Steven Kettell

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    Britain’s ‘Christian right’: seeking solace in a narrative of discrimination

Britain’s ‘Christian right’: seeking solace in a narrative of discrimination

The ‘Christian right’ in the UK may not be anywhere near as powerful as its US counterpart, but it still tries to exert influence on public policy. This has become increasingly difficult as fewer Britons identify themselves as Christian. Steven Kettell finds that although these campaigners bemoan the effects of secularisation, they have found themselves adopting secular arguments in order to oppose same-sex marriage, […]

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    Sticks and stones: the use of anti-secular discourse in Britain

Sticks and stones: the use of anti-secular discourse in Britain

The past decade has seen the rise of a strident anti-secular discourse in Britain. Based on the idea that a militant, aggressive and intolerant form of secularism wants to marginalise faith and drive it out of the public square, anti-secular rhetoric has found growing popularity among political and religious figures aiming to promote a greater role for faith in […]

Declining UK religiosity means religious opposition to same sex marriage has been largely framed in secular terms

Why, given the close link between attitudes to homosexuality and theological concerns, was religious opposition to same-sex marriage framed largely in secular terms? Steven Kettell notes that a key part of the explanation involves an increasing shift to the use of identity politics by religious groups in a context of increasing secularisation. The legalisation of same-sex marriage in England, Scotland and Wales […]