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Winner of sharia law student research competition announced

Winner of sharia law student research competition announced

Posted: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:06

One Law for All and the Lawyers' Secular Society (LSS) have announced the winner of their student research competition on the subject of sharia law.

Church of England anticipates big expansion of its schools nationwide

Church of England anticipates big expansion of its schools nationwide

Posted: Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:42

The Church Times has reported this week that there is to be a large-scale expansion of Church of England schools across the country to accommodate the rising demand for school places.

Lancashire church leaders unhappy at proposal to increase parents’ contribution to faith school transport costs

Lancashire church leaders unhappy at proposal to increase parents’ contribution to faith school transport costs

Posted: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:14

Lancashire County Council is under fire from church leaders who accuse them of planning to "penalise" parents who send their children to religious schools.

Churches in Northern Ireland unite to oppose Girl Guides’ secular promise

Churches in Northern Ireland unite to oppose Girl Guides’ secular promise

Posted: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00

Churches in Northern Ireland have banded together to oppose the new secular Girl Guide Promise

Bill submitted to Scottish Parliament that would abolish religious representatives on education committees

Bill submitted to Scottish Parliament that would abolish religious representatives on education committees

Posted: Wed, 06 Nov 2013 10:39

An independent Member of the Scottish Parliament, John Finnie, has given his support to a campaign to remove the legal right of religious groups to vote on education matters on local council committees.

New paper calls for secular ceremony of remembrance at the Cenotaph

New paper calls for secular ceremony of remembrance at the Cenotaph

Posted: Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:58

A new academic paper examining the origins of the Cenotaph and the ceremonies surrounding it has questioned the role of the Church of England at the annual remembrance ceremony.

US Supreme Court to hear council prayers case

US Supreme Court to hear council prayers case

Posted: Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:04

Tomorrow (6 November) the United States Supreme Court will consider whether opening council meetings with prayers is legal.

Ireland considers replacing blasphemy law with “religious hatred” legislation

Ireland considers replacing blasphemy law with “religious hatred” legislation

Posted: Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:35

The Convention set up by the Irish Government to bring the country's constitution up-to-date has recommended that the offence of blasphemy should be removed from the constitution in its current form.

Government rules out guidance to deter evangelism in schools

Government rules out guidance to deter evangelism in schools

Posted: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:44

The Government has ruled out national guidance on external visitors to schools, following concerns from the National Secular Society that many schools were being used by religious groups as a base for evangelism.

NSS joins campaign opposing restrictions on Freedom of Information requests

NSS joins campaign opposing restrictions on Freedom of Information requests

Posted: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:38

The National Secular Society has joined with over 70 other organisations in an effort to persuade Prime Minister David Cameron to drop proposals to restrict the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.

NSS joins campaign to oppose Lobbying Bill

NSS joins campaign to oppose Lobbying Bill

Posted: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:50

The controversial Lobbying Bill could cause issue-based campaigners and charities to be "frozen out" of politics, a columnist has warned.

Muslim taxi driver penalised for refusing to carry disabled woman’s assistance dog

Muslim taxi driver penalised for refusing to carry disabled woman’s assistance dog

Posted: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:05

A Muslim taxi driver in East Sussex has been given 12 penalty points after he refused to carry a disabled woman in his cab because she had an assistance dog with her.

Courts are secular, says top family law judge

Courts are secular, says top family law judge

Posted: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 08:12

A leading family law judge has said that courts are secular – and so are judges. Sir James Munby, president of the Family Law Division, made the comments in a keynote speech to a Law Society Conference.

Religious and conservative MEPs block vote on reproductive health and rights

Religious and conservative MEPs block vote on reproductive health and rights

Posted: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:31

Members of the European Parliament have blocked a vote on a progressive report that sought to promote the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) of EU citizens and beyond.

Vatican signs new agreement with right-wing Hungarian regime

Vatican signs new agreement with right-wing Hungarian regime

Posted: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:15

The Vatican has signed an agreement with the right-wing Hungarian Government this week, modifying the 1997 concordat.

£350,000 of taxpayers’ money wasted over an Islamic tradition

£350,000 of taxpayers’ money wasted over an Islamic tradition

Posted: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:30

A High Court judge has expressed his bafflement at a case involving the Islamic tradition of shaving off a woman's pubic hair that has cost the taxpayer £350,000 and has now been dropped.

Scottish NHS Trust pays £30,000 to Catholic Church for last rites service

Scottish NHS Trust pays £30,000 to Catholic Church for last rites service

Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:21

It was revealed this week that a Scottish NHS trust is paying the Catholic Church £30,000 a year to provide "out-of-hours spiritual care", largely to ensure that dying patients receive the last rites.

Magistrates reject proposal for a single secular oath

Magistrates reject proposal for a single secular oath

Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:35

The Magistrates Association has rejected a proposal from one of its members that it should end the swearing of oaths on holy books in court.

Your support needed for EP report on women’s sexual and reproductive rights

Your support needed for EP report on women’s sexual and reproductive rights

Posted: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:56

Next Tuesday (22 October), the European Parliament will vote on a report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights that has been put forward by the Parliament's Women's Rights Committee.

Secularists urge Scottish Government to remove non-elected religious reps from school boards

Secularists urge Scottish Government to remove non-elected religious reps from school boards

Posted: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:22

Edinburgh Secular Society (ESS) has lodged a petition with the Scottish Parliament calling for an end to the legal obligation on local authorities to appoint three unelected religious representatives to sit on their education committees.

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