By Nelson Jones - 14 January 14:56
The Home Office has granted asylum to a man in fear of his life because he no longer believes in God and wishes to live his life without publicly practising Islam. How many others are there who will need protection because of their lack of religious faith
By Nelson Jones - 06 January 15:38
It now appears that the story about Kim Jong-Un's uncle being executed by a pack of 120 ravenous dogs can be traced back to a Weibo post by a Chinese satirist.
By Nelson Jones - 11 December 18:13
The controversial group has been recognised as religion and may now conduct wedding ceremonies – what now for organisations such as the British Humanist Association?
By Nelson Jones - 01 November 15:52
Germany has become the first European country to pass a law that lets a birth certificate to be left blank in cases where the child is neither obviously male nor female, but it will take far more than a bureaucratic fix to remove the stigma of "abnormalit
By Nelson Jones - 19 October 9:33
A study by Theos shows the apparently limited appeal of scientific materialism. But is it evidence that hardline atheism of the Richard Dawkins variety has little popular appeal?
By Nelson Jones - 09 August 9:54
Richard Dawkins' statement that "All the world's Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge" has attracted a lot of attention. Was he just being a troll? Or is there a wider point to be made about where science happens in the world?
By Nelson Jones - 23 July 10:02
The handling of rape cases is just one reason why we should be using our economic leverage to force Dubai to clean up its act.
By Nelson Jones - 26 June 15:08
A recent poll of young people found that 41 per cent thought that religion was the cause of more harm than good in the world.
By Nelson Jones - 14 June 10:59
The pontiff's remarks about the existence of a "gay lobby" in the Vatican draws on a number of age-old homophobic tropes.
By Nelson Jones - 10 June 16:01
Claims of global conspiracy seem far-fetched but Bilderberg does represent an immense networking and lobbying opportunity, says Nelson Jones. The concerns of rabble-rousing Texan radio host Alex Jones may be risible but those of Labour MP Michael Meacher
By Nelson Jones - 04 June 16:12
The modern basis of marriage is partnership and equality rather than innate difference.
By Nelson Jones - 14 May 13:39
A recent YouGov poll has shown that a majority of people - from almost all religious denominations - support doctor-assisted dying. It is our secular and spiritual leaders who are refusing to catch up.
By Nelson Jones - 10 May 11:29
Nelson Jones <3 Michael Gove.
By Nelson Jones - 04 April 15:48
A legal and bureaucratic scheme that privileges some types of hate crime as special while ignoring others is dangerous in itself, says Nelson Jones.
By Nelson Jones - 14 March 17:52
Pope Francis flourished, occupying a prominent position in the Argentine church, at a time when its leaders worked hand in glove with one of the most brutal dictatorships of the 20th century. Is that enough to damn him?
By Nelson Jones - 04 March 10:27
The trial of the "Cannibal Cop" forces us to ask the question: when a fantasy crime become a reality?
By Nelson Jones - 21 February 12:30
Universal healthcare is the least citizens should expect. To make the NHS better for patients, politicians, press and public alike need to cultivate a healthly scepticism towards it, not give it unlimited adulation.
By Nelson Jones - 14 February 15:39
The advice, given to MPs today, also refutes suggestions that unwilling clergy might be forced by human rights law to marry same-sex couples.
By Nelson Jones - 11 February 16:14
History may well be kinder to Joseph Ratzinger than his contemporary critics.
By Nelson Jones - 05 February 9:58
Its opponents may well have a darker motivation than they admit.
By Nelson Jones - 15 January 14:51
But even a defeat can be said to advance campaign groups' narrative that Christians are being "marginalised" by militant secularism.
By Nelson Jones - 10 January 16:34
Being ginger-haired, you're not considered fully human.
By Nelson Jones - 21 December 14:11
Pope Paul VI, who banned Catholics from using contraception, is the latest pontiff to be put forward for sainthood.
By Nelson Jones - 11 December 17:15
The census has shown a big decline in the number of people declaring themselves to be religious, writes Nelson Jones.
By Nelson Jones - 07 December 16:27
It may end up dominating the new Archbishop of Canterbury's tenure in the way that the women bishops debate has dominated Rowan Williams'.
By Nelson Jones - 30 November 13:41
Nelson Jones investigates the attack on Wayne Houchin on Dominican television.
By Nelson Jones - 28 November 11:22
The change in law reflects the contemporary view of sex as something that can only properly be enjoyed on a basis of equality.
By Nelson Jones - 14 November 16:42
The tragic case of a woman who was miscarrying, who died because doctors wouldn't give her a termination, shows the danger of fetishising the life of the unborn child.
By Nelson Jones - 09 November 13:50
There is a difference between listening sympathetically to the stories of people who say that they have been abused and uncritically believing every assertion that is made, says Nelson Jones.
By Nelson Jones - 02 November 16:01
By continuing to have a Bigot of the Year award, Stonewall is indulging in playground politics that sits ill with its new role as a facilitator of best practice in the public realm.