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, 06 Apr 2018
There is no point in reviewing how it is taught if schools will still be allowed to ignore it.
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.
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.
Those fighting injustice should be the last to demand censorship, the first to oppose it.
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.
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.
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.
Fri, 16 Mar 2018
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.
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.
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.
Fri, 09 Mar 2018
You can't write off a good guy because of a bad day.
An empire of misogyny.
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.
Fri, 02 Mar 2018
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.
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.
Fri, 23 Feb 2018
An exemplar to generation upon generation of modern Christians.
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.
Fri, 16 Feb 2018
No one can replace Asma. She was unmatched and unparalleled. We suffered a great loss today.
It's somewhere between an atheist support group and watching a great stand-up comedian.
Fri, 09 Feb 2018
It is not right that head teachers trying to do the right thing are left to fend for themselves against a fundamentalist backlash. We all have an interest in providing young people with an education that opens minds. Those who seek to close minds and narrow opportunities do the opposite.
While it is certainly the right of parents to give their children guidance when it comes to religion, such a right can never exceed the rights of the child.
Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Rather than adopting a passive liberalism that says 'anything goes' for fear of causing offence, school leaders should be promoting a muscular liberalism. That sort of liberalism holds no truck for ideologies that want to close minds or narrow opportunity. Occasionally, that will mean taking uncomfortable decisions or having tough conversations. It means not assuming that the most conservative voices in a particular faith speak for everyone.
What is certain now is that a 15-year-old girl who is raped, and who is in pain, cannot end her pregnancy in Ireland. And anyone that helps her could be sent to prison for 14 years. So is the certainty and uncertainty we have now something that we want to keep?
Fri, 26 Jan 2018
Suppose you were a white supremacist who wanted to keep Muslim children down. Or suppose you were a Machiavellian middle-class parent, who wanted to handicap the competition your child would face when the race for university places began. In either case, you would be delighted by what is happening at St Stephen's primary school in Newham.