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Controversial eruv given go-ahead by local authorities

Controversial eruv given go-ahead by local authorities

Posted: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:08

Local councillors in Harrow and Hertsmere in Hertfordshire have approved plans to erect a Jewish aerial boundary spanning the two neighbouring boroughs.

Birmingham college drops ban on face veils

Birmingham college drops ban on face veils

Posted: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:27

Birmingham Metropolitan College, which earlier this week issued a ban on all face coverings on college premises, has now modified the policy to permit the wearing of niqabs or Muslim face veils.

Gibraltar yields to campaign for opt out from religious studies in schools

Gibraltar yields to campaign for opt out from religious studies in schools

Posted: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:33

A campaign by secularists in Gibraltar to allow students to opt out of religious education appears to have succeeded.

Christianity dying among young people, but Islam soars

Christianity dying among young people, but Islam soars

Posted: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:36

A large scale poll has revealed a dramatic decline in Christianity among young people and an equally striking rise in the numbers adhering to Islam in the same age group.

Fiji’s new constitution may be secular, but it still undermines human rights, says Amnesty

Fiji’s new constitution may be secular, but it still undermines human rights, says Amnesty

Posted: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:55

Fiji's new constitution — which was ratified on 6 September 2013 — may be secular but it "falls far short of international standards of human rights law," says Amnesty International.

France posts secular charter in all state schools

France posts secular charter in all state schools

Posted: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:08

The French Education has unveiled the controversial secularism charter which is to be displayed in a prominent position in every school to remind pupils and teachers of the country's secular, Republican principles.

Charity Commission investigates evangelical church

Charity Commission investigates evangelical church

Posted: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:21

The Charity Commission has begun a statutory investigation into "a number of serious concerns" relating to an evangelical church with headquarters in the UK.

Religious education falling out of favour with GCSE pupils

Religious education falling out of favour with GCSE pupils

Posted: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:05

Recent research from the RE Council has shown that the number of students taking Religious Studies GCSE has fallen for the first time in 18 years.

Pope adds to the pressure on Poland to reverse its ban on ritual slaughter

Pope adds to the pressure on Poland to reverse its ban on ritual slaughter

Posted: Tue, 03 Sep 2013 13:25

The Pope has promised Jewish and Muslim leaders in Poland that he will do his best to overturn the ban on religious slaughter that was agreed by the Polish Constitutional Court in January.

Islamic TV channels fined for hatemongering

Islamic TV channels fined for hatemongering

Posted: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 13:31

The media regulator Ofcom has imposed fines on two Islamic satellite TV channels for hatemongering.

Scottish secularists accuse churches of proselytising in schools

Scottish secularists accuse churches of proselytising in schools

Posted: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 13:07

The Edinburgh Secular Society has published a report which reveals the increasing levels of religious proselytisation and evangelisation in Scottish schools.

Schools adjudicator rejects religious discrimination complaint over community school admissions

Schools adjudicator rejects religious discrimination complaint over community school admissions

Posted: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:57

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has rejected a complaint concerning a non-religiously designated academy in Solihull that gave priority in admissions to pupils from a religiously selective 'faith school'.

Girl Guides stand firm over Promise despite condemnation from reactionary Christians

Girl Guides stand firm over Promise despite condemnation from reactionary Christians

Posted: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:58

Christian Guide leaders in Harrogate have backed down after initially refusing to introduce the new secular Promise.

New report demands fresh approach to inclusion of Muslims in British life

New report demands fresh approach to inclusion of Muslims in British life

Posted: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:27

A new report from the Runnymede Trust entitled The New Muslims says it "seeks to challenge dominant representations of Muslims in Britain by gathering the views and insights of researchers."

France to post a “secularism charter” in every school

France to post a “secularism charter” in every school

Posted: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:17

French Education Minister Vincent Peillon announced on Monday a plan to post a "secularism charter in every [educational] establishment" by the end of September.

Mother-of-two furious as one son gets free transport to Catholic school while the other doesn’t

Mother-of-two furious as one son gets free transport to Catholic school while the other doesn’t

Posted: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:58

The mother of two boys attending a Catholic school in Durham says she was told by the council that the younger of the two could not have free transport on the school bus because he wasn't baptised.

NSS stalwart Bill McIlroy dies aged 85

NSS stalwart Bill McIlroy dies aged 85

Posted: Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:40

With great sadness, we report the death of William (Bill) McIlroy on 22 August 2013, aged 85.

Anger as Christian Girl Guide leaders refuse to implement secular Promise

Anger as Christian Girl Guide leaders refuse to implement secular Promise

Posted: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:31

An atheist Guide leader in Harrogate has been told she will not be able to take the new Girlguide Promise because local troop leaders are refusing to drop God from their traditional promise.

Belgium: State funding to be withdrawn from religious schools that fail to teach mandatory curriculum

Belgium: State funding to be withdrawn from religious schools that fail to teach mandatory curriculum

Posted: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:31

New Belgian regulations that compel religious schools to teach the country's mandatory curriculum in full have been criticised by ultra-Orthodox Charedi Jews.

Leeds Council’s decision to cut free transport to religious schools survives challenge

Leeds Council’s decision to cut free transport to religious schools survives challenge

Posted: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 09:39

Leeds City Council has seen off an attempt by opposition councillors to derail its plans to cut free transport for children attending "faith schools".

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