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

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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 May the Big Bang RIP. 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 Mrs.B on Friday

Kind of makes a person think twice about he teaching staff these days.

Comment by Stephen on Friday

Seven secularist steps that would strengthen democracy in the UK

In recognition of National Democracy Week 2018, Megan Manson reflects on what still needs to be changed to make the UK a truly democratic, secular state.
This year's National Democracy Week is special because it also commemorates the 90th anniversary of the 1928 Equal Franchise Act which gave women the same voting rights as men. Secularist individuals and groups, including the National Secular Society, were among some of the most active and outspoken campaigners for votes for women. They were on the right side of history then, and they're on the right side now.
Secularism means that citizens determine how a country is run, rather than ancient religious texts. Secularism depends on the idea that every human being, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion, is an equal member of society. That's why democracy is at the very heart of secularism.
But the fact is our democracy still suffers from inequality in participation. Once of the primary reasons for this is the enormous privilege afforded to religion.
So here are seven things the UK could do that would greatly strengthen our democracy, and broaden the rights and means to participate in the democratic process for every citizen.

Read more=. https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2018/07/seven-secularist-step...

Comment by Stephen on Friday

Ten years on from the abolition of blasphemy, free speech still needs defending

Marking ten years since the criminal offence of blasphemy was abolished in England and Wales, Stephen Evans argues that the freedom to speak critically about beliefs others hold sacred is far from assured.
This week marks the 10-year anniversary of the abolition of the criminal offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel in England and Wales.
Their abolition in 2008 was the culmination of 140 years of NSS campaigning, in which time one of our own past presidents, George William Foote, served time in prison for publishing 'blasphemous' material in the Freethinker.
It was therefore fitting that the NSS played a prominent role in getting rid of the blasphemy laws – assisting our honorary associates in Parliament, Evan Harris and Lord Avebury, to draft the amendment to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill which eventually led to MPs voting to abolish blasphemy offences by 378 votes to 57.

Read more =.  https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2018/07/ten-years-on-from-the...


Stephen Evans
Stephen is the CEO of the National Secular Society. You can follow him on Twitter @stephenmevans1. The views expressed in our blogs are those of the author and may not represent the views of the NSS.

Comment by Stephen on July 13, 2018 at 9:21am

Head of faith school that hired terrorist banned from teaching

The head of an Islamic faith school that hired the London Bridge terrorist attack ringleader has been banned from teaching.
Sophie Rahman, former headteacher of Eton Community School, was given a prohibition order as a result of a teacher misconduct panel in June.
Eton Community School is an independent Islamic school for children aged 3-11 in Ilford. The Mail on Sunday reported that the school was inspected by Ofsted just two months before the terror attack and given a positive report, which even commended how teachers had fulfilled their obligation to halt extremism in pupils.
The panel found that Ms Rahman was guilty of "unacceptable professional conduct" by hiring Islamist extremist Khuram Butt as an unpaid volunteer to teach Quran classes at Eton Community School.
Mr Butt was one of the three terrorists who killed eight people and injured 48 in an attack on London Bridge and Borough Market in 2017.
The report stated that Ms Rahman had permitted Mr Butt to teach after-school classes at the school when she ought to have known about his connections to an extremist jihadist organisation and his appearance on the Channel 4 documentary 'The Jihadist Next Door.' Additionally, Mr Butt had no suitable qualifications or experience, was unable to provide any references, and had received a caution for a violent offence.
Furthermore, the report found that Ms Rahman had not adequately supervised Mr Butt's contact with the children. It is suspected that Mr Butt used the classes to expose pupils to extremist views.
Ms Rahman had also attempted to mislead the authorities by playing down the number of children who had attended Mr Butt's classes, and by telling a police officer that she only knew one of Mr Butt's jihadist contacts ('Individual S') professionally through the school, when in fact he had fathered her children.
The panel found Ms Rahman had failed in safeguarding her pupils, in addition to Prevent duties. She has been prohibited indefinitely from teaching, with no entitlement to apply for restoration of her ability to teach.

https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2018/07/head-of-faith-school-tha...

Comment by Suzanna on July 9, 2018 at 6:35am

Quite right

Comment by Mrs.B on July 9, 2018 at 3:19am

Whatever happened to live & let live? Or minding one's own business?

Comment by Suzanna on July 9, 2018 at 3:12am

A despicable thing to do. A group who would normally go to pride to make a point that they shouldn't be shamed by society, decide to use it to shame others. They make lesbians and feminists look bad. Most feminists call them Terfs (Trans exclusionary radical feminists) and can't see the point of them. 

Comment by Stephen on July 8, 2018 at 8:29pm

Pride in London sorry after anti-trans protest

Pride in London organisers have apologised after anti-trans protesters "forced their way to the front of the parade".
Members of lesbian and feminist group Get The L Out demanded to march behind the rainbow flag, which marks the start of the event, organisers said.
The group argues the trans movement is attacking lesbian rights and said it protested to protect those rights.
Pride said their behaviour on Saturday was "shocking and disgusting".
It said they could not forcibly remove the small group because their protest was not a criminal offence, adding "we are sorry" but the "actions of eight people did not stop the joy and love".
Its statement said: "The protest group showed a level of bigotry, ignorance and hate that is unacceptable. We reject what this group stands for. They do not share our values, which are about inclusion and respect and support for the most marginalised parts of our community.
"We are proud of our trans volunteers, proud of the trans groups that are in our parade, proud of our trans speakers at events and proud of the trans people who take part in our campaigns and proud of those who cheered even louder for them yesterday.

The parade, which coincided with England's World Cup quarter-final in Russia, included about 30,000 people from 472 organisations.
Up to one million other people are thought to have lined the streets to watch the event.

Patricia Curtis, of TransPals said: "It's disappointing that anti-trans activists decided to hijack the front of a parade, an insult to all the hardworking staff in the NHS whose place they stole.
"But their vile stunt failed. London is a place that doesn't tolerate hate."

A Get The L Out spokeswoman said: "We protested to protect our rights and on behalf of all the lesbians intimidated, threatened and silenced by the GBT community everywhere.
"The GBT community today, by supporting the rights of males who "identify as lesbians" (also called "transwomen") over the rights of lesbians to choose their sexual partners (on the basis of their sex, not how they "identify") is in fact enforcing heterosexuality on lesbians.
"This is a misogynistic and anti-lesbian manifestation of the rape culture we live in."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-44757403

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I saw Kevin Pietersen score 100 runs at lords and Oval

 

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