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Author of American Government-sponsored religious freedom report says “very aggressive secularism” is rife in Western Europe

Author of American Government-sponsored religious freedom report says “very aggressive secularism” is rife in Western Europe

Posted: Wed, 01 May 2013 14:24

The US-Government sponsored Commission on International Religious Freedom has issued its latest report this week and has come to the conclusion that "aggressive secularism" is rife in Western Europe.

Protests as Luton council cuts free transport to religious schools

Protests as Luton council cuts free transport to religious schools

Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:53

Councillors walked out of a meeting at Luton Town Hall this week when observers in the public gallery began shouting and waving placards in protest at the Councils plans to end free transport for pupils attending religious schools.

Launch of student essay competition! Sharia: what’s going on?

Launch of student essay competition! Sharia: what’s going on?

Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:24

One Law for All and the Lawyers' Secular Society (LSS) have announced a student research competition on the subject of sharia law, sponsored by the National Secular Society.

Muslim free school plan put on hold over extremism fears

Muslim free school plan put on hold over extremism fears

Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:08

The Northern Lights Free School is being investigated by the Department for Education's Diligence and Counter Extremism Division, whose remit is to protect children and young people from exposure to extremist views in schools.

Huge support in France for teaching of “secular morals” in state schools

Huge support in France for teaching of “secular morals” in state schools

Posted: Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:58

Ninety-one per cent of people in France support the French Government's plans to introduce a weekly class in "secular morals" into state schools, according to a recent poll.

Secularist attempt to strip Austrian churches of financial privileges fails

Secularist attempt to strip Austrian churches of financial privileges fails

Posted: Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:34

The Catholic Church in Austria has reacted "with satisfaction" at the failure of a referendum that sought to strip churches of their many privileges.

Fitnah! Movement for women’s liberation founded

Fitnah! Movement for women’s liberation founded

Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:59

A new women's liberation group called Fitnah! has been created as a protest movement demanding freedom, equality, and secularism.

Catholic midwives succeed in attempt to extend “conscience” exemption

Catholic midwives succeed in attempt to extend “conscience” exemption

Posted: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:19

Two Catholic midwives have won a legal battle for the right to conscientious exemption from all involvement with abortions. Mary Doogan and Concepta Wood argued that being required to supervise staff taking part in abortions violated their human rights.

Despite secular constitution, Fiji government won’t rule out prayer at official functions

Despite secular constitution, Fiji government won’t rule out prayer at official functions

Posted: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:11

With Fiji set to become a secular state when the new constitution comes into effect, it has been confirmed that "general prayers acceptable to all" will be said in government organised functions.

Ninety-nine people convicted of blasphemy in Malta last year

Ninety-nine people convicted of blasphemy in Malta last year

Posted: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:58

99 individuals were convicted in Malta last year for "public blasphemy". This was down from 119 the year before. It is a criminal offense to utter publicly any obscene or indecent words, make obscene acts or gestures or in any other way offend public morality, propriety or decency.

Victory for campaigners as Government outlaws caste discrimination

Victory for campaigners as Government outlaws caste discrimination

Posted: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:20

The National Secular Society has welcomed news that the Government has climbed down following its defeat last night in the House of Lords and agreed to make discrimination on grounds of caste unlawful.

House of Lords renews support for legislation to outlaw caste discrimination

House of Lords renews support for legislation to outlaw caste discrimination

Posted: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:58

The National Secular Society has praised the House of Lords for its renewed support of victims of caste discrimination in the UK after peers voted to retain their original amendment making caste a protected characteristic (as an aspect of race) under equality law.

Report recommends directing homeless to church

Report recommends directing homeless to church

Posted: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:27

A new report, funded by a number of religious groups and researched and published by Lemos and Crane, recommends that agencies working with homeless people should encourage their clients to go to church and to talk about "faith."

Poll shows we’d ask ‘deceased loved ones’ for advice before we’d ask a clergyperson

Poll shows we’d ask ‘deceased loved ones’ for advice before we’d ask a clergyperson

Posted: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 11:37

A Yougov poll commissioned for this week's Westminster Faith Debate has revealed the lack of extent to which people turn to religious leaders for "moral guidance".

Secular doctors call on the GMC to revise personal belief and medical practice guidance

Secular doctors call on the GMC to revise personal belief and medical practice guidance

Posted: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:47

Secular doctors have called on the GMC to urgently revise guidance that allows religious doctors to opt out of providing a particular procedure on the grounds of belief.

Romania considers introducing church tax

Romania considers introducing church tax

Posted: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:33

New legislation, inspired by the German "church tax" model, will soon allow all Romanian citizens to direct a part of their income tax to the churches or other organisations of their choosing.

NSS condemns Government's callous disregard for UK victims of caste discrimination

NSS condemns Government's callous disregard for UK victims of caste discrimination

Posted: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:25

The National Secular Society has criticised the Government's "callous" disregard for victims of caste discrimination in the UK after MPs rejected a Lords amendment to make discrimination on grounds of caste unlawful.

Campaign in Egypt urges citizens to remove religion from ID Cards

Campaign in Egypt urges citizens to remove religion from ID Cards

Posted: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:49

In an attempt to disentangle religion and citizenship, activists in Egypt are encouraging citizens to remove their religious affiliation from their national identity cards.

Scots are abandoning their religion

Scots are abandoning their religion

Posted: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:48

Scotland, once one of the more pious parts of the British Isles, is rapidly becoming secularised according to a poll commissioned for the Sunday Times and Real Radio Scotland.

Concerns remain over non-religious Academy’s revised admissions policy

Concerns remain over non-religious Academy’s revised admissions policy

Posted: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 08:39

A non-religiously designated academy in Solihull that planned to give priority in admissions to pupils from two religiously selective 'faith' schools has revised its decision.

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