Freedom of Religion

Words Of Caution On Freedom Of Religion Or Belief

Andrew Copson | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Andrew Copson

As a humanist I very much defend, uphold and rely on the human right to freedom of religion or belief. I do, however, want to offer a few words of caution as well...

Freedom of Religion or Belief Is the Most Basic Right of All, It Affects Us All, And It Is Under Increasing Threat Worldwide

Benedict Rogers | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Benedict Rogers

It is, in all our interests to ensure that governments, media and institutions around the world speak out for individuals in jail or facing execution, support civil society actors on the ground working to defend freedom of religion or belief, and make it a priority to promote this most basic of freedoms.

Time to End Compulsory Worship In Schools

Stephen Evans | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK
Stephen Evans

Removing the collective worship requirement is not a call to jettison all trace of religion from schools... Legally imposing a daily act of worship, in which pupils by law are required to "take part", goes beyond the legitimate function of the state and violates the human right of freedom of belief for children and young people.

Going Undercover: Human Rights and the Niqab

Gabriel Webber | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK
Gabriel Webber

This week saw one of those fleeting moments when Daily Mail readers will have felt a great big load of love for the European Court of Human Rights...

Indonesia: Pluralism in Peril

Benedict Rogers | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Benedict Rogers

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority nation, third largest democracy, fourth most populous country and sixteenth largest economy is at a crossroads: politically, economically and socially...

Free-Speech Jihadis and Their Defence of Maajid Nawaz

Salman Butt | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Butt

Over the last few weeks I've noticed an uncanny resemblance between the caricature flag-burning, blasphemer-threatening, riotous Muslims in the Middle-East, and some (perhaps equally intelligent) so-called 'liberal' tweeters, commentators and presenters in the UK...

It's Time to Stick Our Necks Out for Maajid Nawaz and Freedom of Speech

Benedict Rogers | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Almost every day, among my friends, on the streets or tubes, or on television, I hear someone take the name of Jesus Christ in vain, turning his name into a swear word. I don't like it. I'd rather they didn't do it. But do I threaten to cut their heads off, or even stage an angry demonstration or organise a petition? Of course not.

People Power Must Save Egypt

John Sargeant | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

Welcome to the slaughter mad house that has become Egypt. I have no words of comfort. Freedom always has a price, and often the generation that pays it never gets to reap what they sow. Patriots hope to live to see such freedom, but know their actions and those of their fellow countrymen and women can bring such an end that they may never see. In history, it is the only thing that ever has.

Ned Simons

Tories Abandon David Cameron Over Gay Marriage As Majority Fail To Endorse Bill | Ned Simons | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron successfully saw his gay marriage bill pass its first hurdle in the Commons on Tuesday, but most of his MPs failed to endorse the move. ...

Ned Simons

Anti-Gay Marriage Group Distributing 'Misleading' Leaflets, MPs Claim | Ned Simons | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

A campaign group set up to fight gay marriage has been accused of misleading voters by suggesting MPs support the campaign when they do not. Sarah ...

Ed Miliband To Give Labour MPs Right To Vote Against Gay Marriage Bill

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has decided to allow Labour MPs to vote against gay marriage if they want to it has been reported, having previously indicated he would im...

Panel Says Judges Have Been Too Hard On U.K. Christians

Posted 11.09.2011 | UK

By Al Webb Religion News Service LONDON (RNS) A government-funded watchdog panel said British judges have erred in supporting employers who try to...