Vol. 119 No. 2

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A SECULAR SOCIETY? Keith Porteous Wood
Britain is only to some extent a secular society. Continuing obeisance to religion is evident in the facts that bishops have the automatic right to sit in Parliament, and that a daily act of worship is obligatory in every school. Also, the Church of England is actually increasing its power in local education authorities. But, on the secular side, victories have been gained: for example, in 2006, the National Secular Society contributed to having freedom-of-expression safeguards inserted into the Racial and Religious Hatred Act; and in 2013, caste discrimination was outlawed. Finally, only a minority of people actively adhere to the Anglican Church. Abstract by Tom Rubens. 

THE RIGHT NOT TO PRAY Babu Gogineni

DOES POPULATION MATTER? John Collier & Nina Clarke
Given the fact that the current world population of 7 billion already exceeds the planet’s capacity for sustainability by 50%; given also that, at present birth-rates, the global population could reach 9.6 billion by 2050: decisive action needs to be taken to confine growth to a sustainable level. Birth-control measures should be made available world-wide, provided partly by governments but also by transnational corporations (as part of their ‘corporate responsibility’ programmes). One aspect of this approach would be to promote gender equality and the general empowerment of women. Abstract by Tom Rubens. 

ESSAY — THE BREAK Tom Rubens

Book Review: INFIDEL (2007) by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, review by Paul Rhodes

THE WOODEN HORSE OF TROY Jennifer R. Jeynes

VIEWPOINTS: P. Wilkinson, I. Armitage, A. Pinter, M Zeki, R. Hasan, J. Ginn, J. Severs, G. Enders

SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN  Jennifer R. Jeynes

 

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