Tags: Religion & Belief

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The folly of the civil service’s ‘faith and belief champion’

Posted: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 by Chris Sloggett

A new civil service post may be intended to promote 'inclusion'. But insistently bringing religion into the workplace will promote it and encourage an assertive form of selfishness at public expense, says Chris Sloggett. Read More »

Tags: Public Services, Religion & Belief, Religious privilege

Interfaith must embrace secularism

Posted: Mon, 13 Nov 2017 by Megan Manson

Interfaith Week is underway. Megan Manson says interfaith dialogue must embrace secularist principles to remain relevant, effective and inclusive. Read More »

Tags: Secularism, Religion & Belief

Protecting freedom of belief for the many and the few

Posted: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 by Megan Manson

Ahead of International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day, Megan Manson looks at democratic secularism's changing role in an age of the non-religious minority and rising diversity. Read More »

Tags: Religious Freedom, Freedom from Religion, Religion & Belief, Secularisation

Sam Brownback: Trump’s new man is no fan of religious freedom

Posted: Wed, 09 Aug 2017 by Chris Sloggett

The record of President Trump's new nominee exposes the hypocrisy of the US religious right. Chris Sloggett argues that its opponents must challenge the ingrained assumption that faith is a good thing. Read More »

Tags: USA, Christianity, Religion & Belief, Freedom from Religion, Religious right

Religious belief is no barrier to criminality

Posted: Thu, 09 Jun 2016 by Alistair McBay

A spate of media reports have suggested that criminals convicted of sex abuse feigned their religion. NSS Vice-President Alistair McBay argues that the media shouldn't seek to protect religion from criticism by misrepresenting these cases.

A disturbing new... Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief, Child Abuse

Scotland is a mosaic of religions and beliefs – but the research shows people turning away from politicised faith

Posted: Thu, 24 Mar 2016 by Alistair McBay

Scotland is a mosaic of beliefs and non-beliefs where individuals are free to hold a belief, change it or not have one at all. But it's not hard to see why people are rejecting the organised and politicised aspects of religion, writes Alistair McBay. Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief, Scotland, Church of Scotland, Statistics

Tim Montgomerie need not worry, secularism and tolerance go hand in hand

Posted: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 by Stephen Evans

There's nothing "anti-Christian" about a society that sets about dismantling historic religious privilege, argues Stephen Evans.

In a Times opinion piece about the power of forgiveness – so poignantly expressed in Amazing Grace, the former slave trader... Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief, Christianity, Secularism

Academics call for greater sensitivity about religion in universities, but students suggest it’s not an issue

Posted: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 by National Secular Society

Some academics are giving undue prominence to religion and religious students- when the evidence shows they are exaggerating the scale of the 'problem' they describe. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Education, Religion & Belief, Community Cohesion, Universities, Statistics

Preacher James McConnell faces prosecution for calling Islam “Satanic"- the state again tramples over free expression

Posted: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 by Benjamin Jones

Free speech for all is threatened once more by the senseless prosecution of another Christian preacher. His religious freedom is the same liberty that defends secularists, atheists, people of all religions and none. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Islam, Christianity, Religion & Belief

Rowan Williams and his ilk are not the people to decide where religion sits in public life

Posted: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 by David Voas

David Voas questions whether a commission set up to consider the role of religion and belief in contemporary Britain, and to "make recommendations for public life and policy" can reach a conclusion that reflects the priorities of the general public. Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief

Secularization is best thing that ever happened to religion

Posted: Thu, 01 May 2014 by Douglas Todd

Douglas Todd argues that, properly understood, secularism is the best thing that has happened for modern religion and religious believers, and that secular societies can be breeding grounds for religious pluralism. Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief, Secularism

Religion as a human rights liability

Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 by Nida Kirmani

While human rights movements must engage people of all religions and none, Nida Kirmani argues that explicitly linking religion to human rights can lead to the exclusion and persecution of minority groups and undermine human rights' claims to universality. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Religion & Belief, Gender Equality

Why it would have been invidious to put the Mormon Church on trial

Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson clarifies the threat to freedom of religion and belief when secular courts rule on theological matters.

Last week we reported a decision by a judge at Westminster Magistrates' Court not to hear a case of alleged fraud against the Mormon Church... Read More »

Tags: Mormonism, Church & State, Religion & Belief

Tony Blair’s ‘solution’ to religious conflict will simply make things worse

Posted: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 by Terry Sanderson

In reaction to Tony Blair's recent reflections on religious conflict, Terry Sanderson reflects upon the dangers of Blair's promotion of the "us" and "them" mentality.

Writing in last Sunday's Observer, Tony Blair repeated his mantra that the 21st century's... Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief

Scientology’s dream comes true

Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The Supreme Court has said that Scientology is a legitimate religion. This ruling undermines the automatic presumption that all religious groups are for the "public benefit", argues Terry Sanderson.

It's not very often that you'll find me agreeing with Eric... Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief

Secularism seeks to balance everyone’s religious freedoms fairly. Why would anyone oppose that?

Posted: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 by Stephen Evans

Despite the claims of its critics, secularism protects the freedom of conscience for all citizens, and welcomes believers and non-believers into the public square on equal terms, argues Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief, Secularism, Equality & Human Rights

Baroness Warsi and her self-serving anti-secular agenda

Posted: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Baroness Warsi, the Coalition's "Minister for Faith" is no friend of the National Secular Society. Why should she be? Her role is the very antithesis of secularism.

For a Government Minister whose brief is to promote religion in politics, she does not seem... Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief

One oath for all

Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 by Jessica Vautier

LSS member Jessica Vautier argues that the proposal for a new oath isn't an attack on Britain's religious heritage. It is an attempt to make the justice system fairer, and for everyone to be treated equally. Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief

Can we please stop wasting money on these endless surveys that just tell us what we already know?

Posted: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Professor Paul Weller of Derby University seems to have cornered the market in research into perceived discrimination against religious groups. He seems to bring out a new report on it every year — all saying basically the same thing. We have also had... Read More »

Tags: Religion & Belief, Statistics

Human rights are for humans, not for ideologies

Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues that human rights are not there to fulfill religious demands; but to protect individuals. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Religion & Belief

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

New EU guidelines on religion and belief make plain that no religion is entitled to special rights

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The EU Foreign Affairs Council this week adopted a report with 71 Guidelines to promote the right to freedom of religion and belief worldwide. Terry Sanderson highlights here some notable quotes. Read More »

Tags: Europe, Religion & Belief

Conscientious objection in Scotland: a worrying precedent

Posted: Wed, 19 Jun 2013 by Louise Finer

With NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde seeking to appeal the ruling for the allowance of conscientious exemption from abortion procedures, Louise Finer of Reproductive Health Matters argues that judges must not forget the rights of women – to health, autonomy, dignity and respect Read More »

Tags: Scotland, Reproductive Rights, Religion & Belief

Fighting back in Strasbourg

Posted: Fri, 03 May 2013 by David Pollock

David Pollock, of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, describes the goings on behind the scenes in the creation of a recent resolution on religious freedom at the Council of Europe. Read More »

Tags: Europe, Religion & Belief

How the clash between Islamism and Zionism not only affects the Middle East but also the west

Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 by Rumy Hasan

Since September 11 2001 however and the 'war on terror', the notion of the existence of a clash between two of Huntington's civilisations – the Western and the Islamic worlds – has gained traction. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Christianity, Religion & Belief

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