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Sharia law, apostasy and secularism

Posted: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 by Gita Sahgal

Gita Sahgal argues that opposing religious fundamentalism is not a distraction from 'real' politics - the demands of social justice and civil liberties - but a pre-condition for achieving them. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Secularism

BBC Panorama, “the battle for British Islam” and the nonsense of “peaceful” or “violent” Muslims

Posted: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 by Benjamin Jones

NSS communications officer Benjamin Jones argues that the problem of Islamism is obscured by politicians and others simplistically categorising Muslims as either 'peaceful' or 'violent'.

On 12 January, BBC Panorama featured British Muslims campaigning for a... Read More »

Tags: Islam, Freedom of Expression, Secularism

Charlie Hebdo Editorial: Je Suis Charlie Means Je Suis Secularism

Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 by Admin

This is a translation of the editorial from the first Charlie Hebdo published since the Paris attacks. It is reproduced here in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Islam, Secularism

British media fails the free speech test

Posted: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 by Sadikur Rahman

The British print and media press's response to the Charlie Hebdo attack has involved victim blaming, obfuscation and self-censorship, argues Sadikur Rahman. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Freedom of Expression

NSS statement following Charlie Hebdo attack

Posted: Wed, 07 Jan 2015 by Terry Sanderson

Restrictions on criticising or satirising religion, especially Islam, have hugely increased since Salman Rushdie was burned in effigy and driven into hiding over The Satanic Verses in 1988. That he was reviled and those attempting his murder not even charged... Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression

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

Publish and be damned

Posted: Sun, 09 Feb 2014 by Abhishek Phadnis

The mainstream media's craven refusal to print the Jesus & Mo cartoon seriously undermines the principle of free expression, and will further embolden professional offense takers, argues Abhishek Phadnis. Read More »

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Baroness Warsi and the OIC

Posted: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 by Anne Marie Waters

Baroness Warsi's partnership with the OIC means it is only a matter of time before we are completely silenced in the name of religious freedom, argues Anne Marie Waters Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression

What is the freedom of expression if not the freedom of the heretic who thinks differently?

Posted: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 by Abhishek Phandis

LSE censorship – a first-hand account of what happened last week by Abhishek Phandis. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression

Islamic apostasy laws — a big disgrace in the 21st Century

Posted: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 by Nahla Mahmoud

Nahla Mahmoud argues that authorities, groups and individuals who use apostasy as a weapon to silence others or to justify their existence need to challenged. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Freedom of Expression

Free speech?

Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 by Calum Grant

The controversy arising from Rowan Atkinson's comic relief sketch back in March, in which he poked fun at the newly anointed Archbishop of Canterbury, has this month been cleared of breaking any broadcasting guidelines by Ofcom. However, it is a stark reminder... Read More »

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These imbecilic riots must serve to reinforce our commitment to freedom

Posted: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson

It is estimated that throughout the Muslim world something like just ten to twenty thousand people have taken part in the rampages that have dominated the headlines for a week. Terry Sanderson says these few Islamist extremists must not lead us to to compromise our commitment to the values of democracy and freedom. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Islam

Leave Citizen Khan alone! Po-faced, humourless Muslim protestors are their own worst enemy

Posted: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson says Muslims who are protesting about the new BBC sitcom Citizen Khan should calm down. The sitcom, he argues, has the potential to do a big favour for Muslims in Britain if it is allowed to develop without every episode bringing a flood of complaints from those who take offense. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Islam, Community Cohesion, Multiculturalism, BBC

Springtime for defamation of religion

Posted: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 by Robert C. Blitt

Associate Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee, Robert C. Blitt explains why The US Department of State and numerous human rights organizations are premature in heralding the end of attempts to entrench an international norm prohibiting blasphemy at the United Nations Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Islam, Blasphemy, Defamation of Religion, United Nations

Has the BBC Trust killed vigorous debate about religion on our national broadcaster?

Posted: Wed, 01 Aug 2012 by Terry Sanderson

If you can't even say "hogwash" about religion, then isn't debate is restricted to the point of being impossible? With its decision this week to uphold a complaint against Jeremy Paxman, Terry Sanderson says the BBC Trust has pulled the noose about the neck of free speech a little tighter. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, BBC

It’s time to restore free speech – no-one has the right not to be offended.

Posted: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 by Keith Porteous Wood

Keith Porteous Wood explains why no-one has the right not to be offended, and no-one is entitled to have their feelings protected. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Public Order Act

A message from Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society and Simon Calvert of The Christian Institute

Posted: Wed, 23 May 2012 by Keith Porteous Wood

A week ago we launched Reform Section 5 with a press conference in the House of Commons. The reaction was exactly what we hoped for: within hours everyone was talking about how ridiculous it is to outlaw insults. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression

Advertising watchdog threatens to martyr Archbishop Cranmer all over again

Posted: Mon, 14 May 2012 by National Secular Society

Christian blogger Archbishop Cranmer is under investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority after he reproduced an advertisement from the group "Coalition for Marriage" which is seeking to thwart the Government's plans to legalise same-sex marriage. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Marriage Equality

Sharia Law and Free Speech

Posted: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 by Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters argues that concerns over 'islamophobia' means truth and fair comment is under attack. Read More »

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Bishops, too, are entitled to unpleasant opinions

Posted: Mon, 06 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on why he opposes the efforts of a humanist politician trying to prosecute a Catholic Bishop for hate speech. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Bishops

Misguided liberals are playing us all into the hands of the Islamist tyrants

Posted: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The conflation of religion with race, and Islam with Muslims, is becoming an insidious tool to blackmail and stop people questioning Islamists and their activities – aided by misguided liberals. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Islam

Freedom of expression under threat by violent extremists

Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 by Ann Marie Waters

Ann Marie Waters' account of how her talk on sharia and human rights at Queen Mary College, London was cancelled at the last moment because of an Islamist who made serious threats against everyone there. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression

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