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Catholic midwives face further legal challenge to “conscience” exemption

Catholic midwives face further legal challenge to “conscience” exemption

Posted: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:35

Two Catholic midwives who, in April, won a legal case at Scotland's supreme civil court for the right to conscientious exemption from all involvement in abortion procedures, now face a further legal challenge.

Evolution “problematic” for Orthodox Jewish ‘faith schools’

Evolution “problematic” for Orthodox Jewish ‘faith schools’

Posted: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:18

Government plans to place greater emphasis on evolution in biology classes as part of its proposals to reform GCSE content have been criticised for "causing problems" for strictly Orthodox Jewish faith schools.

‘Reasonable accommodation’ debate rages in Canada over football turban ban

‘Reasonable accommodation’ debate rages in Canada over football turban ban

Posted: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:30

A provincial Canadian football federation has been suspended by the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) over its refusal to allow Sikh children wearing turbans to play in official matches.

Russian parliament passes new blasphemy law as protesters call for secular state

Russian parliament passes new blasphemy law as protesters call for secular state

Posted: Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:20

Russia's parliament has overwhelmingly approved a new blasphemy law allowing jail sentences of up to three years for "offending religious feelings", an initiative launched in the wake of the trial against the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot.

Rethink ordered over discriminatory school transport cuts

Rethink ordered over discriminatory school transport cuts

Posted: Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:11

A controversial plan by Flintshire Council to cut funding for transport to faith schools for pupils unable to prove their religious beliefs has been thrown into doubt after a scrutiny committee called for it to be scrapped.

Parliamentary report published on relationship between local authorities and faith groups

Parliamentary report published on relationship between local authorities and faith groups

Posted: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:18

The All Party Parliamentary Group, Christians in Parliament, has published a report, Faith in the Community, which looks at the relationship between local authorities and churches.

Joan Smith announced as new co-chair of mayor’s panel on violence against women

Joan Smith announced as new co-chair of mayor’s panel on violence against women

Posted: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:54

Joan Smith, an honorary associate of the National Secular Society, has been announced as the new co-chair of the Mayor of London's Violence Against Women and Girls Panel.

Iain Banks dies

Iain Banks dies

Posted: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 07:36

Iain Banks, celebrated author and honorary associate of the National Secular Society, has died at the age of 59.

Petition to remove religious observance from schools presented to City of Edinburgh Council

Petition to remove religious observance from schools presented to City of Edinburgh Council

Posted: Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:36

The National Secular Society has supported one of its members, Veronica Wikman, in presenting a petition to City of Edinburgh Council to remove Religious Observance from the city's non-denominational schools.

NSS launch legal challenge to worshippers' free parking permits

NSS launch legal challenge to worshippers' free parking permits

Posted: Sun, 02 Jun 2013 20:42

A legal challenge has been launched against Woking Borough Council's policy of offering free parking to worshippers while charging everyone else.

No change to religious slaughter rules

No change to religious slaughter rules

Posted: Fri, 31 May 2013 09:56

The government has said it will not remove the exemption from animal welfare law that permits religious communities to slaughter animals without pre-stunning – despite "strong pressure" from welfare groups, veterinary interests and the public for a prohibition on all slaughter without stunning.

NSS calls for Baroness Warsi - and her post of Minister for Faith - to go

NSS calls for Baroness Warsi - and her post of Minister for Faith - to go

Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 16:45

The refusal of Baroness Warsi, the "Minister for Faith and Communities" to steer the flagship same-sex marriage bill through the House of Lords was condemned today by the National Secular Society.

More Americans think religion is losing its influence

More Americans think religion is losing its influence

Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 12:35

Over three-quarters of Americans (77%) say religion is losing its influence on American life, while 20% say religion's influence is increasing. These represent Americans' most negative evaluations of the impact of religion since 1970, although similar to the views measured in recent years.

Religious discrimination against teachers challenged in Northern Ireland

Religious discrimination against teachers challenged in Northern Ireland

Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 10:44

Northern Ireland's biggest employer of teachers in Catholic schools has called for the scrapping of legislation that allows schools to legally discriminate on religious grounds.

Protestors in the Czech Republic ask Pope to practise what he preaches

Protestors in the Czech Republic ask Pope to practise what he preaches

Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 11:39

Top writers, film-makers and artists in the Czech Republic are asking the Pope to practise what he preaches and to prevent the Czech Government from returning state-owned property to the country's Catholic Church.

Children uninterested in religion – but churches determined to bring them into the fold

Children uninterested in religion – but churches determined to bring them into the fold

Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 11:23

An educational revision website has found that almost a quarter of seven to 16-year-olds do not know that Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, and 26% are unaware Christians believed Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

NSS welcomes European Court decision to refuse appeal to Christian activists

NSS welcomes European Court decision to refuse appeal to Christian activists

Posted: Tue, 28 May 2013 13:58

The National Secular Society has welcomed a decision by the European Court of Human Rights not to refer the cases of three British Christians to the Grand Chamber.

Belgian city scraps headscarf ban

Belgian city scraps headscarf ban

Posted: Tue, 28 May 2013 13:13

A Belgian city which introduced a ban on its civil servants wearing headscarves in 2007, has now voted to reverse the decision.

Hull council latest to scrap free pupil transport to religious schools

Hull council latest to scrap free pupil transport to religious schools

Posted: Thu, 23 May 2013 12:58

Hull City Council is to cease discretionary funding transport for pupils attending "faith schools" from September 2014. The change will save £339,000 in 2014-15 according to council figures.

Report into experiences of female converts to Islam

Report into experiences of female converts to Islam

Posted: Thu, 23 May 2013 12:33

A ground-breaking report examining the experiences of nearly 50 British women of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds and faiths (or no faith) – who have all converted to Islam - was launched in London yesterday by the University of Cambridge.

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