Education about religions in English schools is broken, and it is too important a subject not to fix. That is the reality
In a country where most people now are not religious, the research shows that a massive 91% of us do celebrate Christmas in some form. So if Christmas is no longer about Christ for most people, what is it about? What people are celebrating in just under a week's time is not the birth of a supernatural saviour, but more earthly, human things.
In 2008, the blasphemy laws were abolished in England and Wales. They protected the tender sympathies of the Anglican God
For non-Christians - the majority of Brits - the Bible isn't uniquely moral, uniquely important, or uniquely beautiful. Christian hegemony is out of date. Cast away on a desert island, people should be offered the book of their choice and we now have a whole wide world of inspiration to choose from.
New Proposals Will Lead To The Greatest Growth In Religious Segregation In The History Of English Schools
If we want meaningful integration in our diverse society, we must have it in our schools. All the available evidence supports this claim. It is a truth which should have led to significant reform of England's education system a very long time ago indeed. Instead, it has barely figured in education policy.
"Render to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's." (Jesus Christ) Jesus wasn't about religion, in fact he reserved
A wedding is a completely personal event, and there's no right or wrong way to do it. But for me, to make solemn promises in front of a god I don't believe in, using language I didn't agree with, in the kind of building I rarely visit, seemed a pretty insincere way to kick off a marriage. But there was one thing that religious weddings offer that I really wanted - reflection and preparation.
Only By Accepting That Britain Is No Longer a Christian Country Can We Start to Look Towards Real Equality
Ceasing to look ever backwards in that way, coming to terms instead with a very different present reality, and planning for a more cohesive future society on the basis of that will take us all - religious and humanist alike - well out of our comfort zones. But it is an essential task. The strikingly diverse Commission that produced today's report has taken that first step forward. Hopefully public authorities and governments across the UK will continue that journey.
A long time ago I read a story briefly featuring someone called 'The Buddha Of Absolute Freedom'. Not a central character, but one who momentarily connected with the hero of the story to show him the way on his journey.
Last week, while promoting new film Suffragette, Time Out asked the First Lady of Fabulous the seemingly superfluous question 'u a feminist, bae?'... Streep responded with this curveball: "I am a humanist. I aim for a nice easy balance."