Every week in Newsline we have a couple of quotes of the week on topics related to secularism. Please feel free to share these images.

Fri, 17 Aug 2018

Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades. Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have mostly been protected; many have been promoted.

A grand jury in the US, on the cover-up of child abuse in the Catholic Church

It is even more important that we challenge the preaching of modesty codes for women. But how do we do that if the debate is constantly shut down? We are in danger of fostering an atmosphere where the silent Muslim majority dare not voice their concerns.

Iram Ramzan, Sunday Times reporter

The best guarantee of religious freedom and religious tolerance is a well-organised secular state. The courts and the state should take no views on the existence of God…. There is a higher authority, it's called the law.

Ian McEwan, author, makes the case for secularism on BBC Newsnight

I talked my daughter out of hijab. I would have burnt her veil had she chosen it. My mum's generation didn't come to this country to be subjugated and see the rise of Islamism & jihadism again. They valued British values where they had autonomy, rights and freedoms no one ever gave them.

Gina Khan, human rights activist

Fri, 10 Aug 2018

In their narrow focus on issues such as 'Islamophobia' and foreign policy, they ignore the reality that many Muslims are more interested in the same issues as the wider population: jobs, education and the NHS.

Jawad Iqbal, freelance writer, on self-appointed Muslim leaders

Don't shut down discussion; that way lies censorship and a narrowing of vision. The biggest mistake at the moment is to talk about offending the Muslim 'community'… It lumps people into one homogeneous group, depersonalises them and makes it easier to attack them en masse.

Janet Street-Porter, saying the best response to Boris Johnson's comments on the burka is to embrace the freedom to disagree

Fri, 03 Aug 2018

I can't bear it that the frightful, terrifying man is on the loose again and doing his worst… I'll see off this horrid man if he tries anything again.

Prince Charles, writing to the abusive bishop Peter Ball in 1997, referring to one of Ball's accusers, in a letter revealed by the IICSA inquiry

Fri, 27 Jul 2018

It's an ecclesiastical protection racket, and the attitude is that anyone who seeks to in any way threaten the reputation of the church as an institution has to be destroyed.

Rev. Graham Sawyer, reflecting on the Church of England's response to sexual abuse at the IICSA inquiry

All of us at the time were saying, well, he wasn't raping anybody. There was no penetrative sex. And I think our weakness was actually to put it as the lowest of the low instead of seeing that whatever it is, it's unbecoming of a bishop.

George Carey, on the way the C of E responded to Peter Ball's abuse in evidence to the IICSA inquiry

Every time a Muslim or anyone else pops their head above the parapet to try to deal with some of the genuine problems the community faces, this toxic coalition emerges to try to cut it off... No one wins but the extremists.

David Aaronovitch, responding to activists who denounced Rotherham MP Sarah Champion's concern over Muslim-Asian sex gangs

Fri, 20 Jul 2018

The education system should be about having children together from all different backgrounds and if religion is important to parents or to a community, it can certainly be done outside of school time or perhaps at the weekend, or the churches themselves could step up to the plate.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Labour senator in Ireland

Fri, 13 Jul 2018

For many people, the things I have been talking about today are too sensitive and too difficult for them to want to risk giving offence. They are easy things to skirt, yet the risk of doing so is great. If we leave these topics to the likes of the English Defence League and British National party on the one hand and Islamists on the other, then the mission of integration will fail.

Amanda Spielman, Ofsted's chief inspector of schools in England, on practices such as the wearing of the hijab in schools

Fri, 06 Jul 2018

It was part of my culture. It was something that I was told was better for the child, cleaner... but as I've got older [I've realised] my cultural views don't make it different to what it actually is.

Stacey Solomon, TV presenter, expressing her regret at having her son circumcised

I would assume what Mr Cunningham means isn't just that [Catholic schools] accept children from all faiths but they accept their views. If that was really the case you've got to question what the point in Catholic schools is. Surely that would make them nothing more than a comprehensive school.

John Duncan, vice-chair of the Scottish Secular Society, responds to claims by Glasgow's convener of education, Chris Cunningham, that Catholic schools are "welcoming" and "inclusive" to all

I'm telling El Al that if you give in to the terrorism of Haredi-hating groups and remove a passenger who behaved properly and asked nicely to sit next to a man, we will remove hundreds of thousands of your passengers every year. Terror against terror.

United Torah Judaism MK Yisrael Eichler, giving a sane, balanced reaction to Israeli airline El Al's decision not to ask women to give way to Haredi men in the Knesset

Fri, 29 Jun 2018

If the state's role is to promote integration and equality, it's counter-intuitive to allow schools which are distinguished by religious faith, whether that is Church in Wales, Roman Catholic or Muslim.

Laura McAllister, Wales Online columnist, says the Welsh government has a responsibility to create an inclusive school system

The British values and equality policy they [Jewish schools] are expected to promote and protect also secure our freedom of religion and safeguard Jewish people as a minority group.

David Davidi-Brown, arguing that only fundamentalists need to fear fundamental British values

Education should inspire rational thought and display the pleasures of deep understanding; it should not propagate the social poison of divisive dogma.

Peter Atkins, writer and former professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and No More Faith Schools supporter

Fri, 22 Jun 2018

Something else that makes a mockery of the system is the fact that we still have clerics legislating – the 26 bishops, or lords spiritual. The only other country that has clerics who legislate is Iran. I shall let it sink in that we are part of that.

David Linden MP, during a debate on the status of the House of Lords

By removing this provision from our constitution, we can send a strong message to the world that laws against blasphemy do not reflect Irish values and that we do not believe such laws should exist.

Charlie Flanagan, Ireland's Minister for Justice and Equality

The best we can do for our children is to teach them to think for themselves, not tell them what to think.

Christine, No More Faith Schools supporter

Fri, 15 Jun 2018

I'd like an acknowledgement of the suffering these women have been through. A lot of it is tied up with the churches: it was under their authority that these things happened. Nothing can compensate for the loss, but an acknowledgement is what we need.

Felicity Davies, one of thousands of women coerced into handing over their babies for adoption in the 1950s and 60s at a time when "unmarried mothers" were often rejected by their families and ostracised by society

It is essential that children of all faiths or none, from a wide mixture of class, cultural and race backgrounds are educated together. Young children are naturally both curious and non-judgmental; when they meet as equals in the classroom they will learn mutual acceptance which will help create a more cohesive and less fearful society.

Michaela from Stoke-on-Trent, No More Faith Schools campaign supporter