Does religious freedom require a secular public sphere?

Aug 26, 2016 by

by Will Jones, Courtesy of Ian Paul, Psephizo: Findings from the 2015 annual British Social Attitudes survey published this month sent secularists into a mild panic. Showing an increase in those identifying as Christian, from 42% to 43%, and a corresponding decrease in those of ’no religion’, from 49% to 48%, they seemed to confirm that the steady decline in Christian affiliation had plateaued, at least for now. A number of academics were quick to point out that the wide difference in...

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A burkini ban was inevitable. Liberalism is not very liberal towards religious conservatives

Aug 26, 2016 by

by Tim Stanley, Telegraph: I predict that within a decade, most Western countries will have banned the burqa – probably the niqab and maybe even the pretty burkini. I’m against this. Of course I’m against this. It’s impractical and illiberal. More importantly, I’m a religious traditionalist – so I’m hardly likely to want to ban public expressions of religious identity. What next? Drive nuns off the beach too? But my definition of liberty is not universally shared. It’s surprising how few...

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LGBT Groups Plan Attack on Religious Freedom Across America

Aug 23, 2016 by

By Amanda Prestigiacomo, Daily Wire: Last week, at an LGBT summit held during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, leaders within the movement laid out their plans to attack religious freedom across American to advance their agenda. According to reports from The Daily Signal, leaders intend to rewrite the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include “protections” over sexual orientation and “gender identity,” strip state Religious Freedom Restorations Act laws and...

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Victory at Last! Kim Davis Has Won the Fight for Religious Freedom

Aug 22, 2016 by

from Charisma: Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has won the fight for religious freedom after a federal judge issued an order dismissing all three 2015 marriage license lawsuits against her yesterday. U.S. Judge David Bunning dismissed in their entirety, Miller v. Davis, Ermold v. Davis and Yates v. Davis, which brings to an end the trial proceedings against her arising from the 2015 Obergefell decision. Despite the ACLU’s attempt to continue the case against Kim Davis and assess damages...

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Choudary conviction proves ‘dangerous’ counter-terror laws are not needed, say free speech campaigners

Aug 19, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: The conviction of Anjem Choudary is proof the government’s counter-extremism plans are unnecessary, according to free speech campaigners who have labelled the proposals as “dangerous”. The Defend Free Speech coalition unites the normally polarised The Christian Institute and The National Secular Society to oppose home office policy targeting non-violent extremism. The campaign warn the proposals will target legitimate people who have not...

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Parents given ‘atheist handbook’ to challenge religion in schools

Aug 16, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: An atheist handbook will be given to parents concerned about religious influence in schools as a guide for how to challenge teachers. Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) have published ‘A Guide for Non-Religious Parents’ and ‘A Guide for Non-Religious Young People’ to try and help them understand their human rights regarding religious classes. The humanist group said they received regular complaints from parents and pupils and the guides...

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