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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.

Norwegian rape victim jailed in Dubai for having sex outside of marriage

Norwegian rape victim jailed in Dubai for having sex outside of marriage

Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:49

A 24 year old Norwegian woman who was raped in Dubai has herself been sent to jail, convicted under sharia law of having sex outside of marriage.

New exhibition to tell the story of Leicester Secular Society

New exhibition to tell the story of Leicester Secular Society

Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:46

A new exhibition is being planned to tell the story of Leicester Secular Society and its Hall through the 19th and 20th centuries.

Same-Sex Marriage legalised in England and Wales

Same-Sex Marriage legalised in England and Wales

Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:08

The Same-Sex Marriage Bill has been given royal assent and is now law. However, the first marriage is unlikely to take place before next summer as the Government has promised an inquiry into pension inequality and other matters.

Muslim man who ritually slaughtered goats didn’t know it was against the law

Muslim man who ritually slaughtered goats didn’t know it was against the law

Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:00

A Somali refugee who improvised a halal abattoir in a private house where he killed four goats, has been sentenced to a 12 months in jail suspended for two years by an Irish court.

Woman claims Catholic pharmacist made her “feel like a murderer” when she asked for morning after pill

Woman claims Catholic pharmacist made her “feel like a murderer” when she asked for morning after pill

Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:19

The General Pharmaceutical Council is conducting a misconduct hearing against a Polish Catholic pharmacist, who allegedly told a woman that she was "plotting murder" after she asked for the morning after pill.

Edinburgh secularists challenge religious interference in schools

Edinburgh secularists challenge religious interference in schools

Posted: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:29

Edinburgh Secular Society has published full details of all 91 unelected religious representatives sitting on the education committees of Scotland's 32 local authorities.

BBC reduces the amount of religion it broadcasts

BBC reduces the amount of religion it broadcasts

Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:41

The BBC has published its annual report which shows that the amount of time devoted to religion on the various BBC platforms has reduced over the past year.

Nuns say they will contribute nothing to Magdalene Laundry survivors’ compensation

Nuns say they will contribute nothing to Magdalene Laundry survivors’ compensation

Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:10

The four orders of nuns that ran the notorious Magdalene Laundries in Ireland have said they have no intention of contributing anything towards the compensation fund set up by the Irish Government.

Poland votes to keep ban on religious slaughter

Poland votes to keep ban on religious slaughter

Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:30

Despite pressure from religious groups and farmers, the Polish parliament has rejected a Government bill that would have lifted the ban on ritual slaughter of animals without pre-stunning.

Extremism fears prompt Government to scupper plans for Islamic free school

Extremism fears prompt Government to scupper plans for Islamic free school

Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:46

The Department for Education has scuppered plans for an Islamic free school in Halifax after alarm was raised over its links with a local Islamic centre.

UN marks “Malala Day”

UN marks “Malala Day”

Posted: Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:48

Malala Yousafzai, the inspirational and courageous schoolgirl from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban in October for campaigning in support of female education, has addressed the United Nations in New York.

Christian B&B owners who refused gay couple a room lose their appeal

Christian B&B owners who refused gay couple a room lose their appeal

Posted: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:27

The Christian owner of a bed and breakfast who was found guilty of discrimination after she refused a double room to a gay couple has lost her latest appeal.

Catalonia plans to ban the burka

Catalonia plans to ban the burka

Posted: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 13:19

The Catalan Government has announced that it will control the wearing of burkas and other face-coverings such as helmets and masks in public spaces "for reasons of public safety".

Tribunal rules that ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who wouldn’t work on Shabbat is entitled to benefits

Tribunal rules that ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who wouldn’t work on Shabbat is entitled to benefits

Posted: Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:13

An ultra-Orthodox (Charedi) Jewish man who refused to work on Shabbat has won an appeal against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after he was denied Jobseeker's Allowance for over six months.

Muslim TV station fined for allowing contributor to incite murder

Muslim TV station fined for allowing contributor to incite murder

Posted: Fri, 05 Jul 2013 16:38

A Muslim TV Channel which allowed its airwaves to be used by a hate preacher to incite the murder of those who "insult the Prophet Mohamed" has been fined £85,000 by the media regulator Ofcom.

New evidence that churches are completely out of step with society

New evidence that churches are completely out of step with society

Posted: Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:55

New research for the Westminster Faith Debates shows that the Church of England is not only wildly out of step with the country at large, but also with its own members.

Opponents of Channel 4’s call to prayer outnumber supporters by two to one

Opponents of Channel 4’s call to prayer outnumber supporters by two to one

Posted: Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:33

A new Yougov poll shows that Britons opposed to the TV broadcast of the Islamic call to prayer during Ramadan outnumber supporters two to one.

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