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
Perhaps for some equality is experienced as a loss, a taken-for-granted traditional experience of privilege that is now threatened.
Fri, 10 Nov 2017
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.
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.
Fri, 03 Nov 2017
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.
Make no mistake, the instances of sexual abuse and harassment within the church are manifold at virtually every level of the hierarchy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
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.
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.
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?
Fri, 15 Sep 2017
Five years in prison for an opinion? How just is that?
The consciousness of the church arrived a bit late.
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.
Fri, 08 Sep 2017
Segregated, isolated communities, unregulated education and home schooling are a breeding ground for extremists and future terrorists.
The idea that a reactionary agenda gets a free pass because it's 'deeply held' or based in religion is so last century.
Fri, 18 Aug 2017
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.
If ever there was a phobia that we're experiencing in Malaysia, it's not Islamophobia. It's apostophobia (fear of apostates).
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.
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.