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

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Secularism in the UK and Europe.and all those lucky places that doesnt have Trump 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 Stephen on January 31, 2016 at 3:07pm

French school pupils to be taught that secularism protects them

French school pupils to be taught that secularism protects them

The French education minister has said that the meaning of secularism has been twisted and that teaching must be overhauled to show that Laïcité protects pupils.

In an interview with the Guardian, the French Minister of Education, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, said that the French must "reappropriate the concept of laïcité so we can explain to our young pupils that whatever their faith, they belong to this idea and they're not excluded. Secularism is not something against them; it protects them."

Speaking amid a drive to challenge extremism in French schools by promoting secularism, Valluad-Belkacem added: "Laïcité is about saying we're in a country where individuals can have whatever beliefs, or lack of beliefs, they choose and the public powers must be neutral towards them. That's why in schools, we ask pupils not to wear distinctive religious symbols, because schools should be indifferent to beliefs and everyone must be treated equally."

She warned that there "had been a growing sense of incomprehension among pupils over what this meant, with some pupils feeling it was an aggressive attack on who they were."

The minister said that "If a big number of young pupils felt secularism was an attack on them, it was because the term had been misused and deformed in the public debate for years by the extreme-right and the right as an attack on Islam.

She added: "The term had often been misused to point out how Muslims were different to others, and that is clearly problematic."

"So we really wanted to work on that concept of secularism and specially train teachers on it."

TES reported that "thousands of French people have signed up to help promote 'the values of the republic' in the country's schools" and that a National Education Citizen Reserve will see French citizens "promote principles of secularism and citizenship" in schools.

Teacher training candidates will also be assessed on their ability to teach the French principles of liberté, égalité and fratenité.

The efforts are part of a drive to "unite the country under secularism", aided in part by a raft of new teaching materials on "the philosophical basis of France".

Speaking in early January, Vallaud-Belkacem said that "rarely will so much have been done in so little time to promote republican values in school. But I am conscious of the extent of what is left for us to accomplish

http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2016/01/french-school-pupils-to-b...

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on January 29, 2016 at 9:37pm

Is that a demented or a masochistic thing to do?

Comment by Mrs.B on January 29, 2016 at 7:41pm

Oh good grief!!!

Comment by Stephen on January 29, 2016 at 7:06pm

British woman Tareena Shakil guilty of joining IS

A British mother who took her toddler son to Syria, has been found guilty of membership of so-called Islamic State.

Tareena Shakil, 26, is the first British woman to return from the self-declared caliphate to be convicted of the offence.

Shakil, of Birmingham, has also been found guilty of encouraging acts of terrorism through messages posted on Twitter. She denied the charges.

She had admitted travelling to Syria.

But following a two-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, the jury rejected her claim that she had only wished to live under Sharia law.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35443884

Comment by Mrs.B on January 29, 2016 at 6:52pm

What about disrespecting us?

Frankly, I'm sick of hearing about pandering to people & their customs when it interferes with OUR customs, & lifestyles.

Comment by Stephen on January 29, 2016 at 6:40pm

Muslim communities ‘unlike others in Britain’, former race equality chief Trevor Phillips says

"'Continuously pretending that a group is somehow eventually going to become like the rest of us is perhaps the deepest form of disrespect,' former chairman of the Equality and Human rights Commission says"

Trevor Phillips claims that we should accept that Muslims “see the world differently from the rest of us.”

Muslim communities are “unlike others in Britain” and “will not integrate in the same way”, according to the former head of the equalities watchdog. 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/muslim-communities-u...

Comment by Stephen on January 28, 2016 at 6:22pm

A timid defence of free speech is no match for Islamism. We must do better.

A timid defence of free speech is no match for Islamism. We must do better.

Society needs a much more vigorous defence of free speech than the one we are getting, with the 'elite' of society in academia, religion and politics offering a feeble and timorous defence, writes Benjamin Jones.

http://www.secularism.org.uk/blog/2015/11/a-timid-defence-of-free-s...

Comment by Mrs.B on January 28, 2016 at 2:05am

I enjoyed this very much Stephen, thanks.

Comment by Stephen on January 27, 2016 at 10:16pm

Richard Dawkins Interview with Ian McEwan on Atheism and Religion 2014

Comment by Stephen on January 27, 2016 at 7:35pm

Government to investigate Islamic school which banned socialising with ‘outsiders’

The DfE has written to the National Secular Society confirming that it will be "looking into" the NSS' concerns over why an Islamic school that banned its pupils from socialising with 'outsiders' was rated "good".

The Islamic Institute for Education in Dewsbury was found by Sky News to be banning students from socialising with "outsiders" and teaching pupils not to watch TV, read newspapers or listen to the radio.

Despite this the school was rated "good" by Ofsted in 2011. "The Islamic Institute of Education provides a good quality of education and meets its stated aims very well," its report said.

The National Secular Society wrote to the Department for Education and Ofsted calling for a new inspection as a matter of urgency, and asking whether the school met the previous standards at the time of the inspection.

In a letter sent to Schools Minister Nick Gibb at the end of July, the NSS wrote that while "the most recent inspection report from 2011 predates the 2014 revision of the regulations" and the new emphasis on "British values", the Society has "serious doubts as to whether the school met the standards in operation at the time of its previous inspection."

In response to our letter Lord Nash, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, said that the Department would be "looking into this particular case to ensure compliance with the relevant regulatory standards."

The NSS is still waiting to hear back from Ofsted in response to our serious concerns that the Institute of Islamic Education was not up to the standard of the old inspection guidance, despite being rated as 'good'.

Stephen Evans, National Secular Society campaigns manager, said: "We're pleased to see the DfE are looking into this. It seems extraordinary that the school should have been rated 'good' and then deteriorated during the period of the Government stressing 'British values'. The alternative explanation is that the school was never up to standard, raising serious questions about the 2011 Ofsted inspection."

Lord Nash said that the "government places the utmost importance on tackling extremism and remains vigilant of extremism in schools."

"Independent schools were not assessed on their promotion of British values when the Institute of Islamic Education was last inspected. Inspection standards have since changed, however, and there is now a tougher inspection framework in place reflecting the new standards. This includes an emphasis on fundamental British values."

Mr Evans added, "Our concern is not only that the school is failing to meet the current standards, but that the school did not meet the standards in place at the time of the previous inspection."

http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2015/08/government-to-investigate...

 

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