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Secularism in the UK and Europe.and all those lucky places that doesnt have Trumps as its leader

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Secularism in the UK and Europe.and all those lucky places that doesnt have Trumps as its leader

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 Mrs.B on Sunday

Religion has been on that pedestal for far too long!

Comment by Stephen on Sunday

We’ll all suffer if we let religion dictate how public servants do their jobs

Politicians have hung a coroner who stood up to religious groups out to dry, says Chris Sloggett. And they've revealed how foolish we are to indulge individualistic demands for state services to accommodate religion.

Read the full article=https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2018/05/well-all-suffer-if-we...

Comment by Mrs.B on Sunday

Oh for cryin' out loud!

Comment by Stephen on Sunday

Protect free expression

The National Secular Society robustly challenges religious threats to free expression.

Our vision for a secular democracy is underpinned by the right to free speech. Without this, democracy cannot exist. We played an instrumental role in abolishing the UK's blasphemy laws, but other threats remain; not least from those who seek to impose their blasphemy taboos on others through violence and intimidation.
Without free speech no search for truth is possible; without free speech no discovery of truth is useful; without free speech progress is checked, and the nations no longer march forward towards the nobler life which the future holds for man. Better a thousand fold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day; the denial slays the life of the people and entombs the hope of the race.
NSS founder Charles Bradlaugh MP

Freedom of Expression Campaigns

Read more = https://www.secularism.org.uk/freedom-of-expression/

Comment by Stephen on Sunday

Call to shut down Islamic school that warned girls not to use tampons

Birmingham's shadow education chief has called for an Islamic faith school to be shut down following a catalogue of failure and negative headlines.
Conservative education spokesman Matt Bennett described the Al Hijrah School in Bordesley Green as a "damaged brand" after it was reported girls were warned not to use tampons .

It has been run by a Birmingham City Council interim executive board (IEB) for four years since the school first ran into trouble amid claims of financial mismanagement.
But no permanent trust or organisation has offered to take on the school.
Cllr Bennett (Edgbaston) said: “No one wants to do it. There’s been a catalogue of problems here over many years and the school has a reputation for trouble.
“This is of course a school whose improvement was closely overseen by the city council for several years.

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/call-shut-down-...

Comment by Stephen on Sunday

Beware the bad language 

Britain divided by those who hear ‘Tory’ and those who hear ‘Cunt’ 

Britain has been split down the middle by an audio illusion that causes some people to hear the word ‘Tory’ whilst others hear the word ‘Cunt’.
A massive online war has broken out between those who swear they hear ‘Tory’ and those who can’t hear anything but ‘Cunt’.

‘I can only hear “Tory”. I think anyone who hears “Cunt” is someone who doesn’t contribute a lot to society,‘ said Laurel Bush, an unemployed mother-of-seven.
‘I’ve listened to that clip over and over and I can’t even begin to understand how anyone gets “Tory” from that. It’s definitely “Cunt”,’ said Yanny Olive, who welds metal underwear for a living.
According to audiologists, the reason some people hear one word and others hear another is down to how their mind works.
Mike Rophone, an audiologist from Kent, told us: ‘People who tend to be easy to brainwash hear “Tory”. Everyone else hears “Cunt”, it’s as simple as that.’

Comment by Stephen on May 18, 2018 at 1:50pm

Albert Pierrepoint: a ‘haunted hangman’ and the death penalty today 

Gallows legacy. Albert Pierrepoint and the nature of the executioner

Fifty years ago this Sunday, Britain passed a law which brought an end to the death penalty for murder and consigned the noose to history. One executioner, though, did not simply recede into the shadows. Albert Pierrepoint was not the last British hangman, but he was certainly the most famous. His legacy lives on as a symbol of the terrible responsibility of those charged to do the state’s killing and a benchmark for our understanding of the job.
The 1965 Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act was a trial measure, with abolition finalised in 1969. But parliamentary votes on reintroduction continued into the 1990s, and it was only relatively recently that the last remnants of the death penalty were definitively removed from UK law. Only in 1998 did treason and piracy cease to be capital offences.

