Lancashire church leaders unhappy at proposal to increase parents’ contribution to faith school transport costs
Posted: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:14
Lancashire County Council is under fire from church leaders who accuse them of planning to "penalise" parents who send their children to religious schools.
Posted: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00
Churches in Northern Ireland have banded together to oppose the new secular Girl Guide Promise
Bill submitted to Scottish Parliament that would abolish religious representatives on education committees
Posted: Wed, 06 Nov 2013 10:39
An independent Member of the Scottish Parliament, John Finnie, has given his support to a campaign to remove the legal right of religious groups to vote on education matters on local council committees.
Posted: Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:58
A new academic paper examining the origins of the Cenotaph and the ceremonies surrounding it has questioned the role of the Church of England at the annual remembrance ceremony.
Posted: Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:04
Tomorrow (6 November) the United States Supreme Court will consider whether opening council meetings with prayers is legal.
Posted: Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:35
The Convention set up by the Irish Government to bring the country's constitution up-to-date has recommended that the offence of blasphemy should be removed from the constitution in its current form.
Posted: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:44
The Government has ruled out national guidance on external visitors to schools, following concerns from the National Secular Society that many schools were being used by religious groups as a base for evangelism.
Posted: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:38
The National Secular Society has joined with over 70 other organisations in an effort to persuade Prime Minister David Cameron to drop proposals to restrict the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.
Posted: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:50
The controversial Lobbying Bill could cause issue-based campaigners and charities to be "frozen out" of politics, a columnist has warned.
Posted: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:05
A Muslim taxi driver in East Sussex has been given 12 penalty points after he refused to carry a disabled woman in his cab because she had an assistance dog with her.
Posted: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 08:12
A leading family law judge has said that courts are secular – and so are judges. Sir James Munby, president of the Family Law Division, made the comments in a keynote speech to a Law Society Conference.
Posted: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:31
Members of the European Parliament have blocked a vote on a progressive report that sought to promote the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) of EU citizens and beyond.
Posted: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:15
The Vatican has signed an agreement with the right-wing Hungarian Government this week, modifying the 1997 concordat.
Posted: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:30
A High Court judge has expressed his bafflement at a case involving the Islamic tradition of shaving off a woman's pubic hair that has cost the taxpayer £350,000 and has now been dropped.
Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:21
It was revealed this week that a Scottish NHS trust is paying the Catholic Church £30,000 a year to provide "out-of-hours spiritual care", largely to ensure that dying patients receive the last rites.
Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:35
The Magistrates Association has rejected a proposal from one of its members that it should end the swearing of oaths on holy books in court.
Posted: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:56
Next Tuesday (22 October), the European Parliament will vote on a report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights that has been put forward by the Parliament's Women's Rights Committee.
Posted: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:22
Edinburgh Secular Society (ESS) has lodged a petition with the Scottish Parliament calling for an end to the legal obligation on local authorities to appoint three unelected religious representatives to sit on their education committees.
Posted: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:08
Polish radio is reporting that a man who, as a child, was abused by a Catholic priest has written to the Pope after the Church refused to entertain a compensation claim.
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.