Religious Freedom

Time to End Compulsory Worship In Schools

Stephen Evans | Posted 10.07.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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 Is at a Crossroads - Its Future as a Pluralistic Democracy Hangs in the Balance

Benedict Rogers | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK
Benedict Rogers

It is not for me, as a foreigner, to tell Indonesians how to vote on 9 July. The choice of President is one for the people of Indonesia to make. But, if I were an Indonesian, it's clear where my sympathies would lie...

Why God Matters and On Being an Orphan

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

God, that nebulous being without a face, has confused mankind forever. Either you are with him or against him. I recently took confession and the priest, locked behind a screen, ordered me to say to God that I was sorry for offending him.

Critiquing Islam or Islamophobia?

Liam Deacon | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

For nine years in a row a controversial resolution on, "Combating Defamation of Religions," described by some as an, "international blasphemy law," has been consistently losing support in the United Nations General Assembly.

Religious Freedom Needs Free Speech

John Sargeant | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
John Sargeant

A t-shirt is not usually newsworthy. When it depicts The Prophet Mohammed saying "How ya doing?" from the Jesus and Mo cartoon it has legs. When the story has intrigue, personal rivalry, politics and religion thrown in it runs and runs.

My 14 Priorities for 2014

Benedict Rogers | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK
Benedict Rogers

Admittedly, my direct involvement is in Asia and so I draw heavily on my experiences there. But the principles hold, wherever they arise - for the values in contention are universal.

Muslim Women Don't Care If You Feel Uncomfortable

Shaheen Sattar | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Shaheen Sattar

Regardless of whether you think niqab should be banned in society wholeheartedly, or removed from public spheres because it makes you feel uncomfortable and in a compromised condition, banning the niqab for the small minority of women, challenges the very foundations of female autonomy in large.

There Is No Compulsion in Islam to Wear the Niqab

Shamim Chowdhury | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics
Shamim Chowdhury

If the accusation is that the banning of the niqab goes against religious freedom, the foremost question must be whether the niqab itself has any kind of theological basis. Until now there has been no compelling evidence to suggest that it has, and this is what appears to have got lost in the debate.

The Spread of Religious Freedom Advocacy, and How to Improve It

David Griffiths | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK
David Griffiths

There is much to praise about fresh commitments around the world to promoting FORB. I hope we will now see growing sophistication in how it is done - and if so, the Special Rapporteur comes recommended as an excellent resource.

Religious Freedom: Principle or Plot?

Ian Linden | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK
Ian Linden

The hue and cry at Channel 4's Ramadan broadcasts and call to prayer highlights the way religion is jumping back into the headlines in an unhelpfully sensationalist fashion.

Conservative Divisions Over Gay Marriage Laid Bare

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Politics

The depth of Conservative divisions over gay marriage are to be laid bare on Tuesday when David Cameron faces being deserted by more than half of his ...

Ned Simons

Maria Miller Insists There Is 'No Pressure' On Tory MPs Over Gay Marriage

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Politics

On Tuesday evening MPs will vote to approve, or disapprove, of same-sex marriage. It is a historic step and many find it remarkable that the measure w...

Equality (Marriage) (Amendment) Bill Should Not and Will Not Succeed

Keith Porteous Wood | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Politics
Keith Porteous Wood

If there were to be a provision about protection of those expressing views on marriage, which I oppose, there would be more justification for it to be in the opposite direction - to give protection to those opposing the limiting of marriage to opposite sex couples.

My Human Rights Wish-List

Benedict Rogers | Posted 14.03.2013 | UK
Benedict Rogers

In his superb article 'A Human Rights Wish-list for 2013', Jack Healey encouraged us to chose our own wish-list. I have taken up that suggestion.

Ned Simons

Maria Miller Says Fear Churches Will Be Forced To Conduct Gay Weddings 'Unfounded'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

Culture secretary Maria Miller has said Tory backbench concerns that religious groups will be forced to conduct gay marriage are "completely unfounded...

Tory MP Says Fewer Straight People Will Marry If Gay People Can

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

A Conservative MP has suggested fewer heterosexual couples will get married if gay marriage is introduced. Speaking in the Commons on Tuesday after...

We Need to Talk More About Religion

Dr Matthew Francis | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Matthew Francis

I have sat with Muslims who drink alcohol, those who won't be in the same room as alcohol, and those who don't mind having a chat whilst I drink alcohol. But I asked, knowing that there are restrictions to do with alcohol within Islam, and I respected the answer.

As a friend, Britain Should Warn Indonesia That Its Pluralism Is in Peril

Benedict Rogers | Posted 13.12.2012 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

It is right to invite President Yudhoyono to Britain, it is right to seek to deepen our friendship, and it is right to applaud Indonesia's achievements. But in a spirit of friendship, David Cameron and the British Government should not shy away from addressing the challenges as well as lauding the accomplishments.

The Widows of Kandhamal

David Griffiths | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK
David Griffiths

Asmita's husband Rajesh was buried alive in a muddy riverbank in the remote Kandhamal district of India's Odisha (Orissa) state, just over four years ago. He is not enumerated in the official death toll of the anti-Christian pogrom which began in August 2008, because police did not find his body. In fact, they did not look for it

Iran Frees Pastor Condemned To Death For Refusing To Renounce Christianity

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK

An Iranian pastor, who refused to renounce Christianity after being sentenced to death for apostasy, has been released from prison after an internatio...

Hitchens, Jesus and Freedom: A Jailed Atheist and the Struggle Against Religious Intolerance in Indonesia

Benedict Rogers | Posted 25.07.2012 | UK
Benedict Rogers

If Christians, Ahmadis, atheists and Muslims who believe in religious freedom, mutual respect and pluralism stand up for each other, we can defeat the preachers of hate.

Tony Blair: World Without Religion Would Be One Of 'Tragedy And Disaster'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK Politics

Former prime minister Tony Blair has defended religion, warning that a world without faith would be one on a path to "tragedy and disaster". The ex...

Archbishop And Dawkins To Debate The Origins Of Man

PA | Posted 10.02.2012 | UK

The Archbishop of Canterbury and atheist Professor Richard Dawkins are set to go head to head to discuss man's greatest question. The leader of the...

Christian Hotel Owners Lose Battle Over Gay Couple Ban

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 10.02.2012 | UK

Two Christian guesthouse owners who were ordered to pay damages after refusing to allow a gay couple to stay in a double room lost their appeal today....