Posted: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 by Benjamin Jones
Islamists are again using the victims of anti-Muslim bigotry to advance their agenda. Once again, a British university has aided this project in a conference on 'Islamophobia' which undermined and demonised ex-Muslims as "McCarthyites".
Many, many Muslims are... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 28 May 2015 by Benjamin Jones
It is tiresomely common to have some Christian leaders describing secularism as intolerant, bigoted, militant or aggressive. At a time when Christians are being met with genuine persecution around the world, Benjamin Jones argues that Christian leaders should prioritise their targets and drop their hysterical language. Read More »
Posted: Thu, 14 May 2015 by Anonymous
Following the recent wave of assassinations targeting atheist and secular writers in Bangladesh, we publish the thoughts of a British secularist of Bangladeshi origin – and his message to their murderers. Read More »
Posted: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 by Benjamin Jones
As huge demographic changes and the rapid increase in the Muslim population reshape religion in the UK, Benjamin Jones makes the case that secularism is the best guarantee of future freedoms for believers and atheists alike.
By 2050, 1-in-9 Britons will be... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 02 Apr 2015 by Benjamin Jones
The bigoted views of Islamists and anti-Muslim demagogues must be challenged, but the term 'Islamophobia' only serves to confuse the issues and shut down debate, argues Benjamin Jones. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 by Sadikur Rahman
25 years after the Rushdie Affair, one month after the atrocities in Paris and days after the attack on a free speech seminar in Copenhagen, Sadikur Rahman looks at what lessons free expression activists and opponents have taken.
Another European city, this... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 by Manfredi La Manna
Manfredi La Manna argues that the response to the Charlie Hebdo murders has exposed unpalatable truths in both the conservative and progressive camps. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Posted: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 by Alastair Lichten
When mainstream politicians endorse the 'Christian Nation' narrative they feed both Muslim and Christian persecution complexes and pander to the far-right, argues Alastair Lichten.
Elements in the current government like to promote the dog whistle message that... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 by Matthew Syed
Moderate believers argue that Isis has misinterpreted the Koran. But no one can determine who is right or wrong, argues Matthew Syed. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 04 Nov 2014 by Safak Pavey
Political Islamism has undermined the Turkish Republic's secular social order, education and legal systems and Western pundits manifestly failed to see this coming, argues Turkish opposition MP, Safak Pavey. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 by Al-Razi
In a recent essay, Karen Armstrong diagnosed the secular impulse as a cause of religious intolerance and extremism. In a robust response, al-Razi says Armstrong's critique of secularism is a form of apologetics for fundamentalism and bigotry. Read More »
Posted: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Those with a vested interest in the continuation of 'faith schools' have started their fight back against the growing number of critics, says Terry Sanderson.
After the furore of the Birmingham Trojan Horse affair, a lot of commentators reached the conclusion... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues we must tread carefully so that our liberal impulses are not exploited and misused by people who are far from liberal. Read More »
Posted: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Two weeks ago the Archbishop of Canterbury was in Monterrey, Mexico where he delivered a sermon to the effect that Anglicanism is standing on a precipice and risks falling into a "ravine of intolerance".
Mr Welby said the Church had to steer a course between,... Read More »
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 »
Posted: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 by Stephen Evans
Earlier this week a ten year old child was shot dead as she walked home through the streets of Cairo on her way home from Bible study.
Jessi Boulus was the latest target of Islamist extremists who have targeted Egypt's Christian minority, holding them partly... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Posted: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 by Maryam Namazie
Maryam Namazie argues that if Channel 4 wants to do something really provocative; it should show Muslims as 21st century human beings and citizens with countless characteristics like everyone else. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Channel 4 has set the cat among the pigeons — as I suspect it intended to do — with its announcement that it will broadcast the Muslim call to prayer every day during the month of Ramadan.
If what the chief of Channel 4 says about the network's... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 by Maryam Namazie
Maryam Namazie argues why we must oppose the far-tight of all varieties, but also the pro-Islamist left and side with universalism, equality for all and secularism, irrespective of beliefs. Read More »
Posted: Fri, 10 May 2013 by Kris Hopkins MP
Kris Hopkins MP argues that if the rights of women are to be protected, the government must ensure that the principle of one law for all is upheld. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 01 May 2013 by Nahla Mahmoud
Following last week's Panorama exposé of Sharia Councils in the UK, Nahla Mahmoud says the question isn't whether these councils discriminate against minorities and citizens from 'different' backgrounds, but whether the government actually cares. Read More »