Separation of Church and State

The Time For Playful Politics Is Now

Allen Baird | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Politics
Allen Baird

Maybe the doctrine of limited government isn't just a rusty political relic of Enlightenment idealism. Maybe it's a modern psychological tool we can wield to ward off those black dogs of political depression.

The Brexit Stalemate: Could The UK Learn Something From Its Church?

Mia Forbes Pirie | Posted 26.08.2017 | UK Politics
Mia Forbes Pirie

It is unusual times when the Church is more progressive than the State but we may actually be in such times. Britain has reached a place where polarized views and a lack of respect between the people who hold those views predominates. As the country staggers around in shock, we are all showing our uglier sides.

Will Faulty Government Software Really Cause Thousands of Divorce Settlements to be Re-Opened?

Richard Adams | Posted 18.12.2016 | UK
Richard Adams

It is therefore likely that it is only those couples who did not use a lawyer to reach a financial settlement on divorce and who relied on the auto-correct function of the Ministry of Justice software who have cause for concern, and the number of cases affected will be significantly lower than the numbers being bandied around within the press.

Why Liberals Don't Care About Religious Freedom?

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

It seems rather obvious that laws ensuring religious freedom could do lots of good to the cause of gay marriage. The importance of traditional marriage for straight couples is somewhere between 'decreasing,' 'dying' and 'dead.'

How Many Members Makes a National Church?

Andrew Copson | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK
Andrew Copson

The Church of England tried to put a brave face on it but the Anglican church attendance figures for 2011 published this week pose a serious challenge for any church defending its position as the national, established, top religious organisation.

Why the Church Must Not Win in This Confrontation With the State

Terry Sanderson | Posted 12.08.2012 | UK Politics
Terry Sanderson

The Church of England has thrown down the gauntlet to the government over the issue of same-sex marriage. The message is clear: "Do as we say or there will be dire consequences." Their response to the government consultation on its intention to legalise civil marriages between same-sex couples is overwrought to the point of hysteria. It is manipulative to the point of blackmail.

Holy Redundant: Let's get Bishops out of Parliament

Andrew Copson | Posted 24.06.2012 | UK Politics
Andrew Copson

This week we learned that the parliamentary committee considering reform of the House of Lords voted 13-7 to support the government's plan for automatic places for Bishops to remain in a reformed chamber.