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, 17 Nov 2017

Whenever I hear some bigmouth in Washington or the Christian heartland banging on about the evils of sodomy or whatever, I mentally enter his name in my notebook and contentedly set my watch. Sooner rather than later, he will be discovered down on his weary and well-worn old knees in some dreary motel or latrine, with an expired Visa card, having tried to pay well over the odds to be peed upon by some Apache transvestite.

Christopher Hitchens, predicts the Roy Moore scandal from beyond the grave, in an extract shared by his friend Nick Cohen this week

Fri, 10 Nov 2017

It's not just about sexual violence. For some students it's just another way for Europeans to gang up against a prominent Muslim intellectual. We must protect Muslim students who believe and trust in him, and protect that trust.

Eugene Rogan, the director of Oxford University's Middle East Centre, gives a bizarre justification for the university's inaction following rape and sexual misconduct allegations against its Islamic scholar, Professor Tariq Ramadan

It is ironic that here in the UK we say we want children to learn to be good citizens and share the same values, but then divide them at the school gate into faith groups, immediately instilling an 'us and them' culture.

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, chair of the Accord Coalition

Fri, 03 Nov 2017

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

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

This ban is not indicative of Islamophobia, nor is it disrespectful to those of Muslim (or indeed Jewish) belief. It is intended to improve animal welfare standards, which are shockingly poor in both the UK and many other countries.

Masuma Rahim, clinical psychologist, on Lancashire Council's non-stunned halal ban

Fri, 27 Oct 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, 04 Aug 2017

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