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Saudi Arabia: 600 lashes and 7 years for activist guilty of 'insulting Islam'

Saudi Arabia: 600 lashes and 7 years for activist guilty of 'insulting Islam'

Posted: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:11

A Jeddah court on July 29, 2013, convicted a liberal activist of violating Saudi Arabia's anti-cybercrime law and sentenced him to 600 lashes and seven years in prison.

Appeal Court declines to rule on right-to-die cases

Appeal Court declines to rule on right-to-die cases

Posted: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:31

The Appeal Court has ruled that it has no power to grant people the right to voluntary euthanasia, and that it is a decision for parliament to make.

Pentecostal churches thriving in London as traditional denominations decline

Pentecostal churches thriving in London as traditional denominations decline

Posted: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:05

Since 2005, there has been a 50% increase in the numbers of people attending Pentecostal Churches in London — a phenomenon explained by a large influx of immigrants from Africa during that period.

Oldham Council ordered to hand over land to ‘faith sensitive’ free school

Oldham Council ordered to hand over land to ‘faith sensitive’ free school

Posted: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:17

Councillors in Oldham have reacted angrily to a ruling from the Department for Education ordering them to hand over a plot of land worth £4m to a new 'faith sensitive' free school'.

Irish Government to pursue religious orders for €250 million in unpaid compensation to abuse victims

Irish Government to pursue religious orders for €250 million in unpaid compensation to abuse victims

Posted: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:55

The Cabinet of the Irish Government agreed this week to pursue religious orders for payment of the remaining €250 million needed to make up their half of the cost of €1.46 billion compensation promised to victims.

Northern Ireland parents want integrated education

Northern Ireland parents want integrated education

Posted: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:14

An examination of official statistics on the number of places available in Northern Ireland's schools indicates that the popularity of Catholic Education is falling fast while the call for integrated schools is rising.

Traditionalists furious as Plymouth council shifts prayers

Traditionalists furious as Plymouth council shifts prayers

Posted: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:17

Conservative councillors in Plymouth have reacted furiously to a new timetable for council meetings that moves prayers to 15 minutes before the meeting begins.

Norwegian rape victim jailed in Dubai for having sex outside of marriage

Norwegian rape victim jailed in Dubai for having sex outside of marriage

Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:49

A 24 year old Norwegian woman who was raped in Dubai has herself been sent to jail, convicted under sharia law of having sex outside of marriage.

New exhibition to tell the story of Leicester Secular Society

New exhibition to tell the story of Leicester Secular Society

Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:46

A new exhibition is being planned to tell the story of Leicester Secular Society and its Hall through the 19th and 20th centuries.

Same-Sex Marriage legalised in England and Wales

Same-Sex Marriage legalised in England and Wales

Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:08

The Same-Sex Marriage Bill has been given royal assent and is now law. However, the first marriage is unlikely to take place before next summer as the Government has promised an inquiry into pension inequality and other matters.

Muslim man who ritually slaughtered goats didn’t know it was against the law

Muslim man who ritually slaughtered goats didn’t know it was against the law

Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:00

A Somali refugee who improvised a halal abattoir in a private house where he killed four goats, has been sentenced to a 12 months in jail suspended for two years by an Irish court.

Woman claims Catholic pharmacist made her “feel like a murderer” when she asked for morning after pill

Woman claims Catholic pharmacist made her “feel like a murderer” when she asked for morning after pill

Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:19

The General Pharmaceutical Council is conducting a misconduct hearing against a Polish Catholic pharmacist, who allegedly told a woman that she was "plotting murder" after she asked for the morning after pill.

Edinburgh secularists challenge religious interference in schools

Edinburgh secularists challenge religious interference in schools

Posted: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:29

Edinburgh Secular Society has published full details of all 91 unelected religious representatives sitting on the education committees of Scotland's 32 local authorities.

BBC reduces the amount of religion it broadcasts

BBC reduces the amount of religion it broadcasts

Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:41

The BBC has published its annual report which shows that the amount of time devoted to religion on the various BBC platforms has reduced over the past year.

Nuns say they will contribute nothing to Magdalene Laundry survivors’ compensation

Nuns say they will contribute nothing to Magdalene Laundry survivors’ compensation

Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:10

The four orders of nuns that ran the notorious Magdalene Laundries in Ireland have said they have no intention of contributing anything towards the compensation fund set up by the Irish Government.

Poland votes to keep ban on religious slaughter

Poland votes to keep ban on religious slaughter

Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:30

Despite pressure from religious groups and farmers, the Polish parliament has rejected a Government bill that would have lifted the ban on ritual slaughter of animals without pre-stunning.

Extremism fears prompt Government to scupper plans for Islamic free school

Extremism fears prompt Government to scupper plans for Islamic free school

Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:46

The Department for Education has scuppered plans for an Islamic free school in Halifax after alarm was raised over its links with a local Islamic centre.

UN marks “Malala Day”

UN marks “Malala Day”

Posted: Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:48

Malala Yousafzai, the inspirational and courageous schoolgirl from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban in October for campaigning in support of female education, has addressed the United Nations in New York.

Christian B&B owners who refused gay couple a room lose their appeal

Christian B&B owners who refused gay couple a room lose their appeal

Posted: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:27

The Christian owner of a bed and breakfast who was found guilty of discrimination after she refused a double room to a gay couple has lost her latest appeal.

Catalonia plans to ban the burka

Catalonia plans to ban the burka

Posted: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 13:19

The Catalan Government has announced that it will control the wearing of burkas and other face-coverings such as helmets and masks in public spaces "for reasons of public safety".

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