No Eric Pickles We Are Not a Christian Nation

John Sargeant | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

You see Mr Pickles, the Scots understand a pluralistic, religiously diverse country better than you do. The Irony is we might just be about to lose them because you do not understand what did make Britain a nation.

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

George Gillett | Posted 04.04.2014 | 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.

Institutionalising Gender Segregation: The Role of Universities and Students' Unions

Chris Moos | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Moos

New evidence, which I will present here, suggests that gender segregation is not only tolerated, but often legitimised and institutionalised by the very universities and student representatives that are supposed to uphold and promote equality for all.

Faith Schools: Whose Education Is It Anyway?

Stephen Evans | Posted 05.03.2014 | 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.

An Analysis of the Criticism By the United Nations of the Vatican Over Child Abuse - And the Vatican's Reaction to It

Keith Porteous Wood | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Keith Porteous Wood

States that ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as has the Vatican - or technically its diplomatic name, the Holy See (HS) - are subject to 5 yearly examinations by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Vatican Under Unprecedented Scrutiny Over Child Abuse

Keith Porteous Wood | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Keith Porteous Wood

Perhaps the biggest question that this examination raises is the extent to which Francis wishes to - or indeed is able to - start coming clean over child abuse by requiring reporting to secular authorities, and cooperating with them by providing information which the Vatican has hitherto kept secret and instructed others to do likewise.

Censorship on Channel 4 News; An Open Letter to the Editor From the National Secular Society

Stephen Evans | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Stephen Evans

We were surprised and extremely disappointed to see that Channel 4 News took the decision to cover up the image of Mohammed when showing the Jesus & Mo cartoon, and we are thus keen to elicit the rationale behind that particular editorial decision.

Why We Need Richard Dawkins

John Sargeant | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK
John Sargeant

Dawkins' passion for not just calling out pseudo-science but explaining what the science actually is, expressing real poetry in how things are without needing to imagine what we cannot know. Quite simply it is enthralling to hear complex subjects so beautifully explained by Dawkins.

LSE Apologises To Atheist Students Over Mohammed Jesus T-Shirt Row

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The London School of Economics has apologised to two atheist students for threatening to kick them of a freshers fair if they did not cover up their t...

The Church of England's Unrelenting Exploitation of the Nation's Schools

Stephen Evans | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

The Church of England's clear intention here is to ramp up the evangelisation, not only in Church schools, but also in non-faith schools. They realise that the indoctrination of children, however subtle in its execution, is absolutely critical to its survival.

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.

Evangelism in Schools?

Stephen Evans | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Stephen Evans

A report published this week by the National Secular Society has shone a much needed spotlight on the activities of evangelical Christian organisations operating in our children's schools.

LSE Students CAN Wear Jesus And Mo T-Shirt To Burka Debate, School Claims

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

LSE students are taking legal advice after being told to cover up "offensive" t-shirts of Jesus and Mohammed. Members of the LSESU Atheist, Secular...

Dawkins Fury Over 'Jesus And Mo' T-Shirt Censorship At LSE

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Richard Dawkins has expressed outrage after an LSE student society were forced to cover-up their T-shirts which had cartoon depictions of Jesus and th...

The Fight About Faith Schools Isn't Really About Faith School at All

Elizabeth Oldfield | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK
Elizabeth Oldfield

Those who advocate faith schools draws on that which demonstrates good academic results, while on the other side of the debate faith school critics point to another set of research to back up claims they exacerbate social division. Both sides, entrenched in their positions, are over claiming.

Girls Need Guiding More Than Ever, Don't Allow Your Leaders To Push Them Away

Michelle Beckett | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Beckett

The sense of pride, belonging and self esteem I felt for the first time in my life aged seven that wet winter evening will never leave me. I was about to make my promise to you, the Girlguiding movement.

Secularism in Egypt Once Again Means Authoritarianism and No-one Is Stepping in to Suggest Otherwise

Alex MacDonald | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK
Alex MacDonald

The main secular party in Egypt, the National Salvation Front, has abandoned all credibility. Riding a wave of popular dissatisfaction with the incompetent government of Mohamed Mursi, they foolishly threw their lot in with the military.

Why Atheists Should Pray

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK
Professor Damien Ridge

Prayer can be viewed as a kind of vertical communication (e.g. with a God), verbal or contemplative, structured (e.g. reading a prepared prayer) or freely composed (e.g. talking to an imaginary other).

Egypt, Islam at Cross Roads

Jasdev Singh Rai | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK
Jasdev Singh Rai

If negative voting and a few failed policies were enough to bring Morsi in Egypt, then no democracy will have a full term. But what is happening in Eg...

Proposed Church of England Takeover of State Schools Should Ring Warning Bells

Jonathan Romain | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK
Jonathan Romain

It will be tragic if community schools that currently serve their local population without discrimination and see themselves as the hub of local life are transformed into ones that serve one particular faith group only and exclude others - be it those of different faiths or no-belief system. Let faith be celebrated in the home or in church or at Sunday school or at summer camp, but school should be the place where the whole of society comes together and interacts.

Can NI21 Change The Face of Northern Irish Politics?

Jason A Murdock | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jason A Murdock

For a majority, the so-called political 'silent majority' can be a pretty lonely place sometimes. For anyone with any knowledge of Northern Irish life, it goes without saying that this time of year can be a dire state of affairs...

Change My Mind: Should Faith Schools Discriminate On Grounds Of Religion?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK

A new campaign launched in an attempt to end schools selecting pupils based on their faith has provoked strong, passionate debate from either side. ...

Outlawing Faith Schools Will Help No One

Peter Kessler | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK
Peter Kessler

I understand that, for some, exposing their children to the non-Jewish community is unacceptable but outlawing them will help no one. Welcoming them as part of the rich variety of our society is a responsibility for those who believe in a tolerant, welcoming 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.

Why Is The Government Opposing 'Humanist' Weddings?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK

The government is refusing to back plans for couples to be able to hold "non-religious" wedding ceremonies, despite previously pledging support, accor...