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, 20 Apr 2018

In the India where I grew up, memories of Gandhi, Tagore and Nehru were strong; the necessity of secularism was drummed into us. We knew that our politicians were largely venal, but it was still a country in which morality and humanity mattered. Now, journalists and writers who speak up against the undeclared war on Dalits, Muslims, poor people and women are trolled by cyber-mobs – if they're lucky.

Anuradha Roy, an award-winning writer, reflects on the shocking response to the rape and murder of a girl from a Muslim tribe in India this week

If you criticise ideas, you challenge ideas, that's when you move a society forward. When you demonise people that's how you rip societies apart.

Ali Rizvi, ex-Muslim author, on negotiating the space between left and right on Islam

I am all too aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country. They were wrong then, and they are wrong now. As the UK's prime minister, I deeply regret both the fact that such laws were introduced and the legacy of discrimination, violence and even death that persists today.

Theresa May, reflecting on anti-gay laws in the Commonwealth

Fri, 13 Apr 2018

This was never about protest. It was about small groups of strangers choosing to gather by our entrance gates where they could harass and intimidate women and try to prevent them from accessing healthcare to which they are legally entitled.

Richard Bentley, Marie Stopes UK managing director, on buffer zones outside abortion clinics

Don't let go, be the British bulldog, be tenacious. I would tell anybody out there to trust in the British justice system. Yes, it's crazily weird, but you will get justice.

A woman who was sexually abused as a child by members of the Salvation Army, outlining what she’d tell others after the conviction of her abusers

Politics apart, this is horrible that some people would see this horrendous crime through a religious prism to gain some mileage. It's a new low and I don't know if we can stoop any lower after this.

Girdhari Lal, a retired teacher, reflecting on the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from a Muslim family in Indian-controlled Kashmir. The crime has sparked protests from Hindu nationalists, who are demanding the release of the accused

Fri, 30 Mar 2018

Two exceptionally courageous, tenacious and determined men who simply refused to give in to the lies and deceit of the church hierarchy.

Peter Tatchell, paying tribute to Phil Johnson and Graham Sawyer at Secularist of the Year

Following last year's terrorist attacks, a central government has again been forced to make it look like something is being done on integration. But once again the administration of the day appears to have a faith schools policy that flies in the face of such a goal.

William Stewart, Tes reporter and twice national educational journalist of the year in the CIPR Education Journalism Awards

Those fighting injustice should be the last to demand censorship, the first to oppose it.

Kenan Malik, calling for a greater commitment to free speech

Fri, 23 Mar 2018

A terrible week with evidence of religious exceptionalism, stupidity, incompetence, lying, dumping responsibility at every level including the highest, and folie de grandeur. Bishops must be accountable. This means not just to themselves.

Alan Wilson, the bishop of Buckingham, on the revelations from the IICSA inquiry

From the start of his career to his dying breath, he was cocooned, chastised and cared for by the institution in which he had flourished. Ultimately he was shamed, but he was not cast out.

Rosemary Goring, reflecting on the death of Keith O’Brien, the Catholic cardinal who faced a string of allegations of sexual abuse

A man has been convicted in a UK court of making a joke that was deemed 'grossly offensive'. If you don't believe in a person's right to say things that you might find 'grossly offensive', then you don't believe in freedom of speech.

Ricky Gervais, responding to the conviction of a man who filmed a pet dog giving Nazi salutes

Fri, 16 Mar 2018

All of us have a responsibility to challenge extremist rhetoric. People should be free to scrutinise Islam. But they must not aid the hatred of Muslims.

Maajid Nawaz, responds to the circulation of a letter calling for a 'Punish a Muslim day'

For us it's clear that no student should be subjected to religious influence in school. To have faith or not should be every child's own choice.

Anna Ekström, Swedish school minister on plans to stop state funding of religious schools

Schools are at the heart of our communities, bringing families from all walks of life together. Through education, we can ensure the next generation learns the values that underpin our society – fairness, tolerance and respect.

Lord Agnew, the schools minister on government plans to tackle illegal schools

Fri, 09 Mar 2018

If a sweet thing is left uncovered, swarms of dirty creatures are liable to prey upon it and corrupt it. Similar is the case of a woman. The current wave of rape incidents in regions where public exposure of women prevails strengthens this argument beyond doubt.

Women who deserve to go to hell, a text book found in an illegal school

Fri, 02 Mar 2018

It is more important than ever for our children to interact with people their age of different backgrounds and faiths. Enforcing division, which the children themselves have had no say in, is only damaging to society.

Layla Moran, education spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, speaks out against scrapping the 50% religion-based admissions cap in faith schools

Like most secularists, I also believe in equality. We also believe in freedom of religion. All we object to is that beliefs that we and other people do not share are simply imposed on us whether we like them or not.

Baroness Muriel Turner of Camden, NSS Honorary Associate who passed away on February 26th 2018

Fri, 23 Feb 2018

I saw the Vatican up close, and its resistance, the lack of priority [on clerical child sex abuse], lack of transparency, and the absolutely misleading statements issued. I saw, close up, how things work in the [Catholic] Church.

Marie Collins, who resigned from the pope's commission on child abuse in disgust last year

Fri, 16 Feb 2018

No one can replace Asma. She was unmatched and unparalleled. We suffered a great loss today.

Zohra Yousuf, former chair of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan