Ms Widdecombe thinks fascists had it easier than Christians today. She’d know.
Tag Archive: Politics
Jun 05 2014
Yasmin Nair: challenging gay marriage’s false history “is not simply the celebration of outsider status”
The history of gay marriage supposedly goes something like this: In the beginning, gay people were horribly oppressed. Then came the 1970s, where gays – all of whom looked like the men of The Village People – were able to live openly and have a lot of sex. Then, in the 1980s, many gay people …
Jun 01 2014
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Apr 29 2014
Britain’s European elections are in three weeks, with the right-wing UK Independence Party predicted first place. This blog’s core readers aren’t likely to vote for them, but the party has startling support in parts of UK secularism. Anne Marie Waters, who serves on the National Secular Society’s board of directors, was this month announced as …
Apr 19 2014
Greta Christina’s latest book hit shelves this week. She and I sat down to talk atheism, (bi)sexuality and politics. Here, in full, is what we said.
Apr 18 2014
Gordon Brown never managed to live down his tongue-tied boast he’d saved the world. If that came to be his defining gaffe, David Cameron’s claim last week to be continuing God’s work surely has similar potential. ‘Jesus invented the Big Society’, he told Christian authorities at Downing Street a week ago. ‘I just want to …
Feb 23 2014
Doubts costs nothing; voicing them can cost a lot. A piece I wrote for AlterNet last month, on the need for an economically inclusive secular scene, was well received. Readers from half a dozen groups said they’d implement ideas there, the Sunday Assembly asked my advice on reaching poorer congregants, and Conway Hall Ethical Society asked …
Dec 24 2013
Class dismissed: how I went from homelessness to Oxford, and what Richard Dawkins has nightmares about
The hatred stirred in me by privilege prompts even now a hot, breathless nausea.