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 Nov 2015

France and Paris are the cradle of the Enlightenment, the birthplace of secularism and the separation between the State and the Church, a beacon of freedom of thought, scepticism and powerful satire.

Agnès Poirier, Guardian

Fri, 13 Nov 2015

A wider diversity of faiths will help everyone appreciate the importance of secularism and church-state separation.

Adam Lee, Guardian

Fri, 06 Nov 2015

He has been stopped from being a hospital chaplain, a job which by all accounts he did superbly, because of the discriminatory approach of the Church of England.

Ben Bradshaw MP, Commenting on the Jeremy Pemberton case

We should remain exactly what we are: a tolerant society that makes no demand on us but to obey the rule of law. But we should proselytise what that means, argue our heads off for it and insist we keep and nurture the forums in which that argument can happen.

Will Hutton, Guardian

Fri, 30 Oct 2015

When the Government refused to give statutory status to PSHE and rejected or brushed over all our other recommendations, I was at a loss to understand why it should have taken it so long for it to publish such a feeble response.

Neil Carmichael MP,  Chair of the Education Select Committee, Pink News

Once we get into the way of thinking that the best way to deal with extreme views is to suppress them, we get into very dangerous territory indeed. And unfortunately I think that is the way the government is trying to lead.

Vince Cable, Speech to the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Fri, 23 Oct 2015

Why should the existence of crazy preachers treading just within the law cause the bar to be lowered on what constitutes illegal speech, or speech which attracts the attention of government?

Douglas Murray, Spectator

Fri, 16 Oct 2015

Secularism is very simple. No persecution or special privileges (handouts) based on religious beliefs. It's not pro-atheism or anti-atheism. It's not pro-religion, or anti-religion. It's about individual rights and liberties. It's about the law applying equally to everyone.

James Kirk Wall, Chicago Now

Fri, 09 Oct 2015

If we had to pick any one part of society that we wish to be a microcosm of our society as a whole, it is our schools. If our schools are not inclusive, our society cannot be.

Ted Cantle,  iCoCo Foundation

By reiterating his commitment to free and faith schools, David Cameron demonstrates his government is a causal factor in the very segregation he deplores.

Stephen Knight,  Godless Spellchecker blog

Fri, 02 Oct 2015

Today's apologists for Islamism were yesterday's apologists for fascism and Stalinism.

James Bloodworth, Editor of Left Foot Forward

Once again this smiley pope shows his true colours. At heart nothing has changed in spite of the whitewash. Of all the people he chose to meet and support. Worse than Benedict because he hides behind silly grin and saccharin prose.

Lawrence Krauss, On Pope Francis' decision to meet with Kim Davis, the clerk who refused to give gay couples marriage licenses

Fri, 25 Sep 2015

What people hear from [Pope] Francis is a difference in tone, not content.

Archbishop Charles Chaput, Refuting the idea that the Pope is socially liberal

All I know is that I must win I will not be silenced, my keyboard must keep going. I will not accept defeat by a backward dogma. I must go on, no matter what.

Sobak, A Bangladeshi secular blogger targeted by Islamic extremists

Fri, 18 Sep 2015

One of the biggest remaining oppressors of women all over the world is religion and religious institutions.

Inna Shevchenko, Leader of Femen

Secularism is not only an issue of religion, but stands for freedom and equality within all the religions.

Father Silas Bogati,  Vicar-general of the Apostolic Vicariate of Nepal, speaking on the need for secularism to protect religious minorities

I understand the Catholic and faith lobby will have in-principle objections, but I am slightly appalled that they should seek to sustain legislation that limits my personal autonomy when 80% of the population, presented with this proposition, would support it.

Crispin Blunt, Conservative MP for Reigate, speaking during the debate on the defeated Assisted Dying Bill

Fri, 11 Sep 2015

We seem to want to claim to be both a persecuted, vulnerable sect, while also claiming a powerful, national identity as a Christian people.

Rev. Winnie Varghese, On Christianity in the West in the Huffington Post

Fri, 04 Sep 2015

To confess your belief in God no longer commands universal respect for a deep commitment to a lofty ideal, self-discipline and moral conviction.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvisand and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Complaining that their religious views no longer enjoy automatic respect as they visit Pope Francis.

Bill 59 is a slap in the face to those Muslims who chose to live in Canada precisely because it is a free society.

Salim Mansur, Writing in the National Post on a new de facto blasphemy law proposed in Quebec

Fri, 21 Aug 2015

It's no longer possible to assume that a declared progressive will defend free speech, secularism, women's rights, homosexual equality, cosmopolitanism and the spread of scientific inquiry.

Oliver Kamm, Jewish Chronicle

Programmes on religion (15%) are the least popular offering from the station's programming in terms of claimed listening.

BBC Trust, On Radio 4 in a report on BBC speech radio

Fri, 14 Aug 2015

I fear that too many Muslims disagree with Isis' caliphate, not because it is a caliphate, but because it is not their caliphate. The very idea of resurrecting a theocracy in this day and age has worrying levels of support.

Maajid Nawaz, Independent

No matter how uncomfortable it might make you feel, FGM is here in the UK, and it's our duty to talk about it.

Fahma Mohamed, Independent