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Secularism in the UK and Europe.


Secularism in the UK and Europe.

To show that Secularism and Freethought are alive and well in the United Kingdom and Europe.

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Did Europe's centuries of religious war result in its secularism?

Started by Tom Sarbeck. Last reply by Chris Jul 30, 2016. 8 Replies

Did long-term monarchs impose their religions?In the US, with presidents' terms limited to eight years, religions might be imposed by majorities in state legislatures or Congress or by majorities on state supreme courts or the US Supreme Court.Continue

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Firms 'place asylum seekers in sub-standard housing'

Started by Stephen. Last reply by Mrs.B Jan 20, 2016. 1 Reply

Private security firms G4S and Serco have placed asylum seekers in sub-standard properties, according to a report by the National Audit Office.…Continue

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Comment by Stephen 6 hours ago

C4 survey and documentary reveals What British Muslims Really Think

Channel 4 has commissioned an extensive and rigorous survey to get a better understanding of British Muslims’ attitudes to living in Britain and British institutions, social issues including gender equality, homosexuality and issues relating to freedom of expression and the degree of sympathy for the use of violence and terrorist acts. The results are explored in a special current affairs documentary, presented by Trevor Phillips: What British Muslims Really Think – 10pm, Wednesday 13th April.

Europe is on heightened terror alert following the attacks in Paris and Brussels and the security services raising the threat posed by hundreds of home-grown jihadists. Politicians and Muslim leaders claim that the values of these extremists are shared only by a tiny minority in the UK. Channel 4 commissioned the survey to get the views from British Muslims themselves rather than those who claim to speak on their behalf; and, in particular to try to understand why some young Muslims are being drawn to violence.


Comment by Stephen on March 9, 2017 at 2:13am

Separate religion and state, urges UN Special Rapporteur

The United Nations' Special Rapporteur Karima Bennoune has recommended that states provide for the separation of religion and state to help counter religious extremism.

Her report on protecting cultural rights, for the UN Human Rights Council, warned of "rising tides of fundamentalism and extremism" that "represent major threats to human rights worldwide".

Bennoune highlighted the work of experts and civil society groups, including the National Secular Society, in combatting religious extremism.

In her introduction to the report she wrote that "rejections of equality" and the "universality of human rights" are "at the heart of" religious fundamentalism and that an "unwavering defence of those principles" had to be the "touchstone of the human rights response."

"We face a worldwide struggle to defend intellectual freedom and the rationality on which it is based," she said.

Religious fundamentalists were animated by "theocratic visions" and "impose their interpretation of religious doctrine on others as law or public policy."

Secularism was key to resisting this, Bennoune said and in the report's recommendations she urged member states to "Provide for and protect the separation of religion and State and guarantee religious freedom, including the right to believe, not to believe and to change one's belief, in accordance with international law".

She also set out a recommendation to "Ensure that schools, curricula and textbooks are not promoting fundamentalist or extremist ideology or discrimination" and urged governments to "take urgent steps" to protect education for all without gender discrimination.

Meanwhile the UN's new Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Ahmed Shaheed delivered his first report, in which he said that governments and terrorist groups around the world continue to "engage in targeted harassment, intimidation of, or discrimination against religious minorities, unrecognized religious communities and dissidents, who are often confronted with threats to their freedom, safety and security."

Comment by Stephen on March 9, 2017 at 2:11am

Britain’s ‘Christian right’: seeking solace in a narrative of discrimination

The 'Christian right' in the UK may not be anywhere near as powerful as its US counterpart, but it still tries to exert influence on public policy. This has become increasingly difficult as fewer Britons identify themselves as Christian. Steven Kettell finds that although these campaigners bemoan the effects of secularisation, they have found themselves adopting secular arguments in order to oppose same-sex marriage, abortion and assisted dying.

The US Christian Right would seem to be enjoying something of a resurgence. Evangelical voters have helped propel Donald Trump to the White House, potentially ushering in an era of renewed political influence and religiously inspired policy-making. Research in Britain, on the other hand, has typically concluded that no parallel 'Christian Right' movement exists. Compared to their US counterparts, conservative Christians in Britain are far fewer in number, tend to engage with a different set of issues, are typically more left-of-centre in their economic outlook and have far less political clout.

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Comment by Mrs.B on March 7, 2017 at 2:23pm

That's one of many reasons I prefer my pets, they have better manners.

Comment by Stephen on March 7, 2017 at 7:30am

Muslim father-of-two who renounced Islam 'forced from home with wife and young children'

A BRITISH Muslim who renounced his religion claims he has been driven from his home by a campaign of harassment.

Faisal Bashir/Ilford Mosque

Faisal Bashir stopped practicing Islam in the summer of 2014 saying he found it “too hateful” and that it was “sending out the wrong message”.

But he said he started getting harassed when he stopped going to the mosque in Ilford, east London.

The father-of-two said: “I heard religious people say things I couldn’t put up with any longer – it was all too hateful.

“These people knew I had become an atheist and soon enough my whole family was being harassed.

“At least once a week they would hang around near my house, shouting and swearing at me.

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Comment by Mrs.B on March 4, 2017 at 1:59pm

Long past time too, I say!

Comment by Stephen on March 4, 2017 at 8:30am

"Is this a different story from the one a year or so ago?"

Its a continuing story. The Irish government has set up an enquiry.

Comment by Mrs.B on March 4, 2017 at 2:06am

......and religion isn't a dictatorship?

Comment by Stephen on March 3, 2017 at 6:39pm

Secret Filming in U.K. Muslim Schools

Comment by Mrs.B on March 3, 2017 at 6:13pm

Is this a different story from the one a year or so ago?


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