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, 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

Fri, 28 Jul 2017

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

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

Donald Trump, President Trump panders to the US religious right

Fri, 21 Jul 2017

We believe it is important to enable more faith schools to be set up and more faith schools to expand.

Theresa May

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

Fri, 14 Jul 2017

The 'real' nature of a religion, if such a concept has any meaning at all, is hard for an outsider to determine, and certainly well beyond the remit of a more-or-less secular state.

Erasmu blog, The Economist

Secular democracies are not made overnight. I stand on the shoulders of the suffragette giants who fought robustly for equality. It is time for the silent majority to do the same.

Amina Lone, director of the Social Action and Research Foundation, the Times

Fri, 07 Jul 2017

The Christian nation concept doesn't celebrate the remarkable achievement of this nation, a story of religious freedom resting on a secular state that does not presume to meddle in private matters of theology. Instead, it buries that success story under a pile of far-right politics wedded to often dangerous forms of religious extremism and nationalism.

Rob Boston, in a blog to mark Independence Day in the United States

A lot of people have private views deriving from their religion, but they have to put these to one side when they're enacting public policy.

Sir Vince Cable, commenting on former Lib-Dem leader Tim Farron and the LGBT equality

Secularism is a priceless objective to strive for and defend given the grim challenges it faces from non-state actors, often with the connivance of the state.

Editorial, India's Frontline magazine

Fri, 30 Jun 2017

We see secularism as a tool of tolerance and living together, and not exclusion

Paul Garrigue, French Human Rights advocate

No doubt months, possibly years, will be wasted defining what exactly might be classed as extremismÂ…. No lessons appear to have been learnt from the problems faced by the counter-terrorism bill earlier this year, after lawyers failed to agree a viable definition for extremism, let alone what legal powers there should be to tackle it.

Jawad Iqbal, commenting on the proposed commission for countering extremism

I have always insisted upon the highest standards of holiness of life from all who are ordained.

George Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury who concealed evidence of sexual abuse

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

Among the great advances of Enlightenment thinking is the principle, exemplified in the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1777, that there must be no religious test for public office. Politicians of all faiths and none contest seats in parliament. That's as it should be, up to but not beyond the point that religious believers claim privileged insight into temporal matters. The faithful are entitled to a hearing for their case but they are not entitled to respect for their convictions. They need instead to defend their beliefs in the public square; unfortunately for himself and his coreligionists, Mr Farron wasn't up to it.

Oliver Kamm, The Times

This isn't a battle between East and West, and this isn't a battle between brown people and white people, nor is it a battle between non-Muslims and Muslims. This is a struggle between, on the one hand, those fighting for human rights and humanitarian values, and on the other hand, those who favour regressive values and theocracy.

Iona Italia, Conatus News

British Evangelicals hold their religious identity very strongly, for nearly all, being a Christian is the most important part of their self-representation. But they are distinctly lacking a political identity. They locate across the ideological spectrum and affiliate with a variety of political parties. Most significantly, their religious identity does not inform their political attitudes, partisan affiliation, or voting behavior. The religious and the political exist in separate spheres.

Andrea Hatcher, Christian Today

Fri, 09 Jun 2017

Almost 30 years on from the Rushdie affair, we remain stuck in a vortex of outdated multicultural, multi-faith policies and our ignorance about Islamist extremism remains unchallenged.

Sara Khan, Evening Standard

Fri, 02 Jun 2017

In Britain neither canon law nor Sharia should ever be the basis for a manifesto idea.

Alice Thomson, The Times

Fri, 26 May 2017

Politicians who refuse to talk about Islamist extremists aren't protecting minorities but treating all Muslims as if they were extremists.

Nick Cohen

Fri, 19 May 2017

I could not continue partaking in an event which was discriminatory on the grounds of both religion and gender.

Naz Shah, on her decision to leave a Bradford election event only open to female Muslim candidates.

Fri, 12 May 2017

Secularism is essential because it is only with a secular state ideology that tolerance of differences in beliefs and persuasions can exist.

Mohammad Alami Musa, Straits Times

Fri, 05 May 2017

Public funds are being used to separate children by faith. What could be more damaging to integration? Faith schools are also segregating children by class. A quarter of faith primary schools have fewer disadvantage pupils than those of no faith. Faith schools are the antithesis of a secular society.

Afua Hirschm, BBC Newsnight

Political power doesn't give you the right to impose your beliefs on the electorate.

Fionola Meredith, Belfast Telegraph.

Fri, 28 Apr 2017

Separation of church and religion from state is fundamental ... the imposition of religious teachings on day to day life is utterly wrong.

Tim Farron MP

Fri, 21 Apr 2017

My view about how politicians' faith affects their public duties [is that] you should judge them not by what their private faith is but what their public actions are as legislators.

Nick Clegg MP, speaking on 'Newsnight' about Tim Farron and LGBT rights.