Posted: Mon, 07 Sep 2015 13:00
A bid to introduce Christian prayers during council meetings in Norfolk has met with a crushing 10-2 defeat, as one resident warned the plan was 'backwards' and "highly divisive".
Posted: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:37
The National Secular Society has criticised the former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond for his "divisive rhetoric" after he stated that he prefers religious people to atheists or apostates.
Posted: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:58
A county clerk in Kentucky has persisted in denying same-sex couples marriage licenses, in open defiance of a federal court order.
Posted: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:01
All 45 Christian schools in Israel have closed in a strike to protest against funding cuts to their budget from the Israeli government.
Posted: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:38
The Quebec National Assembly is considering a bill that would be used to criminalise criticism of Islam under the aegis of banning "hate speech".
Posted: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:08
A Christian group that linked child disobedience with witchcraft has withdrawn its application to open an independent school after the NSS called on the DfE not to grant the school registered status.
Posted: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:52
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has strongly criticised Mexico over "corroborated reports that hundreds of children have been sexually abused for years by clerics of the Catholic Church and other religious faiths".
BBC Trust: Religious radio programmes are “least popular” and “least well received” – but we won’t change them
Posted: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:46
A consultation on speech radio by the BBC Trust has found that religious programmes are the least liked and least well received radio shows, but stated that the BBC has no plans to change them.
Posted: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:58
The DfE has written to the National Secular Society confirming that it will be "looking into" the NSS' concerns over why an Islamic school that banned its pupils from socialising with 'outsiders' was rated "good".
Posted: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:36
The National Secular Society has written to Huw Lewis, the Welsh Education Minister, in support of his plans to reform RE and rename the subject "religion, philosophy and ethics".
Petition calls for Bangladeshi police chief to resign after he warned secularists not to insult religion
Posted: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:53
A petition has been started calling for the head of Bangladesh's police to resign after he told secularists not to 'cross the line' by insulting religious feelings, days after Niloy Neel was killed.
Posted: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:39
Index on Censorship and English PEN have called for answers after 'Homegrown', a play about radicalisation, was cancelled by the National Youth Theatre shortly before its first performance.
Posted: Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:35
A Muslim-majority, non-faith school is to integrate boys' and girls' classes for the first time, after being placed in special measures by Ofsted.
Posted: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:55
Sikh Federation UK, the "leading" Sikh lobbying organisation, has refused to condemn the actions of a group of men who disrupted an interfaith wedding.
Posted: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:32
The National Secular Society has written to the Government to clarify whether the Church of England is seeking to block the exhumation of remains not buried on Church land.
Posted: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:38
Premier Christian Radio has revealed that the Minister for Faith role has officially been scrapped, and the duties transferred to a junior ministerial post at the DCLG.
Posted: Fri, 07 Aug 2015 07:49
Pastor James McConnell has said he will carry on preaching his message about Islam, after his first day in court over an allegedly 'offensive' sermon.
Posted: Wed, 05 Aug 2015 12:02
The United Arab Emirates has passed an 'anti-hatred' law which it has claimed will help tackle discrimination, but which outlaws 'insulting' religion.
Posted: Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:28
Saudi Arabia has reiterated its call for a global blasphemy law, claiming that free speech leads to violations of "religious and ideological rights."
Posted: Sun, 02 Aug 2015 07:00
The National Secular Society has joined other secularist organisations in calling for a full pardon and civil protection for nine people recently sentenced to death by a Sharia court in Nigeria.