CofE General Synod member Andrea Minichiello Williams urges Jamaica to keep law that criminalises homosexuality
Posted: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:19
Church of England General Synod member, Andrea Minichiello Williams, has urged the Jamaican Government to keep the law that criminalises homosexuality and carries a potential penalty of ten years hard labour.
Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:07
The Irish-based educational charity Educate Together has announced it is to set up an Academy Trust to run a new primary school to be opened in Bristol in September 2014.
Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:02
According to a report in the Times of Israel, the Council of Europe is to revisit last October's resolution which stated that the ritual circumcision of young boys violates their basic human rights.
Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:57
Religious fundamentalism is not a marginal phenomenon in Western Europe, nor is it restricted to Islam. This conclusion is drawn in a large-scale study published by Ruud Koopmans from the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.
Posted: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:58
A new report by a French Government committee has created controversy after it called for an end to the ban on Muslim headscarves in schools.
Posted: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:55
Universities UK (UUK) has withdrawn its controversial guidance that gender segregation could be permitted at UK universities.
Posted: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:45
A new Yougov poll has found that the majority of people in Britain think the Church of England should be separated from the state.
Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:34
The results of the New Zealand census show a similar trend to that of the rest of the developed world – with religious adherence dropping dramatically.
Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:51
After an extensive and well-organised lobbying effort from the religious right, the European Parliament has, on Human Rights day, rejected a progressive Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:34
Just 8% of disabled people surveyed in a new Yougov poll for Dignity in Dying believe that disability rights groups should maintain their opposition to assisted dying.
Posted: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:14
An MP in Poland has lost a court challenge to the presence of a large crucifix in the country's parliament building.
Posted: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 06:51
A report, published by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), has found that the non-religious are discriminated against, or outright persecuted, in most countries of the world. In 12 countries, people who openly espouse atheism or reject the official state religion of Islam face execution.
Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:00
The upper House of the Dutch parliament has voted to abolish the country's blasphemy law which has been on the statute books since 1932.
Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:09
A Christian woman who claimed she had been constructively dismissed from her job as a care worker because she refused to work on Sundays has lost her case at the Court of Appeal.
Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:31
A free speech reform backed by The National Secular Society will come into effect on 1 February next year.
Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:55
The National Secular Society is assisting local parents to block a proposal to convert a Suffolk community school to a Church of England school.
Posted: Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:15
The Vatican has failed to provide detailed information on cases of child sexual abuse, as requested by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Posted: Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:16
New research published by the Fair Admissions Campaign has highlighted the extent to which faith-based admissions policies create socio-economic segregation.
Posted: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 06:18
A third of community schools and over a third of academies without a religious character are failing to meet their legal or contractual agreements to provide religious education.
Posted: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:25
The board of governors of a community school in Sheffield has voted to strengthen its existing policy on religious visitors following concerns about the agenda of external visitors to the school.