Tags: Equality & Human Rights
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Posted: Thu, 06 Sep 2012 by Dr Ronan McCrea
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Posted: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 by David Pollock, President of the European Humanist Federation
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 »
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 »
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 »
Posted: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 by Rick
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Posted: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 by National Secular Society