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 Mar 2017

What is the right punishment for blasphemy?

BBC Asian Network official Twitter account

Fri, 10 Mar 2017

The key [to stopping radicalisation] is integration… because the first people it harms not to be integrated successfully in this country, are the very people that the multiculturalists of the 90s claimed that they were wanting to defend and support.

Maajid Nawaz, on the failure to integrate British Muslim communities.

Fri, 03 Mar 2017

We need to ask challenging questions on whether it can ever be right to deny a child their entitlement to vital education through good, age-appropriate information, not least because we know how important that is to keeping them safe.

Caroline Lucas MP, on the right of all children to appropriate relationships and sex education.

Fri, 24 Feb 2017

By 2030 Russia will be like medieval Spain, where the Inquisition persecuted non-believers and heretics.

Aleksei Bushmakov, a Russian lawyer defending Ruslan Sokolovsky facing prosecution for "offending believers".

The automatic inclusion of representatives of other faiths is an unacceptable solution due to the difficulty of deciding which faiths and denominations within faiths to include, how to include non-religious organisations, and the constantly changing demographics of the UK.

The Electoral Reform Society, on religion and the House of Lords.

Fri, 17 Feb 2017

Secularism is not merely desirable but essential for the healthy existence of a pluralist society such as ours. It implies a separation that exists between the state and religion. This does not detract from the fact that the right to religion is a fundamental right and the denial of this freedom is a violation of the basic principles of democracy.

Kua Kia Soong, commenting on the Malaysian constitution

Fri, 10 Feb 2017

Most people agree that educating children together is a better way forward for our society - it's time to turn our aspiration into reality.

Liam Neeson, in an appeal to integrate more schools in Northern Ireland.

Fri, 03 Feb 2017

What we need, above all, is a new centre to our politics—one that defends secularism, science, and free speech against their enemies on both the Left and the Right. And now we each must choose between supporting that civilizing project and joining in the chaos to come.

Sam Harris

Fri, 27 Jan 2017

Maybe not only God, but even the pope will be a factor in the French presidential campaign.

Sylvie Kauffmann, New York Times

Nobody wants the church. Why does the church want us?

Dylan Jones, secretary of the Working Group for Community Education in Penllyn.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017

Fri, 13 Jan 2017

At the moment, we only have sex and relationship education across our schools in a very patchy way. Some schools are doing amazing work, and we should recognise that, but safeguarding only works if every young child has access to information, training and support.

Stella Creasy MP, on the need for statutory sex and relationships education

The whole spectacle of religion and politics, as it has played out with Trump's election, continues to damage the view Millennials have of organised religion…. Religion is now essentially politics in drag.

Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a New York-based think tank on religion.

Fri, 06 Jan 2017

Secularism is not opposed to religion, but is opposed to the religious control over civil institutions, law and governance.

Romila Thapar, Historian, speaking at a public seminar on 'Making of Modern India and Secularism'.

It's not really the way we've ever done things in this country, we didn't ban communism during the cold war and I think we should be strong and robust enough to argue back.

David Anderson QC, he Government's Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation on the dangers of 'extremism disruption orders'.

Fri, 16 Dec 2016

The Government's silence in the matter of Louis Smith ... heralds, de facto, the reintroduction of an unwritten blasphemy law, enforced by threat and thuggery.

Charles Walker MP, on the Government's weak response to the death threats directed at Louis Smith.

This House reaffirms the right of every person in this country to use the phrase Happy Christmas; and encourages communities to remember and celebrate the real reason for Christmas which is the birth of Christ.

Bizarre early day motion, sponsored by 7 MPs, apparently concerned that the right to say 'Happy Christmas' is somehow under threat.

Fri, 09 Dec 2016

Children should be encouraged to integrate and become part of the wider community. A secular and impartial educational system is the only way of doing this. In secondary schools, God should be left at the door and religions taught impartially and without bias, as a means of understanding the diversity of faith.

GP Taylor, Yorkshire Post

Fri, 02 Dec 2016

This isn't about Christianity, this isn't about loving your neighbour. This isn't about looking after the poor. This isn't about the meek inheriting the earth. This isn't about being excellent to each other and seeking to do the right thing by those less fortunate than yourself. This is about B&B owners being able to turn away gay couples ... and this is about people being able to stand up in public and describe homosexuality as sinful without being told to sod off.

James O'Brien, LBC - demolishes the claim that Christians are persecuted in the UK and 'afraid' to discuss their beliefs.

Fri, 25 Nov 2016

If we don't want extremists to take over our country and turn it into their own personal kingdom, if we don't want them to sit on thrones shouting off with their heads every time someone opens their mouth, if we don't want to see the literal version of Game of Thrones around us, secularism is the only way to ensure that does not happen.

Shamila Ghyas, Pakistani blogger, writer and human rights activist.

Fri, 18 Nov 2016

I have said it abroad and now I am saying it again that Islam will be dropped from Bangladesh's constitution when the time comes. The force of secularism is within the people of Bangladesh. There is no such thing as a 'minority' in our country.

Dr Abdur Razzak, of the Bangladeshi Awami League party.

Fri, 04 Nov 2016

When people make fun of Christianity in this country it rightly turns the other cheek. When a young gymnast, Louis Smith, makes fun of another religion widely practised in this country he is hounded on Twitter, by the media and suspended by his association. For goodness sake Mr Speaker this man received death threats and we have all looked the other way.

Charles Walker MP, challenging the Prime Minister over the state of free expression in the UK.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016

It's a strange thing to say about a country in the middle of Europe, in the 21st century, but this is how it works – nearly all politicians here are afraid of the Catholic church.

Anna Leszczy?ska, Polish women's rights activist.

Fri, 21 Oct 2016

The fate of an illiterate berry picker on death row for blasphemy has gripped Pakistan in a [furore] of religious fanaticism. Few examples better illustrate the misplaced priorities of the Pakistani government and the country's Islamist ideologues.

Farahnaz Ispahani and Nina Shea, Wall Street Journal

Fri, 14 Oct 2016

It is very frustrating that Theresa May is committed to creating more faith schools in a country which is already deeply divided. Faith schools segregate children along religious as well as ethnic lines. This will create generations of British children who have had next to no contact with people from different walks of life.

Aliyah Saleem, education campaigner and former Islamic school pupil