Tags: Equality & Human Rights

NSS President's speech to Secular Europe rally

NSS President's speech to Secular Europe rally

Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 by National Secular Society

Terry Sanderson's speech to the Secular Europe Rally

London, 15 September 2012

If you've seen the newspapers this morning or the TV news, you won't need me to make the case for secularism.

I have to admit, though, that neither secularism nor anything else could... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

Oppose the Russian resolution on “traditional values” at Human Rights Council

Oppose the Russian resolution on “traditional values” at Human Rights Council

Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 by European Women's Lobby

At the current session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Russia has tabled a resolution seeking to promote "traditional values" as a basis for human rights. Numerous UN experts have emphasised that traditional values are frequently invoked by States... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights

Are parliament’s theocrats about to have their day?

Are parliament’s theocrats about to have their day?

Posted: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson

When the Conservative-led coalition Government came to power at the last election we braced ourselves for a raised profile for religion in matters of state.

What transpired, though, were several confrontations between religious groups and Mr Cameron's "modernising"... Read More »

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

Discriminatory acts have a moral significance

Discriminatory acts have a moral significance

Posted: Thu, 06 Sep 2012 by Dr Ronan McCrea

Joshua Rozenberg's piece on the issue of conscience exemptions from anti-discrimination legislation argues that no legitimate aim has been identified for requiring individuals to provide a service in violation of their religious convictions in circumstances... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, ECtHR, Discrimination

Here’s hoping the European Court can bring an end to this campaign of distortion over religious discrimination

Here’s hoping the European Court can bring an end to this campaign of distortion over religious discrimination

Posted: Tue, 04 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson

In providing one of the few "dissenting voices" in the media discussion of the cases of supposed religious discrimination being heard in the European Court of Human Rights, the most astonishing thing I've noticed has been the success of the propaganda campaign... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, ECtHR, 'Christianophobia'

Religious beliefs should be respected - when rights are not impeded

Religious beliefs should be respected - when rights are not impeded

Posted: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 by Joshua Rozenberg

By Joshua Rozenberg

Next week, the European Court of Human Rights will hear four claims against the UK that raise perhaps the most sensitive rights of all: the freedom of thought, conscience and religion guaranteed by article 9 of the European Convention on... Read More »

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

Gay marriage promised in Scotland – but Church wrangles concessions in schools

Gay marriage promised in Scotland – but Church wrangles concessions in schools

Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 by Alistair McBay

So, after one of the largest responses to a consultation ever recorded, the Scottish Government has announced that it intends to legislate to allow same sex marriage.

Aside from recognising the huge significance in this for a long oppressed section of the community,... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality, Faith Schools

Why the Church must not win in this confrontation with the state

Why the Church must not win in this confrontation with the state

Posted: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Church of England has thrown down the gauntlet to the Government over the issue of gay marriage.

The message is clear: "do as we say or there will be dire consequences."

Their response to the Government consultation on its intention to legalise civil marriages... Read More »

Tags: Church of England, Equality & Human Rights, Church & State, Marriage Equality, Obama

The battle against gay marriage causes deep divisions in politics and religion

The battle against gay marriage causes deep divisions in politics and religion

Posted: Wed, 02 May 2012 by Tessa Kendall

The Pope's representative in Britain has urged Roman Catholic leaders to form a united front with their Muslim and Jewish counterparts in his Church's latest attempt to prevent gay marriage.

The Catholic Church's position is causing ever-deeper rifts among... Read More »

Tags: Marriage Equality, Equality & Human Rights

American Religious Right advances in Europe

American Religious Right advances in Europe

Posted: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 by David Pollock, President of the European Humanist Federation

The American religious right continues its advance into Europe. Our representative at the Fundamental Rights Agency Hans Christian Cars reports that Roger Kiska, Senior Legal Counsel at the Alliance Defence Fund, is based in Europe and disturbingly has been... Read More »

Tags: Europe, Equality & Human Rights

Easter sermons: self-serving and dishonest

Easter sermons: self-serving and dishonest

Posted: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson

It's a Bank Holiday, half the staff in the newsroom are on leave, but news editors still have to somehow fill their papers and their broadcast bulletins. What easier way to do it than to draw on the ready-made Easter sermons of various bishops and Cardinals... Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools, Equality & Human Rights, Education

Prime Minister’s dissembling, hypocritical and disingenuous speech to religious leaders

Prime Minister’s dissembling, hypocritical and disingenuous speech to religious leaders

Posted: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, gave an Easter reception for Christian leaders at Downing Street this week at which he delivered an unctuous speech of such disingenuousness and hypocrisy that it almost takes the breath away.

He starts by saying he welcomes... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Equality & Human Rights, Church of England, Council Prayers, 'Militant' secularism, Big Society

Without a pack of lies to back them up, Christian claims of persecution fall flat on their face

Without a pack of lies to back them up, Christian claims of persecution fall flat on their face

Posted: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The old adage "never believe what you read in the newspapers" has never been as apposite as it has been over the past week.

The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail have surpassed themselves with headlines about the wearing of Christian crosses at work.

The Mail... Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Church & State, Equality & Human Rights

Red tape is OK for Christians, it seems

Red tape is OK for Christians, it seems

Posted: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 by Rick

According to several news sites around the world, the British government is about to ban the wearing of crosses at work. Even the Scotsman, which I usually think of as a serious newspaper, screamed "Outrage at move towards banning Christian crosses from workplace".... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Workplace

Without a pack of lies to back them up, Christian claims of persecution fall flat on their face

Without a pack of lies to back them up, Christian claims of persecution fall flat on their face

Posted: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The old adage "never believe what you read in the newspapers" has never been so apposite as it has been over the past couple of days.

The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail have surpassed themselves with headlines about the wearing of Christian crosses at work.... Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Equality & Human Rights

Confrontation over gay marriage could change the relationship between religion and the state

Confrontation over gay marriage could change the relationship between religion and the state

Posted: Wed, 07 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

It's happening all around the world. An increasingly politicised Catholic Church is manufacturing confrontations with governments in an effort to increase its influence and revitalise its dwindling flocks.

It is clear from what the Pope has been saying over... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality

Homophobia and the rise of Britain’s religious right

Homophobia and the rise of Britain’s religious right

Posted: Wed, 07 Mar 2012 by Adrian Tippetts

With the blaze of publicity at its launch, smooth-talking media spokespeople and petition raising efforts, the campaign against marriage equality by the Coalition For Marriage has been executed with the kind of coordination, discipline and creativity that... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality, Conversion Therapy

Sentamu's shot at gay marriage is only the first salvo in a bitter battle to come

Sentamu's shot at gay marriage is only the first salvo in a bitter battle to come

Posted: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has warned the government that if it tries to legalise gay marriage, it will face a huge onslaught from religious bodies.

These are not empty words. The Church of England and the Catholic Church are already in talks to... Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Church & State, Church of England, Equality & Human Rights, Catholic Church

Establishment and the gay bishop

Establishment and the gay bishop

Posted: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Geoffrey John, the clergyman at the heart of the gay bishops row, is threatening to take the Church of England to court if it continually refuses to make him a bishop.

It isn't clear what law he would sue under. Certainly not the Equality Act, which specifically... Read More »

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

Why Trevor Phillips owes the NSS an apology

Why Trevor Phillips owes the NSS an apology

Posted: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 by National Secular Society

Last week, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Trevor Phillips, wrote an article in the Sunday Times in which he expressed concern about the way in which the Human Rights Act is being abused and, as he put it, "used in ways which any... Read More »

Tags: Council Prayers, Equality & Human Rights, Trevor Phillips