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, 26 Jan 2018
Mary Doe must make decisions regarding her health based on the best scientific understanding of the world, even if the science does not comport with the religious or political beliefs of others.
Damian Hinds attended a grammar school in Cheshire, a religious one to boot. He has advocated more Catholic schools, and with power at his fingertips he can lift the admissions cap tomorrow - no new laws needed. Why anyone would think it good value to build faith-only places in an increasingly secular world is beyond me, but he has the power.
Sara is a great person and this will upset some truly awful people.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Such a terrible sign and an incoherent signal to survivors.
Religious freedom is not a lovely antique, a family heirloom or a relic of a bygone era. It is a dynamic, progressive value that underlies every other constitutional freedom we have and it is under siege.
Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Appeasing religious extremists is a bottomless pit and the civilised world needs to remain on guard against archaic practices and ideologies because their proponents will not stop until all of their demands are met.
I want the clerics out of my face. I want to live my life without interference and realise my full potential.
Fri, 05 Jan 2018
It's a conservative religious mentality that is losing the argument, that is losing ground as ideas and information find their way to every smartphone and campus.
The threat and infliction of violence was constant. You couldn't escape it, it was completely normalised.
Fri, 22 Dec 2017
If we let ourselves be intimidated out of discussing these issues, it's children who will suffer.
Modern religion can be about charity and community. But it can also be about heresy, apostasy, misogyny, excommunication and violence. If we are to live with, talk about and respect religious belief, then we must also criticise, question and make fun of it, as we might any other belief.
The courts don't believe in god and shouldn't treat religious cases differently.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The challenges for those of a moderate disposition are many. We, as ordinary citizens, cannot hide from the consequences of extremist actions. Believers, atheists and agnostics alike, we are all in this together.
A core function of education is to pass on what one generation knows to the next. Part and parcel of this is spreading the values and culture that bind us as a society. There is no tension between this and religious pluralism. In fact, any proper teaching of fundamental British values encourages respect and tolerance for others' views.
The clerical hunger for unchallenged dogmatic authority is still strong. It reinforces inequalities and absurdities, and makes faith a bully.
Fri, 08 Dec 2017
It is repugnant to generally accepted standards of morality to require someone to lie, especially about matters so concerned with their protected human rights.
The Ofsted inspector said there has to be toilet rolls. We said there are always toilet rolls but they are not always out - so what?
Stifling debate is dangerous. We know these ignorant or dangerous views exist, but if you ignore them they don't go away. They fester. People feel a sense of frustration that they don't have the freedom to express their views, which can lead to even more extreme views.
What a day, what a day for love, for equality, for respect.
Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Being religious, or being from 'our' religious tradition, should not give any politician a privileged position or a get-out clause that allows them to ignore the accepted bases of authority: logic, scientific fact, experimental test, critical evaluation and an appeal to values we share in common.
Despite promising to defend equality, tolerance and mutual respect in schools as part of the drive against extremism, ministers appear to be turning a blind eye to taxpayers' money being used to promote the idea that girls are inferior to boys.
They will say that it is just verbal and political. They know that in this world right now this is not the way some other people see it. It really isn't a joke. It is genuinely dangerous. These campaigns are all part of an attempt to intimidate public figures from saying anything at all about integration into our society.
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
It's not something we want to do, it's something we just need to do to be able to provide the sort of education we want to provide.
We must understand that in the Malaysian context, freedom of religion does not mean freedom from any religion.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Perhaps for some equality is experienced as a loss, a taken-for-granted traditional experience of privilege that is now threatened.