Posted: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:36
As national religious freedom day is celebrated in the United States, a report by the Pew Research Center reveals violence and discrimination against religious groups by rival faiths and governments have reached a six-year high worldwide.
Posted: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:18
The Vatican will today be questioned about its record on child sexual violence by a UN Committee.
Posted: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 07:53
The National Secular Society has backed renewed calls from the RSPCA and other animal welfare organisations for an end to the religious exemption that allows farm animals to be slaughtered without prior stunning.
Posted: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:11
The United Nations rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaeed, has been approached by students and women's groups to investigate the issue of gender segregation at British Universities.
Posted: Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:16
The UK fundraising watchdog has demanded a meeting with an evangelical church after an investigation uncovered complaints about its fundraising activities dating back to 2009.
Posted: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:56
The House of Lords has voted down a government proposal to hand police new powers to clamp down on "annoying" behaviour.
Posted: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:56
Plans to convert a Suffolk community school to a Church of England voluntary aided school have been blocked by Suffolk County Council after a consultation process failed to demonstrate sufficient demand for a school with a religious character.
Posted: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:02
The London School of Economics (LSE) has apologised to two students who were forced to cover up t-shirts featuring pictures from the satirical comic strip Jesus and Mo.
CofE General Synod member Andrea Minichiello Williams urges Jamaica to keep law that criminalises homosexuality
Posted: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:19
Church of England General Synod member, Andrea Minichiello Williams, has urged the Jamaican Government to keep the law that criminalises homosexuality and carries a potential penalty of ten years hard labour.
Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:07
The Irish-based educational charity Educate Together has announced it is to set up an Academy Trust to run a new primary school to be opened in Bristol in September 2014.
Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:02
According to a report in the Times of Israel, the Council of Europe is to revisit last October's resolution which stated that the ritual circumcision of young boys violates their basic human rights.
Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:57
Religious fundamentalism is not a marginal phenomenon in Western Europe, nor is it restricted to Islam. This conclusion is drawn in a large-scale study published by Ruud Koopmans from the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.
Posted: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:58
A new report by a French Government committee has created controversy after it called for an end to the ban on Muslim headscarves in schools.
Posted: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:55
Universities UK (UUK) has withdrawn its controversial guidance that gender segregation could be permitted at UK universities.
Posted: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:45
A new Yougov poll has found that the majority of people in Britain think the Church of England should be separated from the state.
Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:34
The results of the New Zealand census show a similar trend to that of the rest of the developed world – with religious adherence dropping dramatically.
Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:51
After an extensive and well-organised lobbying effort from the religious right, the European Parliament has, on Human Rights day, rejected a progressive Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:34
Just 8% of disabled people surveyed in a new Yougov poll for Dignity in Dying believe that disability rights groups should maintain their opposition to assisted dying.
Posted: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:14
An MP in Poland has lost a court challenge to the presence of a large crucifix in the country's parliament building.
Posted: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 06:51
A report, published by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), has found that the non-religious are discriminated against, or outright persecuted, in most countries of the world. In 12 countries, people who openly espouse atheism or reject the official state religion of Islam face execution.