Religious Tolerance

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

Farid Panjwani | Posted 02.12.2014 | 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 22.10.2014 | 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.

Defending the Right of - Muslim - Students

Chris Moos | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Moos

Whether or not students want to segregate, in a liberal and democratic society the right to practising one's faith stops where one starts imposing it on others. Contrary to what some assert, there is no right of the religiously observant to impose their sensibilities on others.

Carey Criticises Cameron For Feeding Christians 'Persecution' Fears

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK

Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has accused David Cameron of "aiding and abetting" a public backlash against Christians, saying the p...

How Multiculturalism Can Work

Ben G. Jones | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ben G. Jones

Cultural diversity has played a key role in forming the multicultural Britain of today, far more so than adherence to one set of 'national values' has. The role of the state is to enforce this tolerance through laws and expose children to the true diversity of the world they are entering in the education system.

Witches and Witch Hunts - What the Salem Trials Tell us Today

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jeffrey Gedmin

How do we promote tolerance and protect free speech in a time where organised groups openly, and others clandestinely, exploit our liberal values to oppose our aims, sometimes with the deadliest of means?

The World of Intermarriage: Stepping Out of the 'Jewish Bubble'

Gemma Goodman | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gemma Goodman

Making this decision to move away from my Jewish roots has not been easy. The push and pull of the pressure of belonging to such an insular community and losing my faith in God has led me to experience a crisis of identity of sorts.

On Bigots, Same-Sex Marriage and Human Rights

Manuel Barcia | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Manuel Barcia

What I cannot understand is why this same-sex marriage issue arouses conservative religious leaders and people who share their Palaeolithic ideas so much.

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.

Why Religion Works For Us

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

A survey published this week found more young people turning away from religion, believing that the definition of being "moral" meant looking after yo...

Reforming Section 5

Andrew Copson | Posted 02.09.2012 | UK Politics
Andrew Copson

To uphold freedom of speech for everyone, atheist and religious, Section 5 must be reformed now.

We're Not Just Talking About Islam

Sharon Memis | Posted 31.08.2012 | UK
Sharon Memis

It's important to recognise the diverse backgrounds that constitute our national cultures in contemporary society. As Mark Hammond of the Equality and Human Rights Commission writes, "It is indisputable that Britain has benefited for centuries from its own Muslim heritage. There is much more to be gained from the sharing of culture and art, humour and humility."