Tags: Equality & Human Rights

Principles of secularism and equality must be defended

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

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.

Earlier on open Global Rights, Indian journalist Parsa Rao argued that... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Africa

Kerry County Council crucifix a challenge to religious diversity

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.

The decision to erect a crucifix in Kerry County... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Equality & Human Rights, Council Prayers

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

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

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

The debate over David Cameron’s call to Christianity has taken a wrong turn

The debate over David Cameron’s call to Christianity has taken a wrong turn

Posted: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues that the debate over David Cameron's assertions that the UK is a "Christian Nation" has led away from the important question of whether it should be.

The controversy over David Cameron's Christian chauvinism and the reaction it has prompted... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Equality & Human Rights, Church of England, Public Services, David Cameron

Religion as a human rights liability

Religion as a human rights liability

Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 by Nida Kirmani

While human rights movements must engage people of all religions and none, Nida Kirmani argues that explicitly linking religion to human rights can lead to the exclusion and persecution of minority groups and undermine human rights' claims to universality.... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Religion & Belief, Gender Equality

Secular values, not religion, make us a tolerant society

Secular values, not religion, make us a tolerant society

Posted: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 by Oliver Kamm

When trying to reach reasoned and compassionate judgments, religion is frequently a source of confusion rather than light, argues Oliver Kamm.

The secular mind is better equipped than religion to reach reasoned and compassionate judgments. That was the argument... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Secularism

Fundamentalist Christians seek to use Council of Europe to entrench religious privilege

Fundamentalist Christians seek to use Council of Europe to entrench religious privilege

Posted: Tue, 25 Feb 2014 by European Humanist Federation

A new report from the Council of Europe which uses anti-discrimination rhetoric to justify discrimination and obscurantism, poses a potential threat to democracy and secularism in Europe, argues the European Humanist Federation.

In January, Mr Valeriu Ghiletchi... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Europe

Secularism seeks to balance everyone’s religious freedoms fairly. Why would anyone oppose that?

Secularism seeks to balance everyone’s religious freedoms fairly. Why would anyone oppose that?

Posted: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 by Stephen Evans

Despite the claims of its critics, secularism protects the freedom of conscience for all citizens, and welcomes believers and non-believers into the public square on equal terms, argues Stephen Evans.

As the old idiom goes, throw enough mud and some of it will... Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief, Secularism, Equality & Human Rights

Chaos in the workplace will follow if this case succeeds

Chaos in the workplace will follow if this case succeeds

Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 by Terry Sanderson

If an employer can reasonably accommodate religious requests without disrupting their business or disadvantaging their other staff, we have no objection. But if they can't, then employers should have the right to say "no" argues Terry Sanderson.

Just when you... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Workplace

Human rights are for humans, not for ideologies

Human rights are for humans, not for ideologies

Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

A Jewish man has won an employment tribunal case for racial and religious discrimination after his employer made derogatory remarks about "Yids" and suggested that he would like to lock up and gas Jews.

Darren Feldman was bullied and abused by his manager because... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Religion & Belief

Multiculturalism and Cultural Relativism

Multiculturalism and Cultural Relativism

Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 by Maryam Namazie

The Pro-Islamist Left relies on multiculturalism (not as a positive lived experience but as a social policy and political point of view) to deny the existence of dissent by pigeonholing innumerable individuals with innumerable characteristics into one imagined... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Islam

Conscientious objection in Scotland: a worrying precedent

Conscientious objection in Scotland: a worrying precedent

Posted: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 by Louise Finer

With NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde seeking to appeal the ruling for the allowance of conscientious exemption from abortion procedures, Louise Finer of Reproductive Health Matters argues that judges must not forget the rights of women – to health, autonomy,... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Equality & Human Rights, Abortion and Contraception

You can’t do that – it’s against my religion

You can’t do that – it’s against my religion

Posted: Fri, 31 May 2013 by Margot Fernandez

As the Same-Sex Marriage Bill reaches the House of Lords, Margot Fernandez writes about the American experience of religion trying to dictate the law.

