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All children should have the right to refuse circumcision

A judge has ruled that a boy who was taken into care shouldn't be subjected to non-consensual, non-therapeutic genital... Read More »

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Evidence and compassion should trump dogma in assisted dying debate

As politicians again grapple with assisted dying, we should beware attempts to impose a religious worldview on those... Read More »

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The expansion of Catholic influence at St Mary’s University threatens academic freedom

A pro-vice chancellor's remarks suggest the governance of St Mary's University, Twickenham is heading in an inappropriate... Read More »

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Charity law shouldn’t enable misogyny

A Christian organisation which pushes misogynistic messages, including by blaming women for rape, has registered as... Read More »

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The PM's Catholic wedding shows the need for a church-state divorce

In light of his Catholic wedding, Boris Johnson has handed over the duty of advising on the appointment of bishops.... Read More »

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Requires improvement: Ofsted review shows need for a major rethink on RE

A review has highlighted significant problems with the way RE is taught. Alastair Lichten argues that it shows the... Read More »

Children in class

Is the C of E ashamed of discrimination in school admissions?

Research suggests the Church of England downplays the extent of religious discrimination in admissions to the schools... Read More »

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The outcome of the Batley investigation is a surrender of liberal principles

As an investigation into the Batley Grammar affair concludes, Stephen Evans says we should recognise the censorious... Read More »

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

Every child has been withdrawn from sex education classes at an independent faith school. Megan Manson says the parental... Read More »

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The religious threat to global human rights must be taken seriously

UN efforts to challenge violations of human rights should consider both oppressive laws which theocrats uphold in... Read More »

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Mandated worship can never be inclusive

Church of England guidance which aims to promote an 'inclusive' form of collective worship in schools misses the point... Read More »

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Faith universities are an anachronism

Churches continue to manage and govern several universities in the UK, enabling discrimination and creating tension... Read More »


The drive for ‘religious literacy’ in the media would undermine press freedom

A parliamentary report has called for measures to promote 'religious literacy' in the media - including tighter regulation.... Read More »

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The DfE must show leadership when religious hardliners turn on schools

The start of an investigation into the Batley Grammar affair raises questions over the government's willingness to... Read More »

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Progress towards inclusive integrated education in NI is still too slow

The last few months have seen mixed successes in efforts, supported by the No More Faith Schools campaign, to move... Read More »

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Faith groups have no business inspecting schools

Publicly funded school inspections which enable clerics to exert undue influence should have no place in a modern... Read More »

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Regressive religious demands shouldn't hold sway over political decisions

Much of a pre-election letter from Scotland's Catholic bishops highlights the risks of allowing religious dogma to... Read More »

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

The film Women Leaving Islam shows the risks facing those who stand up for the fundamental right to leave religion... Read More »

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We must find the political will to end discriminatory school admissions

As families in England prepare to find out which primary schools their children will attend, Alastair Lichten says... Read More »

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There is nothing new about cartoons which mock religion

Religious leaders have long feared irreverent drawings that could challenge their authority. We should remember that... Read More »

Children in class

If Scotland wants to uphold children’s rights, its schools need to change

After the Scottish parliament's decision to sign a charter for children's rights into law, Megan Manson says parties... Read More »

Batley Grammar School protesters

Western liberals’ weakness on blasphemy is letting down Muslim dissenters

The hand-wringing in the face of a vicious campaign against a teacher sends a demoralising message to those fighting... Read More »

Batley Grammar School

A lesson in blasphemy

After a teacher was suspended for showing cartoons of Muhammad in class, Stephen Evans says we shouldn't accept a... Read More »

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Women in NI should have the same abortion rights as other UK citizens

Other people's religious beliefs shouldn't be allowed to continue to thwart women's access to safe and accessible... Read More »

Welsh Senedd

Ending compulsory worship in schools should be next on the agenda for Wales

Following major curriculum reforms in Wales, Alastair Lichten argues that the Senedd should now turn its attention... Read More »

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