Category - religious privilege

  • December 22, 2017

    During a debate following a report by the Lord Speaker’s Committee which proposed to reduce the number of life peers, several peers, including members of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG), called for a corresponding reduction in the number of bishops from the Church of England who have the right to sit and vote in the House of Lords.

  • February 4, 2013

    Many years ago, during the first weeks of a music degree, I was in the university library researching for an essay on 16th century instrumental writing. A fellow fresher, an Indian student whose English was still not quite up to speed, asked me in a worried whisper: “Excuse me please. What is wirginals?” I showed him an illustration of the instrument in the book before me. The anxiety cleared from his face. “Ah – I see!” He smiled at his own misunderstanding. “Not like Wirgin Mary.”

  • January 16, 2012

    US society is rife with "religious exceptions" or exemptions, notably in relation to tax breaks, says Martin E. Marty. Now "ministerial exceptions" can be added to the list. The generally free ride given religious institutions even in a “secular time” should inspire thought: With all its contradictions, the United States remains a generous place in which religions can prosper. They would do well to serve the common good freely and openly.