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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

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Comment by Stephen on September 15, 2019 at 14:09

Why is IPSO issuing guidance on Islam?

The press regular should not be telling journalists how to write about Muslims.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), which regulates most of the UK’s national newspapers, announced in late 2018 that it had tasked an informal working group with drafting guidance for reporting on Islam and Muslims. Perhaps more questions should have been raised at the time about why a body like IPSO thought it appropriate to wade in on how journalists should write about matters of religion. A new Policy Exchange report warns of the dangers of the draft guidance. Everyone concerned about the free press should start paying attention.

https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/09/12/islam-and-the-press/

Comment by Stephen on September 15, 2019 at 13:53

Pair ‘plotted honour killing’ of ‘porn star’ relative who denounced Islam

Two men accused of plotting the ‘honour killing’ of a 25-year-old relative who denounced Islam and became a ‘porn star’ appeared in court today.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/12/pair-plotted-honour-killing-porn-sta...
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetroUK | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/

Comment by Stephen on September 15, 2019 at 13:39

Mierlo: Vandals deface British WW2 graves in the Netherlands
A big swastika was daubed inside a chapel at the cemetery 

Vandals have spray-painted graffiti including a big swastika at a British and Commonwealth World War Two cemetery in the Netherlands.
Random letters were daubed on many headstones at the Mierlo cemetery, near Eindhoven in the southern Netherlands.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) said it was "appalled", just days after previous damage to the site.
Later this month Prince Charles will attend a Dutch commemoration of the 1944 Battle of Arnhem.
It will be part of the 75th anniversary of the Allies' liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi occupation.
The Mierlo cemetery is the final resting place of 664 British and Commonwealth soldiers and one Dutch soldier.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49694653

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Comment by Chris on August 21, 2019 at 2:22

Kind of funny /ironic 'bout Hallal 'meat'

My understanding is in Abrahamic times it was about how to raise an animal and how to butcher it.

I wonder if the ancient history of Samentic people and problem with hogs is because pigs couldn't be hearded. 

Comment by Stephen on August 20, 2019 at 18:48

Number of victims of female genital mutilation in the Lancaster and Morecambe district on the rise
More victims of female genital mutilation in Morecambe Bay were seen for the first time by health services last year, figures show.
Experts and campaigners are calling for increased awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) warning signs among younger women and girls.

In 2018-19, between one and seven victims of FGM were seen by health services in the Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group area, NHS Digital figures show.

Of those, at least one was having their injuries reported to the NHS for the first time.

Only approximate numbers are recorded in the data, to prevent identification of individual women.
FGM, where female genitals are removed, cut or injured for non-medical reasons, is illegal in the UK, and people carrying out or assisting with the procedure can be punished by up to 14 years in prison, even if it was abroad

https://www.lep.co.uk/education/number-of-victims-of-female-genital...

Comment by Stephen on August 19, 2019 at 21:53

GCSE (Exam) student disqualified after examiner mistook hatred for halal meat for Islamophobia
Exam board OCR is said to have accused Abigail Ward, 16, of making "obscene racial comments" in her paper at Gildredge House school in Eastbourne, East Sussex
A vegetarian GCSE pupil was disqualified after criticising halal meat in a Religious Studies exam, it has today emerged.
Abigail Ward, 16, was accused of making "obscene racial comments" in her test.  She was informed by exam board OCR after committing a "malpractice offence".
The practicing vegetarian said in the paper in June she found the idea of halal meat "absolutely disgusting", Telegraph reports.
But the disqualification was overturned when the board was told the teenager's distaste for halal butchers came from the fact she is a strict vegetarian.
Abigail took the exam at Gildredge House school in Eastbourne, East Sussex, which appealed against the decision on the grounds that their student had not made an Islamophobic or racist comment about Muslims, but was merely expressing her distaste for halal butchers.

The girl's mum, Layla Ward, said the misunderstanding was probably down to an "over-zealous, over-righteous" examiner.
The 36-year-old nurse told the publication: "Abbey is an animal lover and a very strict vegetarian.
"It made me angry … when asked a question in the exam, you can't even express your feelings.

"It's great that it has been overturned, but it should never have happened.
"Philosophy is all about debating and getting your opinion out. I can’t believe how pathetic it is."

OCR said in a statement: "OCR takes all incidence of suspected offensive material against a religious group in exams very seriously and must apply rules which are set out for all exam boards in such cases.
"We accept that initially we did not reach the right conclusion and were too harsh."
Pupils get their GCSE results on Thursday.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/gcse-student-disqualified-aft...

