Tags: Islam

Anti-Muslim bigotry and the problem, with ‘Islamophobia’

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 »

Tags: Islam, Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Freedom of Expression, Sectarianism, Universities

Christian leaders need to prioritise their targets

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 »

Tags: Church & State, Islam, 'Militant' secularism

You can never kill ideas: an anonymous blogger on the deaths of secularists in Bangladesh

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 »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Islam

Secularism in 2050: huge changes in population make a secular UK even more urgent

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 »

Tags: Islam, Church & State, Christianity, Multiculturalism, Statistics

Why we should stop saying ‘Islamophobia’

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 »

Tags: Islam, Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Freedom of Expression

Charlie Hebdo: a perspective one month on

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 »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Islam

A duty to mock

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 »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Islam

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

Britain First – foot soldiers of a ‘Christian Nation’?

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 »

Tags: Christianity, Islam, Community Cohesion, Discrimination, Multiculturalism

Who are the true Muslims – all or none?

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 »

Tags: Islam, Islamism, Tony Blair, ISIS

The rise of political Islam in Turkey: how the West got it wrong

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 »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Islam, Sharia, Turkey, Events

Secularism and religious intolerance - an Ex-Muslim perspective on Karen Armstrong's essay

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 »

Tags: Secularism, Ex-Muslim, Islam

It’s not only Islamists who have Trojan Horses

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 »

Tags: Education, Islam, Church of England, Faith Schools

We are all at the mercy of the activists who are driving these veil confrontations

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 »

Tags: Islam, Niqab

On homophobia and racism

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 »

Tags: Marriage Equality, Islam

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

Egyptians are in urgent need of the protection secularism can offer

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 »

Tags: Egypt, Middle East, Islam

Public perceptions and reality - have we got it wrong?

Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

An Ipsos-Mori poll for the Royal Statistical Society tried to measure what people's perception of issues were as opposed to the reality (according to the official figures).

On religion, the survey found that people vastly overestimated the number of Muslims... Read More »

Tags: statistics, Islam, Christianity

Channel 4’s call to prayer during Ramadan is more of the same old, same old

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 »

Tags: Islam, Religious Observance

Three cheers for Channel 4 for trying to move Muslims into the mainstream

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 »

Tags: Islam, Religion & Belief

Multiculturalism and Cultural Relativism

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 »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Islam

We need answers to the doubts and distrust raised by the call for sharia law

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 »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Islam, Sharia, Religious Law

Sharia councils: unjust, unequal and consequence of failed integration policies

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 »

Tags: Islam, Sharia, BBC, Campaigns