Savi Hensman's blog

Hostility to ‘foreigners’ threatens everyone in Britain

Hostility to ‘foreigners’ threatens everyone in Britain

Politicians and newspaper editors have convinced many people in Britain that it is a ‘soft touch’ for foreigners who want to settle here illegally or live off benefits. In reality, a harsh immigration system hurts families and damages society.

Reflecting on 'A Manifesto for Secularism'

Reflecting on 'A Manifesto for Secularism'

A Manifesto for Secularism was recently launched at a conference in London. While the aim, to counter the religious right, is positive, I have reservations about some aspects.

Welcome diverse families, Catholic synod urges

The Roman Catholic church should be more welcoming to cohabiting and divorced couples, lesbian and gay people and their children, according to a document issued by a Synod on the Family.

Reform’s stance should not derail church conversations on sexuality

Reform’s stance should not derail church conversations on sexuality

The network Reform has threatened to boycott ‘shared conversations’, unless its own views on sexual ethics are treated as authoritative by Church of England leaders.

Archbishop of York challenged over discrimination against married gay chaplain

Archbishop of York challenged over discrimination against married gay chaplain

Protesters at Southwell Minster have criticised Archbishop of York John Sentamu for discriminating against married gay chaplain Jeremy Pemberton. This meant that he could not take up a job at a local NHS trust.

Governing with no holds barred and fewer rights

Governing with no holds barred and fewer rights

If the Conservative Party wins the next election, it will scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights with “a whole range of caveats”, stated Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

Ministers’ mixed messages on freedom and rights

Ministers’ mixed messages on freedom and rights

The UK government may limit free speech for law-abiding members of minority communities in order to defend British values such as free speech and respect for minorities, home secretary Theresa May has threatened.

Bombing Iraq: falling into Isis trap?

The UK government is seeking parliament’s approval to join the USA in carrying out air strikes on Iraq. The aim is to weaken Isis forces, responsible for various atrocities. But the attack may strengthen them instead.

Diversity among bishops as ‘shared conversations’ on sexuality begin

Diversity among bishops as ‘shared conversations’ on sexuality begin

A two-year process of conversations on sexuality has begun in the Church of England, at a gathering of bishops. Similar discussions are taking place in several other churches in Britain.

Rotherham, ‘political correctness’ and child protection

Rotherham, ‘political correctness’ and child protection

There has been widespread anger since an inquiry revealed that at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham from 1997-2013. Yet many adults in Britain are still in denial about the extent and seriousness of child sexual abuse.