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NSS welcomes Ofsted analysis of the state of RE, but warns recommendations don't go far enough

NSS welcomes Ofsted analysis of the state of RE, but warns recommendations don't go far enough

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.

LSE student Society intimidated at Freshers' Fair over "offensive" t-shirts

LSE student Society intimidated at Freshers' Fair over "offensive" t-shirts

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.

Muslim employees in landmark win on religious discrimination

Muslim employees in landmark win on religious discrimination

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

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.

BBC Trust rejects Thought for the Day bias complaint

BBC Trust rejects Thought for the Day bias complaint

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.

Controversial Muslim free school closed by Ofsted

Controversial Muslim free school closed by Ofsted

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.

Turkey’s headscarf ban lifted in latest assault on the secular state

Turkey’s headscarf ban lifted in latest assault on the secular state

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.

Nordic children’s ombudsmen take historic step to protect children’s rights

Nordic children’s ombudsmen take historic step to protect children’s rights

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.

Somerset council proposing to end bus privileges for children attending faith schools

Somerset council proposing to end bus privileges for children attending faith schools

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.

Swedish Ombudsman calls for ban on circumcision

Swedish Ombudsman calls for ban on circumcision

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.

Suggestion that France replace Christian holidays with Jewish and Muslim ones doesn’t go down well

Suggestion that France replace Christian holidays with Jewish and Muslim ones doesn’t go down well

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.

NSS members challenge judicial church service that reinforces links between church and state

NSS members challenge judicial church service that reinforces links between church and state

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.

Opinion poll shows big opposition to faith schools

Opinion poll shows big opposition to faith schools

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."

Polls show widespread unease about Islamic face coverings

Polls show widespread unease about Islamic face coverings

Posted: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:03

Two recent Yougov polls asked questions about the burka, niqab and hijab.

Christian doctor’s ‘victimisation’ claims rejected by Employment Tribunal

Christian doctor’s ‘victimisation’ claims rejected by Employment Tribunal

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.

More revelations about the Derby Muslim free school

More revelations about the Derby Muslim free school

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.

Swiss canton to vote on banning face coverings

Swiss canton to vote on banning face coverings

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.

Non-Muslim women teachers being forced to wear hijabs at Derby free school

Non-Muslim women teachers being forced to wear hijabs at Derby free school

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.

Thurrock is latest council to charge for transport to faith schools

Thurrock is latest council to charge for transport to faith schools

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.

NSS concerned over judge’s ruling that woman need only remove niqab to give evidence

NSS concerned over judge’s ruling that woman need only remove niqab to give evidence

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.

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