Religion is a lifestyle choice

Whatever gets you through the day is fine by me, but it is after all a lifestyle choice. Any perceived conflict between religious beliefs and equality are non existant, simply because people cannot choose, their colour, age, disability, sex, or sexual orientation (normally)

The law does not compel you to believe in a superior being, it is your choice, therefore it cannot trump someone else who cannot change themselves to suit a 2000 year old Abrahamic teachings, written at a time when a wheel barrow was state of the art science.

Why is this idea important?

Whatever gets you through the day is fine by me, but it is after all a lifestyle choice. Any perceived conflict between religious beliefs and equality are non existant, simply because people cannot choose, their colour, age, disability, sex, or sexual orientation (normally)

The law does not compel you to believe in a superior being, it is your choice, therefore it cannot trump someone else who cannot change themselves to suit a 2000 year old Abrahamic teachings, written at a time when a wheel barrow was state of the art science.

End the requirement for religious broadcasting on the BBC

I would like to end the legal requirement for a percentage of the the BBC's broadcasting time to be spent on religious affairs.  The majority of people do not attend church or other religious establishments and we should not be continuously subjected to news and debate on whether there should be women bishops in the church of England etc.  If the BBC feels that there is a big enough audience for religion they should dedicate a radio station or a TV channel to that subject.  Too much news broadcast time is taken up by church affairs and we should instead be hearing about international news which is much more important.

Why is this idea important?

I would like to end the legal requirement for a percentage of the the BBC's broadcasting time to be spent on religious affairs.  The majority of people do not attend church or other religious establishments and we should not be continuously subjected to news and debate on whether there should be women bishops in the church of England etc.  If the BBC feels that there is a big enough audience for religion they should dedicate a radio station or a TV channel to that subject.  Too much news broadcast time is taken up by church affairs and we should instead be hearing about international news which is much more important.

Keep Religion out of State Schools

Followers of different faiths are free to educate there children about their religion out of school hours.  Religious schools are divisive  (look at N Ireland).  How many different religions would need to be catered for to be fair to all minority?  Are parents teaching their children to he hypocrites to get them into a church school because it had a good educational recored?

Why is this idea important?

Followers of different faiths are free to educate there children about their religion out of school hours.  Religious schools are divisive  (look at N Ireland).  How many different religions would need to be catered for to be fair to all minority?  Are parents teaching their children to he hypocrites to get them into a church school because it had a good educational recored?

Overhaul the rules for charities.

Charities are required to be for ‘public benefit’. ‘Public benefit’ is not defined in such a way that the activities of the charity need actually be in the long term interests of society. This is particularly the case for religious charities.

Why is this idea important?

Charities are required to be for ‘public benefit’. ‘Public benefit’ is not defined in such a way that the activities of the charity need actually be in the long term interests of society. This is particularly the case for religious charities.

Disestablish the Church of England

 

 

The Church of England has an unnecessary role the governing of the UK. It is the established church in this country, with 26 of her unelected bishops sitting in the House of Lords playing a full role in the business of the upper chamber. They are there neither by merit or competency, nor for that matter politically allegiance. They justify themselves using intellectual moral grounds, and their contribution in debate is clouded by their religious doctrine. 

Why is this idea important?

 

 

The Church of England has an unnecessary role the governing of the UK. It is the established church in this country, with 26 of her unelected bishops sitting in the House of Lords playing a full role in the business of the upper chamber. They are there neither by merit or competency, nor for that matter politically allegiance. They justify themselves using intellectual moral grounds, and their contribution in debate is clouded by their religious doctrine. 

Repeal the Exemption for Religious Slaughter of Animals

The Slaughterhouses Act 1974 c.3 (part II (3)) allows for the slaughter of animals without prior stunning,  This exemption must be repealed in order that all animals are rendered insensible to pain at slaughter.  

Why is this idea important?

The Slaughterhouses Act 1974 c.3 (part II (3)) allows for the slaughter of animals without prior stunning,  This exemption must be repealed in order that all animals are rendered insensible to pain at slaughter.  

Make churches pay taxes and pay benefits out of those

Religious organisations should no longer be able to avoid taxes.

Many have much political representation, and aggressively involve themselves in political campaigning, while clearly neglecting a main aim of what the religious claim they are all about – To help the needy and less fortunate.

So, being as how religious organisations have representation and involve themselves in political campaigning, society should ensure that a portion of their money at least goes to what the religious constantly claim they are all about – Helping those less fortunate.

Introduce taxation for all religious organisations, who have had many years being able to avoid taxes, yet claim to be charities, and put the money collected from those organisations to good use, in unemployment and other benefits and tax credits.

Why is this idea important?

Religious organisations should no longer be able to avoid taxes.

Many have much political representation, and aggressively involve themselves in political campaigning, while clearly neglecting a main aim of what the religious claim they are all about – To help the needy and less fortunate.

So, being as how religious organisations have representation and involve themselves in political campaigning, society should ensure that a portion of their money at least goes to what the religious constantly claim they are all about – Helping those less fortunate.

