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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.

Polish Catholic Church on the spot over paedophile priests and child abuse cover ups

Polish Catholic Church on the spot over paedophile priests and child abuse cover ups

Posted: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:08

Polish radio is reporting that a man who, as a child, was abused by a Catholic priest has written to the Pope after the Church refused to entertain a compensation claim.

New analysis shows very few people in England engage in religious activity

New analysis shows very few people in England engage in religious activity

Posted: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:38

A new analysis of a survey undertaken in 2000-1 that looks at the way English people use their time has revealed that religious activity is something that the English are least likely to engage in.

Ofsted report finds Al-Madinah school “dysfunctional”

Ofsted report finds Al-Madinah school “dysfunctional”

Posted: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:18

A damning Ofsted report has found the Al-Madinah Muslim free school in Derby to be "dysfunctional" and "inadequate" in all areas.

New report highlights growing incursion of evangelical Christians into state schools

New report highlights growing incursion of evangelical Christians into state schools

Posted: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 05:12

A new report published by the National Secular Society has revealed that publicly funded schools are being targeted and exploited by evangelical Christian groups as part of their missionary work.

Jewish faith school caught censoring questions on science exam papers

Jewish faith school caught censoring questions on science exam papers

Posted: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:49

A state funded Jewish faith school has been caught blacking out questions on science exam papers.

Al-Madinah Muslim free school threatened with closure

Al-Madinah Muslim free school threatened with closure

Posted: Tue, 08 Oct 2013 14:24

Derby's Al-Madinah Muslim free school has been ordered to take "swift action" to address concerns over the way it is run or face closure.

NSS welcomes introduction of alternative Scout Promise for atheists

NSS welcomes introduction of alternative Scout Promise for atheists

Posted: Tue, 08 Oct 2013 04:41

The National Secular Society has welcomed news that The Scout Association is to introduce an additional alternative version to the Scout Promise in order to welcome atheists into the Movement.

Judges call for one secular oath for all

Judges call for one secular oath for all

Posted: Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:28

Magistrates are considering proposals to replace religious oaths and affirmations with a single oath for all defendants and witnesses.

NSS welcomes Ofsted analysis of the state of RE, but warns recommendations don't go far enough

NSS welcomes Ofsted analysis of the state of RE, but warns recommendations don't go far enough

Posted: Sat, 05 Oct 2013 22:56

The National Secular Society has welcomed a new analysis of the state of religious education in schools from the education regulator Ofsted, but has warned its report's recommendations don't go far enough.

LSE student Society intimidated at Freshers' Fair over "offensive" t-shirts

LSE student Society intimidated at Freshers' Fair over "offensive" t-shirts

Posted: Fri, 04 Oct 2013 09:45

A row over free expression has broken out at the LSE after members of the LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Student Society were told they would be physically removed from the annual Freshers' Fair.

Muslim employees in landmark win on religious discrimination

Muslim employees in landmark win on religious discrimination

Posted: Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:17

Two Muslim men working for Tesco have won a case of religious discrimination after having access to the on-site prayer room restricted.

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