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Protect the rights of the non-religious in education, says British Institute of Human Rights

Protect the rights of the non-religious in education, says British Institute of Human Rights

Posted: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:12

The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has endorsed several recommendations made by the National Secular Society, in a submission to the United Nations.

Former deputy chair of NI education committee says teaching evolution ‘corrupts children’

Former deputy chair of NI education committee says teaching evolution ‘corrupts children’

Posted: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:27

Thomas Buchanan, a DUP MLA, has endorsed an event which seeks to teach creationism to children and said creationism should be taught "in every school".

UK must honour equality and human rights obligations, NSS tells UN

UK must honour equality and human rights obligations, NSS tells UN

Posted: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:54

The National Secular Society has urged the UN Human Rights Council to recommend to the UK Government that it abolish religious discrimination in faith schools' admissions procedures.

Don’t wear red clothes or short skirts, ultra-orthodox rabbi tells Jewish women

Don’t wear red clothes or short skirts, ultra-orthodox rabbi tells Jewish women

Posted: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:34

In a letter sent to 5000 homes, an ultra-orthodox rabbi warned women in Stamford Hill not to wear "eye-catching" clothes, telling them to dress modestly, avoiding bright colours and short skirts.

Nearly a third of French Muslims prefer sharia to secular law, research finds

Nearly a third of French Muslims prefer sharia to secular law, research finds

Posted: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:44

Polling by a French think tank has found that more than one in four French Muslims, most of whom are young, support an "ultra-conservative" form of Islam and around one in three reject secular rule, favouring sharia.

NSS intervenes at UN Human Rights Council over UK failure to outlaw caste discrimination

NSS intervenes at UN Human Rights Council over UK failure to outlaw caste discrimination

Posted: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:50

The National Secular Society has spoken out at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to criticise the UK Government over its failure to tackle caste based discrimination, as the UN has repeatedly urged it do.

New powers needed to investigate illegal religious school, councils say

New powers needed to investigate illegal religious school, councils say

Posted: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:00

The National Secular Society has welcomed calls from the Local Government Association to be given more powers to tackle illegal faith schools and investigate the education of the 37,000 children who are home schooled.

Campaigns against school worship gain momentum in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Campaigns against school worship gain momentum in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Posted: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:11

The Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) has launched a judicial review against the Scottish Government following its refusal to allow sixth form pupils to opt themselves out of Religious Observance.

Government launches consultation on abolishing faith school admissions cap

Government launches consultation on abolishing faith school admissions cap

Posted: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:02

The Government has launched a consultation on plans to abolish the admission cap on faith schools, which currently limits religious discrimination in the admissions policies of new faith schools.

NSS calls for inquiry into Government’s faith schools admissions reform

NSS calls for inquiry into Government’s faith schools admissions reform

Posted: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:46

The National Secular Society has written to the chair of the Education Select Committee, calling for an inquiry into the Government's plans to abolish the 50% cap on faith-based admissions to free schools.

Sharia divorce better than murdering unwanted wives, says Indian Muslim Law Board

Sharia divorce better than murdering unwanted wives, says Indian Muslim Law Board

Posted: Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:14

A group campaigning for gender equality in India has called on the country's Supreme Court to end Muslim Personal Law to protect women from "fundamentalists" operating sharia courts.

NSS calls for rethink over Government plans to relax faith schools admissions rules

NSS calls for rethink over Government plans to relax faith schools admissions rules

Posted: Fri, 09 Sep 2016 08:51

The National Secular Society has urged the Government to rethink plans to allow new faith schools to select all of their pupils on the basis of faith.

Secularism 2016 Conference: Secularism ‘on the frontline of the most important issue of our time’

Secularism 2016 Conference: Secularism ‘on the frontline of the most important issue of our time’

Posted: Wed, 07 Sep 2016 08:59

The conference celebrating our 150th anniversary was an opportunity to reflect on everything the National Secular Society has achieved in 150 years of campaigning, and consider the significant challenges ahead.

Councils ignoring illegal schools because they “don’t want to upset community relations”

Councils ignoring illegal schools because they “don’t want to upset community relations”

Posted: Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:31

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned that local councils and police are continuing to ignore illegal faith schools, undermining efforts to prosecute the operators and protect children's rights.

NSS accuses Government of showing contempt for Parliament and UK’s international obligations on caste discrimination

NSS accuses Government of showing contempt for Parliament and UK’s international obligations on caste discrimination

Posted: Mon, 05 Sep 2016 12:31

The NSS has criticised the Government for "stalling" on caste discrimination after it announced plans for a consultation despite already being under an obligation to outlaw such discrimination.

Mayors defiant after French burkini ban suspended by Council of State

Mayors defiant after French burkini ban suspended by Council of State

Posted: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:01

The majority of French mayors who have imposed 'burkini' bans are refusing to revoke them, despite a ruling from France's highest administrative court against the ban in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet.

NSS welcomes calls for more sophisticated approach to extremism and radicalisation

NSS welcomes calls for more sophisticated approach to extremism and radicalisation

Posted: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:03

The NSS has tentatively welcomed parts of a report by the Home Affairs Committee on counter extremism and radicalisation. Aspects of the report have been criticised by free speech and counter-extremism advocates.

Last chance to buy tickets for Secularism 2016 conference

Last chance to buy tickets for Secularism 2016 conference

Posted: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:44

Our conference – 'Secularism 2016: Living better together' – is fast approaching, and it's your last chance to buy tickets for the day and for the evening gala dinner.

Risk of religious and spiritual intimidation of voters “may be increasing”

Risk of religious and spiritual intimidation of voters “may be increasing”

Posted: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:31

Sir Eric Pickles, the former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has warned of the danger of religious leaders to "abuse their influence" over voters in a report on electoral fraud.

Baroness Thornton joins the NSS as an honorary associate

Baroness Thornton joins the NSS as an honorary associate

Posted: Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:24

The National Secular Society is delighted to welcome Baroness Thornton as a new honorary associate.

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