Posted: Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:20
Russia's parliament has overwhelmingly approved a new blasphemy law allowing jail sentences of up to three years for "offending religious feelings", an initiative launched in the wake of the trial against the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot.
Posted: Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:11
A controversial plan by Flintshire Council to cut funding for transport to faith schools for pupils unable to prove their religious beliefs has been thrown into doubt after a scrutiny committee called for it to be scrapped.
Posted: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:18
The All Party Parliamentary Group, Christians in Parliament, has published a report, Faith in the Community, which looks at the relationship between local authorities and churches.
Posted: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:54
Joan Smith, an honorary associate of the National Secular Society, has been announced as the new co-chair of the Mayor of London's Violence Against Women and Girls Panel.
Posted: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 07:36
Iain Banks, celebrated author and honorary associate of the National Secular Society, has died at the age of 59.
Posted: Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:36
The National Secular Society has supported one of its members, Veronica Wikman, in presenting a petition to City of Edinburgh Council to remove Religious Observance from the city's non-denominational schools.
Posted: Sun, 02 Jun 2013 20:42
A legal challenge has been launched against Woking Borough Council's policy of offering free parking to worshippers while charging everyone else.
Posted: Fri, 31 May 2013 09:56
The government has said it will not remove the exemption from animal welfare law that permits religious communities to slaughter animals without pre-stunning – despite "strong pressure" from welfare groups, veterinary interests and the public for a prohibition on all slaughter without stunning.
Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 16:45
The refusal of Baroness Warsi, the "Minister for Faith and Communities" to steer the flagship same-sex marriage bill through the House of Lords was condemned today by the National Secular Society.
Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 12:35
Over three-quarters of Americans (77%) say religion is losing its influence on American life, while 20% say religion's influence is increasing. These represent Americans' most negative evaluations of the impact of religion since 1970, although similar to the views measured in recent years.
Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 10:44
Northern Ireland's biggest employer of teachers in Catholic schools has called for the scrapping of legislation that allows schools to legally discriminate on religious grounds.
Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 11:39
Top writers, film-makers and artists in the Czech Republic are asking the Pope to practise what he preaches and to prevent the Czech Government from returning state-owned property to the country's Catholic Church.
Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 11:23
An educational revision website has found that almost a quarter of seven to 16-year-olds do not know that Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, and 26% are unaware Christians believed Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
Posted: Tue, 28 May 2013 13:58
The National Secular Society has welcomed a decision by the European Court of Human Rights not to refer the cases of three British Christians to the Grand Chamber.
Posted: Tue, 28 May 2013 13:13
A Belgian city which introduced a ban on its civil servants wearing headscarves in 2007, has now voted to reverse the decision.
Posted: Thu, 23 May 2013 12:58
Hull City Council is to cease discretionary funding transport for pupils attending "faith schools" from September 2014. The change will save £339,000 in 2014-15 according to council figures.
Posted: Thu, 23 May 2013 12:33
A ground-breaking report examining the experiences of nearly 50 British women of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds and faiths (or no faith) – who have all converted to Islam - was launched in London yesterday by the University of Cambridge.
Posted: Thu, 23 May 2013 10:05
A man described as "white British" has won more than £2,000 compensation from a halal meat firm after he complained of racial and religious discrimination.
Posted: Wed, 22 May 2013 13:59
The Governor of Vermont this week signed into law a new bill legalising doctor-assisted suicide. This makes it the third US state to approve such legislation.
Posted: Wed, 22 May 2013 10:17
The National Secular Society has criticised a decision by Flintshire Council to discriminate against people without religious faith in its school transport arrangements.