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Pakistan puts pressure on Facebook to help punish 'blasphemers'

Pakistan puts pressure on Facebook to help punish 'blasphemers'

Posted: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:26

The Pakistani government is punishing people for social media posts which it considers blasphemous, and placing pressure on social media companies to help it do so.

Ofsted head criticises segregation as Islamic school is taken over

Ofsted head criticises segregation as Islamic school is taken over

Posted: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:31

The chief inspector of the schools inspectorate Ofsted has spoken out against gender segregation in mixed-sex schools.

Ex-Muslims accused of 'inciting hatred' after criticising Islamic homophobia at Pride

Ex-Muslims accused of 'inciting hatred' after criticising Islamic homophobia at Pride

Posted: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:37

A prominent group of ex-Muslims are facing calls to be banned from future Pride marches in London after a mosque complained about their criticisms of Islam.

Bradlaugh lecture to mark end of NSS’s anniversary celebrations

Bradlaugh lecture to mark end of NSS’s anniversary celebrations

Posted: Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:30

A lecture at Manchester Art Gallery will pay tribute to the National Secular Society's founding president Charles Bradlaugh on 9 September.

Malaysian state votes to allow public caning for breaching sharia code

Malaysian state votes to allow public caning for breaching sharia code

Posted: Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:55

Legislators in Malaysia's northeastern state of Kelantan have voted to allow the public caning of those who break strict Islamic laws.

Scottish government plans to roll back religious influence over education

Scottish government plans to roll back religious influence over education

Posted: Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:21

The Scottish government is planning to curtail the influence of religious leaders over state education.

Sex education: schools’ religious ethos may ‘limit’ pupils’ knowledge of LGBT facts and contraception

Sex education: schools’ religious ethos may ‘limit’ pupils’ knowledge of LGBT facts and contraception

Posted: Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:15

More than 50 faith leaders have warned that schools' ability to teach relationships and sex education (RSE) through a faith ethos could undermine its accuracy and inclusivity.

European court backs Belgium’s ban on face veils

European court backs Belgium’s ban on face veils

Posted: Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:50

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Belgium's ban on wearing face veils in public does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

Vetting in Scottish Catholic schools 'putting off non-Catholic teachers'

Vetting in Scottish Catholic schools 'putting off non-Catholic teachers'

Posted: Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:30

The leader of Scotland's biggest teachers' union has said fewer non-Catholics are teaching in the country's Catholic schools because teachers can be vetted according to their religious views.

Women’s groups back appeal on gender segregation in schools

Women’s groups back appeal on gender segregation in schools

Posted: Fri, 07 Jul 2017 12:54

The schools inspectorate Ofsted is to appeal against a ruling on gender segregation in a landmark case at the Court of Appeal next week.

More Brits than ever are non-religious, NSS analysis suggests

More Brits than ever are non-religious, NSS analysis suggests

Posted: Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:43

More British people are becoming non-religious, according to the National Secular Society's initial analysis of the latest British Social Attitudes survey.

NSS joins calls for inquiry into funding of Islamist extremism

NSS joins calls for inquiry into funding of Islamist extremism

Posted: Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:00

The National Secular Society has joined calls for a public inquiry into the funding of Islamist extremism in Britain after a damning investigation by a prominent think tank.

NSS calls for consistent action on religious persecution

NSS calls for consistent action on religious persecution

Posted: Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:17

The National Secular Society has reiterated the need to defend all victims of religious persecution after a government minister said the UK would focus "in particular" on Christian communities under threat.

Single-religion schools and compulsory worship banned, South African court rules

Single-religion schools and compulsory worship banned, South African court rules

Posted: Tue, 04 Jul 2017 17:37

Schools may not teach one religion at the expense of others or hold compulsory religious observances, a court in South Africa has ruled.

Carey junior’s special pleading “an insult to victims”, says NSS

Carey junior’s special pleading “an insult to victims”, says NSS

Posted: Tue, 04 Jul 2017 14:06

The son of the former Archbishop of Canterbury has said "changing attitudes" are behind criticism of his father's handling of a sexual abuse scandal.

Ofsted boss commits to tackling illegal schools

Ofsted boss commits to tackling illegal schools

Posted: Mon, 03 Jul 2017 16:47

The National Secular Society has welcomed a commitment by OFSTED's chief inspector to protect children in unregistered faith schools.

Secular medics welcome new pharmacy standards on ‘religion, personal values and beliefs’

Secular medics welcome new pharmacy standards on ‘religion, personal values and beliefs’

Posted: Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:02

The Secular Medical Forum has welcomed new standards for pharmacy professionals that protect pharmacy users from conscientious objections.

Government to make free abortion services available to NI women in England

Government to make free abortion services available to NI women in England

Posted: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:14

The NSS has welcomed a Government announced that Northern Irish women will able to get abortions on the NHS in England.

Ireland’s education minister sets out plans to remove ‘baptism barrier’ to Catholic schools

Ireland’s education minister sets out plans to remove ‘baptism barrier’ to Catholic schools

Posted: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:00

Ireland's state-funded Catholic primary schools are to lose the ability discriminate on the basis of religion in their admissions policies.

US Supreme Court ruling a 'blow to country’s fundamental principle of church-state separation'

US Supreme Court ruling a 'blow to country’s fundamental principle of church-state separation'

Posted: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:50

A religious liberty advocacy group in the US has warned that a Supreme Court ruling that the state of Missouri must extend a playground fund to religious organisations could "open the door to more taxpayer support for religion".

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