Posted: Sat, 05 Oct 2013 22:56
The National Secular Society has welcomed a new analysis of the state of religious education in schools from the education regulator Ofsted, but has warned its report's recommendations don't go far enough.
Posted: Fri, 04 Oct 2013 09:45
A row over free expression has broken out at the LSE after members of the LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Student Society were told they would be physically removed from the annual Freshers' Fair.
Posted: Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:17
Two Muslim men working for Tesco have won a case of religious discrimination after having access to the on-site prayer room restricted.
Catholic Bishops step into Poland’s religious slaughter debate – and create a Church-state confrontation
Posted: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:17
The Polish Catholic Bishops Conference has issued a statement in support of the campaign to reverse the country's ban on religious slaughter of animals.
Posted: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:10
The BBC Trust has rejected a complaint of bias from the National Secular Society concerning a Thought for the Day slot broadcast immediately after its successful High Court challenge to prayers during council meetings.
Posted: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 08:10
The Muslim free school at the centre of controversy over the past few weeks has been closed after school inspection body Ofsted raised "health and safety" concerns.
Posted: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:05
Turkey's Islamist Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, yesterday continued his programme of Islamisation of the country by lifting the ban on the wearing of Muslim headscarves in public offices.
Posted: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 09:47
Yesterday, during a meeting in Oslo, Nordic ombudsmen for children, Nordic paediatricians, and paediatric surgeons agreed a resolution urging their national governments to work for a ban on non-therapeutic circumcision.
Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:21
Somerset County Council is proposing to reduce subsidies for transport to faith schools in order to bring them into line with those for non-faith schools.
Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:17
The Swedish Ombudsman for Children has written to a newspaper calling for the country to outlaw the circumcision of boys.
Posted: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:00
An appointee to the French Government's National Observatory on Secularism has sparked controversy by suggesting that two Christian holidays should be replaced on the calendar by the Jewish Yom Kippur and the Muslim festival of Eid.
Posted: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:45
Two members of the National Secular Society have written to the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, asking that he end the Anglican Church service in Westminster Abbey that marks the opening of the judicial year on 1 October.
Posted: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:16
A new, large scale opinion poll shows that a majority of people in Great Britain are against Government funding of "faith schools."
Posted: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:03
Two recent Yougov polls asked questions about the burka, niqab and hijab.
Posted: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:24
A former paediatric consultant who claimed he was unfairly dismissed on the grounds of his Christian beliefs has had his case rejected by an Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Posted: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:03
More revelations have been revealed by The Sunday Times about the Al-Madinah school in Derby — Britain's first Muslim free school.
Posted: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:43
The people of the Swiss canton of Ticino, which lies in the South on the Italian border, are to vote in a referendum on Sunday on whether to ban face coverings.
Posted: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:01
The Derby Telegraph is reporting that a Muslim free school that was set up as being "based on Muslim principles, but not as a Muslim school" is now demanding that women teachers sign new contracts obliging them to wear hijabs — whether they are Muslim or not.
Posted: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 08:23
Thurrock Council in Essex is the latest to decide that it will no longer fund transport for pupils attending faith schools. Last year it spent £480,000 transporting children to religious schools outside their catchment areas.
Posted: Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:07
The National Secular Society has expressed concern over a court's decision to allow a Muslim woman to stand trial wearing a full-face veil, only needing to remove it while giving evidence.