Read more =  http://theconversation.com/albert-pierrepoint-a-haunted-hangman-and...

Comment by Stephen on May 14, 2018 at 9:20pm

They are using my old Church to make music recordings. Any way to make extra money. Concerts are held there more and more whereas the pews on a Sunday service are becoming more emptier every year.

Comment by Stephen on May 10, 2018 at 8:04pm

NSS criticises Surrey Police for ‘engaging in evangelism’

The National Secular Society has criticised Surrey Police for engaging in evangelism after it accepted 1,000 branded bibles for distribution amongst officers and staff.
This week David Munro, the police and crime commissioner for Surrey, was pictured on Twitter brandishing a bible emblazoned with the force's badge. The book was one of 1,000 which have been made available in a joint initiative between the force's Christian Police Association and Gideons International.
The Gideons is an evangelical Christian organisation famous for leaving bibles in hotel rooms

https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2018/04/nss-criticises-surrey-po...

Comment by Stephen on May 10, 2018 at 7:57pm

Christian groups coordinating anti-rights campaigns across Europe

A coordinated effort by ultra-conservative Christian groups to restrict LGBT+ and women's rights across Europe has already had some success, a report has revealed.
The report from the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF) outlines the strategy of a group called Agenda Europe, a Vatican-inspired professional advocacy network.
EPF cites recently revealed documents which show the group has "a detailed, extremist strategy called Restoring the Natural Order: an Agenda for Europe".
The strategy seeks to overturn existing human rights related to sexuality and reproduction, including: the right to divorce; women's rights to access contraception, assisted reproduction technologies or have abortions; equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or intersex people; and the right to change one's gender or sex without fear of legal repercussions.
EPF's report says the strategy "is producing concrete results". It cites bans on same-sex marriage in "several central European countries", "over a dozen comparable acts at national level and in European institutions aiming to limit women's and LGBTI rights" and a bill which attempted to ban abortion in Poland.
According to the report Agenda Europe has attracted over 100 anti-human rights, anti-women's rights and anti-LGBT+ organisations from over 30 European countries since 2013. Its members meet in secret.
Restoring the Natural Order says it is based on "a natural law, which human reason can discern and understand, but which human will cannot alter". It adds that "the task and purpose of all positive legislation" is "to transpose and enforce" this law.
It identifies three major areas for campaigners to target: "marriage and the family", "the right to life" and equality and anti-discrimination law. It also says they should "not be afraid to be 'unrealistic' or 'extremist' in choosing our policy objectives".
The group is aiming to ban same-sex marriage, divorce, gay adoption, the pharmaceutical sale of contraceptives, ante-natal diagnostics and IVF. It aims to introduce anti-sodomy legislation and bans on "gay propaganda" alongside international bans on abortion, stem cell use and euthanasia. And it is seeking the abolition of equality legislation.
It has also identified non-legislative actions including the revision of sex education classes, introducing government-funded 'pro-life' abortion counselling and supporting resolutions against surrogacy.
The strategy says campaigners should aim to "debunk the opponents' claim to 'victim status'", malign opponents and non-conducive institutions and build international networks.
It also says they should be prepared to frame their arguments in terms of rights. For example, it says proponents of "conscience clauses", which allow medical professionals to refuse to provide care on religious grounds, should argue that they be considered "a minimal human rights standard".
EPF says Agenda Europe is led by the Vatican but has "managed to forge consensus among all conservative, traditionalist Christian actors across Europe, spanning all denominations".
In the conclusion to its report EPF calls on "progressive actors" to "take heed that this fight is engaged and that social progress is not necessarily inevitable". It says the "next phases of this fight" are likely to be in the Austrian parliament, where Agenda Europe organiser Gudrun Kugler was elected in September 2017, and the European judicial and quasi-judicial adjudicatory mechanisms.
Agenda Europe's litigation infrastructure has expanded in Europe, with the Alliance Defending Freedom, an American Christian advocacy group, recently opening offices in Brussels, Geneva and Strasbourg.

 

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