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“Sodomite Suppression Act” proposed by US Christian lawyer

“Sodomite Suppression Act” proposed by US Christian lawyer

Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:16

A California lawyer has proposed a "Sodomite Suppression Act" and warned of "God's just wrath" should the state of California not put homosexuals to death.

Jordan proposes ban on “insults to religions” at next Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting

Jordan proposes ban on “insults to religions” at next Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting

Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:21

Jordan has introduced an emergency item to the next meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, calling for a ban on insulting religion or religious symbols.

Boris Johnson describes bishops in the House of Lords as “clerical fossils”

Boris Johnson describes bishops in the House of Lords as “clerical fossils”

Posted: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:12

London Mayor Boris Johnson has described Anglican bishops with the automatic right to a seat in the House of Lords as "clerical fossils."

Street preacher fined for using “abusive” language after quoting Leviticus

Street preacher fined for using “abusive” language after quoting Leviticus

Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:28

Street preacher Michael Overd has been found guilty of using "threatening" or "abusive" words after making homophobic remarks during a sermon delivered in Taunton High Street.

NSS welcomes pledge to review ‘sharia courts’

NSS welcomes pledge to review ‘sharia courts’

Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:52

The National Secular Society has welcomed an announcement from Home Secretary Theresa May that a future Conservative government would launch a review into so called 'sharia courts' operating in the UK.

Tribunal: political views should receive same protection under Equality Act as religious beliefs

Tribunal: political views should receive same protection under Equality Act as religious beliefs

Posted: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:59

An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that political views constitute a "philosophical belief" under the Equality Act.

Council prayers bill “no triumph for democracy”

Council prayers bill “no triumph for democracy”

Posted: Sun, 15 Mar 2015 06:51

A Bill enabling local authorities in England to hold prayers as part of their official business and to "support or facilitate" religious events has cleared its latest hurdle and is set to become law.

Deference to faith is preventing effective challenges to the “horror” of witchcraft accusations and persecution

Deference to faith is preventing effective challenges to the “horror” of witchcraft accusations and persecution

Posted: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:29

The Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) has warned that "considerable reluctance" to intervene in people's faith is preventing an effective response to suffering caused by witchcraft accusations.

Christianity has “lost status” because of equality and human rights legislation, say evangelical Christians

Christianity has “lost status” because of equality and human rights legislation, say evangelical Christians

Posted: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:06

An Equality and Human Rights Commission report has found that "some Christian employers, service users and providers" believe Christianity has "lost status" because of equality laws.

Government breaks promise over consultation on caste discrimination

Government breaks promise over consultation on caste discrimination

Posted: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:40

The Government has failed to launch a promised consultation on caste-based discrimination, after a long campaign by anti-caste campaigners to have it specifically recognised under anti-discrimination laws.

New NHS guidance requires hospitals to provide pastoral care to non-religious

New NHS guidance requires hospitals to provide pastoral care to non-religious

Posted: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:26

New guidance published by NHS England will require hospitals in England to consider the needs of non-religious patients by ensuring they have access to appropriate pastoral care.

Social Integration Commission calls for limits on new faith schools

Social Integration Commission calls for limits on new faith schools

Posted: Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:02

A new report by the Social Integration Commission has warned of segregation in Britain and called on the Department for Education to place limits on new faith schools.

Religious lobbying threatens European Parliament vote on gender equality

Religious lobbying threatens European Parliament vote on gender equality

Posted: Sun, 08 Mar 2015 07:30

On Tuesday 10 March the European Parliament will vote on a report about gender equality in the EU. NGOs are concerned that religious groups may defeat the report, and are appealing for support.

A very special Secularist of the Year event in the offing- get your tickets now

A very special Secularist of the Year event in the offing- get your tickets now

Posted: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:24

Secularist of the Year 2015 is shaping up to be a very exciting event, with attendees including Richard Dawkins, AC Grayling and last year's winner, Turkish opposition MP Safak Pavey.

Beef ban prompts fears over state of Indian secularism

Beef ban prompts fears over state of Indian secularism

Posted: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:30

The Indian state of Maharashtra has banned the sale or possession of beef, leading to fears that secularism in India is being eroded.

Police and Crime Commissioner criticised for awarding tens of thousands of pounds to Christian groups

Police and Crime Commissioner criticised for awarding tens of thousands of pounds to Christian groups

Posted: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:14

The National Secular Society has raised concerns about a scheme to "nurture, equip and enable" religious organisations to help reduce crime in Northamptonshire.

“Be Careful With Mohammed”: Muslim Action Forum launches “legal strategy” to stop publication of insults to Mohammed

“Be Careful With Mohammed”: Muslim Action Forum launches “legal strategy” to stop publication of insults to Mohammed

Posted: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:50

The Muslim Action Forum, which staged a protest outside Downing Street against Charlie Hebdo in February, has launched a "legal strategy" to stop insults against Mohammed.

Council prayers bill branded a "recipe for divisiveness"

Council prayers bill branded a "recipe for divisiveness"

Posted: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:18

A Government backed Bill to give local councils the power to include prayers in their meetings has been branded a 'recipe for divisiveness' during a House of Lords debate.

NSS rebukes Eric Pickles for claims about “aggressive secularists”

NSS rebukes Eric Pickles for claims about “aggressive secularists”

Posted: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:34

The National Secular Society has strongly criticised Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, for warning of "violent extremists" and "aggressive secularists" in a speech at Temple Church in London.

NSS warns of ‘de-facto’ blasphemy laws at European Parliament

NSS warns of ‘de-facto’ blasphemy laws at European Parliament

Posted: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:57

The National Secular Society has raised concerns about the limits imposed on free speech by unofficial blasphemy laws enforced by the threat of violence.

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