"You can't get married – it's against my religion!"

That's pretty much a summary of the arguments against... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality, USA

Britain’s feeble religious right learns no lessons from its debacle at the European Court

Britain’s feeble religious right learns no lessons from its debacle at the European Court

Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

We sincerely hope that the rejection by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights of the supposed "religious discrimination" cases will finally draw a line under the matter.

Reacting to the decision, Michael Powner, head of employment at Charles... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Church of England, ECtHR

We need answers to the doubts and distrust raised by the call for sharia law

We need answers to the doubts and distrust raised by the call for sharia law

Posted: Fri, 10 May 2013 by Kris Hopkins MP

We have the privilege of living in a free society, in which the rights of the individual are not determined by their gender.

We live in an open, tolerant country, which rightly welcomes people's different faiths and religious beliefs and is diverse and benefits... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Islam, Sharia, Religious Law

Where there is state religion, there is less freedom

Where there is state religion, there is less freedom

Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 by Elizabeth O'Casey

In a recent paper, "State Religion and Freedom: A Comparative Analysis", published by the Religion and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, Professor Steven Kettell discusses the findings of his comparative analysis on the relationship... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Freedom, Equality & Human Rights, reviews, Statistics

Edward Leigh’s Bill to put religious conscience opt-out into Equality Act is doomed

Edward Leigh’s Bill to put religious conscience opt-out into Equality Act is doomed

Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood

By Keith Porteous Wood, executive director of the National Secular Society

A ten-minute rule Bill — the Equality (Marriage) (Amendment) Bill — was introduced in the House of Commons on 29 January 2013. Its aim is to amend the Equality Act to add... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality, LGBTQ rights

Icelandic Parliament passes life stance equality law

Icelandic Parliament passes life stance equality law

Posted: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 by Hope Knutsson

By Hope Knutsson, President of Sidmennt

The Icelandic Parliament (Althing) this week passed a law which gives secular life stance organisations the right to apply for equal legal status with religions. The new law amends the current law about registered religious... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

Roundup of reactions to this week’s Euro Court rulings

Roundup of reactions to this week’s Euro Court rulings

Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 by Terry Sanderson

By Terry Sanderson

This week's European Court of Human Rights judgements on the so-called "religious discrimination" cases have brought to a head the long-running battle being fought by evangelical Christians to give their faith special recognition and special... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, ECtHR

“Religious discrimination” cases – the European Court’s judgements change very little

“Religious discrimination” cases – the European Court’s judgements change very little

Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 by Ronan McCrea

Ronan McCrea, a barrister who helped prepare the National Secular Society's intervention, explains why this week's ECHR ruling does very little to change the rights of believers in the workplace.

The recent judgement of the European Court of Human Rights in... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, ECtHR, Religious Symbols

Why won’t the Government get serious about caste discrimination?

Why won’t the Government get serious about caste discrimination?

Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 by Stephen Evans

When the Equality Act was passed by parliament in 2010, it was hailed as a piece of landmark harmonising anti-discrimination legislation that embraced new discrimination strands and strengthened existing ones. One discrimination strand that didn't quite make... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Caste

The Malala Effect

The Malala Effect

Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 by

Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November).

"Ensuring women's and girls' rights, eliminating discrimination and achieving gender equality... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Gender Equality

Stonewall is right – the Cardinal is a bigot

Stonewall is right – the Cardinal is a bigot

Posted: Fri, 02 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson

By Terry Sanderson, NSS President

The LGBT rights group Stonewall is under mounting attack for nominating Cardinal Keith O'Brien as "Bigot of the Year" at its awards ceremony this week.

Politicians – such as Alec Salmond – who are petrified of upsetting... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Catholic Church, Marriage Equality, LGBTQ rights