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Forced academisation could impose religion on pupils

Forced academisation could impose religion on pupils

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.

MP: “If you despise our Christian values, please leave and go somewhere else”

MP: “If you despise our Christian values, please leave and go somewhere else”

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.

Secularists call for commitment to free speech and civil society to challenge bigotry

Secularists call for commitment to free speech and civil society to challenge bigotry

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

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.

Minister warns that French secularism can be counter-productive

Minister warns that French secularism can be counter-productive

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.

Bills on assisted dying, ‘chancel tax’, Easter trading and sharia tribunals set for Lords debates

Bills on assisted dying, ‘chancel tax’, Easter trading and sharia tribunals set for Lords debates

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.

NSS calls for investigation of Orthodox Jewish schools after driving ban on mothers

NSS calls for investigation of Orthodox Jewish schools after driving ban on mothers

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.

Creationism blocked in Scottish science classes

Creationism blocked in Scottish science classes

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.

Queen’s Speech: concerns over illiberal Government counter-terror plans

Queen’s Speech: concerns over illiberal Government counter-terror plans

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

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.

72% support council’s bid to cut free travel subsidy for faith schools

72% support council’s bid to cut free travel subsidy for faith schools

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.

Court ruling: local authorities are under no obligation to subsidise transport to faith schools

Court ruling: local authorities are under no obligation to subsidise transport to faith schools

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.

LibDem leadership contender calls for secular state

LibDem leadership contender calls for secular state

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.

NSS urges Government to resist regressive demands to lift admissions cap on faith schools

NSS urges Government to resist regressive demands to lift admissions cap on 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.

'Gay cake' ruling: “no exceptions” to equality laws for religious beliefs

'Gay cake' ruling: “no exceptions” to equality laws for religious beliefs

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.

75% of Britons have never been influenced by a religious leader

75% of Britons have never been influenced by a religious leader

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.

Whitchurch scraps prayers in Council meetings

Whitchurch scraps prayers in Council meetings

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.

MP warns of “religious intimidation” of Muslim voters

MP warns of “religious intimidation” of Muslim voters

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.

Former High Court judge compares secularism to religious repression of the Tudors

Former High Court judge compares secularism to religious repression of the Tudors

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."

Government’s anti-extremism plans will have 'chilling effect' on free speech

Government’s anti-extremism plans will have 'chilling effect' on free speech

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.

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