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Government urged to tackle sharia ‘courts’ and religious tribunals by women’s rights and secular campaigners

Government urged to tackle sharia ‘courts’ and religious tribunals by women’s rights and secular campaigners

Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:18

Almost 200 signatories, including the National Secular Society and women's rights groups, have called on the Government to tackle the spread of "parallel legal systems" like sharia 'courts'.

Tribunal to rule on Gay clergyman refused NHS chaplaincy job because he is in same-sex marriage

Tribunal to rule on Gay clergyman refused NHS chaplaincy job because he is in same-sex marriage

Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:10

A Bishop stripped a Church of England clergyman of the licence needed to take a hospital chaplaincy job because he is in a same-sex marriage.

NSS welcomes closure of school inspectorate with alleged extremist links

NSS welcomes closure of school inspectorate with alleged extremist links

Posted: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:17

The National Secular Society has welcomed the news that the Bridge Schools Inspectorate (BSI) is to close, after strongly criticising the organisation for the extremist views of some of its inspectors.

Former education secretary calls for abolition of collective worship law and reform of RE

Former education secretary calls for abolition of collective worship law and reform of RE

Posted: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:22

The obligation on state schools in England and Wales to provide a daily act of collective worship should be scrapped, according to former education secretary Charles Clarke.

Catholic Church child abuse cover-ups: Vatican justice is no justice at all

Catholic Church child abuse cover-ups: Vatican justice is no justice at all

Posted: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:34

The National Secular Society has dismissed Pope Francis' new tribunal to hear the cases of bishops implicated in covering up child sex abuse as a "PR stunt" and continuing to assist clerics escape justice over allegations.

Australian Catholic schools criticised for distributing anti equal marriage propaganda

Australian Catholic schools criticised for distributing anti equal marriage propaganda

Posted: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:21

The Catholic Church has sent a booklet entitled "Don't Mess With Marriage" to 56 primary and secondary schools in Australia, prompting criticism from Australian secularists.

Tribunal sides with employer over Muslim who said request to wear shorter, ankle-length jilbab was “against her morals”

Tribunal sides with employer over Muslim who said request to wear shorter, ankle-length jilbab was “against her morals”

Posted: Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:39

An Employment Appeal Tribunal has found that a Muslim woman was not discriminated against when told that her jilbab posed a tripping hazard.

Northern Ireland anti-abortion measure “strongly supported” by religious groups

Northern Ireland anti-abortion measure “strongly supported” by religious groups

Posted: Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:29

A coalition of religious groups offered 'strong support' to proposed legislation in Northern Ireland which would have introduced a ten year prison sentence for carrying out an abortion.

EU survey reveals clear support for labelling of meat from non-stunned animals

EU survey reveals clear support for labelling of meat from non-stunned animals

Posted: Tue, 09 Jun 2015 08:45

A survey by the European Commission has found widespread confusion over religious slaughter but clear support for labelling to indicate whether meat is from a pre-stunned animal.

Tristram Hunt criticises “absurdities” caused by having faith schools in the education system

Tristram Hunt criticises “absurdities” caused by having faith schools in the education system

Posted: Mon, 08 Jun 2015 16:34

Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt has warned that faith schools leave little hope for an integrated education system in the UK.

Tribunal finds that Christian nursery worker was victim of religious discrimination

Tribunal finds that Christian nursery worker was victim of religious discrimination

Posted: Sun, 07 Jun 2015 11:11

An employment tribunal has found that an evangelical Christian woman working at a nursery in Highbury, north London was a victim of religious discrimination after she was fired for upsetting a lesbian colleague.

NSS criticises Tony Blair’s plans to 'entrench' religion in public life across Europe

NSS criticises Tony Blair’s plans to 'entrench' religion in public life across Europe

Posted: Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:23

The NSS has criticised Tony Blair's proposals ahead of his appointment as chair of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) as "ill thought out and counter-productive".

Human rights group warns against global blasphemy law

Human rights group warns against global blasphemy law

Posted: Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:13

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has warned the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) against pushing once more for a global blasphemy law.

Forced academisation could impose religion on pupils

Forced academisation could impose religion on pupils

Posted: Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:54

The National Secular Society has warned that proposals to force struggling local authority schools in England to become academies could increase the proportion of faith based schools.

MP: “If you despise our Christian values, please leave and go somewhere else”

MP: “If you despise our Christian values, please leave and go somewhere else”

Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:09

Conservative MP Sir Gerald Howarth, speaking in the House of Commons, has claimed that "we are a Christian country"- days after yet more research showed that the non-religious are the single largest group in Britain.

Secularists call for commitment to free speech and civil society to challenge bigotry

Secularists call for commitment to free speech and civil society to challenge bigotry

Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:56

The National Secular Society has called on the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights to promote a robust civil society response against religious and ethnic hatred.

New research: 49% have no religion, Anglican Church collapse continues, Islam increases ten-fold since 1983

New research: 49% have no religion, Anglican Church collapse continues, Islam increases ten-fold since 1983

Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:43

New findings by the National Centre for Social Research have confirmed the long-term collapse in affiliation with the Church of England and the huge increase in non-belief.

Minister warns that French secularism can be counter-productive

Minister warns that French secularism can be counter-productive

Posted: Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:19

The French education minister has cautioned against France's secularity rules suppressing the rights of religious people to freedom of expression.

Bills on assisted dying, ‘chancel tax’, Easter trading and sharia tribunals set for Lords debates

Bills on assisted dying, ‘chancel tax’, Easter trading and sharia tribunals set for Lords debates

Posted: Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:06

Several bills related to secular causes have been successful in the House of Lords Private Members' Bill ballot, meaning new laws on sharia tribunals, assisted dying, chancel repair liability, and Easter trading will be debated.

NSS calls for investigation of Orthodox Jewish schools after driving ban on mothers

NSS calls for investigation of Orthodox Jewish schools after driving ban on mothers

Posted: Fri, 29 May 2015 09:50

The NSS has called on the DfE to investigate two independent Orthodox Jewish schools following demands that pupils be barred if dropped off by mothers after a driving 'driving ban' was imposed on women.

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