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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.
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.
In America we don't worship government, we worship God!
Fri, 21 Jul 2017
We believe it is important to enable more faith schools to be set up and more faith schools to expand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fri, 30 Jun 2017
We see secularism as a tool of tolerance and living together, and not exclusion
No doubt months, possibly years, will be wasted defining what exactly might be classed as extremism . 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.
I have always insisted upon the highest standards of holiness of life from all who are ordained.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fri, 02 Jun 2017
In Britain neither canon law nor Sharia should ever be the basis for a manifesto idea.
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.
Fri, 19 May 2017
I could not continue partaking in an event which was discriminatory on the grounds of both religion and gender.
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.
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.
Political power doesn't give you the right to impose your beliefs on the electorate.
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.
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.