Tags: Equality & Human Rights
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 »
Posted: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 by Achieng Maureen Akena
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson
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 »
Posted: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 by Louise Finer
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 »
Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson
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 »
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 »
Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »