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Belgium: State funding to be withdrawn from religious schools that fail to teach mandatory curriculum

Belgium: State funding to be withdrawn from religious schools that fail to teach mandatory curriculum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

Survey reveals RE as least useful subject on the curriculum

Survey reveals RE as least useful subject on the curriculum

Posted: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 07:45

A new survey on life at school has revealed that RE is regarded as the least useful subject to learn.

Woking Council issue 'clarification' on worshippers’ parking policy

Woking Council issue 'clarification' on worshippers’ parking policy

Posted: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 16:54

Woking Borough Council has issued a 'clarification' on its policy that grants car parking exemptions to religious groups. The move follows the threat of legal action from the National Secular Society.

Win tickets to see National Youth Theatre’s new play “Pope Joan”

Win tickets to see National Youth Theatre’s new play “Pope Joan”

Posted: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:09

You can win two tickets to see the National Youth Theatre's new play, Pope Joan which will be performed at St James church in Piccadilly, central London from 31 August to 15 September.

Switzerland wants a secular national anthem

Switzerland wants a secular national anthem

Posted: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:02

Switzerland wants to get rid of its old-fashioned "hymn-like" national anthem and replace it with a modern, secular version.

Petitioner wants to “illegalise” the NSS

Petitioner wants to “illegalise” the NSS

Posted: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:14

An attempt to put a petition up on the Government's e-petition website by someone called "Paul" which calls for the NSS to be made illegal, has been rejected.

American Christian group demand right to deliver “inspirational messages” in school assemblies

American Christian group demand right to deliver “inspirational messages” in school assemblies

Posted: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:33

A group promoting fundamentalist Christian values in the United States is demanding the right to deliver "inspirational messages" during public school assemblies.

France considers banning religious symbols in universities

France considers banning religious symbols in universities

Posted: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 14:44

A French Government-funded research institute is recommending that the wearing of religious symbols should be banned in the country's universities to ease "escalating religious tensions in all areas of university life."

Saudi Arabia: 600 lashes and 7 years for activist guilty of 'insulting Islam'

Saudi Arabia: 600 lashes and 7 years for activist guilty of 'insulting Islam'

Posted: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:11

A Jeddah court on July 29, 2013, convicted a liberal activist of violating Saudi Arabia's anti-cybercrime law and sentenced him to 600 lashes and seven years in prison.

Appeal Court declines to rule on right-to-die cases

Appeal Court declines to rule on right-to-die cases

Posted: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:31

The Appeal Court has ruled that it has no power to grant people the right to voluntary euthanasia, and that it is a decision for parliament to make.

Pentecostal churches thriving in London as traditional denominations decline

Pentecostal churches thriving in London as traditional denominations decline

Posted: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:05

Since 2005, there has been a 50% increase in the numbers of people attending Pentecostal Churches in London — a phenomenon explained by a large influx of immigrants from Africa during that period.

Oldham Council ordered to hand over land to ‘faith sensitive’ free school

Oldham Council ordered to hand over land to ‘faith sensitive’ free school

Posted: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:17

Councillors in Oldham have reacted angrily to a ruling from the Department for Education ordering them to hand over a plot of land worth £4m to a new 'faith sensitive' free school'.

Irish Government to pursue religious orders for €250 million in unpaid compensation to abuse victims

Irish Government to pursue religious orders for €250 million in unpaid compensation to abuse victims

Posted: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:55

The Cabinet of the Irish Government agreed this week to pursue religious orders for payment of the remaining €250 million needed to make up their half of the cost of €1.46 billion compensation promised to victims.

Northern Ireland parents want integrated education

Northern Ireland parents want integrated education

Posted: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:14

An examination of official statistics on the number of places available in Northern Ireland's schools indicates that the popularity of Catholic Education is falling fast while the call for integrated schools is rising.

Traditionalists furious as Plymouth council shifts prayers

Traditionalists furious as Plymouth council shifts prayers

Posted: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:17

Conservative councillors in Plymouth have reacted furiously to a new timetable for council meetings that moves prayers to 15 minutes before the meeting begins.

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