Introduce taxation for all religious organisations, who have had many years being able to avoid taxes, yet claim to be charities, and put the money collected from those organisations to good use, in unemployment and other benefits and tax credits.

Repeal charitable status for “the advancement of religion”

I propose that section 2 2 c of Part one of the Charities Act 2006 be deleted.

This section creted a catagory of charity for  "the advancement of religion;"

I propose that the advancement of religion can not be reconcilled with the "public benfit" requirement and therefore should be removed.

Why is this idea important?

I propose that section 2 2 c of Part one of the Charities Act 2006 be deleted.

This section creted a catagory of charity for  "the advancement of religion;"

I propose that the advancement of religion can not be reconcilled with the "public benfit" requirement and therefore should be removed.

Keep Church and State Separate

Each has its own jurisdiction.  The Church must not have a say in how the state runs its affairs.

The Dark Ages should give us a warning.

We must not allow the Pope, Jesuits, Illuminati etc be involved in state affairs.

The EU commission is an example of what has happened with the interference from the RC church eg Germany wanting Sunday to be an official rest day.  This should not be.

Why is this idea important?

Each has its own jurisdiction.  The Church must not have a say in how the state runs its affairs.

The Dark Ages should give us a warning.

We must not allow the Pope, Jesuits, Illuminati etc be involved in state affairs.

The EU commission is an example of what has happened with the interference from the RC church eg Germany wanting Sunday to be an official rest day.  This should not be.

Get rid of faith schools, morning prayers in the House of Commons, and make using religion to aid election to office an indictable offence.

England should have freedom for all faith denominations – and none. A secular, enlightened country is what we have (but that isn't represented in some of the backwards religious practices and traditions we still hold). Get rid of these antiquated religious traditions and keep Britain free of religious hogwash. Using Christianity like Blair did during the Iraq War (and his time in office generally) should be an indictable offence. There should be no comprehensive schools that cater to any religious denominations, and mandatory prayer in schools, institutions, and government should be illegal. The Blasphemy Act ought also to be repealed.

Why is this idea important?

England should have freedom for all faith denominations – and none. A secular, enlightened country is what we have (but that isn't represented in some of the backwards religious practices and traditions we still hold). Get rid of these antiquated religious traditions and keep Britain free of religious hogwash. Using Christianity like Blair did during the Iraq War (and his time in office generally) should be an indictable offence. There should be no comprehensive schools that cater to any religious denominations, and mandatory prayer in schools, institutions, and government should be illegal. The Blasphemy Act ought also to be repealed.

Get rid of faith schools, morning prayers in the House of Commons, and make using religion to aid election to office a secular offence.

England should have freedom for all faith denominations – and none. A secular, enlightened country is what we have (but that isn't represented in some of the backwards relgious practices and traditions we still hold). Get rid of these antiquated religious traditions and keep Britain free of religious hogwash. Using Chrisianty like Blair should be an indictable offence. There should be no comprehansive schools that cater to any religious denominations, and mandatory prayer in schools, institutions, and government should be illegal.

Why is this idea important?

England should have freedom for all faith denominations – and none. A secular, enlightened country is what we have (but that isn't represented in some of the backwards relgious practices and traditions we still hold). Get rid of these antiquated religious traditions and keep Britain free of religious hogwash. Using Chrisianty like Blair should be an indictable offence. There should be no comprehansive schools that cater to any religious denominations, and mandatory prayer in schools, institutions, and government should be illegal.

End Church-State Link

Repeal all laws and sub-sections of laws which create a formal tie between the established Church of England and the mechanisms of the State.

End the practice of Prime Ministers exercising the Royal Prerogative to appoint senior church officials

Remove the right of Bishops to sit in the House of Lords

End the state recognition of marriage and strike out all reference to marriage in any act of parliament.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal all laws and sub-sections of laws which create a formal tie between the established Church of England and the mechanisms of the State.

End the practice of Prime Ministers exercising the Royal Prerogative to appoint senior church officials

Remove the right of Bishops to sit in the House of Lords

End the state recognition of marriage and strike out all reference to marriage in any act of parliament.

The absurdity of compulsory worship

Let those who profess to believe in a god or gods, and consider that their belief requires the uttering of "prayers" and/or the singing of songs,do so in the comfort  and privacy of their own homes; there is no reason at all why anyone should be coerced into performing such activities in public, let alone in specified places and at specified times.

Why is this idea important?

Let those who profess to believe in a god or gods, and consider that their belief requires the uttering of "prayers" and/or the singing of songs,do so in the comfort  and privacy of their own homes; there is no reason at all why anyone should be coerced into performing such activities in public, let alone in specified places and at specified times.

remove compulsory religious assembly at school

one of the worst experiences of my childhood was having to attend compulsory religious assembly. I was born a jew and had been taught a great deal of the history of Christian persecution of the jews-I had even long lost cousins who died in the holocaust. To have to sit through those services was extremely upsetting. My parents eventually asked the headmaster to allow me to miss them, but even then, I was made to feel like a pariah, sitting for 20 minutes on my own in a classroom. 

