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Economic crisis forcing Poland to reconsider its ban on ritual slaughter

Economic crisis forcing Poland to reconsider its ban on ritual slaughter

Posted: Tue, 21 May 2013 14:17

The Polish parliament, which banned ritual slaughter of animals for the halal and kosher markets in January, is now considering revoking the law because of economic pressures.

Council prayers challenged in the United States

Council prayers challenged in the United States

Posted: Mon, 20 May 2013 17:25

The US Supreme Court is to consider whether prayers can be offered as part of government meetings.

Statistics show massive loss of interest in Catholicism in England and Wales

Statistics show massive loss of interest in Catholicism in England and Wales

Posted: Mon, 20 May 2013 12:47

Following the bad news for Christian leaders generally from the census figures, new research by the Latin Mass Society illustrates a catastrophic decline in Catholicism in Britain.

Census analysis shows Christianity in dramatic decline, and a youthful Muslim population on the rise

Census analysis shows Christianity in dramatic decline, and a youthful Muslim population on the rise

Posted: Fri, 17 May 2013 11:06

According to census data analysis published yesterday, the number of British-born Christians is falling significantly, whilst the number of young Muslims is on the rise.

As the country struggles with its finances, new tax perks for churches are brought in

As the country struggles with its finances, new tax perks for churches are brought in

Posted: Thu, 16 May 2013 11:34

Catholic parish churches will be able to claim from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) an extra 20% for each donation of up to £20 without requiring the giver to complete a form.

Plans to open Sikh faith school in Buckinghamshire village derailed

Plans to open Sikh faith school in Buckinghamshire village derailed

Posted: Wed, 15 May 2013 14:52

Controversial plans to open a Sikh free school in the Buckinghamshire village of Stoke Poges have been recommended for refusal by South Bucks District Council planning officers.

Gove under pressure to give CofE more power over schools

Gove under pressure to give CofE more power over schools

Posted: Tue, 14 May 2013 12:44

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, is to meet bishops from every Church of England diocese to discuss the "special relationship" the Government has with the Church over its participation in education.

Abortion reforms in Spain: government accused of return to Franco era

Abortion reforms in Spain: government accused of return to Franco era

Posted: Fri, 10 May 2013 14:28

The Spanish Government is preparing a reform to the country's abortion law that, some have argued, will return Spain to a situation similar to the one that existed under General Franco's dictatorship.

Human Rights First report says blasphemy law threatens Tunisia’s fledgling democracy

Human Rights First report says blasphemy law threatens Tunisia’s fledgling democracy

Posted: Thu, 09 May 2013 10:26

The American organisation Human Rights First has issued a new report that details steps the United States and Tunisian governments should take to protect freedom of expression to support Tunisia's peaceful transition to democracy.

BBC stands by Panorama exposé of Sharia Councils

BBC stands by Panorama exposé of Sharia Councils

Posted: Wed, 08 May 2013 12:46

The BBC has rejected a complaint from the Islamic Sharia Council in Leyton East London after it was featured in the Panorama programme about the treatment of women in sharia arbitration bodies.

Icelandic humanist group first to get legal recognition as a “secular life stance organisation”

Icelandic humanist group first to get legal recognition as a “secular life stance organisation”

Posted: Wed, 08 May 2013 11:25

In a progressive move, the Icelandic government has just officially registered the Ethical and Humanist Association, Sidmennt, as the first "secular life stance organization" in Iceland.

Impartiality of Scottish judiciary undermined by religious ceremonies, say NSS

Impartiality of Scottish judiciary undermined by religious ceremonies, say NSS

Posted: Fri, 03 May 2013 10:33

The National Secular Society has written to Kenny MacAskill MSP, the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Justice to draw his attention to a possible undermining of the impartiality, integrity and independence of the Scottish judiciary.

Majority of Europeans favour separation of church and state, but Islam has an uphill battle for acceptance in Germany

Majority of Europeans favour separation of church and state, but Islam has an uphill battle for acceptance in Germany

Posted: Thu, 02 May 2013 11:11

A major new study of attitudes towards religion around the world has been conducted by the Bertelsmann Foundation – and finds that the majority of people in all the 13 nations surveyed favour a clear separation between religion and the state.

Author of American Government-sponsored religious freedom report says “very aggressive secularism” is rife in Western Europe

Author of American Government-sponsored religious freedom report says “very aggressive secularism” is rife in Western Europe

Posted: Wed, 01 May 2013 14:24

The US-Government sponsored Commission on International Religious Freedom has issued its latest report this week and has come to the conclusion that "aggressive secularism" is rife in Western Europe.

Protests as Luton council cuts free transport to religious schools

Protests as Luton council cuts free transport to religious schools

Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:53

Councillors walked out of a meeting at Luton Town Hall this week when observers in the public gallery began shouting and waving placards in protest at the Councils plans to end free transport for pupils attending religious schools.

Launch of student essay competition! Sharia: what’s going on?

Launch of student essay competition! Sharia: what’s going on?

Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:24

One Law for All and the Lawyers' Secular Society (LSS) have announced a student research competition on the subject of sharia law, sponsored by the National Secular Society.

Muslim free school plan put on hold over extremism fears

Muslim free school plan put on hold over extremism fears

Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:08

The Northern Lights Free School is being investigated by the Department for Education's Diligence and Counter Extremism Division, whose remit is to protect children and young people from exposure to extremist views in schools.

Huge support in France for teaching of “secular morals” in state schools

Huge support in France for teaching of “secular morals” in state schools

Posted: Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:58

Ninety-one per cent of people in France support the French Government's plans to introduce a weekly class in "secular morals" into state schools, according to a recent poll.

Secularist attempt to strip Austrian churches of financial privileges fails

Secularist attempt to strip Austrian churches of financial privileges fails

Posted: Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:34

The Catholic Church in Austria has reacted "with satisfaction" at the failure of a referendum that sought to strip churches of their many privileges.

Fitnah! Movement for women’s liberation founded

Fitnah! Movement for women’s liberation founded

Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:59

A new women's liberation group called Fitnah! has been created as a protest movement demanding freedom, equality, and secularism.

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