Posted: Wed, 02 Jan 2013 09:11
35% of people do not consider themselves to be a member of any religion according to a new opinion poll commissioned by Lord Ashcroft as part of his regular series of polls on political issues.
Posted: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:27
The House of Lords recently passed an amendment to remove "insulting words" from the scope of Section 5 of the Public Order Act. Now we need your support to ensure that MPs retain this vital free speech measure.
Posted: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:56
The One Law for All campaign is inviting musicians and songwriters to create and submit their original material for a song competition.
Posted: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 06:52
MPs have backed a bid by Conservative MP Peter Bone to amend the Charities Act to restore the presumption that all religious groups are for the public benefit and therefore can be charities.
Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:07
The French Government appears to be lining up for a full-scale confrontation with the Catholic Church, which is increasingly trying to interfere in political processes.
Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:51
Members of the UK's armed forces are still more inclined to claim a religious affiliation and to say they are Christian than the population as a whole, but the situation is changing fairly rapidly.
Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:34
The Philippine parliament approved legislation on Monday that permits government funding for contraception and for sex education classes in schools.
Posted: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:32
Sheffield City Council is the latest to scrap free transport for children attending religious schools.
Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 08:19
The Reform Section 5 campaign chalked up a spectacular victory for freedom of expression on Wednesday evening when the House of Lords passed an amendment to remove the word "insulting" from section 5 of the Public Order Act.
Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:51
Kuwaiti MPs this week approved a law with a death penalty for Muslims who curse God, the Koran, all prophets and the wives of Islam's Prophet Mohammed. Non-Muslims who commit the same offence face a jail term of not less than 10 years, according to the bill.
Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:39
The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has produced the first report focusing on how countries around the world discriminate against non-religious people.
Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:09
The Swiss Medical Lawyers Association has conducted a Europe-wide poll to discover attitudes to assisted dying. The results show that there is widespread and strong support for legalising it.
Posted: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 11:07
Findings from the 2011 census for England and Wales have revealed the number of people who say they are Christian has dropped dramatically from 72% to 59%. The figures published today by the Office for National Statistics also show the number of people who say they have no religion has risen from 15% to 25%.
Posted: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 12:52
The National Secular Society has criticised the intemperate rant at the Prime Minister, widely reported in the media, by the RC Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Devine.
Posted: Thu, 06 Dec 2012 15:32
The German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has commissioned an opinion poll to find out what Germans think about Muslims. Generally, the results are regarded as "catastrophic".
Posted: Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:52
Almost half – 49 per cent – of those surveyed earlier this year by the Institute of Education, University of London believe that there is 'definitely' or 'probably' life after death.
Posted: Wed, 05 Dec 2012 11:59
The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution condemning female genital mutilation, the first time the practice has been denounced at such a high level.
Posted: Wed, 05 Dec 2012 11:36
According to a Pew Forum study released last week, 8 out of 45 European countries have blasphemy laws on their books while 35 of them have laws against the defamation of religion in general or hate speech against members of a faith.
Posted: Tue, 04 Dec 2012 06:05
News that the Scout Association has decided to review its policy of excluding people without a religious belief has been welcomed by the National Secular Society.
Posted: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:21
The Dutch parliament has accepted a motion that will abolish the law that makes it an offence to insult God. Supporters of the motion say that they are confident that they have enough support for it to pass easily.