Simon Barrow's blog

Blasphemy law must go, says ex-archbishop

Blasphemy law must go, says ex-archbishop

Lord Carey of Clifton has backed Ekklesia's call for an end to the archaic and unjust blasphemy law in the UK.

What a Sunday line up

What a Sunday line up

You can catch my esteemed colleague and Ekklesia co-director with a Tory MP, an ex-Archbishop and the atheist's guru on TV today.

Howard's end

Howard's end

For those who know their E. M. Forster, this was the most obvious headline for the victory of Kevin Rudd in the Australian election. But a more theological gloss is perhaps needed.

Anglicans want grace not grouching

Anglicans want grace not grouching

Members and supporters of Inclusive Church, including Ekklesia, associate Savitri Hensman, have been gathering at Swanwick to develop a vision of Anglicanism beyond in-fighting - one "drenched in grace".

Israeli Coalition Against House Demolitions (UK)

Israeli Coalition Against House Demolitions (UK)

As the Annopolis peace conference looms and attention turns to the geopolitical process, grassroots initiatives to bring a justpeace in Israel-Palestine continue.

Judgement day, but not on Jerry

Judgement day, but not on Jerry

Today Stephen Green of Christian Voice, which looks very much like one man and a bandwagon, is appealing against the rejection of his attempted private prosecution of the BBC for blasphemy.

Liberating design

Liberating design

Ekklesia's "high-traffic website, turned into a Drupal wondersite" is one of the featured sites on Eleutheria this month.

Religion reporting can do your head in

Religion reporting can do your head in

Though he met good people too, Stephen Bates, the Guardian's ex-religious affairs correspondent, says that the sheer nastiness he encountered among some believers turned him right off.

Staying equally in the pink

Understandably, there have been few in LGBT circles persuaded that the appointment of the head of the Evangelical Alliance to the new Commission on Equalities and Human Rights (CEHR) is anything other than a retrograde step.

Understanding 'the faith agenda'

Among a vocal minority of those for whom religion is at best irrelevant and at worse an anathema, there is confusion about why government pays so much attention to faith groups.