New book on secularism, politics, religion and freedom

DO religion and its institutions subvert reason and progress in modern life? In his introduction to Secularism: Politics, Religion and Freedom, Andrew Copson presents a holistic and hard-hitting case showing the importance of keeping religion out of politics. The CEO of Humanists UK, Copson, above, is accustomed to speaking to ideologically diverse audiences and his […]

Marginalising religious minorities harms society

Between a rock and a jihad place If a secular and pluralistic society wishes to function well, it must not disadvantage religious minorities. Indeed, it is critical – whether you are a doctor, a school teacher or the head of the BBC’s religious programming – that your cultural and religious background does not handicap you. […]

‘Father, forgive us’

It is a sad fact that the Catholic Church has never been progressive in its treatment of women and still remains mired in archaic and oppressive tradition. Yet Pope Francis is widely portrayed a ‘progressive’ figurehead as a result of several controversial statements he has made since becoming Pope, most recently when he put a […]