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.

The Satanic Temple, lawsuit challenging a restrictive abortion law in Missouri lists the "religious beliefs" of the plaintiff

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.

Laura McInerney, former editor of Schools Week, writes about the new education secretary in the Guardian

Sara is a great person and this will upset some truly awful people.

James Bloodworth, an instant and prophetic reaction to the appointment of Sara Khan

Fri, 19 Jan 2018

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.

Paul Rosenberg, says the Christian right's claim that it should get special privileges is the true threat to religious freedom in the US

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.

Khadija Khan, Conatus News

I want the clerics out of my face. I want to live my life without interference and realise my full potential.

Thomas Friedman, summary of the attitude of the young people he's encountered in Saudi Arabia

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.

Bob Churchill, IHEU communications director, describes the resurgence in anti-atheist rhetoric and violence around the world

The threat and infliction of violence was constant. You couldn't escape it, it was completely normalised.

Peter, a survivor of Andrew Soper's abuse, describes life at the Catholic school in London where Soper was headmaster

Fri, 22 Dec 2017

If we let ourselves be intimidated out of discussing these issues, it's children who will suffer.

Amanda Spielman, Ofsted chief, on the threats she's received for criticising private faith schools

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.

David Aaronovitch, responding to the BBC's pledge to pay more attention to religion

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.

Amina Lone, says there is an imperative to push back against all forms of extremism

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.

Ofsted's Annual Report, which highlighted the failure of some faith schools to prepare children for life in modern Britain

The clerical hunger for unchallenged dogmatic authority is still strong. It reinforces inequalities and absurdities, and makes faith a bully.

Libby Purves, arguing that the supposed infallibility of religious institutions allowed child abusers to hide in plain sight

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.

Employment Tribunal, ruling against an ultra-orthodox Jewish nursery that sacked a teacher for living with her boyfriend outside of wedlock

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?

Headteacher Abdul Ghafoor Salloo, defends a Muslim girls' school's policy of not providing toilet paper for "cultural reasons"

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.

Dr Uamsa Hasan, head of Islamic studies at the Quilliam Foundation

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.

Gordon Brown, former prime minister

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.

Rachel Sylvester, political columnist at the Times, says the Government must face up to prejudiced teaching in Islamic schools

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.

Trevor Phillips, the former equalities chief, responds to being nominated for an annual 'Islamophobia award

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.

Mark Spencer, executive officer of Christian Schools Australia, convincingly explains why faith schools should retain the right to discriminate against LGBT+ teachers and students

We must understand that in the Malaysian context, freedom of religion does not mean freedom from any religion.

Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, deputy minister in charge of Islamic affairs, says the Malaysian government respects religious freedom, if it's the religious freedom it likes

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.

Councillor John Barry, who proposed a motion to replace council prayers in Ards and North Down in Northern Ireland, reflects on the motion being defeated