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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.

Catholic Bishops step into Poland’s religious slaughter debate – and create a Church-state confrontation

Catholic Bishops step into Poland’s religious slaughter debate – and create a Church-state confrontation

Posted: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:17

The Polish Catholic Bishops Conference has issued a statement in support of the campaign to reverse the country's ban on religious slaughter of animals.

BBC Trust rejects Thought for the Day bias complaint

BBC Trust rejects Thought for the Day bias complaint

Posted: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:10

The BBC Trust has rejected a complaint of bias from the National Secular Society concerning a Thought for the Day slot broadcast immediately after its successful High Court challenge to prayers during council meetings.

Controversial Muslim free school closed by Ofsted

Controversial Muslim free school closed by Ofsted

Posted: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 08:10

The Muslim free school at the centre of controversy over the past few weeks has been closed after school inspection body Ofsted raised "health and safety" concerns.

Turkey’s headscarf ban lifted in latest assault on the secular state

Turkey’s headscarf ban lifted in latest assault on the secular state

Posted: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:05

Turkey's Islamist Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, yesterday continued his programme of Islamisation of the country by lifting the ban on the wearing of Muslim headscarves in public offices.

Nordic children’s ombudsmen take historic step to protect children’s rights

Nordic children’s ombudsmen take historic step to protect children’s rights

Posted: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 09:47

Yesterday, during a meeting in Oslo, Nordic ombudsmen for children, Nordic paediatricians, and paediatric surgeons agreed a resolution urging their national governments to work for a ban on non-therapeutic circumcision.

Somerset council proposing to end bus privileges for children attending faith schools

Somerset council proposing to end bus privileges for children attending faith schools

Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:21

Somerset County Council is proposing to reduce subsidies for transport to faith schools in order to bring them into line with those for non-faith schools.

Swedish Ombudsman calls for ban on circumcision

Swedish Ombudsman calls for ban on circumcision

Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:17

The Swedish Ombudsman for Children has written to a newspaper calling for the country to outlaw the circumcision of boys.

Suggestion that France replace Christian holidays with Jewish and Muslim ones doesn’t go down well

Suggestion that France replace Christian holidays with Jewish and Muslim ones doesn’t go down well

Posted: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:00

An appointee to the French Government's National Observatory on Secularism has sparked controversy by suggesting that two Christian holidays should be replaced on the calendar by the Jewish Yom Kippur and the Muslim festival of Eid.

NSS members challenge judicial church service that reinforces links between church and state

NSS members challenge judicial church service that reinforces links between church and state

Posted: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:45

Two members of the National Secular Society have written to the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, asking that he end the Anglican Church service in Westminster Abbey that marks the opening of the judicial year on 1 October.

Opinion poll shows big opposition to faith schools

Opinion poll shows big opposition to faith schools

Posted: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:16

A new, large scale opinion poll shows that a majority of people in Great Britain are against Government funding of "faith schools."

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