 

Religion has no place in a school-this is a matter for the home and religious churches, synagogues etc and is a violation of many children's human rights forcing them into situations which can cause discrimination and hurt.

Why is this idea important?

one of the worst experiences of my childhood was having to attend compulsory religious assembly. I was born a jew and had been taught a great deal of the history of Christian persecution of the jews-I had even long lost cousins who died in the holocaust. To have to sit through those services was extremely upsetting. My parents eventually asked the headmaster to allow me to miss them, but even then, I was made to feel like a pariah, sitting for 20 minutes on my own in a classroom. 

 

Religion has no place in a school-this is a matter for the home and religious churches, synagogues etc and is a violation of many children's human rights forcing them into situations which can cause discrimination and hurt.

Stop public funding for schools that discriminate children based on religion

Nearly all church schools in England openly discriminate (based on religion) in the admissions process. Yet, most are publicly funded. This creates strange and complex problems (postcode lottery?) for people of all religions as well as for those that don't practice religion at all. In the case of my family, we are paying taxes through the roof but don't have access to local schools as most other people do. I had a hard time explaining to my kid that he can't go to the local school where all his mates go despite his top grades.

This is a complete outrage and goes against everything a 21st century european country should be.

 

Schools should be given the choice of either stopping discrimination or losing public funding.

Why is this idea important?

Nearly all church schools in England openly discriminate (based on religion) in the admissions process. Yet, most are publicly funded. This creates strange and complex problems (postcode lottery?) for people of all religions as well as for those that don't practice religion at all. In the case of my family, we are paying taxes through the roof but don't have access to local schools as most other people do. I had a hard time explaining to my kid that he can't go to the local school where all his mates go despite his top grades.

This is a complete outrage and goes against everything a 21st century european country should be.

 

Schools should be given the choice of either stopping discrimination or losing public funding.

Restore the Catholic adoption agencies and allow them to follow their Catholic Christian conscience when finding suitable families for children.

The Labour Cabinet decision not to allow Catholic adoption agencies to follow their conscience when placing children with suitable families was based on a secularised idea of equality. This subsequently forced these agencies to close to protect the integrity of Catholic identity and conscience. Before the new gay rights laws came into force, very aggressively, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said: "We believe it would be unreasonable, unnecessary and unjust discrimination against Catholics for the government to insist that if they wish to continue to work with local authorities, Catholic adoption agencies must act against the teaching of the Church and their own consciences." The Catholic Church does not hold homophobic ideas in its teaching, this is erroneous idea in an attempt by a secular based ideology to undermine the ethical teachings of the Catholic Church on the family in order to further its atheist/secular ideology. The issue is about freedom of conscience and a firm ethical underpinning that cannot be swayed by passing ideologies. The Catholic Church has a huge amount to offer British society but it will only do so where a freedom of its teachings and ethics are respected and protected by the Government. The Catholic adoption agencies should be welcomed back into the life of British society as a sign of the acceptence of the Catholic Church in the public life of Britain and a sign of an ideology free equality that we all seek.

Why is this idea important?

The Labour Cabinet decision not to allow Catholic adoption agencies to follow their conscience when placing children with suitable families was based on a secularised idea of equality. This subsequently forced these agencies to close to protect the integrity of Catholic identity and conscience. Before the new gay rights laws came into force, very aggressively, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said: "We believe it would be unreasonable, unnecessary and unjust discrimination against Catholics for the government to insist that if they wish to continue to work with local authorities, Catholic adoption agencies must act against the teaching of the Church and their own consciences." The Catholic Church does not hold homophobic ideas in its teaching, this is erroneous idea in an attempt by a secular based ideology to undermine the ethical teachings of the Catholic Church on the family in order to further its atheist/secular ideology. The issue is about freedom of conscience and a firm ethical underpinning that cannot be swayed by passing ideologies. The Catholic Church has a huge amount to offer British society but it will only do so where a freedom of its teachings and ethics are respected and protected by the Government. The Catholic adoption agencies should be welcomed back into the life of British society as a sign of the acceptence of the Catholic Church in the public life of Britain and a sign of an ideology free equality that we all seek.

Abolish religious assemblies in schools

The law that requires school assemblies to have a religius content should be scrapped as it limits the freedom of young people to develop their minds free from fear and prejudice. When they are old enough to think for themselves they can decide to believe in God but the authority of the school and society should not be used to give credance to religios belief.

Why is this idea important?

The law that requires school assemblies to have a religius content should be scrapped as it limits the freedom of young people to develop their minds free from fear and prejudice. When they are old enough to think for themselves they can decide to believe in God but the authority of the school and society should not be used to give credance to religios belief.

Ban faith schools

 Britain should lead the world in stamping out superstition and mumbo jumbo. It should be illegal for religion to be taught to children as fact, and lessons in religious matters should concentrate only on tolerance of other cultures.

Why is this idea important?

 Britain should lead the world in stamping out superstition and mumbo jumbo. It should be illegal for religion to be taught to children as fact, and lessons in religious matters should concentrate only on tolerance of other cultures.