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Defend Free Speech Campaign launched in Parliament

Defend Free Speech Campaign launched in Parliament

Posted: Fri, 30 Oct 2015 12:04

A new campaign to oppose the Government's controversial plans for Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs) has been officially launched in Parliament.

NSS: Church cannot escape blame for the failure to uncover truth about sex abuse

NSS: Church cannot escape blame for the failure to uncover truth about sex abuse

Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:24

The National Secular Society has said that the Church of England cannot escape blame following the jailing of a retired Anglican priest for sexual offences committed against boys as young as 14.

BBC continues to reduce its unpopular religious programming

BBC continues to reduce its unpopular religious programming

Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:41

The BBC's latest annual report indicates a general reduction in the hours the Corporation devotes to religious broadcasting. The only increase was on BBC1 which devoted 86 hours to religious programmes.

East Herts Councillor resigns following vote to retain prayers at council meetings

East Herts Councillor resigns following vote to retain prayers at council meetings

Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:45

A Local councillor has resigned after his motion to remove prayers from East Herts District Council meetings was heavily defeated.

Turkish musician Fazıl Say awarded 2015 International Secularism Prize

Turkish musician Fazıl Say awarded 2015 International Secularism Prize

Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:44

Turkey's most famous modern pianist has been awarded the International Secularism Prize (Prix de la Laïcité) by the France Committee of Secularism, two years after being convicted of blasphemy for a series of tweets.

House of Lords debates bill to outlaw gender discrimination in UK sharia ‘courts’

House of Lords debates bill to outlaw gender discrimination in UK sharia ‘courts’

Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:02

The Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill, proposed by Baroness Cox, has passed its second reading in the House of Lords and was met with support from peers across the political spectrum.

Ex-Bishop of Durham calls for Christian “theocracy”

Ex-Bishop of Durham calls for Christian “theocracy”

Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 15:52

Dr Tom Wright, the former Anglican bishop of Durham, has called for "cruciform theocracy" at an event held at St Paul's Cathedral.

Freedom of expression cannot be left to the “mercy of others”, says chair of EHRC

Freedom of expression cannot be left to the “mercy of others”, says chair of EHRC

Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:34

Baroness O'Neill, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has warned that there is no way of securing freedom of expression and a right not to be offended.

Government unveils counter-extremism plans

Government unveils counter-extremism plans

Posted: Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:10

The Government has released its long-awaited counter-extremism plan, and set out a host of measures aimed at tackling the spread of radical Islamist ideologies.

Combatting anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim hatred is of “existential importance” to Europe

Combatting anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim hatred is of “existential importance” to Europe

Posted: Sat, 17 Oct 2015 08:00

First Vice-President Frans Timmermans of the European Commission has said that tackling anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic violence is critical to Europe's future.

NSS urges Education Secretary not to force Isle of Wight pupils into faith schools

NSS urges Education Secretary not to force Isle of Wight pupils into faith schools

Posted: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:10

The National Secular Society has written to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan objecting to plans to close down a non-religiously designated academy – leaving pupils with no option other than to attend a faith school.

Secular Medical Forum rebukes NHS for advertising £22,000 spiritual healing job

Secular Medical Forum rebukes NHS for advertising £22,000 spiritual healing job

Posted: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:57

Doctor Antony Lempert of the Secular Medical Forum (SMF) has strongly criticised an NHS Trust for advertising a "Spiritual Healer" post to work with breast cancer patients.

SNP to host Muslim group whose staff member calls for prosecution of anyone who criticises Islam

SNP to host Muslim group whose staff member calls for prosecution of anyone who criticises Islam

Posted: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:04

A Muslim activist has boasted of plans to ban criticism of Islam, days before his organisation is due to appear at the SNP conference.

“Phenomenal” growth of churches in UK linked to child witchcraft accusations

“Phenomenal” growth of churches in UK linked to child witchcraft accusations

Posted: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 15:44

The Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) has warned of the "phenomenal" growth of churches in the UK that "promote the idea that children can be witches".

Council of Europe “retreat” on circumcision of young boys

Council of Europe “retreat” on circumcision of young boys

Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:50

Jewish and Muslim groups have claimed victory after the Council of Europe 'retreated' over a proposed ban on male circumcision and instead recommended that it only be performed by trained individuals.

Cameron announces plans to regulate religious supplementary schools

Cameron announces plans to regulate religious supplementary schools

Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:07

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans for Ofsted to inspect madrassas and other supplementary religious schools and to close down those that preach "hate".

Former Anglican bishop Peter Ball jailed as victims sue Church of England over ‘cover-up’

Former Anglican bishop Peter Ball jailed as victims sue Church of England over ‘cover-up’

Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:12

Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Gloucester and Lewes, has been sentenced to 32 months in prison after pleading guilty to offences against 18 teenagers and young men – allegations Ball denied for over twenty years.

NSS: Vague ‘Extremism Disruption Orders’ will chill free speech

NSS: Vague ‘Extremism Disruption Orders’ will chill free speech

Posted: Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:57

The National Secular Society and the Christian Institute have joined together to launch a new campaign, Defend Free Speech, in opposition to proposed 'Extremism Disruption Orders'.

National Secular Society calls for integrated education at EU colloquium on combatting religious hatred

National Secular Society calls for integrated education at EU colloquium on combatting religious hatred

Posted: Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:29

The National Secular Society has spoken out at a meeting of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on religious intolerance to call for integrated schools that promote citizenship and human rights.

Academy closure will force children into faith schools

Academy closure will force children into faith schools

Posted: Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:08

Parents on the Isle of Wight face being forced to accept places at religious schools for their children after plans were announced to close the only non-denominational primary school in the area.

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