Comment by Stephen on August 19, 2019 at 12:28

NSS urges the government to review its language on blasphemy laws

The National Secular Society has asked the government to review its stance on blasphemy laws amid concern that ministers only criticise their "misuse" rather than their existence.
In recent months several ministers have condemned the "misuse" of blasphemy laws in Pakistan in parliament without condemning the existence of the laws.
Last month Foreign Office minister Tariq Ahmad responded to a question in the Lords by saying the government "regularly" raises its "concerns about the misuse of the blasphemy laws" with Pakistan's government.
The question concerned the treatment of Shaghufta Kausar and her husband, who have been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges in Pakistan.
Other ministers who have used similar language include Mark Field, also on behalf of the Foreign Office, and Susan Williams and Liz Sugg of the Department for International Development.   In a letter to Ahmad, NSS chief executive Stephen Evans called for a review of the government's public statements on the matter.
"Blasphemy laws and religious restrictions on speech are incompatible with a genuine commitment to human rights.
"Around the world blasphemy laws continue to be used to target religious and political minorities. Responses that criticise only the 'misuse' of blasphemy laws suggest there may be legitimate uses for blasphemy laws.
"We urge the government to review its language to ensure a more robust approach to the defence of fundamental human rights. The best way to champion the rights and freedoms of people like Shaghufta Kausar, Asia Bibi and the many others who live in fear of religious persecution in Pakistan and elsewhere is to demand the repeal of blasphemy laws, without apology or qualification."
Asia Bibi was a woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan in 2010 who spent eight years on death row before being freed last year. The NSS named her lawyer, Saif ul Malook, as its Secularist of the Year for 2019 in May.
Official data has shown that more than 1,500 people were accused of blasphemy in Pakistan between 1987 and 2018, with religious minorities heavily targeted.
In 2017 a report from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom found laws restricting freedom of expression on religious issues in 71 countries. Most countries which had the laws punished blasphemy severely.
Free expression is a universal human right enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2019/08/nss-urges-government-to-...

Comment by Stephen on August 19, 2019 at 12:22

"Churches have not owned our schools since 1872. That there remain these unchallenged religious privileges in education is tantamount to selling a house but retaining a back door key. Religious believers now account for fewer than half of all Scots with Christianity being a further subset of that minority and numbers plunge even further amongst the young. Faith groups argue that they bring a politically neutral wisdom to the table. This is an absurd idea. They lobby the government every day with their own ideologies. In our campaign of May 2013, Edinburgh Secular Society uncovered examples of creationist views held by religious nominees and of votes cast to maintain the sectarian segregation of children."

Neil Barber (communications officer, Edinburgh Secular Society)

"This century-old arrangement was originally put in place to protect the interests of the Churches whose schools were being merged into the national system. But surely, now, we can agree that the only interests that matter are those of the children, and the wider community of which they are part."

Professor Paul Braterman (spokesperson on education, Scottish Secular Society)

Comment by Stephen on August 19, 2019 at 12:19

Remove religious appointees from education committees

In Scotland, citizens of all faiths and beliefs can contribute to decisions about education through the democratic processes of seeking election to the Scottish Parliament or local councils. Many civically minded individuals also volunteer as governors, attend public meetings, or contribute to consultations and public debates. Given this, it makes no sense for religious organisations to be given an additional institutionally privileged role in education policy.
What’s the problem?

The Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 requires local authorities in Scotland to appoint three religious representatives to their education committees, at least one of whom must be appointed by the Catholic Church and one by the Protestant Church of Scotland. They are usually the only unelected members who receive voting privileges.
Reserving a special role in policy-making for representatives of specific religious institutions clearly runs counter to principles of equality. It automatically excludes the majority of Scottish citizens based on their protected characteristics of religion and belief. It also creates a hierarchy of inequity, caused by one place each being provided for Catholics and members of the Church in Scotland, while representatives of all other religions must compete for the remaining one.   

What are we doing?

We campaign for legislative change to remove automatic places on education committees for religious appointees. In the meantime, we campaign for councils to exercise their power to remove the voting privileges of religious appointees.


We supported the 2013 and 2016 petitions by the Edinburgh Secular Society and Scottish Secular Society respectively and the 2013 private member's bill by John Finnie MSP; all of which sought to end the requirement.


In April 2019, Perth and Kinross Council became the first to amend their standing orders to remove voting privileges from religious appointees following their controversial intervention in a school closure decision. We supported the council and wrote to all local authorities in Scotland urging them to follow the example.


In August 2019, we again wrote to all Councils and MSPs urging them to support our proposals and advising them of our major new report on the topic.


Religious Reps: Unrepresentative, Unnecessary and Unjustified surveys the positions of the Scottish Government, equality and religious bodies as well as all 32 local authorities in Scotland.

The report systematically examines and refutes the arguments put forward for retaining religious appointees. It has been endorsed by the Edinburgh Secular Society (ESS) and Scottish Secular Society (SSS), who led petitions on the subject at the Scottish Parliament in 2013 and 2016 respectively.

https://www.secularism.org.uk/religiousappointees/

 

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