Might I suggest that job security might be on the minds of ‘Religious Education’ teachers calling for even more religious teaching in schools? Developing young people’s “religious literacy” would help to make them less vulnerable to radicalisation, a conference will hear later. “Good religious education has never been more needed,” Ed Pawson, chairman of the […]

I came across some pretty slipshod and childish arguments from Tanya Gold in The Guardian this morning. And the article has (predictably) unleashed a torrent of comments as a result – not all of them logical or even coherent. But that’s the internet for you. It was enough to prompt me to write about it here, […]

In an episode worthy of the best Monty Python sketch, a group calling itself “Protect the Pope” has intimidated Pret a Manger so much that they’ve withdrawn a range of crisps for sale. Funnily enough, I thought I was living in a democracy in the UK, not some form of medieval theocracy. Courtesy of The […]

I’m sorry to say even the BBC jumped on the bandwagon today and trumpeted “British Airways   discriminated against Christian”. To me, it demonstrates that they – and most other media outlets – missed the main lesson shared in Strasbourg today – it’s not acceptable to use your own religious belief as an excuse for […]

Yet another example of a service provider’s “religious beliefs” and “conscience” preventing them from providing a key healthcare requirement to a member of the public. The 29 year old woman was reportedly “stunned” and “gobsmacked” when she asked for the pill (for which she had a prescription) and was told that she would have to go to […]

I almost didn’t go to the National Secular Society‘s 2011 Conference on Secularism. But I am so glad I did. A nasty bout of insomnia meant I wasn’t at my best first thing yesterday morning. I had to peel myself out of a comfortable bed to race over to Holborn in record time. Amazingly, I was only […]

Have you heard? The Pope is coming to the UK! Oh happy day. I can’t wait. Or can I…? I was originally going to avoid passing comment on the Pope’s impending arrival in the neighbourhood, but recent articles defending him and his church have prompted me to put my thoughts down. Bur first, a disclaimer. […]

I had to remind myself what year it was the other day. I’m not losing my mental faculties, but was slightly worried that I’d either been plunged back into the dark ages or had somehow missed some sort of fundamentalist religious coup. Why? Well, it would appear that one Cherie Blair was taking religious belief […]

Further evidence, if it were needed, of how much of a nasty ideologue Bill O’Reilly is. He plainly doesn’t understand how science (any science!) works and is playing to the crowd here. And what’s with all the religious symbols in between head shots? (Thanks to Friendly Atheist)