Topic / Secularism

Archbishop’s ‘shameful’ attack on non-religious schools

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has been strongly rebuked by Humanists UK for saying that, in ‘schools that are not of a religious character, confidence in any personal sense of ultimate values has diminished.’ Speaking in a House of Lords debate on education this week, Welby said: [The Church has made] a clear move […]

Christian moron: put crocodile problem ahead of gay marriage

Back in 2011, an Australian independent MP, Bob Katter above, was slammed by his gay half-brother for saying that the idea of same-sex marriage deserved to be ridiculed. The Christian fundamentalist told an anti-gay rally at Parliament House in Canberra: Truly this proposition deserves to be laughed at and ridiculed. It doesn’t serve any serious […]

US bus company’s rejection of an atheist ad sparks a lawsuit

Residents of Scranton, Pennsylvania, are a godly bunch. So devout, in fact, that a local bus company rejected the ad pictured above because it feared the word ‘atheists’ it might spark violence. The rejection of the ad by the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) occurred in 2015, and shortly after the American Civil Liberties Union […]

New social housing: orthodox Jews to get special treatment

Because orthodox Jews tend to have much larger than average families, a new housing development in London’s Stamford Hill will feature homes that have up to five bedrooms, large kosher compliant kitchens – and lifts that operate automatically on the sabbath. The plan has been criticised by the National Secular Society. Megan Manson, campaigns officer […]

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 […]

BBC’s Godslot: ‘Deeply boring’ but popular with listeners

A poll being run by the BBC that asks ‘Does Thought for The Day still have a place on the Today programme?’ today shows that more than 46 percent of listeners want it kept ‘exactly as it is.’ The poll was launched after veteran British broadcaster John Humphrys, above, ignited a fresh row over TFTD […]

World Meeting of Families slammed for welcoming gays

Ireland is to host the Catholic Church’s 2018 World Meeting of Families next August – but has already run into problems because the programme for the event makes clear that homosexual unions can legitimately recognised. The programme released under the oversight of Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin even contains a cropped version of the Getty image […]

Religion impacts negatively on the kindness of youngsters

A new study that shows that children from religious families are less kind and more punitive than those from non-religious households reminded me of Ryan Duffey Strode, above, a North Carolina kid who was so filled with the loving spirit of Jesus that he told his headmaster ‘you will go to Hell’. Strode, then aged […]

Floundering Ark Encounter seeks to avoid new safety tax

Ken Ham’s $100-million white dinosaur, the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, says it has been ‘blindsided’ by a recently implemented safety assessment tax introduced to upgrade emergency response equipment in the city. Ark Encounter bigwigs, according to this report, are basically saying: “You can’t tax us because we’re a religious organisation”, and are demanding that […]

Evolution is ‘too complicated’ for young minds in Turkey

The chair of Turkey’s Board of Education, Alpaslan Durmus, above, announced this week that evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools. Durmuse said in a video published on the Education Ministry’s website that evolution was debatable, controversial and too complicated for students. We believe that these subjects are beyond their [students] comprehension. Durmus […]