Category Archives: Secularism

For a “Christian country”, ours seems to have an awful lot of hoarded wealth

David Cameron has recently taken to declaring with an unprecedented frequency and vigour that “we” are a Christian country. Some people are upset about this. Personally, I’m not all that upset. I don’t tend to get upset about these kinds … Continue reading

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Marriage equality in Scotland

This week, the Scottish Government published the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, which, if enacted, will extend the right to marry to same-sex couples in Scotland. I thought I’d mention it, since the UK (i.e., English) media seem to … Continue reading

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Things Archbishop Welby believes in: straight-only marriage and feudalism

His Grace The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Portal Welby, by Divine Providence Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England– …and breathe… –has spoken in public twice this week. The two utterances have given a disturbing insight into … Continue reading

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The Human Rights Act and female bishops

In the whole furore surrounding the Church of England general synod’s vote on female bishops, a general perception seems to be taking hold (mainly in comments threads under articles, and other places not particularly noted for their intellectual rigour) that … Continue reading

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Contradictions at the Conservative Conference: gay marriage and benefits claimants

It won’t astonish you to learn that I am not a Conservative (insofar as I am represented at all within conventional electoral politics I am a Green, although it’s important to stress that I mean the rational, technology-is-our-friend wing of … Continue reading

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Gay marriage is not the same as Scottish independence

Cardinal Keith O’Brien – the man who handed the equal marriage campaign a massive PR boost with his hysterical “legalising same-sex marriage, that’s a bit like legalising slavery” rant earlier this year – has been speaking out again on what … Continue reading

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Gay marriage, the Church of England and you

The Church of England has published it’s official response to the consultation on marriage equality in England and Wales.  It has come out as strongly and unambiguously opposed to equality, which is something of a surprise given the extent to … Continue reading

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If I were a liberal Christian, I think I’d be annoyed by this

The BBC website has an article up reporting on the High Court ruling that local councils do not have the power to include prayers at the start of their meetings.  The judgement seems sensible to me – the effect of … Continue reading

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F.A.O. Archbishop John Sentamu: the rights of the religious in a secular society

If you are a keen storm watcher, and have been paying close attention to teacups, you will be aware that the Most Reverend Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, has announced his wholly predictable opposition to marriage equality. His reasons … Continue reading

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