Government urged to tackle sharia ‘courts’ and religious tribunals by women’s rights and secular campaigners
Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:18
Almost 200 signatories, including the National Secular Society and women's rights groups, have called on the Government to tackle the spread of "parallel legal systems" like sharia 'courts'.
Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:10
A Bishop stripped a Church of England clergyman of the licence needed to take a hospital chaplaincy job because he is in a same-sex marriage.
Posted: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:17
The National Secular Society has welcomed the news that the Bridge Schools Inspectorate (BSI) is to close, after strongly criticising the organisation for the extremist views of some of its inspectors.
Posted: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:22
The obligation on state schools in England and Wales to provide a daily act of collective worship should be scrapped, according to former education secretary Charles Clarke.
Posted: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:34
The National Secular Society has dismissed Pope Francis' new tribunal to hear the cases of bishops implicated in covering up child sex abuse as a "PR stunt" and continuing to assist clerics escape justice over allegations.
Posted: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:21
The Catholic Church has sent a booklet entitled "Don't Mess With Marriage" to 56 primary and secondary schools in Australia, prompting criticism from Australian secularists.
Tribunal sides with employer over Muslim who said request to wear shorter, ankle-length jilbab was “against her morals”
Posted: Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:39
An Employment Appeal Tribunal has found that a Muslim woman was not discriminated against when told that her jilbab posed a tripping hazard.
Posted: Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:29
A coalition of religious groups offered 'strong support' to proposed legislation in Northern Ireland which would have introduced a ten year prison sentence for carrying out an abortion.
Posted: Tue, 09 Jun 2015 08:45
A survey by the European Commission has found widespread confusion over religious slaughter but clear support for labelling to indicate whether meat is from a pre-stunned animal.
Posted: Mon, 08 Jun 2015 16:34
Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt has warned that faith schools leave little hope for an integrated education system in the UK.
Posted: Sun, 07 Jun 2015 11:11
An employment tribunal has found that an evangelical Christian woman working at a nursery in Highbury, north London was a victim of religious discrimination after she was fired for upsetting a lesbian colleague.
Posted: Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:23
The NSS has criticised Tony Blair's proposals ahead of his appointment as chair of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) as "ill thought out and counter-productive".
Posted: Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:13
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has warned the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) against pushing once more for a global blasphemy law.
Posted: Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:54
The National Secular Society has warned that proposals to force struggling local authority schools in England to become academies could increase the proportion of faith based schools.
Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:09
Conservative MP Sir Gerald Howarth, speaking in the House of Commons, has claimed that "we are a Christian country"- days after yet more research showed that the non-religious are the single largest group in Britain.
Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:56
The National Secular Society has called on the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights to promote a robust civil society response against religious and ethnic hatred.
New research: 49% have no religion, Anglican Church collapse continues, Islam increases ten-fold since 1983
Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:43
New findings by the National Centre for Social Research have confirmed the long-term collapse in affiliation with the Church of England and the huge increase in non-belief.
Posted: Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:19
The French education minister has cautioned against France's secularity rules suppressing the rights of religious people to freedom of expression.
Posted: Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:06
Several bills related to secular causes have been successful in the House of Lords Private Members' Bill ballot, meaning new laws on sharia tribunals, assisted dying, chancel repair liability, and Easter trading will be debated.
Posted: Fri, 29 May 2015 09:50
The NSS has called on the DfE to investigate two independent Orthodox Jewish schools following demands that pupils be barred if dropped off by mothers after a driving 'driving ban' was imposed on women.