Nov 2015 by Stephen Evans

Any attempt to give faith-based organisations more room to discuss religion when running public services risks making their services less inclusive. Besides, public money shouldn't be funding evangelism, argues Stephen Evans.

A new report from the Christian... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Public Services

The unreasonableness of ‘reasonable accommodation’

Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2015 by Stephen Evans

Calls to introduce a new workplace duty of 'reasonable accommodation' for religion and belief are a flawed solution to a problem that doesn't really exist, argues Stephen Evans.

The UK has some of the most comprehensive anti-discrimination laws in the world.... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

Time for Christians of goodwill to say “Not In My Name”

Posted: Tue, 26 May 2015 by Terry Sanderson

Most Christians don't feel the need to be exempt from equality legislation in order to live their lives in accordance with their religious beliefs. Terry Sanderson says it's time they spoke out against those that do. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Ashers

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

There is no widespread discrimination against Christians in the workplace

Posted: Fri, 13 Mar 2015 by Terry Sanderson

NSS president Terry Sanderson challenges the notion that Christians are widely discriminated against in the workplace, and calls for fairness, justice and common sense.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published the results of its research... Read More »

Tags: Christianity, 'Christianophobia', Equality & Human Rights, Workplace

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

The rise of political Islam in Turkey: how the West got it wrong

Posted: Tue, 04 Nov 2014 by Safak Pavey

Political Islamism has undermined the Turkish Republic's secular social order, education and legal systems and Western pundits manifestly failed to see this coming, argues Turkish opposition MP, Safak Pavey. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Islam, Sharia, Turkey, Events

‘Shariafication by stealth’ in the UK

Posted: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 by Pragna Patel

The state's adoption of 'faith based' approaches to address minority issues are increasingly marginalising women from minority backgrounds and denying them the right to participate in the wider political community as equal citizens, argues Pragna Patel. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Gender Equality, Sharia, Events, Religiousity policing

Conquering fear with hope: Secularism 2014

Posted: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 by Gita Sahgal

Ahead of this weekend's conference on the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights, Gita Sahgal highlights the importance and bravery of secular activism in the Global South. Read More »

Tags: Gender Equality, Events, Equality & Human Rights

Apostasy and blasphemy laws: an affront to human rights

Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 by Alastair Lichten

Iran's execution of Mohsen Amir-Aslani on apostasy charges illustrates the injustices caused by such laws in the Middle East and around the world, argues Alastair Lichten.

This week, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran... Read More »

Tags: Blasphemy, Equality & Human Rights, Pakistan, Ireland, Iran, Saudi Arabia

25 years: women working against fundamentalism in the UK

Posted: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 by Nira Yuval-Davis and Sukhwant DhaliwalI

An interview with Nira Yuval-Davis and Sukhwant Dhaliwal, co-editors of the new book telling the story of Women Against Fundamentalism, set up in 1989 by women of many faiths and none to work at the interface of feminism and anti-racism. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Gender Equality, Community Cohesion, History

Secularism, today, now

Posted: Thu, 04 Sep 2014 by Marieme Helie Lucas

Ahead of an historic conference on the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights in London this October, Algerian secularist, Marieme Helie Lucas calls on secularists everywhere to mobilise to counter the rise of the Religious-Right – and to urge the elements of the left that support them to reconsider their stance. Read More »

Tags: Events, Equality & Human Rights

Principles of secularism and equality must be defended

Posted: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 by Stephen Evans

Attempts to erode equality and undermine secularist principles must be challenged, argues Stephen Evans.

Those seeking to preserve or carve out additional privileges for Christianity in the UK appear buoyed by news that the Equality and Human Rights Commission... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Equality & Human Rights

Don’t merge human rights with religion, even in Africa

Posted: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 by Achieng Maureen Akena

Political religion, particularly that exported from the US, is impeding the struggle for universal human rights in Africa and the two must be kept separate, argues Achieng Maureen Akena. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Africa