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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 on December 16, 2017 at 4:53pm

More religious schools undermining British values, warns Ofsted
Posted: Wed, 13 Dec 2017

Ofsted has warned that an increasing number of conservative religious schools are spreading beliefs that clash with British values and equalities law.
In its Annual Report, launched today, the schools regulator says the proportion of independent schools judged less than good increased this year from 31% to 40%. It said a number of these are "highly conservative" Christian, Jewish, or Muslim faith schools, and in some cases, the premises are unsafe or squalid.
The Report says inspectors have found "sexist and sectarian literature" in some schools and warns that the most basic checks are not always in place.
It says to function effectively, "British society depends on some fundamental shared values as well as a culture of mutual tolerance and respect. But we have found an increasing number of conservative religious schools that are spreading beliefs that clash with British values and equalities law."

Read more=   http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2017/12/religious-schools-spreadi...

Comment by Stephen on December 16, 2017 at 4:45pm

Charles’s accession could prompt disestablishment, says NSS report

Charles’s accession could prompt disestablishment, says NSS report

Prince Charles's accession to the throne will offer a "particularly opportune moment" to press the benefits of disestablishing the Church of England, according to a new report published today.
In Separating Church and State: The Case for Disestablishment, the National Secular Society (NSS) says the Prince of Wales will antagonise the non-Anglican majority of the UK population if he retains a coronation oath overtly committing him to uphold the tenets of the Anglican faith.
If he seeks to avoid this difficulty by adopting the title 'Defender of Faith' – as some reports suggest he could – Charles will antagonise many supporters of the Church of England. This will especially apply to those who wish to have more control over their own affairs.

The NSS says the arguments for disestablishment are "compelling" and the long-term prospects of it happening are "positive". "At the present time, there is no clamour for separation from the Government or Members of Parliament," the report says. "The longer-term picture, however, is a far more positive one."

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Comment by Stephen on December 16, 2017 at 4:36pm

Thousands Of UK Residents Demand That Christian Evangelist Be Refused A Visa

More than 6,000 people joined members of the British parliament in demanding that American evangelist Franklin Graham be banned from the U.K. over his views on homosexuality and Islam.
A petition posted on Change.org demanding the ban garnered more than 6,000 signatures and alleges that Graham, son of famous evangelist Billy Graham, made several comments about Islam and homosexuality that violate the U.K.’s hate speech laws. MPs Afzal Khan, Gordon Marsden, and Paul Maynard, who is also a minister at the Department of Transport, voiced opposition to Graham’s upcoming visit to Blackpool and demanded that he be refused a visa, according to The Guardian.
“Speech likely to promote prejudice and hatred is grounds for the government to refuse a visa. Help us stop this man getting a visa to come here to spread his hatred,” the petition reads.

read:http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/11/thousands-of-uk-residents-demand-...

Comment by Mrs.B on December 10, 2017 at 2:41pm

BS!

Comment by Stephen on December 10, 2017 at 2:40pm

of course what he is saying is that only the religious can teach children how to be moral. 

Comment by Mrs.B on December 10, 2017 at 2:34pm

I have also heard that children of clergy people are the wost delinquents too.

Comment by Suzanna on December 10, 2017 at 1:58pm

Why make Sunday schools an exception? Children should be kept safe whatever, or at least try to. I think some religious people genuinely think they are above the law and suspicion. It has been shown time and again that they shouldn't be.

Comment by Stephen on December 9, 2017 at 3:49pm

Archbishop of Canterbury attacks non-Church schools as immoral

In a stunning attack both on the values of non-Christian parents and teachers and on non-church schools, the Archbishop of Canterbury has stated that the education system ‘lacks clear, internal and commonly held values’, and that in ‘schools that are not of a religious character, confidence in any personal sense of ultimate values has diminished’.
Humanists UK, which campaigns for a fully inclusive education system, where children are not defined or divided on the grounds of religion or belief, has described the remarks as a ‘shameful’ and ‘a wrong-headed and divisive attack on our shared values’.

https://humanism.org.uk/2017/12/08/archbishop-of-canterbury-attacks...

Comment by Stephen on December 9, 2017 at 3:46pm

Archbishop of Canterbury admits to forcing the Prime Minister to abandon crackdown on illegal religious schools

The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted to personally lobbying former Prime Minister David Cameron to drop proposals aimed at tackling illegal, extremist religious schools and safeguarding the children with them.
During a debate on education in the House of Lords, the Archbishop conceded that such settings were ‘abusive, ill-maintained…[and] indoctrinated children in an unhealthy way’, but cited the potential bureaucracy for Sunday schools as reason enough for him to leave things as they are.

Humanists UK, which has led the campaign in recent years for greater action on illegal schools and vigorously supported the Government’s proposals, has stated that the Archbishop’s position demonstrates either an ignorance of or a lack of empathy for the children trapped within such places. It has worked closely with numerous whistleblowers and victims of these schools.

https://humanism.org.uk/2017/12/08/archbishop-of-canterbury-admits-...

Comment by Mrs.B on December 9, 2017 at 3:35pm

Yeah, they certainly want every detail of private lives.

 

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