National Secular Society

Faith Schools: Education's Sacred Cow

Stephen Evans | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK
Stephen Evans

We've almost won the argument on compulsory worship, let's just hope we don't have to wait so long for people to finally admit that organising education around parents' religious beliefs really isn't the greatest idea.

Tory MP Calls for Prayers at Council Meetings

Chris Rooney | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Rooney

When I first read about the Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill, it struck me as somehow sinister and hilarious at the same time. Jake Berry, little known MP and spirited devil-dodger, has decided that best way to open council meetings is with a nod to The Almighty.

Teachers Shouldn't Be the Victims of Religious Discrimination

Stephen Evans | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

Parents with children at a primary school East Sussex expressed outrage this week, when it became clear that the school's popular headteacher, who was drafted in to save the failing primary, could not stay on permanently because he isn't Roman Catholic. The school of course, is a faith school.

Eric Pickles's Appointment as Faith Minister Should Give All Secularists Cause for Concern

Stephen Evans | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

One major objective of secularism is to balance everyone's religious rights and freedoms fairly. This naturally includes the rights and freedoms of the non-religious and those of minority religions. Yet Mr Pickles chooses to portray this as secularists trying to "impose" their "politically correct intolerance" on others.

Justin Welby Attacked For Defending Faith Schools

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has been criticised for defending faith schools when they "prioritise evangelisation", according to a secula...

Faith Schools: Whose Education Is It Anyway?

Stephen Evans | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Stephen Evans

According to a comprehensive new study undertaken by the Church of England to discover the factors related to spiritual and numerical.. church growth, our 'National Church' is in decline because generations of church goers are not being replaced.

Secularism Seeks to Balance Everyone's Religious Freedoms Fairly - Why Would Anyone Oppose That?

Stephen Evans | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

As the old idiom goes, throw enough mud and some of it will stick. This appears to be the strategy of those with a vested interest in resisting secularism. Secularism is often unfairly and portrayed by some as illiberal, intolerant and anti-religious. There is, without question, plenty of hostility to religion in Britain, but that is not the business of secularism.

Catholic School Leaders Face Sack

PA | Posted 01.02.2013 | UK

Catholic school governors and leaders who are gay, remarry or live with a partner could face the sack or disciplinary action, according to new advice ...

Ned Simons

Should Bishops Be Banned From The House Of Lords? | Ned Simons | Posted 21.11.2012 | UK Politics

MPs and campaigners have called for bishops to be thrown out of the House of Lords after the Church of England voted to retain the ban on women being ...

Establishment of the Church of England Is Well Past Its Sell-By Date

Terry Sanderson | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Politics
Terry Sanderson

The Church of England has now shown itself to be an irrelevance, a nuisance and an embarrassment. It is well past its sell-by date and its establishment even more so.

These Imbecilic Riots Must Serve To Strengthen Our Commitment To Freedom

Terry Sanderson | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK Politics
Terry Sanderson

Because of an imbecilic reaction to an equally imbecilic film, there are some commentators in the West who would, apparently, be prepared to fatally compromise the free speech that underpins our democracy.

Is Eric Pickles Deliberately Trying to Mislead Us?

Terry Sanderson | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK Politics
Terry Sanderson

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has surpassed himself in an opinion piece for the Telegraph headed A Christian ethos strengthens our nation: Religion shaped the modern British state, and this Government is proud to 'do God'.

Michael Gove's King James Bible Plan Slammed By Secularists

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Government plans to give a free copy of the King James Bible to every state school have been branded by secular groups as a waste of money that favour...

Prime Minister’s Dissembling, Hypocritical and Dishonest Speech to Religious Leaders

Terry Sanderson | Posted 04.06.2012 | UK Politics
Terry Sanderson

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, gave an Easter reception for Christian leaders at Downing Street this week at which he delivered an unctuous speech of such dishonesty and hypocrisy that it almost takes the breath away.

Why Militant Secularism is for Believers, Too

Terry Sanderson | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK
Terry Sanderson

Secularists would also do well to recognise the distinction between the "popular religion" that comes easily to people's minds and the convoluted intellectual gymnastics that is theology. Attacking the latter is easy but will do little to undermine religion's grip.

Countless Millions of Taxpayers' Money Spent on Discrimination in Schools

Terry Sanderson | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK Politics
Terry Sanderson

The state is spending tens of millions of pounds on the salaries of clergy people as well as funding religious discrimination and indoctrination in schools. How did this happen? And more importantly, how are we going to stop it?

Without a Pack of Lies to Back Them Up, Christian Claims of Persecution Fall Flat on Their Face

Terry Sanderson | Posted 12.05.2012 | UK Politics
Terry Sanderson

The old adage "never believe what you read in the newspapers" has never been so apposite as it has been over the past couple of days. The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail have surpassed themselves for disingenuousness with headlines about the wearing of Christian crosses at work.

Establishment Means the Queen Does Not Belong Equally to Us All

Terry Sanderson | Posted 16.04.2012 | UK Politics
Terry Sanderson

The Church of England alone enjoys world-class privileges which are the very antithesis of inclusivity. Above all, it continues to enjoy representation in our legislature through its nomination of 26 bishops in the House of Lords. It is the only religious body in a western democracy to have such power. The bishops who sit in Parliament have real power, and exercise it.

Courts Confuse Our Thinking on What 'Secular' Means

Elizabeth Oldfield | Posted 11.04.2012 | UK Politics
Elizabeth Oldfield

The NSS's misguided campaign to rid our public life of any hint that religious people might be a part of it simply continues the impression that religious people and non-religious people are not able to function together, respecting each other's differences, without all out war.

Prayer Ban: Balancing the Reaction

Terry Sanderson | Posted 11.04.2012 | UK
Terry Sanderson

As we contemplate the implications of the High Court decision that the saying of prayers as part of local council business is illegal, the National Secular Society is bracing for an absolute torrent of abuse, exaggeration, misrepresentation and hysteria from conservative sources.

Bishops, Too, Have a Right to Unpleasant Opinions

Terry Sanderson | Posted 07.04.2012 | UK
Terry Sanderson

A humanist politician in Ireland is trying to prosecute a Catholic bishop for hate speech. Fine Gael election candidate John Colgan complained to the ...

Including Prayers On Meeting Agendas 'Unlawful' Says Pressure Group

PA | Posted 02.12.2011 | UK Politics

A pressure group, which campaigns against "established state religion", has told a High Court judge that a council was acting "unlawfully" by includin...