Posted: Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:20
The National Secular Society has written to David Cameron, urging the Prime Minister to fix a set date for Easter and relax restrictions on Easter Sunday opening times for large stores.
Posted: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:33
The head of the Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre has been fired by the Russian Culture Minister over a 'blasphemous' opera, prompting further fears about free speech and religious freedom in Russia.
Posted: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:12
Flintshire Council has come under attack from a priest over its policy of only funding school bus travel to faith schools for pupils who can provide evidence of their religious affiliation.
Posted: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:12
The National Secular Society has awarded Charlie Hebdo the annual Secularist of the Year prize, for its courageous response to the terror attack on its Paris office.
Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:16
A California lawyer has proposed a "Sodomite Suppression Act" and warned of "God's just wrath" should the state of California not put homosexuals to death.
Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:21
Jordan has introduced an emergency item to the next meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, calling for a ban on insulting religion or religious symbols.
Posted: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:12
London Mayor Boris Johnson has described Anglican bishops with the automatic right to a seat in the House of Lords as "clerical fossils."
Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:28
Street preacher Michael Overd has been found guilty of using "threatening" or "abusive" words after making homophobic remarks during a sermon delivered in Taunton High Street.
Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:52
The National Secular Society has welcomed an announcement from Home Secretary Theresa May that a future Conservative government would launch a review into so called 'sharia courts' operating in the UK.
Posted: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:59
An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that political views constitute a "philosophical belief" under the Equality Act.
Posted: Sun, 15 Mar 2015 06:51
A Bill enabling local authorities in England to hold prayers as part of their official business and to "support or facilitate" religious events has cleared its latest hurdle and is set to become law.
Deference to faith is preventing effective challenges to the “horror” of witchcraft accusations and persecution
Posted: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:29
The Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) has warned that "considerable reluctance" to intervene in people's faith is preventing an effective response to suffering caused by witchcraft accusations.
Christianity has “lost status” because of equality and human rights legislation, say evangelical Christians
Posted: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:06
An Equality and Human Rights Commission report has found that "some Christian employers, service users and providers" believe Christianity has "lost status" because of equality laws.
Posted: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:40
The Government has been criticised for not taking action to tackle caste-based discrimination after a long campaign by anti-caste campaigners to have it specifically recognised under anti-discrimination laws.
Posted: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:26
New guidance published by NHS England will require hospitals in England to consider the needs of non-religious patients by ensuring they have access to appropriate pastoral care.
Posted: Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:02
A new report by the Social Integration Commission has warned of segregation in Britain and called on the Department for Education to place limits on new faith schools.
Posted: Sun, 08 Mar 2015 07:30
On Tuesday 10 March the European Parliament will vote on a report about gender equality in the EU. NGOs are concerned that religious groups may defeat the report, and are appealing for support.
Posted: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:24
Secularist of the Year 2015 is shaping up to be a very exciting event, with attendees including Richard Dawkins, AC Grayling and last year's winner, Turkish opposition MP Safak Pavey.
Posted: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:30
The Indian state of Maharashtra has banned the sale or possession of beef, leading to fears that secularism in India is being eroded.
Police and Crime Commissioner criticised for awarding tens of thousands of pounds to Christian groups
Posted: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:14
The National Secular Society has raised concerns about a scheme to "nurture, equip and enable" religious organisations to help reduce crime in Northamptonshire.