The old adage "never believe what you read in the newspapers" has never been so apposite as it has been over the past couple of days. The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail have surpassed themselves for disingenuousness with headlines about the wearing of Christian crosses at work.
Even the faithful concede that history aches with religious division and conflict. Why shouldn't secularists be burning bridges?
Why is the coalition government increasingly embracing the policy of the US Republicans of appropriating religion for political purposes? It's not even as though it works very well for the GOP. In fact, Rick Santorum's present display of religious zealotry must surely be ensuring another term for Obama.
Bad news. Militant secularism is out to get you. It wants to deprive your children of morality, rights and religious freedom. Or so says Baroness Warsi. And unfortunately she is not alone.
Secularism is essentially a political strategy that says, in the context of a diverse society, the state should not discriminate in favour of or against any person because of their religious or non-religious beliefs.
As the Atheist Movement continues to fight against the voice of faith in public life here in the UK, Christians - and those of all faiths for that matter - need not batten down the hatches, but rather practice their faith and talk about it openly, unapologetic and unafraid.
As we contemplate the implications of the High Court decision that the saying of prayers as part of local council business is illegal, the National Secular Society is bracing for an absolute torrent of abuse, exaggeration, misrepresentation and hysteria from conservative sources.
This week the Republican candidate Rick Santorum has, in his finite wisdom, declared that if a woman is raped then she should "make the best out of a bad situation." This is 2012, and a man campaigning to have the most powerful job in the world is advocating that the consequences of rape are a 'gift'.
French Marxist Philosopher Luis Althusser's essay "Contradiction and Overdetermination," went passed my eyes this month in