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, 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.
Programmes on religion (15%) are the least popular offering from the station's programming in terms of claimed listening.
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.
No matter how uncomfortable it might make you feel, FGM is here in the UK, and it's our duty to talk about it.
Fri, 07 Aug 2015
Brave reformist voices have to contend with slings and arrows from within their communities; but also from activist journalists at supposedly liberal media outlets.
Fri, 31 Jul 2015
Those keen to deny the links between violent and non-violent extremists often point out the links between groups like the English Defence League, Britain First and anti-Muslim hate crime. Ideology suddenly becomes key and a precursor to violence when it is right-wing but not when it is Islamist.
Fri, 24 Jul 2015
In defending with confidence an inclusive British identity based on democracy, the rule of law, the freedom of expression and worship, and equality regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation or faith, the prime minister has made it clear why a literal application of unreformed Islam is incompatible with British values.
Education is the single factor that could end [forced marriage]. Not only do Muslim women need to be educated about their rights, but religious and community leaders must challenge these deep-rooted, indigenous cultural traditions within Muslim communities.
Fri, 17 Jul 2015
The church's sporadic record of compelling obedience to its teachings through violence and coercion is a cause for humility and shame.
While we agree with [Sadiq] Khan that it would be great to see a Muslim mayor for London, as indeed it would to see a black mayor or woman mayor, above all it would be good to see a mayor who could truly command the trust of Londoners irrespective of their colour, creed, race, or gender.
Fri, 10 Jul 2015
There are atheists who believe that religion should be illegal. That would result in religious persecution. That would be legal, governmental persecution based on religious belief. That is not secularism. I, and many atheists, stand in opposition to that belief. It's not what we believe.
The reality is that many people who join Isil, like the Mannan family, quote the same religious-political arguments as non-violent extremists do; ideology is the common thread between both.
Fri, 03 Jul 2015
Islamicist terrorism is [on] a deadly mission. It hates the best of human achievements, equalities, freedoms, diversities within Islam and across the world, the fragile, precious, precarious bonds between civilisations and peoples. It seeks domination, is taking over lands and is likely to go on for a very long time. Its advances cannot, for now, be repelled but its evil messages can and must be repudiated.
During the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, Rev. Melvin Tinker in Hull told me that if I supported it, he would instruct his congregation not to vote for me. That might have something to do with why my majority went from 641 to 12,899.
What I want to see is policy making based on evidence. Scientific evidence, medical evidence, social science evidence, not on the Bible.
Fri, 26 Jun 2015
It's time our politicians establish secularism in our democracy, both in action and in spirit and unite Independent India as one, for the very first time, ever.
As long as a distorted version of 'religious freedom' continues to be used for political purposes and to cause harm to others, I will continue to protect our communities and preserve the wall of separation between church and state.