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Fri, 03 Nov 2017

Make no mistake, the instances of sexual abuse and harassment within the church are manifold – at virtually every level of the hierarchy.

Jayne Ozanne, a senior member of the C of E synod

When you're presenting it, how many times have you said to yourself, 'Dear God, we've got to cut a really fascinating programme short because we're now going to hear somebody tell us that Jesus was really nice, and the world could be a better place if we all You know Oh God.

John Humphrys, reveals his frustrations about Thought for the Day

Fri, 27 Oct 2017

The UK Government is clear that the persecution of individuals of any faith remains of profound concern. The freedom to practise, change or share faith or belief without discrimination or violent opposition is a fundamental human right. Societies that aim to protect and promote freedom of religion or belief are more stable, prosperous and more resilient against violent extremism.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, responds to concerns about forced religious conversions in Myanmar's military run schools

The failure of our politicians to legislate for change has left me with no choice but to turn to the courts to have my rights upheld.

Sarah Ewart, explains why she has been forced to challenge Northern Ireland's draconian anti-abortion laws at the Supreme Court

Fri, 20 Oct 2017

Only a bigot would deny the advantages of freedom of religion, and irreligion, and of a society in which the evidence of science, and comparative lack of evidence of God, are no longer suppressed. It's a development that's both caused by and causes greater understanding, justice and compassion.

David Mitchell, actor, writer and comedian

Fri, 13 Oct 2017

The biggest driver of anti-Muslim hate is terrorist attacks – the research is very clear here. We need to be honest. Not wanting to acknowledge that terrorism is the biggest driver, and to blame the media instead, is very much an Islamist narrative.

Fiyaz Mughal, Director of Faith Matters

I think the church needs to rethink the whole safeguarding thing. The stock response is still to hide behind the sofa and call the lawyers.

The Right Rev Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham

Fri, 06 Oct 2017

States that have an official or preferred religion tend to behave differently from states that do not. Not only are they more likely to provide financial or legal benefits to a single religion, but they also are more likely to place a high level of government restrictions on other religious groups.

The Pew Research Center, The Pew Research Center finds secular states are fairer than religious ones

Fri, 22 Sep 2017

We are trying to allow all kids to have fair access to their schools - not promoting one religion over another and kicking the non-Christian kids out of their classroom and promoting that religion. If you want to have religious freedom, you have to have everyone on an even playing field - not the school endorsing one religion.

Tanya Jacob, representative for the Secular Education Network (New Zealand), Newshub

What example does segregating by faith or privilege set to our children? And what impact does that have on the decisions and policies of our future leaders?

Lucy Sherriff, Huffington Post

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

We love to think of Britain as progressive. It would be disgraceful if the government bows to pressure and does not act on this key area of human rights.

Sir Anish Kapoor, Mumbai-born British sculptor, lends his support to the campaign to outlaw caste discrimination

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

Segregated, isolated communities, unregulated education and home schooling are a breeding ground for extremists and future terrorists.

Neil Basu, deputy assistant commissioner - Metropolitan Police

The idea that a reactionary agenda gets a free pass because it's 'deeply held' or based in religion is so last century.

James Bloodworth, journalist, responds to Jacob Rees-Mogg's comments on abortion and gay marriage

Fri, 11 Aug 2017

Holiness, this is the epoch of sin against God the Creator, he's intelligent! God created man and woman, God created the world this way, this way, this way, and we are doing the opposite.

Popes Francis and Benedict, discussing the "terrible" acceptance of trans people

If ever there was a phobia that we're experiencing in Malaysia, it's not Islamophobia. It's apostophobia (fear of apostates).

No name, The Malaysian consulate of online Facebook group Atheist Republic responds to the crackdown on ex-Muslims in the country

It can't be considered proper or in keeping with American values for government officials to get together on taxpayer time to study a book that condones slavery and the subjugation of women and the eternal torture and torment of people who don't believe like you.

Andrew Seidel, Freedom from Religion Foundation criticises Bible study in the White House

Fri, 04 Aug 2017

Some placards said 'Allah is gay'. The factual basis of such a claim is questionable. However, since there is nothing wrong or shameful about being gay, there is nothing insulting about saying Allah, God, Jesus, Moses, Buddha, Shiva or any other religious figure is gay.

Peter Tatchell, LGBT+ rights campaigner and NSS honorary associate, defends the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain for their placards at the recent Pride march

We would never accept hospitals or trains that were segregated by faith. Why schools, when they're so important in raising our future citizens?

Afua Hirsch, author, writer and broadcaster

Fri, 28 Jul 2017

In America we don't worship government, we worship God!

Donald Trump, President Trump panders to the US religious right

If a religious text that calls for the death of atheists & blasphemers isn't hate speech, then neither is condemning it and calling it evil.

Ricky Gervais, comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, musician and NSS honorary associate

Fri, 21 Jul 2017

You can either have a country where you throw away the idea of integration and you publicly fund schools that segregate children, or you can embrace integration and no longer support using taxpayers' money to segregate children by faith.

Afua Hirsch