Tag Archives: human rights

Myth-busting

In my previous article (121: No More Faith Schools) I argued that, in a contemporary multi-cultural society, it is necessary to have a secular education system. There is no place for a state-supported system of faith schools. Such schools are … Continue reading

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The time is now

The United Kingdom is no longer a Christian country. There are British people who will say that this has been an evident fact for some time; others will consider this to be a statement just short of blasphemy; still others … Continue reading

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The politics of identity

In his book, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, the left-wing author Owen Jones says: “Of course, the struggles for the emancipation of women, gays, and ethnic minorities are exceptionally important causes. New Labour has co-opted them, passing genuinely … Continue reading

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An act of renewal

Question: What does the United Kingdom have in common with Saudi Arabia? Answer: The UK, as with Saudi Arabia, does not have a written constitution. These two countries are to be numbered amongst the very few countries in the world … Continue reading

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Facing the challenges of the modern world

As this article is being written, the British House of Commons is debating the matter of whether or not the UK should join with other nations in bombing the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) in Syria. The debate has been called … Continue reading

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As time goes by

The present UK Conservative government has just registered its first 100 days of government in the new parliament. Whilst much of the political attention during that time has been devoted to the ongoing saga of the Labour Party’s leadership battle, … Continue reading

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A strange glimmer of hope

(The first in a series of three articles focusing on aspects of contemporary religion) Recently, I was captivated by reading the comments of someone who had re-read George Eliot’s Middlemarch: “But in revisiting Middlemarch in middle age, the melancholy I … Continue reading

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