Simon Barrow's blog

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.

Tragedy and scripture

Tragedy and scripture

Both fundamentalist believers and hardline anti-theists say that the Bible is a declaration of dogma that must either be accepted or rejected wholesale.

Well, I'll IPCC it...

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is due to publish its long awaited report into the tragic Stockwell shooting in July 2005, imminently.

Religion and secularism network

Religion and secularism network

The research network on secularism and religion based at the University of Cambridge and supported by Ekklesia, among others, now has its own web presence.

The levelling power of religion

The levelling power of religion

Religion has sometimes been a friend of democracy and sometimes an enemy. It is impossible to generalise (about either religion or politics). But the 'credit' side is often overlooked in current debates.

The Economist on religion

The Economist has today (2 November 2007) published a special report which examines religion's place "in today's modern society" - the role it is likely to play in this century's politics and "how we should deal with it". But is it saying anything new?

Choosing between human rights and oil

It is wrong that "rules of law, human affairs and democracy are cast aside to worship a barrel of oil" said Mark Thomas in protesting about the Saudi state visit to the UK.

The true plight of migrant workers

The true plight of migrant workers

As the debate on migration continues, Jon Cruddas argues that it needs to be located in relation to population change, service provision, housing, employment/the economy and global factors.

50 years of Today

50 years of Today

BCC Radio 4's flagship Today programme was officially fifty years old on 28 October 2007. How could we not send our congratulations?