Topic / Secularism

US study shows that children fare better in secular families

For almost 40 years, Vern L Bengtson, above, a USC professor of gerontology and sociology, has overseen the Longitudinal Study of Generations, which has become the largest study of religion and family life conducted across several generations in the United States. According to Phil Zuckerman, writing for the LA Times, when Bengston noticed the growth […]

Back in the fold: Toronto AA chapters that expunged God

Two secular AA chapters – delisted by the Alcoholics Anonymous Greater Toronto Area Intergroup – have regained acceptance following a lengthy dispute sparked by Larry Knight, 59, above. Knight, according to this report, was involved with the founding of two godless AA groups in Toronto, one in 2009 and another the following year. Someone unhappy […]

A Clash of the Uncivilised

Trump, Muslim Profiling and the Far-Right’s Assault Donald Trump’s suspension of new refugee admissions for 120 days and the barring of nationals from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia for 90 days (likely to be extended) is fundamentally about a far-right restructuring of US society under the guise of ‘stopping terrorism’ and defending […]

NSS says religion’s role in the UK needs ‘significant reform’

As churchgoing and belief in God continues to decline, the public role of religion in Britain needs ‘significant reform’ says a new report from the National Secular Society. Rethinking Religion and Belief in Public Life: A Manifesto for Change, issued at the weekend, says the the Church of England’s position as the established church with the […]

Law that protects non-believers signed by Barack Obama

President Obama has been warmly commended by the American Humanist Association for signing the Frank R Wolf International Religious Freedom Act into law. In a statement, Roy Speckhardt, above, Executive Director of the AHA, said: The American Humanist Association is proud to see this historic legislation signed into law and looks forward to working with […]

Western countries are beacons of morality, says Saudi writer

Saudi writer Abdullah Alalweet, above, is a very brave man. Speaking on Rotana Khalijiyya TV in a December 4 interview, he told viewers that: The best way to attain moral values through rationality and humanity is to find a model to follow, and there is no better model than that of the West. He explained: […]

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 […]