24th October 2014

 2:00 am

“Respect for religion has now become acceptable grounds for censorship; even the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has declared that free speech should respect religious sensibilities, while the UN human rights council passed a resolution earlier this year condemning defamation of religion and calling for governments to prohibit it.”

Jo Glanville

23rd October 2014

 2:00 am

“There are many who value faith but not faith schools, fearing the social fragmentation they can lead to as the ever-growing number of such schools [in the UK] divide the next generation into educational ghettos. Having spent centuries getting rid of class divisions, it seems absurd to replace them with religious divisions.”

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain

22nd October 2014

 2:00 am

“When it comes to government and the functional elements of society, reason and rationalism should be deployed every time, in preference to superstition, myth and, on some occasions, what amounts to nothing other than primitive tribal hatreds.”

Alistair McBay

21st October 2014

 2:00 am

“If a school teaches real science, it's a pretty safe bet that all other departments are sound. If it teaches bogus science, everything else is suspect. I want a real college, not one that rejects facts, knowledge, and understanding because they conflict with a narrow religious belief. Any college that lets theology trump fact is not a college; it is an institution of indoctrination.”

William Crenshaw

20th October 2014

 2:00 am

“The Catholic Church, for the most part, is ruled and governed by elderly white male permanent celibates and that has a lot of limiting effects. Their world experience is quite far removed from people around them.”

Father Michael Martin