#Religious Tolerance

Shape the Future By Remembering the Past

Laura Pasternak | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Pasternak

I had the chance to meet Sir Nicholas Winton today, I would thank him for his amazing rescue effort and for having the courage to act in the face of adversity. But I would also promise him that we Ambassadors will carry on his legacy by acting in whatever way we can to help others and exercise human compassion. I pledge to continue working hard to #ShapeTheFuture. I hope that he would be proud of us.

'What Is England?' Asked St. George

Daniel Singleton | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

It's one of those amusing quirks of history that we have a national patron saint who never visited England, would not have spoken the language of these isles at that time and probably could not even name this little island - which was not to be known as England until another 500 years after his death.

Easter: Once Again a Time to Focus on Ending Religious Intolerance in the Middle East

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK
Baroness Emma Nicholson

The shocking, sickening scene of a young man nailed to a wooden cross, surrounded by his executioners, shouting abuse and laughing whilst crowds of others watch in horrified silence, is an image that is indelibly stamped onto the minds of all Christians.

No, Britain First Does Not Represent Christians

Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK
Sarah Ann Harris

I know, I know, the best way to treat attention-seeking people like Britain First is to ignore them. Don't give them and their disgraceful campaign any oxygen and hopefully they'll eventually go away. But when something that is deeply important to me is being so monumentally misused, I can't keep it zipped any more.

Protection of Religious Minorities in Muslim Countries Must be a Priority

Qari Asim | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK
Qari Asim

Muslim scholars gathered at the summit made it clear that religious minorities living in Muslim countries must enjoy safety and security, granted by Islam, unconditionally. Conflicts, tensions and divisions amongst faiths feeding animosity must be resolved through mediation, diplomacy, and dialogue. The Charter of Medina provides an exemplary foundation for peaceful co-existence between diverse communities.

Fascism Is the New 'Fleek' in US Elections

Sabrina Lynch | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Politics
Sabrina Lynch

There is a restlessness in America that cannot be ignored since the horrific terrorist attacks took place in Paris last November. I've watched this n...

Challenging Misconceptions of Islam: Basic Advice for Teachers

Andrew Jones | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Andrew Jones

We can challenge misconceptions of Islam in school by:

  • being aware of the key beliefs of Muslims;
  • using the correct terminology when discussing Islam;
  • and, importantly, challenging stereotypes and highlighting examples of Muslim role models in British society.

This House Regrets Organised Religion

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

enying people the right of association based on an ideological factor, among other things, sets a dangerous precedent. To conclude, I do regret various factors connected with organised religion, but that does not mean that the very principle of it is regrettable.

Sermons: Why Language Matters

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt

No-one, said Hirsch in his German sermons and his German writings, should be excluded from European society because of their faith or culture. And no-one should be allowed to abuse their own faith and culture to exclude their own flock from European society.

Why My Heathen Kids Need a Religious Education

Michelle Beckett | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Michelle Beckett

I would like my children to have an understanding of different religious worldviews, and in turn, I want other kids of all faiths to understand theirs, and how it shapes the choices and decisions they make in life.

When Is a Religion Responsible for the Acts of Its Followers?

Farid Panjwani | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Farid Panjwani

What is the relationship between the teachings of a religion and the actions of its followers? What is the relationship between the text and the act? When, if ever, a religion, in this case Islam, can be credited with the acts, good or bad, of its followers?

Gay, Straight, Christian, Jew - Why Simple Labels No Longer Work

Neil Gibb | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Gibb

Pope Francis is a man on a mission. Everything from the choice of his name (referencing St Francis of Assisi) to his shunning of material comforts suggest he is out to take the church back to its core values of tolerance, inclusion and compassion.

Ayatollah al-Nimr - Saudi Arabia's Imprisoned Revolutionary

Abbas Farshori | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Abbas Farshori

Ayatollah Nimr represents the Shiite stand against Wahabbism, and the Islamic bow he uses to launch tirade after tirade against the regime only makes this conflict more cogent. His words, and fate empower the path for Shiite communities in the region and beyond. However this may not be the only role he assumes.

Is the PC Culture Alienating People With Disabilities and Those From Other Minorities

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

People with cerebral palsy can remember when SCOPE was called The Spastic Society. Now we have a culture where political correctness has overtaken and one cannot use the term 'disabled' or 'mentally handicapped' or even 'handicapped'; instead we have to use the terms 'less-abled' or 'learning difficulties'. Is this really required

Sunni and Shia Islam- What's The Origin of The Split?

Amelia Amin | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Amelia Amin

The differences between Sunni and Shia Islam are political in origin, and remain so to this day. The way that Muslims are positioned throughout the world (70% Sunni, and 20% Shia) has heavily informed the politics of various countries and created much geopolitical tension and associated extremism between the two sects.

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.

Being Called a 'Fundamentalist Secularist' Is an Insult I Would Welcome

George Gillett | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gillett

It is this debate that secularists, both religious and otherwise, are fighting for. The movement doesn't aim to destroy or dismantle religion, but to create a society where no one group is granted special privilege or power. A society which ensures that all beliefs are protected and welcomed equally. But this debate can only be had once you stop using "secularism" as a slur.

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.

So What If Your Child May Be Gay? Get Over It

Daniel Warner | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

If I was to go and try and get my 'gayness' reversed it would probably open up a plethora of Pandora's boxes. There would be demons, there would be horror, there would be sin, lustfulness and an absolute shed load of glitter, feathers, fun and debauchery.

How Relevant Is Faith and Religion in a Modern Society?

Reverend David Gifford | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Reverend David Gifford

Interfaith dialogue will have to take its place as a crucial item on everybody's agenda. It is heartening to get behind these students - the leaders of tomorrow - who show us that faith and religion is still relevant to life's meaning and for flourishing, dynamic, societies.

Marks & Spencer, Muslims and a Matter of Taste

Daniel Warner | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

No one has the right to refuse to help or serve someone because their religion denotes what others should put in their shopping basket, trolley or mouth. A Marks & Spencer food hall is not a place to breed religious or racial intolerance.

Why Has Ke$ha Been Banned From Malaysia?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK

Tik tok, Malaysia has called time on Ke$ha... The raunchy singer claims that authorities in the country refused to allow a Kuala Lumpur concert ven...

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 Reddit Delusion

Matt Clough | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Tech
Matt Clough

It's unfair to tar all r/atheism subscribers with the same brush. Perhaps now, with less visibility, the section will start the long road of rehabilitation toward becoming a welcoming, discussion of atheism for atheists. In truth, many of the noisiest members - much like in religion - are the ones that get the most attention, and the ones that least represent the majority of the community.