NSS alert Ofsted after Jewish faith school tells pupils not to answer exam questions that conflict with school’s religious ethos
Posted: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:56
The National Secular Society has called on Ofsted and the DfE to ensure that all schools teach the National Curriculum in full after the head of a publicly funded Jewish faith school admitted to advising students not to answer exam questions which conflict with the school's strict Orthodox religious beliefs.
“Learning Jihad”: new report on campus extremism has launch event cancelled by the University of West London
Posted: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:30
A new report from Sharia Watch UK has revealed the reach of Islamist speakers and the dangers of censorship on university campuses. The report's launch event has been cancelled by the University of West London.
Victims of historic child sex abuse speak out, after Catholic Church refuses to accept “liability” for the crimes of their priests
Posted: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:57
The Catholic Church is refusing to accept "liability" for long-term sex abuse that went on at the Mirfield Junior Seminary, despite paying out £120,000 to eleven victims of child sex abuse.
Christian psychiatrist given official warning after forcing her religious beliefs onto vulnerable patients
Posted: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:10
A psychiatrist has admitted distributing "unsolicited religious material" to her patients, including leaflets and links to religious websites. Dr Antonia Johnson received a formal warning, which will stay on her record for five years.
Posted: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 09:55
The commemoration of Remembrance Day should be rethought and re-designed to make it a truly inclusive national event, and not one that is dominated by a single Christian denomination, say secularists.
Catholic Church in Norway secretly registered thousands as Catholics to illegally secure government funds
Posted: Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:27
For four years the Catholic Church in Norway has been illegally registering immigrants as Catholics in order to secure increased government funding.
Posted: Mon, 03 Nov 2014 09:15
A new YouGov poll conducted among Anglican clergy shows a significant minority of them would support separating the Church from the state.
Posted: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 06:54
UN-designed sex education material has been withdrawn from the Niger schools syllabus after condemnation from Islamic clerics.
Obstructionist tactics to block human rights groups from advising UN condemned by UN Special Rapporteur
Posted: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:12
The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and association, has criticised repeated efforts to block human rights NGOs from being able to advise the United Nations.
Posted: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:01
The campaign group Dignity in Dying (DiD) will be demonstrating outside Parliament next week on Friday morning 7 November (9am-1pm), to coincide with the House of Lords debate on the Assisted Dying Bill.
Posted: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:45
Over a dozen secularist organisations have written to the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, objecting to his invitation to Pope Francis to address the Parliament.
National Secular Society welcomes call for faith schools to face Ofsted inspections of their religious teaching
Posted: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:00
The National Secular Society has welcomed calls from Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt for religious teaching in faith schools to be inspected by Ofsted.
Posted: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:40
The National Secular Society has called on the Welsh government to review the legal requirement on schools to provide worship after parents expressed concern about prayers being imposed on children in non-denominational schools.
Posted: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:03
The European Commission has announced it will take no further action after investigating complaints, submitted by the National Secular Society, regarding UK state funded 'faith schools' legislation and European employment laws.
Posted: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:08
During a debate introducing the Sex and Relationships Education (Curriculum) Bill to parliament this week, Conservative MP Philip Davies blamed "sex education fanatics" for a rise in unwanted pregnancies since the 1970s, and called for "less sex education, or even better, none".
Posted: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:21
The National Secular Society has welcomed new government measures announced yesterday to crackdown on the practice of female genital mutilation.
Posted: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:56
The National Union of Students' National Executive Committee has rejected a motion condemning the Islamic State and endorsing solidarity with the Kurds and Iraqi people after opponents branded it "Islamophobic".
Posted: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:06
A school placed in special measures following the Birmingham 'Trojan Horse' affair has received 100 letters from parents requesting that their children be withdrawn from collective worship, it has emerged.
Posted: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:36
Ofsted has denied claims that it acted inappropriately after an association of Orthodox schools accused it of leaving young girls "traumatised" following a school inspection.
Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:45
A Christian academic has called for special "conscience clauses" for Christians in laws of which they do not approve.