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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 19, 2016 at 1:02pm

ABOUT BMSD

bmsd was founded in 2006 by Nasreen Rehman and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. We bring together a diverse group of Muslim democrats from a variety of ethnic and social backgrounds. We want to challenge perceptions, ideas and current thinking about British Muslims as a collectivity and the issues that affect the wider society. bmsd is not a theological group but one that advocates civic engagement and good citizenship. We are not concerned with judging or being judged on the basis of religious practice. If you call yourself a ‘Muslim’, you are most welcome to be a part of our movement. If you are non-Muslim, we equally welcome your association.

bmsd is about social inclusion, co-existence and harmony. Together we can all make a difference. It is now time to work towards this goal. bmsd aims to:

Raise awareness within British Muslims and the wider public, of democracy particularly ‘secular democracy’ helping to contribute to a shared vision of citizenship (the separation of faith and state, so faiths exert no undue influence on policies and there is a shared public space).

Encourage religious understanding and harmony, respect for different systems of beliefs, and encourage an understanding and celebration of the variety of Muslim cultures, values and traditions which are present in British society.

http://bmsd.org.uk/

Comment by Suzanna on January 18, 2016 at 2:19pm

Agreed.

Comment by Stephen on January 18, 2016 at 2:16pm

I can see why you would worry about a law that would force people to learn English. But to spend money on teaching woman to learn English has to be a good idea. It must empower woman to learn the language of the host country, to get out from under the thumb of men.

Comment by Mrs.B on January 18, 2016 at 2:02pm

I agree.

If they're moving into a different country, they need to learn the language, as well as the laws & customs, of that country.

I also think if they already have children, they should refrain from having more.

If they must keep their religion, then it should be kept in their places of worship, not the public square.

Comment by Stephen on January 18, 2016 at 12:32pm

British prime minister: Muslim women must learn English or be deported

Muslim women who fail to learn English to a high enough standard could face deportation from Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Monday.

He also suggested that poor English skills can leave people “more susceptible” to the messages of groups like Islamic State (IS).

Cameron’s comments came as his centre-right Conservatives launched a £20 million ($28.5 million, 26 million euro) language fund for women in isolated communities as part of a drive to build community integration.

Immigration rules already force spouses to speak English before they come to Britain to live with their partners.

But Cameron said they would also face further tests after two and a half years in the country to make sure their language skills were improving.

“You can’t guarantee you will be able to stay if you are not improving your language,” he told BBC radio. “People coming to our country, they have responsibilities too.”

Cameron’s government estimates that around 190,000 Muslim women in England — about 22 percent — speak little or no English.

There are estimated to be around 2.7 million Muslims in England out of a total population of some 53 million.

Cameron said that a lack of language skills could make Muslims in Britain more vulnerable to the message of extremist groups.

“I am not saying there is some sort of causal connection between not speaking English and becoming an extremist, of course not,” he told BBC radio.

“But if you are not able to speak English, not able to integrate, you may find therefore you have challenges understanding what your identity is and therefore you could be more susceptible to the extremist message.”

His comments drew criticism from Muslim groups and opposition parties.

Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, which campaigns for better community relations, accused Cameron of “disgraceful stereotyping”.

“David Cameron and his Conservative government are once again using British Muslims as a political football to score cheap points to appear tough,” he added.

And Andy Burnham, home affairs spokesman for the main opposition Labour party, accused Cameron of a “clumsy and simplistic approach” which was “unfairly stigmatising a whole community.”

Agence France-Presse
18 Jan 2016 at 08:38 ET

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/british-prime-minister-muslim-women...

Comment by Stephen on January 18, 2016 at 2:13am

2015: A year of terror for Bangladesh’s secularist writers

Arif Rahman, a Bangladeshi blogger, reflects on the targeted attacks on secularist bloggers that took place in Bangladesh throughout 2015, claiming many lives, and considers the road ahead for secularism in the face of terror and state-sanctioned persecution.

2015 was the darkest of times in Bangladesh's history. Like the 1975 murder of the founding president Sheikh Mujib, which wiped out all the secular achievements of the 1971 war for independence from Pakistan, 2015 will be remembered by the world as the year atheist bloggers, authors and publishers were killed.

http://www.secularism.org.uk/blog/2016/01/2015--a-year-of-terror-fo...

Comment by Stephen on January 17, 2016 at 5:00am

Tom we have the same type of rules, but Ofsted the Government inspector of Schools doesn't have the staff to catch the many faith schools, (who after all are state funded,) who defy the law on the National curriculum. It was Tony Blair who started this obsession with faith schools, and it has allowed extremists of all stripes to infiltrate these schools.

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

 

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