Headscarves and other religious, philosophical and political symbols can be banned at work, says European Court of Justice
Posted: Tue, 31 May 2016 16:26
A general workplace ban on visible political, philosophical and religious symbols in the workplace, including headscarves, is not discriminatory against Muslim women, a European Court of Justice judge has said.
Posted: Tue, 31 May 2016 14:19
The National Secular Society has welcomed news from Telford and Wrekin Council that its discriminatory school transport policy is being reconsidered.
Posted: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:44
The Government has announced the launch of its long-awaited independent review into Sharia law in England and Wales, to be chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui.
Posted: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:09
The National Secular Society (NSS) has urged the Government to ensure that all state-owned crematoria are religiously neutral, allowing religious symbols to be added when requested.
Posted: Fri, 20 May 2016 07:46
A town council in Shropshire has voted to drop prayers from its meetings over concerns that the imposition of prayer was putting people off from attending.
Posted: Wed, 18 May 2016 16:02
A broad coalition of campaign groups including the National Secular Society has warned that proposals contained in the Queen's Speech could criminalise a "wide swathe of speech."
Thousands of children “hidden away” in illegal faith schools at risk of indoctrination and extremism
Posted: Wed, 18 May 2016 13:43
Ofsted has found over 50 suspected illegal faith schools since January, prompting renewed fears about thousands of children being taught in unregistered schools with no oversight.
Posted: Tue, 17 May 2016 11:05
An internal review has found the BBC's religious output is "too Christian" and recommended an increase in its Muslim, Hindu and Sikh programming.
Posted: Mon, 16 May 2016 09:51
A top Benedictine monk who has been accused of child abuse has been arrested after five years on the run.
Posted: Fri, 13 May 2016 10:49
The NSS is delighted to announce that Turkish opposition MP Safak Pavey and the writer Douglas Murray will be joining the Society to speak at its anniversary conference to be held in London on 3 September.
Posted: Thu, 12 May 2016 13:47
A House of Lords debate on school admissions has seen peers criticise segregation and division fed by faith schools and challenging Government plans to prevent civil society organisations from objecting to Admissions Code violations.
Posted: Wed, 11 May 2016 14:10
The Government has announced plans to register Ministry of Defence sites for civil marriages, after religious groups blocked same-sex ceremonies from taking place in military chapels.
Posted: Tue, 10 May 2016 12:32
The National Secular Society has urged a local authority to review its school transport policy after a pupil was told he couldn't use the council-run school bus because it is provided only for church-going pupils.
Posted: Tue, 10 May 2016 06:57
The National Secular Society has welcomed comments from Trevor Phillips calling for the "active integration" of religious minorities but warned that this cannot be done without tackling faith schools.
Posted: Fri, 06 May 2016 13:32
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has been asked by the Department for Education to investigate an independent Islamic school that segregated its staff by gender.
Posted: Thu, 05 May 2016 16:23
The National Secular Society is pleased to announce a special conference to mark 150 years since the Society's founding and to debate the vital role of secularism in Britain and beyond.
Posted: Tue, 03 May 2016 13:26
Religious education must be reformed before parents lose the option to remove their children from the subject, the NSS has said, after head teachers voted to make RE compulsory.
Posted: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:22
Two Turkish journalists have been sentenced to two years in prison for republishing a cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with a cartoon of Muhammad.
Church review into abusive Bishop refuses to explicitly consider bullying of victims in its Terms of Reference
Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:23
A victim of clerical abuse has refused to give evidence to a Church review of the Bishop Peter Ball case, after it declined to explicitly mention intimidation of victims in its Terms of Reference.
Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:57
A Northern Ireland councillor has been criticised after comparing a Sixth Form student's campaign against mandatory school worship to the "early stage" of Hitler and Stalin's rule.