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NSS welcomes Eric Pickles’ exit from Cabinet

NSS welcomes Eric Pickles’ exit from Cabinet

Posted: Wed, 13 May 2015 11:39

The removal of Eric Pickles from the post of Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has been welcomed by the National Secular Society.

NSS joins calls for Government to recognise global discrimination against atheists- as third Bangladeshi blogger is hacked to death

NSS joins calls for Government to recognise global discrimination against atheists- as third Bangladeshi blogger is hacked to death

Posted: Tue, 12 May 2015 13:44

The National Secular Society is calling on the Government to do more to tackle global discrimination against non-believers, secularists and humanists- after a third Bangladeshi secular blogger was murdered.

Bath Student Union says decision to cut Jesus and Mohammed sketch was “in line with normal practice”

Bath Student Union says decision to cut Jesus and Mohammed sketch was “in line with normal practice”

Posted: Mon, 11 May 2015 13:03

Bath Student Union has defended their decision to cut 'blasphemous' material from a student group's comedy show, saying that it is "normal practice" for Student Union officers to edit scripts.

Faith school closes so staff can go on religious pilgrimage

Faith school closes so staff can go on religious pilgrimage

Posted: Thu, 07 May 2015 14:38

A Catholic primary school in Birmingham closed for a day during term-time so that its staff could attend a pilgrimage to the Vatican.

Take action: Urge Paraguayan authorities to provide a safe abortion for 10-year-old rape survivor

Take action: Urge Paraguayan authorities to provide a safe abortion for 10-year-old rape survivor

Posted: Thu, 07 May 2015 10:24

The National Secular Society is urging its supporters to call on Paraguayan authorities to grant an abortion to a 10-year-old-girl who is pregnant after having been raped by her stepfather.

91% of barristers would insist witnesses remove face veil while giving evidence

91% of barristers would insist witnesses remove face veil while giving evidence

Posted: Wed, 06 May 2015 12:28

Over 90% of barristers would support some limits on face veils during trials, it has emerged.

British Muslim Youth object after cancellation of debate following police intervention

British Muslim Youth object after cancellation of debate following police intervention

Posted: Tue, 05 May 2015 11:39

A Muslim youth organisation has complained that a debate they had arranged with ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson was prevented from taking place by South Yorkshire Police and the Rotherham Borough Council.

Prayers cause conflict on Northern Ireland council

Prayers cause conflict on Northern Ireland council

Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:03

Councillors in Northern Ireland have been left bitterly split after an hour long row over whether to begin council meetings with prayers.

Free speech campaigners concerned by Ed Miliband’s vow to ban ‘Islamophobia’- without defining what it means

Free speech campaigners concerned by Ed Miliband’s vow to ban ‘Islamophobia’- without defining what it means

Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:26

The National Secular Society and other advocates for freedom of expression have expressed alarm after Labour leader Ed Miliband set out his intention to 'outlaw' Islamophobia.

Nigel Farage calls for “muscular defence” of Christianity in the UK

Nigel Farage calls for “muscular defence” of Christianity in the UK

Posted: Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:22

Nigel Farage has said that Christianity is a "significant part" of his "vision for the future of Britain" in a special message on "UKIP Policies for Christians."

Bath Student Union and university chaplains blocked comedy sketch material on Mohammed and Jesus

Bath Student Union and university chaplains blocked comedy sketch material on Mohammed and Jesus

Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:42

Student Union officials and university chaplains ordered a line featuring Mohammed cut from a student comedy show, because it caused "great offence."

Less than 40% of would-be MPs claim a belief in God

Less than 40% of would-be MPs claim a belief in God

Posted: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:49

A survey carried out by Whitehouse Consultancy has found that 33% of parliamentary candidates contesting marginal seats describe themselves as atheists.

NSS backs parents allocated Sikh school against their wishes

NSS backs parents allocated Sikh school against their wishes

Posted: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:05

The National Secular Society is supporting parents whose children have been allocated a Sikh ethos free school against their wishes.

NUS votes to work with group accused of supporting Islamic extremism

NUS votes to work with group accused of supporting Islamic extremism

Posted: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:13

The National Union of Students has voted to work with Islamic 'civil rights' group Cage, against the Government's counter-terror and counter-radicalisation strategy.

Queen’s University Belfast cancels Charlie Hebdo event for ‘security’ reasons

Queen’s University Belfast cancels Charlie Hebdo event for ‘security’ reasons

Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:45

Queen's University Belfast has cancelled an event on the fallout from the attack on Charlie Hebdo, citing fears over the university's "reputation" and "security" if the talk went ahead.

NSS calls on Ed Miliband to clarify comments on workplace religious freedom

NSS calls on Ed Miliband to clarify comments on workplace religious freedom

Posted: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:35

The National Secular Society has called on Labour leader Ed Miliband to clarify recent comments he made during an election visit to an evangelical church.

NSS signs up Joey Barton

NSS signs up Joey Barton

Posted: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:40

The National Secular Society has welcomed professional footballer and student of philosophy Joey Barton as an honorary associate.

Canadian Supreme Court rules unanimously against council prayers

Canadian Supreme Court rules unanimously against council prayers

Posted: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:45

The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled that a municipal council in a Quebec town may not hold prayers as part of its official meetings.

Survey: UK is one of the least religious countries in the world

Survey: UK is one of the least religious countries in the world

Posted: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:33

A survey by WIN/Gallup international, which questioned 64,000 people in 65 different countries, has found that the UK is the sixth least religious country in the world.

Failed Orthodox school prioritised “narrow” religious education over reading, maths and science -Ofsted

Failed Orthodox school prioritised “narrow” religious education over reading, maths and science -Ofsted

Posted: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:21

An Independent Jewish faith school has failed all five Ofsted assessment criteria and been branded "inadequate" for its "narrow" focus on religious studies and students' lack of basic skills.

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