Topic / Secularism

Sabbatarians scupper Sunday swimming on Isle of Lewis

The National Secular Society is urging people to support a fundraising effort to open a swimming pool on Scotland’s Isle of Lewis on Sundays, which councillors are currently refusing to open on the Sabbath. The NSS yesterday revealed that local campaigners have started a fundraising drive to open the Ionad Spòrs Leòdhaisa Sports Centre, and […]

BBC considers expanding its religious broadcasting output

Religious leaders in the UK have been invited by the BBC’s Director-General Lord Hall, above, to ‘join discussions about plans for multi-faith coverage’. The move, according to this report, follows a review earlier this year that found that the BBC’s religious output was “too Christian”. The Times reported that an increase in broadcasting for minority […]

Education Minister says religion should trump science

Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett, above, last week stressed the importance of Jewish studies over secular subjects. He was quoted here as saying: Learning about Judaism and excellence in the subject is more important in my eyes than mathematics and the sciences – and it is hard for me to say that. His comments came […]

French secularism risks being destroyed by political ambition

Despite occasional conflicts, France’s tradition of secularism has served both social cohesion and religious freedom well. Terry Sanderson, above, President of the National Secular Society, argues that misusing secularism for political aims risks undermining both. The French ban on so-called burkinis – all enveloping swim suits – raises all kinds of questions about the state’s […]

Get your tickets for ‘Secularism 2016: Living Better Together’

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the National Secular Society, and to mark the occasion the society will be holding a conference and gala dinner in London on Saturday, September 3, featuring Jacques Berlinerblau, above, as the keynote speaker. Berlinerblau authored the internationally acclaimed How To Be Secular – a passionate defence of the […]

President Erdogan’s Islamist agenda angers Turkish Cypriots

Hundreds of Turkish Cypriots took to the streets yesterday to protest against what they say is Turkey’s attempt to Islamise their secular culture. According to this report, some 1,500 mostly young people blew whistles and raised their hands in front of Parliament in the Turkish Cypriot part of the ethnically divided island’s capital, Nicosia. They […]

‘No God, no marriage,’ judge in Kentucky tells atheist couple

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is on the case of godly County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander, above, who recently refused to conduct a wedding ceremony for a non-religious couple. According to the FFRF, Mandy Heath and her fiancé, Jon, were planning on getting married in Trigg County on July 22 at Alexander’s courthouse. Heath arranged […]

Christianity’s rapid decline makes the UK better for most

The Spectator, in an editorial this week, reports that, for the first time in recorded history, Britons declaring themselves to have no religion have exceeded the number of Christians in the UK. And it asserts: Christians, for their part, should not automatically associate a decline in religiosity with a rise in immorality. On the contrary, […]

In Miami, you will soon be able to get a degree in atheism

Thanks to a generous donation of  $2.2 million from retired businessman Louis Appignani, 83, above, the University of Miami is to introduce America’s  first academic chair for the study of atheism, humanism and secular ethics. Appignani – former President and Chairman of the modeling school Barbizon International – has given grants to many humanist and […]

Center for Inquiry helps blogger escape from Bangladesh

Shammi Haque, 22, a secular writer and activist threatened by militant Islamists in Bangladesh has been granted asylum in Germany. The US-based Center for Inquiry reported this week that they provided her with emergency assistance to help ensure her safe relocation after she received death threats. CFI  says that Haque has built a reputation in […]