Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 11:36
A man in Boston, Lincolnshire has been warned by the police that if he puts up a small poster in his window that says "religions are fairy stories for adults" he could face arrest. Meanwhile, in Poland a popular singer known as Doda has lost an appeal over "offending the religious feelings".
Posted: Thu, 14 Jun 2012 16:13
A Margate GP who was accused of distressing one of his patients by inappropriately trying to evangelise him has received a warning from the General Medical Council (GMC). If any further complaints are made about him, he risks being struck off the medical register.
Posted: Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:50
As part of a recent refurbishment of Haycombe Crematorium, Bath & North East Somerset Council removed a prominent window with a Christian cross etched on it and replaced it with plain glass. This was an effort to make clear that the building was for the use of the whole community, not just Christians.
NSS condemns Church of England’s gay marriage response as poll reveals majority of religious people are in favour of same-sex marriage
Posted: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:57
A poll of more than 2,000 people conducted by YouGov for the Stonewall gay rights group has revealed that three in five people who define themselves as religious support government plans to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples, despite an hysterical campaign against the proposal by some religious leaders.
Posted: Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:05
Woking Borough Council in Surrey is to consider extending its policy of offering free parking to churchgoers to include those attending places of worship of other religions.
Posted: Fri, 08 Jun 2012 22:04
NSS President Terry Sanderson, and Executive Director Keith Porteous Wood, both argued the case that 'This House believes bishops have no place in Government' in a formal debate at Durham Union Society.
Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 15:38
A Dundee college that claims to promote multiculturalism has been accused by its former principal of sacking him because he is not an Arab Muslim.
Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 15:23
The leader of West Lindsey District Council in Lincolnshire has come under heavy fire from the religious establishment in the town – and some of his fellow councillors – for saying that he would "heartily cheer" when council prayers were outlawed.
Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 15:18
The leader of Brighton and Hove has announced that he intends to significantly increase the amount of religious participation before council meetings. As well as Christian Ministers, rabbis, Buddhists and Muslim imams will be invited to lead prayers in the council chamber.
Government proposes to force private schools to promote “British values” as a means of combating extremism
Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 15:10
The Department of Education is consulting on new rules for private schools that seek to ensure they promote 'British values' and discourage extremism.
Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:51
After a fourteen month debate and consultation, the decision by Cheshire East Council to scrap transport subsidies for pupils attending 'faith schools' has been – predictably - condemned by the Catholic Church.
Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:40
A new Ipsos MRBI poll for the Irish Times shows that although 89 per cent of people in Ireland still describe themselves as 'Catholic', it is not Catholicism as the Pope knows it.
Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:21
Nottingham Secular Society succeeds in preventing the proselytizing of probationers by evangelical mentors.
Posted: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 14:14
The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames last week approved a plan to open a new Catholic school in the borough, despite spirited opposition from community groups and parents who fear that religious selection will bring discrimination against non-Catholic children.
Posted: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 13:33
Wakefield Council in West Yorkshire is considering scrapping free transport for pupils attending "faith schools" in the town.
Posted: Wed, 30 May 2012 15:05
The National Secular Society has accused the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of being inconsistent in dealing with complaints about ads using religious imagery after the watchdog cleared an advertisement that appeared to mock Jesus' second coming but had previously banned adverts for ice cream featuring a pregnant nun and apparently gay priests.
Posted: Wed, 30 May 2012 11:33
Norway's Ministry of Education has declined an application for a private school to be run according to humanist ideology.
Posted: Wed, 23 May 2012 21:18
A Christian psychotherapist has lost her appeal against suspension from her professional body after being struck off after attempting to convert a homosexual man to heterosexuality.
Posted: Tue, 22 May 2012 13:44
A Scottish council has dropped prayers at its meetings in order to eliminate discrimination. Dumfries and Galloway Council has decided to dump the formal prayers – which were the first item on the agenda – and replace them with a "time for reflection", 10 minutes before the meeting starts.
Although sectarianism is still rife, Northern Ireland’s teenagers are gradually breaking down religious barriers
Posted: Tue, 22 May 2012 11:23
A survey of Northern Ireland's teenagers shows that religious and ethnic barriers are being gradually broken down, but another survey in the workplace shows that there is still a long way to go as sectarianism there is still rife.