We Need To Defend Both Our Lives And Our Way Of Life

Stephen Evans | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

Terrorist atrocities have a way of bringing the nation together, albeit temporarily. We need a glue to keep us together. Political leaders and civil society must work together in building a more assertive culture that robustly, actively and unashamedly promotes democratic values such as the separation of religion and state, the rule of law, human rights and equal treatment. In that way, secularism can protect us all.

Why We Need A 21st Century RE For All

Stephen Evans | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the Education Reform Act 1988 which saw the introduction of a national curricular entitlement for all pupils. ...

Personal Beliefs On 'Sin' Do Matter, Especially When You Lead A Political Party

Chris Ward | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Ward

If it was just the belief of the odd backbencher, I'd happily deal with that. As it happens, it's the belief of somebody who, however electorally unlikely, seeks to be Prime Minister. It's also the belief of the leader of my party - a party famous for its secularism and its enthusiastic support for LGBT+ rights, even when it wasn't popular.

Time To Put The Christian Persecution Myth To Bed

Stephen Evans | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Stephen Evans

For years a small yet vocal minority of committed Christians have sought to perpetuate the myth that Christians in the UK are being persecuted for their beliefs and that UK equality law 'marginalises' them. So successful have they been in promulgating this myth, that the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a major program of research to assess the effectiveness of the legal framework relating to religion or belief.

Benefits Of A Secular Christmas

Arthur Peirce | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Christmas does indeed get the greater share of focus, and I have focused on it primarily due to my background, my grandfather was an Anglican Vicar and my primary school was Church of England, so I can't help but associate this period with the Christian church which is my own failing.

Facilitating More Religious Segregation In Faith Schools Can Only Harm Social Cohesion

Stephen Evans | Posted 10.09.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

In a move devoid of any common sense, Theresa May's government looks set to capitulate to the demands of religious groups by relaxing admissions rules for faith-based academies, allowing them to select all pupils along religious lines. It's hard to think of a more retrograde policy than the facilitation of greater religious segregation of children and young people in our education system.

Turkey, and the Real Coup Is?

Jody Sabral | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK
Jody Sabral

The military coup, if we can call it that was an elaborate and dramatic development that benefits one man and his supporters. When will he learn to include the other fifty percent of the country, the one that supported his rise to power because they viewed him as the best of a bad bunch believing his promises of peace and security.

In Modern Britain, Tradition Is No Reason to Cling to Religious Privilege

Stephen Evans | Posted 27.05.2017 | UK
Stephen Evans

Despite the vast majority of Brits being secular in outlook and largely indifferent to religion, our political structures and institutions have failed to keep pace with changing demographics. This leaves the privileged position of the established Church looking increasingly incongruous with the reality of modern life.

The Homophobic Jehovah's Witness Video Teaches Us Lessons in Parenting and Pluralism

Robert Sharp | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK
Robert Sharp

The Jehovah's Witnesses are going viral. Social media users have discovered 'One Man One Woman', a short animation about same-sex marriage. In the...

Targeted Killings in Bangladesh: Diversity at Stake

Jawad Syed | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK
Jawad Syed

An urgent crack down on these militants and their clerics, madrassas, literature and media that propagate such ideologies is necessary to protect vulnerable religious communities and secularists as well as the diverse and pluralistic fabric of Bangladeshi society.

'What Is England?' Asked St. George

Daniel Singleton | Posted 26.04.2017 | 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.

Why Do You Hate Us, Scotland?

Adam Benjamin | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Politics
Adam Benjamin

I was broadly in favour of a 'no' vote during the Scottish independence referendum. I didn't have much of a reason beyond still not being totally over America's secession 200 years before my birth, but I wanted Scotland to stick around. Ewan McGregor and Gordon Strachan and whisky... They seemed worth keeping hold of. I was mistaken.

It's High Time We Revoked Religion's Free Pass

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

Let's face it, religion operates from an unfathomable position of social and political privilege. We rightly mock climate change sceptics as deniers of the scientifically proven. Why, then, is it beyond the pale to lampoon believers in not just the doubtful but the outright apocryphal?

Could Secularism Be Britain's Salvation?

Stephen Evans | Posted 21.01.2017 | UK
Stephen Evans

In the promotional blurb for a lecture on 'Why 'no religion' is the new religion' that took place this week at the British Academy, it was claimed tha...

British Media Could Be Helping To Radicalise Muslims, Ex-Top Judge Warns

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK

British Muslims are at risk of being radicalised because of the strong language used about countering Islamist terrorism, the authors of a landmark re...

A 'Duty Of Reasonable Accommodation' Is An Unreasonable Proposition

Stephen Evans | Posted 15.10.2016 | 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 16.06.2016 | 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 14.05.2016 | 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".