Topic / Secularism

London Humanists target the BBC over exclusionary godslot

Last month the South East London Humanist Group (SELHuG) held the first of a planned series of demos outside the BBC in a bid to get the corporation to open up Radio 4’s Thought for the Day to secular voices. A second demonstration took place yesterday, July 17. Thought for the Day, says the National […]

Retirement of liberal American judge sparks gloomy forecasts

The news this week that Justice Anthony Kennedy, above, is retiring from the US Supreme Court is ‘an ominous development for our civil liberties’, according to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which said Trump’s list of replacements ‘includes the worst of the worst’. In an article yesterday headed “We’re in big trouble with Kennedy’s Supreme […]

Tory tit Jacob Rees-Mogg falls victim to ‘bigotry’ in the BBC

I’ve always regarded Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg as a bit of a tit – and I’m by no means the only one who detests this poncy Brexiteering Catholic. Back in 2017 Ginger Wildheart, a British musician tweeted: I’m hoping someone will photoshop Jacob Rees-Mogg’s face on the IT poster, and change it to TIT. Several […]

Faith schools: Catholics and secularists criticise new plans

The Government has abandoned plans to lift the 50 per cap on faith admissions in new free schools in a move that has infuriated Catholics. Equally angry are secularists, who, while welcoming the retention of the cap, are appalled that the government plans instead to give faith groups extra support and 90 percent of the […]

Bishop blasted by Scottish secularists over BBC complaint

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Paisley, John Keenan, above, was accused yesterday by the Scottish Secular Society of ‘fabricating a ridiculous conspiracy that the BBC is seeking to oppress the Catholic Church’. The Society was reacting to reports that Keenan had sent a letter to the director of BBC Scotland, Donalda MacKinnon, outlining his concerns of […]

Religion trumps equality: court rules against London coroner

Senior coroner Mary Hassell, above, who refused to fast-track Muslim and Jewish burials, has been ordered by the High Court to reverse her policy. Under Jewish and Islamic law, bodies must be buried on the day of death or as soon as possible afterwards, but Hassell came into conflict with Muslim and Jewish groups by […]

NSS campaign launched to end state-funded faith schools

Historian and broadcaster Dan Snow, left, and politician and former actor Lord Cashman are among those who are supporting a new national campaign launched this week by the National Secular Society to end state-funded faith schools. The NSS says on its website that the No More Faith Schools campaign will highlight the widespread concerns and […]

Irreligious Britain is entering a ‘frightening new Dark Age’

Bishop Philip Egan of the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth – pictured above with a glum young novitiate – warned at the weekend that a ‘frightening new Dark Age’ brought on by the end of faith in society is imminent for Britain. According to this report, he said in an April 15 pastoral letter: The demise […]

Court: NJ taxpayers won’t have to foot huge church repair bills

The New Jersey Supreme Court, in a 7-0 decision today, upheld the state Constitution’s prohibition of the use of taxpayers’ funds for ‘building or repairing any church or churches’. The decision was a major victory for the Freedom From Religion Foundation and FFRF member David Steketee, above, who filed a lawsuit in late 2015 against […]

NSS names its Secularists of the Year at a London ceremony

Phil Johnson and Graham Sawyer, left, a serving vicar, were yesterday named Secularists of the Year for 2018 by the National Secular Society. Johnson and Sawyer accepted a £5,000 prize from the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell at an awards ceremony in central London. Both were honoured for their work campaigning on behalf of survivors […]