A 'Duty Of Reasonable Accommodation' Is An Unreasonable Proposition

Stephen Evans | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK
Stephen Evans

The UK has some of the most comprehensive anti-discrimination laws in the world. Britain is rightly regarded globally as a tolerant nation; one where everyone, within reasonable limits, can enjoy freedom of religion or belief and is legally protected from discrimination on the grounds of their religion or belief...

Faith Schools: Education's Sacred Cow

Stephen Evans | Posted 17.06.2015 | 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.

Another Senseless Murder With Impunity for 'Blasphemy'

Andrew Copson | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK
Andrew Copson

Early on Tuesday morning, Ananta Bijoy Das was hacked to death in a public street for the crime of not believing in God - and being willing to say so publicly. Ananta had been on a list of atheist bloggers produced by Islamist political parties in 2013...

On Secular Fundamentalism

Ian Linden | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Ian Linden

Fundamentalism jumps barriers like a virus. It is as if religious fundamentalism is transmitted to the secular ideology of the State. Think laïcité in France today. Or, in a different dynamic, try Fox News and Tea-Party Republicanism.

Sharia Law Versus Secular Democracy

Peter Tatchell | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Peter Tatchell

Speaker after speaker last Saturday warned of an Islamist agenda of stealthy, creeping, subtle Sharification. This involves sustained attempts by Islamists to pressure public institutions, in the name of religious freedom and multiculturalism, to make special allowances for their reactionary sectarian clerical values.

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.

Charlie Hebdo: The Pope's Comments Join a Media Circus at Risk of Legitimising Terrorism

George Gillett | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
George Gillett

Whether it be the Pope or a media commentator - we must avoid capitalising on a terrorist incident to vocalise our opinion on these cartoons and society's attitude towards religious beliefs.

We Must Not Surrender to the Pakistan Taliban

John Sargeant | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
John Sargeant

Now is not the time to doubt our capacity to do good in the world, nor to understand and embrace those that would do evil. Now is the time to fight for the children of the world. This war will be without end, till the blood of those prepared to put kids in the crosshairs runs no more.

Death, Glory and Honour: What Place Religion in Public Remembrance?

Paul Beaumont | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Paul Beaumont

In what sense could God have been glorified as a result of the First World War? Was he on the side of the British and her allies? Is that why we won, and is that what glorified him? Didn't the Germans pray to the same God?

"We Are All Kobane": Rallying Cry of Resistants Against Fundamentalism

Caroline Fourest | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK
Caroline Fourest

It was an emotional Maryam Namazie, an Iranian Marxist in exile, who stepped onto the stage to read out a message in support of Syrian Kurds: "We are all Kobanians".

ISIS and Clerical Fascism

John Sargeant | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

The need to fight fascism and prevent genocide are as close to self evident truths as humanity might wish to invent. When both present themselves in the form of ISIS the question is how, rather than why, they must be destroyed.

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.

The Damnation of Pakistan's Second Amendment

John Sargeant | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

Four million people are discriminated against in a land of 180 million. The Second Amendment of the constitution is devoted to enshrining the legal basis to do so. The second; a religious ruling as constitutional law...

Principles Of Secularism And Equality Must Be Defended

Stephen Evans | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Stephen Evans

The law has until now been very clear in this area and the courts have for the most part been successful in striking a fair balance. Attempts to tip the balance in favour of Christians, or any other religious group, must be resisted.

Ned Simons

Cameron Criticised For Appointing Anti-Secular Eric Pickles To Faith Minister Job | Ned Simons | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been criticised for appointing communities secretary Eric Pickles as the new faith minister, given his "divisive" views on religion....

Gender Segregation: Why the Latest EHRC Guidance for Universities is a Secular Victory

Chris Malburn | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Malburn

Everyone has freedom of (and from) religion and belief, and the right to practice however they like, but it should never impact upon the freedom of others to live their lives how they wish. That the government is choosing to uphold this basic but vital principle is a fantastic victory for secularism, humanism and feminism, and another step towards a more equal and fair society.

Assisted Dying and Religion

Bob Morgan | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Bob Morgan

I support the idea of the patient having the option to ask for a lethal dose of drugs to end that suffering - at least that is what I would like to have as an option should I find myself in that position.

Atheist Students Must Fight Back

Rory Fenton | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rory Fenton

Students have rights, their beliefs don't. If there is one message universities need to hear at the end of this academic year, it's this. For non-religious students on campuses across the UK, 2013-14 has been the most challenging year to date, with criticism of religion censored and religious rules enforced in lecture theatres. It has also seen the start of a significant fight-back.

School Chaplains: The Church of England's Latest Plan to Evangelise in Schools

Stephen Evans | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Evans

Pastoral support is an important part of school life. Those providing it shouldn't have an agenda to evangelise. "Holy loitering" shouldn't be acceptable behaviour in schools, and the Church of England's missionary work certainly shouldn't be coming out of school budgets.

The Prime Minister's 'Christian Country' Claims

Andrew Copson | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Copson

Again and again in the past few years, more and more politicians have been joining church leaders in popping up to declare that Britain is a Christian country, that we ought to be proud of this fact, and that we ought to proclaim and promote it.

Inspired Bigotry: Meet the Salafists Behind the Law Society

Chris Moos | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Moos

quickly came to the defense of the Law Society, dismissing any critique as 'Islamophobic' and 'another sharia scare story'. Yet, several important questions remain unanswered.

No Eric Pickles We Are Not a Christian Nation

John Sargeant | Posted 06.06.2014 | 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 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.

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

Chris Moos | Posted 26.05.2014 | 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 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.