Topic / Secularism

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 […]

Sweden pledges to impose a ban on religious schools

Outlining its education policy ahead of this year’s General Election, Sweden’s governing Social Democrats yesterday pledged to ban religious schools in an effort to combat segregation. At a press conference in Stockholm, Sweden’s Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi, above, said the Swedish education system needs to be based on the values and principals in […]

Secularism is as great a threat to Christianity as terrorism

Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich – a Catholic Republican – claimed last night that Western secularism is as great a threat to Christianity as that posed by terrorist groups such as ISIS and al-Qaida. However he believes that in the current culture war raging between faith-heads and secularists, religion will eventually win. Addressing about 300 […]

London town hall to become a Hindu temple. Locals protest.

London’s ITV news reported today that a sizeable protest took place outside Southall Town Hall in West London because the building is to be acquired by a ‘religious organisation’ which was it did not name. So I did some digging and discovered that Ealing Council, owner of the building, had agreed to grant a 250-year […]