Tags: Opinion Out Loud

Beware the government’s “new normal” of faith-based public services

Beware the government’s “new normal” of faith-based public services

Posted: Thu, 23 Sep 2021 by Megan Manson

A new government fund exclusively for faith groups threatens to embed religious privilege into public services, warns Megan Manson. Read More »

Tags: Opinion Out Loud, Public services

Schools should be liberated from the compulsion of worship

Schools should be liberated from the compulsion of worship

Posted: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 by Stephen Evans

As a bill to reform collective worship progresses in parliament, Stephen Evans argues that the time has come for lawmakers to recognise that laws mandating worship have no place in modern Britain. Read More »

Tags: Collective worship, Opinion Out Loud

Schools aren’t there to save the church

Schools aren’t there to save the church

Posted: Thu, 22 Jul 2021 by Stephen Evans

The Church of England's new evangelical missional strategy should lead us to question its entitlement to proselytise in schools, argues Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Collective Worship, Education, Evangelism, Faith schools, Opinion Out Loud, Religious education

Holding hands over Bible

Helping the public shouldn’t mean pushing religion on people

Posted: Mon, 12 Jul 2021 by Megan Manson

A parliamentary group has removed provisions in its 'faith covenant' that prevent faith groups from proselytising when delivering public services. This leaves vulnerable people open to exploitation, says Megan Manson. Read More »

Tags: Opinion Out Loud, Public services

Upset teenage girl

Parents’ religious wishes must not trump children’s safety and education

Posted: Thu, 20 May 2021 by Megan Manson

Every child has been withdrawn from sex education classes at an independent faith school. Megan Manson says the parental right of withdrawal is incompatible with children's right to an education that keeps them safe. Read More »

Tags: Education, Opinion Out Loud, RSE

United Nations flags

The religious threat to global human rights must be taken seriously

Posted: Thu, 20 May 2021 by Keith Porteous Wood

UN efforts to challenge violations of human rights should consider both oppressive laws which theocrats uphold in former colonies and efforts to impose similar agendas further afield, says Keith Porteous Wood. Read More »

Tags: Human rights, Opinion Out Loud, United Nations

Batley Grammar School protesters

The DfE must show leadership when religious hardliners turn on schools

Posted: Thu, 06 May 2021 by Stephen Evans

The start of an investigation into the Batley Grammar affair raises questions over the government's willingness to ensure assertive religious voices don't dictate what happens in classrooms, says Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Education, Freedom of Expression, Opinion Out Loud

Women Leaving Islam

Women Leaving Islam: the rights of those who leave religion must be protected

Posted: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 by Helen Nicholls

The film Women Leaving Islam shows the risks facing those who stand up for the fundamental right to leave religion and the ongoing neglect of minorities within minorities in public life, says Helen Nicholls. Read More »

Tags: Ex-Muslim, Freedom from Religion, Opinion Out Loud, Reviews, Women's rights

Christian nationalism in US Capitol riot

Christian nationalism is a key part of Trump’s legacy

Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 by Alastair Lichten

Alastair Lichten argues that understanding Christian nationalism is essential to understanding the presidency of Donald Trump and its consequences for the world. Read More »

Tags: Christian Right, Opinion Out Loud, USA

Religious conversion

Religious conversion isn’t a charitable endeavour

Posted: Thu, 14 Jan 2021 by Megan Manson

Some registered charities exist primarily to convert members of one religion to another. Megan Manson says such activity is harmful to community cohesion – and shouldn't be treated as a valid charitable purpose. Read More »

Tags: Charity, Community Cohesion, Opinion Out Loud

Poland women's strike abortion protests

The Catholic Church’s control over abortion policy has sparked a furious backlash in Poland

Posted: Thu, 12 Nov 2020 by Aleksandra Myslek

A ruling on abortion in Poland has again highlighted the government's damagingly close relationship with the Catholic Church. But many Poles are now questioning the church's power, says Aleksandra Myslek. Read More »

Tags: Abortion, Europe, Healthcare, Opinion Out Loud, Reproductive Rights

Church and state should be separate

Church and state should be separate

Posted: Tue, 03 Nov 2020 by Stephen Evans

Ahead of the NSS's 2020 Bradlaugh Lecture on the subject, Stephen Evans says the disestablishment of the Church of England is right in principle and could benefit church and state alike. Read More »

Tags: Church and State, Disestablishment, Opinion Out Loud

George Holyoake

It's not too late to fulfil George Holyoake's secularist vision

Posted: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 by Ray Argyle

With secularist principles under siege across much of the world, it's worth reconsidering the vision of the man who coined the term 'secularism' in the 19th century, says his biographer Ray Argyle. Read More »

Tags: History, Opinion Out Loud, Secularism