Secularism

A cheap shot from Ofsted

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A Tower Hamlets teacher

Ofsted has put seven schools in Tower Hamlets into special measures, saying that they have “not put in place steps to ensure that students, staff and governors understand the risks posed by extremism”.

Six of them are Islamic private schools, and one is a Church of England secondary foundation school.

The left should not defend the private faith schools which have been found to teach a very narrow curriculum, excluding the arts, and fail to challenge prejudiced attitudes towards women and people of different sexualities. Such schools should be abolished.

Ofsted has put seven schools in Tower Hamlets into special measures, saying that they have “not put in place steps to ensure that students, staff and governors understand the risks posed by extremism”.

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Priests Who Don't Believe in God? (1993)

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Sean Matgamna

"Must The Priest Believe?" — in God! — would, I thought, as my eye first flicked over the programme page, be a satire or a skit.

But no, it was a serious edition of Joan Bakewell's "Heart of the Matter", provoked by the case of a Church of England priest, Anthony Freeman, unfrocked for publishing a book explaining why he no longer believes in God.

There are quite a number of Church of England priests who do not believe in God....

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Must The Priest Believe in God?

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Sean Matgamna

"Must The Priest Believe?" — in God!
— would, I thought, as my eye first
flicked over the programme page, be a satire
or a skit.

There are quite a number of Church of England priests who do not believe in God....

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Must The Priest Believe in God?

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Sean Matgamna

"Must The Priest Believe?" — in God!
— would, I thought, as my eye first
flicked over the programme page, be a satire
or a skit.

There are quite a number of Church of England priests who do not believe in God....

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Must The Priest Believe in God?

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Sean Matgamna

"Must The Priest Believe?" — in God!
— would, I thought, as my eye first
flicked over the programme page, be a satire
or a skit.

There are quite a number of Church of England priests who do not believe in God....

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Must The Priest Believe in God?

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

"Must The Priest Believe?" — in God!
— would, I thought, as my eye first
flicked over the programme page, be a satire
or a skit.

There are quite a number of Church of England priests who do not believe in God....

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Qu’est-ce que le racisme antimusulmans ?

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Sacha Ismail (Traduction: Yves Coleman, pour 'Ni patrie ni frontières')

La gauche et l’extrême gauche britanniques font fréquemment référence au concept d’« islamophobie », mais discutent rarement du sens exact de ce terme. Les musulmans qui vivent en Grande-Bretagne subissent-ils une oppression spécifique, en tant que musulmans, et si oui, laquelle ?

Cet article soutiendra le point de vue que les musulmans qui vivent en Grande-Bretagne souffrent d’une oppression, d’une haine et d’un fanatisme antimusulmans spécifiques, mais que, pour comprendre et décrire ces phénomènes, il nous semble plus adéquats de les qualifier de racisme antimusulmans.

La gauche et l’extrême gauche britanniques font fréquemment référence au concept d’« islamophobie », mais discutent rarement du sens exact de ce terme. Les musulmans qui vivent en Grande-Bretagne subissent-ils une oppression spécifique, en tant que musulmans, et si oui, laquelle ?

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Where Were Lenin's Children?

It will be a good day for Lenin's cause when they burn or bury the great iconoclast's poor patched-up mummy, and shut his mausoleum forever.

What is happening in the USSR now was symbolised in one scene in a Moscow street last weekend.

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Defying fundamentalism

In an article originally appearing in Against The Current, the publication of the US socialist group Solidarity, Haideh Moghissi reviews Karima Bennoune's Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism.. This article originally appeared online here, and is from the March/April edition of ATC (No. 169).

An article from Against The Current, the publication of the US socialist group Solidarity, in which Haideh Moghissi reviews Karima Bennoune's Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism.

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Revolutionary politics, imperialism, and anti-racism: a further reply in the "Marxism and religion" controversy

In an October 2013 article, Marcus Halaby of Workers Power attacked the AWL for our "neo-Shachtmanite" refusal to unconditionally support anyone fighting imperialism. Here, two AWL members respond.

Marcus Halaby’s polemic against Workers’ Liberty’s politics on religion, Islamism, and anti-imperialism (“The AWL’s anti-anti-imperialist Islamophobia”) is worth reading because it illustrates some differences between the political method of Workers Power and ourselves in Workers’ Liberty.

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