Posted: Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:54
The National Secular Society has warned that proposals to force struggling local authority schools in England to become academies could increase the proportion of faith based schools.
Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:09
Conservative MP Sir Gerald Howarth, speaking in the House of Commons, has claimed that "we are a Christian country"- days after yet more research showed that the non-religious are the single largest group in Britain.
Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:56
The National Secular Society has called on the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights to promote a robust civil society response against religious and ethnic hatred.
New research: 49% have no religion, Anglican Church collapse continues, Islam increases ten-fold since 1983
Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:43
New findings by the National Centre for Social Research have confirmed the long-term collapse in affiliation with the Church of England and the huge increase in non-belief.
Posted: Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:19
The French education minister has cautioned against France's secularity rules suppressing the rights of religious people to freedom of expression.
Posted: Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:06
Several bills related to secular causes have been successful in the House of Lords Private Members' Bill ballot, meaning new laws on sharia tribunals, assisted dying, chancel repair liability, and Easter trading will be debated.
Posted: Fri, 29 May 2015 09:50
The NSS has called on the DfE to investigate two independent Orthodox Jewish schools following demands that pupils be barred if dropped off by mothers after a driving 'driving ban' was imposed on women.
Posted: Thu, 28 May 2015 13:53
The Scottish education minister has stated that creationism should not be taught in science classes in publicly-funded Scottish schools.
Posted: Wed, 27 May 2015 13:23
The National Secular Society has expressed concern over new "anti-extremism" plans announced in the Conservative Government's first Queen's Speech.
Councillor called an “absolute disgrace” for asking that prayers not take place in official meetings
Posted: Tue, 26 May 2015 16:02
A local councillor has been called an "absolute disgrace" by a Conservative councillor for suggesting that it was "inappropriate" to hold prayers in council meetings.
Posted: Tue, 26 May 2015 13:45
Kirklees Council is considering ending free travel to faith schools in a bid to cut out unnecessary expenditure. The move has widespread local support, with 72% of 926 consultation responses in support of the measure.
Posted: Fri, 22 May 2015 15:22
A judge has ruled that the state is not obliged to subsidise transportation to and from faith schools, despite ruling in favour of a Catholic school in a case over subsidised school transport.
Posted: Wed, 20 May 2015 17:00
Tim Farron, one of two candidates for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats, has called for the Church of England to be disestablished and has also expressed his opposition to faith schools.
Posted: Wed, 20 May 2015 12:57
The NSS has urged the Government to resist regressive demands to allow more discrimination in faith schools after it emerged the Catholic Education Service is lobbying "hard" to remove the cap on faith-based admissions to academies – and is hopeful that the Government will revisit the issue.
Posted: Tue, 19 May 2015 11:47
Belfast County Court has ruled that the Ashers Bakery, run by a Christian family, unlawfully discriminated against a gay customer who ordered a cake featuring a slogan in support of marriage equality.
Posted: Mon, 18 May 2015 14:42
Polling by YouGov has found that while a slim plurality of Britons think religious leaders should comment on politics and the economy, just 19% are actually influenced by what religious leaders say.
Posted: Mon, 18 May 2015 12:32
Whitchurch Town Council has voted to abolish the practice of saying prayers at its meetings, just weeks after the previous Government passed legislation enabling councils to include religious observances as part of their official meetings.
Posted: Sat, 16 May 2015 07:59
The Labour MP for Slough has hit out against voter intimidation, after some Muslim voters were told that they were not 'true Muslims' unless they voted against her.
Posted: Fri, 15 May 2015 10:55
The National Secular Society has strongly rejected the comments of a former High Court judge, who said atheists and secularists exhibit an attitude to "freedom of speech which is as restrictive of that of Elizabeth I or Burghley."
Posted: Thu, 14 May 2015 12:55
The National Secular Society has expressed concern at the Government's new proposals to challenge extremism and radicalisation.