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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 Stephen on February 9, 2018 at 8:15am

The Independent Review on Sharia: Sharia Laws are part of the extremist threat and not a solution.

Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP Secretary of State Home Office 2 Marsham Street London SW1P 4DF
6th February 2018


Dear Right Hon Amber Rudd, MP,
The Independent Review on Sharia: Sharia Laws are part of the extremist threat and not a solution
As black and minority women and human rights campaigners, we voice our dismay at the outcome of the independent review on Sharia laws commissioned by the government in 2016. Although the government has rejected formal recognition (through regulation), the way has been left open for the Sharia courts to continue to exist in a no-man’s land where they continue to produce discriminatory parallel laws while posing as an acceptable alternative dispute mechanism. Now they will be strengthened by a review that has endorsed their existence.

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Comment by Stephen on February 4, 2018 at 9:41am

NSS urges Government not to be pushed into funding Church repairs
Posted: Fri, 02 Feb 2018 14:28

The National Secular Society has urged the Government to take the Church of England's vast wealth into account before handing out any more grants to assist it with building repairs.
NSS representatives met with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to discuss the findings of a recent Government commissioned review into the sustainability of the Church of England's church and cathedral buildings.
The Taylor review said that care, maintenance and repair of England's 16,000 churches is an "enormous task" and advocated for more local authority and central government funding. It was shortly followed by a report of the Church of England's Cathedral Working Group, which also called for "dialogue with the Government about state funding for cathedrals."
But the NSS warned that government pay-outs were unlikely to improve church sustainability and said no further grants should be made without properly assessing the Church's financial need.
The Church of England's fragmented financial structure makes calculating its total wealth difficult, but it is thought to hold assets in excess of £15bn. Despite this, at least £810m of public money has been channelled into the Church via Government and lottery sources since 1999.
Meanwhile, the Church of England's Strategic Investment Board has recently announced plans to spend £24.4m on evangelism projects which will include opening new churches in deprived urban estates.
Last year attendance at Church of England services plunged to its lowest level ever. Official figures showed that only 1.4% of the population of England now attend Anglican services on a typical Sunday morning.
National Secular Society CEO Stephen Evans said: "With a fast falling number of adherents the Church should seriously consider downsizing so it can stand on its own two feet.
"But the truth is that the Church has more than enough money to finance its own maintenance and repairs but would rather spend its money on mission. By accepting responsibility to fund church repairs the state is, in effect, subsidising Church of England evangelism.
"The nation's heritage buildings are a valuable asset, and those of architectural, cultural and historical significance should be preserved. But the state should think twice before handing over taxpayers' money to a wealthy institution with a labyrinthine financial structure and a missionary zeal."

https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2018/02/nss-urges-government-not...

Comment by Stephen on February 4, 2018 at 9:24am

Religious bullies are on a roll. It’s time we all stood up to them

Religious bullies are on a roll. It’s time we all stood up to them

Amid a series of concessions to religious hardliners, Stephen Evans says those brave enough to resist their demands need much more support.
No sooner had Sara Khan been appointed the new Commissioner for Countering Extremism than the reactionaries were howling their disapproval. Baroness Warsi played the role of ringleader of the tormentors. Accusing Khan of being a "mouthpiece for the Home Office", she divisively peddled the corrosive grievance narrative that has driven such a deep a wedge between many British Muslims and the state.

Khan has made clear her willingness to engage with anyone interested in building a Britain that defends diversity without sacrificing our shared values, fundamental freedoms and human rights. Those unwilling to engage are likely to be part of the problem, not the solution.

Take the case of St Stephen's school in Newham. When the leaders of this primary school called on the government to take a firm stand on hijabs and fasting among young Muslim children in classrooms it faced a tsunami of pressure to recant. Within days its policy of prohibiting the hijab for girls under eight was reversed and its chair of governors resigned, fearing for the safety of the school's staff. Community 'leaders', driven on by Islamists masquerading as civil libertarians, are now agitating for school's head to go. Never mind that this school has delivered outstanding outcomes for its students. The message is clear; dare to stand up to fundamentalism and we'll come for you.

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Comment by Mrs.B on January 16, 2018 at 6:55pm

Well I'm in deep trouble then!

Comment by Stephen on January 16, 2018 at 6:36pm

In London's biggest mosque, the East London Mosque, imams are preaching that "every woman that uses perfume" is a "whore" and an "adulterous woman" and should, therefore, be "flogged one hundred times."

Comment by Stephen on January 13, 2018 at 12:11pm

The maiden speech of Dan Carden in parliament 

For the many not the few

Comment by Stephen on December 27, 2017 at 9:05am

Secularism is a challenge to religion’s political power and privilege, not people of faith

Some Christians use the Christmas period to attack secularism for its challenge to their sense of entitlement. But Stephen Evans says the faithful have far more to fear from religious fanatics than secularists.
Buying a copy of the Christmas edition of the Radio Times, and marking a little star next to the shows we wanted to watch, was always a bit of a tradition in our house when I was a kid.
Now, with my own family, I decided this year to reinstate the tradition. But my experience was somewhat soured when I flicked through only to find the print equivalent of Thought for the Day – with not one, but three Thought for the Day regulars offering their Christmas thoughts.

Secularism is a challenge to religion’s political power and privilege, not people of faith

www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2017/12/secularism-is-a-challenge-to-...

Comment by Stephen on December 27, 2017 at 9:00am

The Christian ‘legal army’ in hundreds of court battles worldwide

Women's rights advocates say the US legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom is "exporting extreme ideologies worldwide" against sexual and reproductive rights. Claire Provost and Ella Milburn investigate.
The international wing of a controversial US Christian 'legal army' is involved in hundreds of court battles and advocacy projects around the world, including cases defending opponents of abortion and same-sex marriage, often using freedom of expression and religious freedom arguments.
ADF International, the global arm of US group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), has 580 "ongoing legal matters" in 51 countries, and an advocacy and operations budget of €3,754,822 (£3.3 million), according to its 2017 Annual Report, published last month.

"We are committed to shaping a world in which religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family are robustly protected and culturally embraced," says the report, with a goal to build "a powerful and strategic alliance that extends to every corner of the globe."

www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2017/12/the-christian-legal-army-in-h...

Comment by Stephen on December 27, 2017 at 6:53am

Religion and politics should not mix, says British pub

A new survey has found that a majority of people want religion kept out of politics and bishops to lose their automatic seats as of right in the House of Lords.
The YouGov poll for the Times questioned around 1,700 people about their views on politicians allowing their religious beliefs to influence their political decisions and whether Church of England bishops should retain their guaranteed seats in our legislature.

www.secularism.org.uk/news/2017/12/religion-and-politics-should-not...

Comment by Stephen on December 23, 2017 at 8:59am

“Our ambition should be to break down the barriers between private and public provision, in effect denationalising the provision of health care in Britain.” - Direct Democracy (2005), Co-authored by Jeremy Hunt #SaveOurNHS #ToriesOut

 

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