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Dutch lawmakers may backtrack on plans to scrap blasphemy law

Dutch lawmakers may backtrack on plans to scrap blasphemy law

Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:16

Dutch lawmakers appear to be having second thoughts about scrapping the nation's blasphemy laws.

Feel free to annoy me: new campaign launched to protect free expression

Feel free to annoy me: new campaign launched to protect free expression

Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:04

The National Secular Society has joined together with religious groups and civil liberties campaigners to launch a new campaign to challenge Government proposals to outlaw "annoying" behaviour.

Universities can segregate women and men for debates, says university guidance

Universities can segregate women and men for debates, says university guidance

Posted: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:10

A report just published by vice-chancellors' group Universities UK, has advised that segregation by gender in talks from external speakers is fine.

Leader of Russian Orthodox Church says it is dangerous to unite state and church while Putin declares Russia a secular state

Leader of Russian Orthodox Church says it is dangerous to unite state and church while Putin declares Russia a secular state

Posted: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:35

Patriarch Kirill, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has said that there is no question of the church and state uniting in Russia.

Head teacher apologises after ordering pupils to attend Islam awareness trip or face punishment for 'racism'

Head teacher apologises after ordering pupils to attend Islam awareness trip or face punishment for 'racism'

Posted: Sat, 23 Nov 2013 21:37

A head teacher has been forced to apologise to parents after threatening to punish children for racism if they missed a religious awareness workshop.

Secularist of the Year 2014 - Tickets now on sale

Secularist of the Year 2014 - Tickets now on sale

Posted: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:14

The search has begun to find the next recipient of the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year. The award is presented annually in recognition of an individual or an organisation considered to have made an outstanding contribution to the secular cause.

Charles Bradlaugh nominated for a “People’s Plaque” in Tower Hamlets

Charles Bradlaugh nominated for a “People’s Plaque” in Tower Hamlets

Posted: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:08

The founder of the National Secular Society, Charles Bradlaugh, has been shortlisted by Towers Hamlets Borough Council in London for commemoration with a Blue Plaque.

Kuwait: 5 years for tweet “insulting” Prophet

Kuwait: 5 years for tweet “insulting” Prophet

Posted: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:20

(Sanaa) – A Kuwaiti court on November 18, 2013, sentenced a Kuwaiti man to five years in prison for a Twitter comment about Sunni/Shia theology.

Report says governors at “chaotic” Muslim free school have been told to resign or school will be closed

Report says governors at “chaotic” Muslim free school have been told to resign or school will be closed

Posted: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:26

The Derby Telegraph is reporting that the governors at the Al-Madinah Muslim free school have been told to step down and let another sponsor take over or the school will be closed.

Croatia: MEPs regret Church-led referendum on marriage

Croatia: MEPs regret Church-led referendum on marriage

Posted: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:31

On 1 December, Croatian citizens will be called to vote on whether to alter the constitution to define marriage as 'matrimony between a man and a woman'.

Deadline approaches for changes at Al-Madinah school

Deadline approaches for changes at Al-Madinah school

Posted: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:55

The Al-Madinah free school in Derby will be told this week that it must replace its board of governors or have its state funding removed.

NSS tells EU presidents that secularism should be “at the heart of the European project”

NSS tells EU presidents that secularism should be “at the heart of the European project”

Posted: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:24

The National Secular Society was represented again at the annual luncheon designed to consult "non-confessional" organisations given by the three presidents of the EU .

Welsh churches protest over proposals to cut transport to faith schools

Welsh churches protest over proposals to cut transport to faith schools

Posted: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:59

Despite the fact that Wales is being particularly badly affected by the current economic downturn, churches in the country are demanding that subsidies for transport of children to faith schools remain untouched.

Egypt ranks worst for women’s rights in the Arab world

Egypt ranks worst for women’s rights in the Arab world

Posted: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:42

The Thomson Reuters Foundation has released the findings of its third annual poll of women's rights in the Arab world.

Atheist wins £1000 compensation from council after religion-in-school dispute

Atheist wins £1000 compensation from council after religion-in-school dispute

Posted: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:05

A Scottish man has been awarded £1000 in compensation from his local authority after he complained about the approach to religion in his son's primary school.

Danish blasphemy law questioned by church minister

Danish blasphemy law questioned by church minister

Posted: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:05

A Danish church minister has argued for the abolition of the country's blasphemy law saying it undermines democracy by limiting free speech, abuses human rights and no longer serves any purpose.

Turkish court lifts ban on hijabs for lawyers at bar association

Turkish court lifts ban on hijabs for lawyers at bar association

Posted: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:28

The Turkish Supreme Court has lifted the ban on female lawyers wearing hijabs when registering with the Turkish Bar Association.

Greek Supreme Court places sharia law above civil law

Greek Supreme Court places sharia law above civil law

Posted: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:56

The last will and testament of a Muslim man, which was prepared according to Greek civil law, has been annulled in the Greek Supreme Court because it is not compliant with sharia law.

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.

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