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Secularism in the UK and Europe.

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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

Tags: state., church

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 Tom Sarbeck on January 17, 2016 at 12:40am

Stephen, many American schools, especially religious schools, also blinker kids with regard to sex education.

Happily, some states, including California where I live, have laws that require sex education courses to be comprehensive and medically accurate.

Comment by Stephen on January 16, 2016 at 1:19pm

Germany 2016: Attempted execution by stoning by 3 North African men on Transgender Women

Comment by Stephen on January 16, 2016 at 12:04pm

The Trojan horse affair has been a wake-up call on faith schools

Until recently, we have regarded benignly faith schools and their blinkering of children’s horizons. This fresh scrutiny must now lead to action

The “Trojan horse” debacle over certain schools in Birmingham is quickly morphing into an octopus whose tentacles are reaching far and wide. It has led to Ofsted cracking down on faith schools throughout the country and across religious boundaries, instigating no-notice inspections and being tougher in their verdicts.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/30/trojan-horse-f...

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education

Comment by Stephen on January 16, 2016 at 10:55am

Faith schools cannot continue their immoral policy of discrimination

"How are the mighty fallen!" is a biblical verse that will not only be well-known by the Roman Catholic state school, the London Oratory, but now applies directly to them. The school – famously chosen by both Tony Blair and Nick Clegg for their sons – has just been criticised by the Office of the Schools Adjudicator for breaching the schools admissions code and ordered to change its policy.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2013/sep/02/faith-s...

Comment by Mrs.B on January 15, 2016 at 2:24pm

Comment by Stephen on January 15, 2016 at 11:57am

World Anglican leaders suspend U.S. body, put Canadians on notice over same-sex marriage

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speaks to churchgoers at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington. On Thursday, Anglican leaders temporarily restricted the role of the U.S. Episcopal Church in their global fellowship as a sanction over the American church's acceptance of gay marriage.

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speaks to churchgoers at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington. On Thursday, Anglican leaders temporarily restricted the role of the U.S. Episcopal Church in their global fellowship as a sanction over the American church's acceptance of gay marriage. (Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/anglican-communion-same-sex-1.3404736

Comment by Neal on January 15, 2016 at 7:37am

The last Canadian blasphemy offense that went to court was against a reverend in 1935. Doesn't appear to be enforced, but should be gone.

Comment by Mrs.B on January 14, 2016 at 7:52pm

.....and people wonder why we have no respect for religion of any brand!

Comment by Stephen on January 14, 2016 at 7:43pm

Pastor told to return to Islam – or die

Pastor told to return to Islam – or die

THERE have been numerous twists and turns in the case of Yousef Nadarkhani, a Christian pastor sentenced to death in Iran for apostasy … or blasphemy … or a breach of security. It’s not clear which.

http://freethinker.co.uk/2011/10/30/iranian-pastor-is-ordered-to-re...

Meanwhile, closer to home, the BBC reports that British Conservative MP Mike Freer had first-hand experience of Islamic “tolerance” when he found himself trapped in a North Finchley mosque.

The Finchley and Golders Green MP, a member of the Conservative Friends of Israel, had gone to the mosque on Friday to hold a constituency surgery. He said he was forced to wait for police behind a locked door after he was threatened by a group of men, one of whom called him a:

Jewish homosexual pig.

The trouble began after messages on the Muslims Against Crusades website (which appears to have stopped functioning properly this morning) urged supporters to target him, he said.

Mr Freer said a message posted ahead of the incident on the site made reference to Labour MP Stephen Timms, who was stabbed while holding a surgery in east London last year.

It warned the attack on Mr Timms should serve as a “piercing reminder” to politicians that:

Their presence is no longer welcome in any Muslim area.

The message also stated that “as a member of the Conservative Party”, Mr Freer had:

The blood of thousands of Muslims on his hands.

The Freethinker

Comment by Stephen on January 14, 2016 at 7:24pm

Muslim MP would support fresh UK blasphemy laws

Labour MP Keith Vaz, above, who, in 1989, led a march of several thousand Muslims demanding that Salman Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses be banned, says he would have ‘no problem’ with the recriminalisation of ‘blasphemy’ in the UK.

Following a Muslim Council of Britain conference last week entitled “Exploring the issues of extremism and examine credible responses to the issues of terrorism”, Vaz, who addressed the conference, was quoted by Al Arabiya News

http://freethinker.co.uk/2015/11/16/muslim-mp-would-support-fresh-u...

 

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