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Champion secular, human rights approach in struggle against extremism, says Quilliam

Champion secular, human rights approach in struggle against extremism, says Quilliam

Posted: Thu, 09 Jul 2015 14:06

The counter-extremism think tank Quilliam has urged the Government to base counter-extremism efforts around human rights, rather than "contentious" British values.

Religious chaplaincy costs NHS £23.5 million a year

Religious chaplaincy costs NHS £23.5 million a year

Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2015 16:16

Figures published in the Independent have revealed that NHS Trusts spent over £23 million on religious chaplaincy in the last financial year – the equivalent cost of employing 1,000 new nurses.

Diocese stresses “purity” and “virtue of chastity” in Catholic schools’ sex education guidelines

Diocese stresses “purity” and “virtue of chastity” in Catholic schools’ sex education guidelines

Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:16

New guidelines from the Diocese of Portsmouth say that Catholic schools should promote "chastity" as the "underlying theme" of Sex and Relationships Education (SRE).

Demos warns of ethnic segregation in minority faith schools

Demos warns of ethnic segregation in minority faith schools

Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:43

Research by the think tank Demos has warned that British schools are "highly segregated" and that "some faith schools effectively exclude other ethnic groups."

Huge gulf between Catholics and Church leaders over social issues, survey finds

Huge gulf between Catholics and Church leaders over social issues, survey finds

Posted: Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:33

A survey of Catholics in England and Wales has found a very large gap between their views and the teachings of the church on gay marriage, contraception and divorce.

Cambridge councillors take stand against new faith schools, call for inclusive education

Cambridge councillors take stand against new faith schools, call for inclusive education

Posted: Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:46

Cambridgeshire councillors have lambasted "segregation" caused by faith schools and recommended against building new schools with faith-based admissions.

Student secular society’s website deleted after “ominous” threat sent from Saudi Arabia

Student secular society’s website deleted after “ominous” threat sent from Saudi Arabia

Posted: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:05

The Manchester Free Speech and Secular Society's website has been deleted, shortly after the group received a message warning they would "feel remorse" if they didn't stop criticising Islamic fundamentalism.

NSS briefs UN committee on state of children’s rights

NSS briefs UN committee on state of children’s rights

Posted: Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:24

The National Secular Society has warned that faith schools are becoming increasingly divisive and inimical to the realisation of children's rights in a submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Academy teaches “abstinence” as contraception and sex education in line with the “Maker’s Instructions”

Academy teaches “abstinence” as contraception and sex education in line with the “Maker’s Instructions”

Posted: Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:21

A parent has raised serious concerns with the National Secular Society over the strongly religious nature of sex and relationships education at their child's school.

Widespread local denial over Trojan Horse, as DfE accuses select committee of ‘downplaying’ the scandal

Widespread local denial over Trojan Horse, as DfE accuses select committee of ‘downplaying’ the scandal

Posted: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:12

A Birmingham councillor has warned of widespread local denial over the Trojan Horse scandal, days after the DfE said downplaying the affair risked undermining counter-extremism efforts.

Supreme Court legalises same-sex marriage across USA

Supreme Court legalises same-sex marriage across USA

Posted: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:52

In an historic case the US Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples have a legal right to marriage.

International groups highlight global persecution of non-religious and religious minorities

International groups highlight global persecution of non-religious and religious minorities

Posted: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:39

Secular human rights organisations have called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to promote "genuine respect for freedom of religion and belief and freedom of expression".

No plans to review 50% free schools admissions cap, says DfE

No plans to review 50% free schools admissions cap, says DfE

Posted: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:53

The National Secular Society has welcomed assurances from the Department for Education that it has no plans to permit faith-based free schools to increase the proportion of school places they can allocate on the basis of faith.

Imam joins secularists and Christians in defending Pastor James McConnell’s free speech

Imam joins secularists and Christians in defending Pastor James McConnell’s free speech

Posted: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:37

An Islamic scholar has said he is willing to go to prison to defend the free speech of Northern Ireland Pastor James McConnell, who is being prosecuted for comments he made on Islam.

Ireland strongly criticised by UN for domination of religious schools over education system

Ireland strongly criticised by UN for domination of religious schools over education system

Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:58

The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) has called on Ireland to "increase the number of non-denominational schools" in its education system.

Islamic scholar releases extensive theological rebuttal of extremist ideology

Islamic scholar releases extensive theological rebuttal of extremist ideology

Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:41

An Islamic scholar has released an extensive syllabus for use by teachers and children which seeks to rebut extremist Islamist ideology.

Hundreds of students sign petition calling on their school to end Christian religious assemblies

Hundreds of students sign petition calling on their school to end Christian religious assemblies

Posted: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:55

In just three days over 300 students at a Scottish High School signed a petition against compulsory Christian assemblies.

MPs express support for secularism in Bangladesh

MPs express support for secularism in Bangladesh

Posted: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:36

Several Members of Parliament have praised secularism in a debate on Bangladesh, and the NSS is calling on them to support secularist principles in the UK as well.

Secular Medical Forum warns that new Conscientious Objection Bill threatens provision of patient care

Secular Medical Forum warns that new Conscientious Objection Bill threatens provision of patient care

Posted: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:11

Secular doctors have voiced serious concerns about the Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill, which had its first reading in the House of Lords on 4th June 2015.

Crowdsourced constitution calls for secular state

Crowdsourced constitution calls for secular state

Posted: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:48

The London School of Economics has published its "People's Constitution" which would enshrine secular principles across the UK.

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