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Church of England 'colluded' with sex abuse bishop and failed victims, says report

Church of England 'colluded' with sex abuse bishop and failed victims, says report

Posted: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:14

The head of the Church of England, Justin Welby, has admitted that the Church "concealed" evidence of child abuse by a former bishop and failed to help his victims.

Caste: Anti-discrimination groups issue ‘urgent call’ to participate in government’s consultation

Caste: Anti-discrimination groups issue ‘urgent call’ to participate in government’s consultation

Posted: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:29

The NSS has urged supporters to respond to a Government consultation on caste discrimination, as new website aids those who support specifically outlawing discrimination based on 'caste' to respond.

NSS calls for end to state funded ‘religiosity inspections’ in schools

NSS calls for end to state funded ‘religiosity inspections’ in schools

Posted: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:04

The NSS has called for Ofsted to inspect RE in faith schools after research revealed that millions of pounds of public money has been paid to religious organisations to carry out additional inspections of denominational RE.

NSS calls on European leaders to robustly promote the “democratic value” of separation of religion and state

NSS calls on European leaders to robustly promote the “democratic value” of separation of religion and state

Posted: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:19

The National Secular Society today called on EU presidents to promote "democratic values", warning that past assumptions about the place of religion in politics and modern society being settled may no longer apply.

Leaders claim freedom of religion is unaffected after Samoa becomes a “Christian state”

Leaders claim freedom of religion is unaffected after Samoa becomes a “Christian state”

Posted: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:15

The island nation Samoa has amended its constitution to proclaim itself a "Christian state".

Supreme Court rules NI women don’t have equal right to abortion services in England

Supreme Court rules NI women don’t have equal right to abortion services in England

Posted: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:43

In a three/two decision, the UK Supreme Court has ruled that UK citizens normally resident in Northern Ireland do not have a right to free abortion services from NHS England on the same basis as other UK citizens.

Catholic Church backs down on ‘faith certificates’ for pupils

Catholic Church backs down on ‘faith certificates’ for pupils

Posted: Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:12

The Catholic Church has dropped plans to take the Government to court in order to give priests the right to arbitrarily determine whether pupils are eligible for a school place on the basis of faith.

'Community leaders' represent no-one but themselves, says Nazir Afzal

'Community leaders' represent no-one but themselves, says Nazir Afzal

Posted: Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:57

Former Chief Crown Prosecutor Nazir Afzal has said that the authorities are "lazy" in reaching minority groups, and still rely on self-appointed 'community leaders'.

NSS mourns the loss of former president David Tribe

NSS mourns the loss of former president David Tribe

Posted: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:18

David Tribe, a President of the National Secular Society from 1963 to 1971, has died in Australia at the age of 86.

BBC allows Today programme to be used to promote Church’s evangelism campaign

BBC allows Today programme to be used to promote Church’s evangelism campaign

Posted: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:36

The National Secular Society has criticised the BBC for allowing the first Thought for the Day slot of June to be used by the Church of England as a platform to promote its latest evangelism initiative.

Church to gain influence over nine secular schools in Northumberland

Church to gain influence over nine secular schools in Northumberland

Posted: Wed, 31 May 2017 16:55

Concerns have been raised over plans for nine community schools in Northumberland to join with one CofE faith school to form a new mixed multi academy trust with a majority of church appointed members.

Parliamentary candidates offer support for faith schools, non-stun animal slaughter and circumcision

Parliamentary candidates offer support for faith schools, non-stun animal slaughter and circumcision

Posted: Wed, 31 May 2017 14:31

The National Secular Society has criticised prospective MPs for offering their support to non-therapeutic male circumcision, religious slaughter of animals without stunning, and faith schools.

New poll finds huge opposition to Government’s plans for more discriminatory faith schools

New poll finds huge opposition to Government’s plans for more discriminatory faith schools

Posted: Tue, 30 May 2017 14:16

Government plans to allow new faith schools to discriminate on religious grounds by selecting all of their pupils on the basis of faith have attracted mass public opposition, a poll has found.

‘Moderate’ Indonesia launches anti-gay police taskforce after public caning of two men

‘Moderate’ Indonesia launches anti-gay police taskforce after public caning of two men

Posted: Fri, 26 May 2017 08:51

Indonesia's police are to launch a new crackdown on gay people, following a brutal public caning and the mass arrest of 140 gay men at a party.

Effort to repeal New Zealand blasphemy law delayed

Effort to repeal New Zealand blasphemy law delayed

Posted: Wed, 24 May 2017 15:19

An attempt by Labour MP Chris Hipkins to remove anti-blasphemy laws from New Zealand's statute book has failed after National Party and Maori Party MPs voted it down.

Doctor faces private prosecution for circumcising baby boy without the mother’s consent

Doctor faces private prosecution for circumcising baby boy without the mother’s consent

Posted: Wed, 24 May 2017 12:10

A doctor is facing a private prosecution for assault after he circumcised a boy without the mother's consent.

Four religious representatives appointed to Hebrides education committee

Four religious representatives appointed to Hebrides education committee

Posted: Thu, 18 May 2017 15:38

The Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the local authority for the Hebrides, has appointed four religious figures to its education committee, as it is required to do by law.

NSS calls for moratorium on Government funding of cathedrals

NSS calls for moratorium on Government funding of cathedrals

Posted: Tue, 16 May 2017 13:22

Following concerns raised by the National Secular Society, the UK spending watchdog has concluded that "improvements" were needed in the process the Government used to award vast sums of public money for cathedral repairs.

Belgium’s Wallooon region to end slaughter of animals without pre-stunning

Belgium’s Wallooon region to end slaughter of animals without pre-stunning

Posted: Thu, 11 May 2017 15:56

A committee of the Walloon Parliament has voted to ban the slaughter of animals without pre-stunning, a move welcomed by secularists and animal rights campaigners.

Campaigns against blasphemy laws gather steam following Ahok conviction and Fry investigation

Campaigns against blasphemy laws gather steam following Ahok conviction and Fry investigation

Posted: Wed, 10 May 2017 10:24

Indonesia, Denmark and New Zealand are facing calls to repeal their blasphemy laws, following the conviction of Jakarta's former governor for blasphemy and an investigation into Stephen Fry.

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