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Wirral latest council to cut free transport to religious schools

Wirral latest council to cut free transport to religious schools

Posted: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 12:44

Wirral council is the latest to make cuts to free transport for pupils attending religious schools.

Church to take over thousands of community schools

Church to take over thousands of community schools

Posted: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:54

The Church of England has struck a deal with the Government that will allow it to take control of thousands of non-religious community schools.

BBC once more rejects non-religious voices on Thought for the Day

BBC once more rejects non-religious voices on Thought for the Day

Posted: Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:52

The BBC has announced today that it will not "revisit" the issue of non-religious voices on Thought for the Day.

Russia cracks down on LGBT human rights and introduces blasphemy law

Russia cracks down on LGBT human rights and introduces blasphemy law

Posted: Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:49

President Vladimir Putin has signed into law the new anti-gay Bill that criminalises LGBT freedom of expression. The adoption of children by gay couples has been banned by the Russian parliament and gay organisations are being fined as 'foreign agents'.

Rowan Atkinson sketch cleared by Ofcom

Rowan Atkinson sketch cleared by Ofcom

Posted: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 17:05

A sketch by Rowan Atkinson that was shown on BBC as part of the Comic Relief fund-raising event has been cleared of being offensive by the media regulator Ofcom.

Girlguides should not be allowed to use church halls, says CofE vicar

Girlguides should not be allowed to use church halls, says CofE vicar

Posted: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 11:55

A Church of England vicar has called for Girlguide groups to be booted out of church halls after they decided to drop references to God from their oath.

EU adopts guidelines on freedom of religion or belief

EU adopts guidelines on freedom of religion or belief

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:53

This week, the EU Council of Foreign Affairs adopted a report offering guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief, with the aim of promoting the fundamental human right to freedom of religion or belief in countries beyond EU borders.

Malta wants to be rid of some of the Catholic Church’s oppressive privileges

Malta wants to be rid of some of the Catholic Church’s oppressive privileges

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:37

The Maltese Prime Minister had a meeting with the Pope at the Vatican this week, with the intention of negotiating changes to the concordat between Malta and the Holy See.

Hospital chaplains largely unaffected by cuts to NHS frontline services

Hospital chaplains largely unaffected by cuts to NHS frontline services

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 05:47

New research into the number of hospital chaplains being paid for out of the National Health Service funds shows that since 2009 the number of chaplains has remained largely the same.

Lords’ wrecking amendments to equal marriage bill fail

Lords’ wrecking amendments to equal marriage bill fail

Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:48

This week saw the conclusion of the House of Lords' debate on the equal marriage bill in its committee stage. All those amendments seeking to wreck the bill were either defeated or withdrawn.

Parliamentary prayer breakfast dismisses 'fairy tale' of atheism

Parliamentary prayer breakfast dismisses 'fairy tale' of atheism

Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:49

An audience of around 600 people, including a number of MPs, gathered at the Houses of parliament to hear keynote speaker Professor John Lennox from Oxford University describe atheism as a "delusion" and a "fairy tale for those afraid of the light".

Government has a “duty” to provide Catholic Education, says Archbishop

Government has a “duty” to provide Catholic Education, says Archbishop

Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:01

One of the Vatican's most senior clerics has used a visit to Scotland to reinforce the message that the provision of faith schools by the state is a fundamental right of Catholic families.

MP attempts to reintroduce prayers during council meetings

MP attempts to reintroduce prayers during council meetings

Posted: Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:56

Conservative MP Matthew Offord has introduced a parliamentary bill to reintroduce prayers to local council meetings. Religious observance at council meetings was outlawed by the High Court in 2012 after a successful challenge by the National Secular Society.

Does the closure of leading “gay-cure” ministry signal a change of direction for America’s Religious Right?

Does the closure of leading “gay-cure” ministry signal a change of direction for America’s Religious Right?

Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:10

Exodus International, one of the oldest "gay-cure" ministries in America, is closing down after admitting that it has hurt and damaged thousands of homosexuals.

US President criticises faith schools during Northern Ireland visit

US President criticises faith schools during Northern Ireland visit

Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:04

The US President, Barack Obama, has condemned 'faith schools' as 'divisive'' during a speech to an audience of young people and dignitaries ahead of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland.

Girl Guides to introduce new secular Promise for all

Girl Guides to introduce new secular Promise for all

Posted: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:48

The National Secular Society has welcomed news that The Guide Association is to update its Promise to emphasise that guiding is open to all girls. The updated Promise will ask members to 'be true to myself and develop my beliefs'. This will replace the previous phrase 'to love my God'.

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.

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