Posted: Fri, 06 Apr 2012 08:45
The National Secular Society has accused Communities Secretary Eric Pickles of behaving like a dictator by unilaterally declaring that a High Court judgment no longer applies.
Posted: Thu, 05 Apr 2012 10:27
In an unprecedented move that is seen by some as "revolutionary", the Polish government is seeking to realign its relationship with the Catholic Church – and not in a way that the Vatican will like.
Posted: Mon, 02 Apr 2012 11:00
A Muslim councillor claims he was deselected by the local Conservative Party after he objected to the saying of Christian prayers as part of the Council meeting - plus an update on what councils around the country are doing
Posted: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 10:20
The Education Secretary Michael Gove has suggested that cap on faith-based admissions at a proposed new faith school in south west London would be "very sensible".
Posted: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 16:28
The Church of England is up in arms that the Government has removed zero-rated VAT status from the cost of alterations to listed buildings – without giving the Church an exemption.
Posted: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:50
Baroness Massey of Darwen has asked a Parliamentary Question in the House of Lords about whether allowing non-religious parents to withdraw their children from collective worship is an adequate alternative to having their children attend worship.
Posted: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:38
The Christian fantasy that the Government has banned the wearing of crosses in the workplace was brought down to earth last week in the House of Lords, when Lord Alton asked whether the Government has "any plans to clarify the law in respect of Christians wishing to wear a cross in the workplace."
Posted: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:33
A school bus subsidised by Essex County Council which took pupils to two "faith schools" has been scrapped.
Posted: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:32
A survey of lapsed Catholics in the USA has tried to get to the root of why they abandoned the church. Their answers were not very surprising.
Posted: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:19
Tunisia's ruling Islamist Ennahda Party has ruled that the country will remain constitutionally secular and sharia will not form the basis of law.
Posted: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 10:40
According to a BBC report, recommendations from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on House of Lord Reform due to be published in April will include keeping the Bishops' Bench but reducing the number from 26 to 12.
Posted: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:31
Three Christian MPs are trying to overturn an advertising ban on claims that 'God can heal'. They are Gary Streeter (Con), Gavin Shuker (Lab) and Tim Farron (Lib Dem).
Posted: Fri, 23 Mar 2012 15:31
At least 10 teenage boys or men under the age of 21 were surgically castrated "to get rid of homosexuality" while in the care of the Dutch Roman Catholic Church in the 1950s.
Posted: Fri, 23 Mar 2012 15:07
Major steps toward the disestablishment of Norway's state church, the (Lutheran) Church of Norway, were passed by the government on March 16 in its weekly session with King Harald V.
Posted: Fri, 23 Mar 2012 14:56
As Ireland sinks once more back into recession, the Department of Education has been told that it cannot legally cut state funding for school chaplains.
Posted: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:14
A new Church of England report says that it intends to expand the number of Church schools and calls for a new "concordat" between the Church and state to "reinforce and enhance" the Church's influence throughout the education system.
Posted: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:35
Reports suggest that the controversial bishops' letter opposing gay marriage which was supposed to be read out to all Catholic congregations in England and Wales a couple of Sundays ago was widely ignored and disregarded.
Posted: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:42
Two very contrasting statements about abortion and contraception were made this week at the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations.
Posted: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:31
New academic research released this week claims that welfare services provided by religious groups do not, on the whole, demand religious adherence or impose religious demands on service users.
Posted: Sat, 17 Mar 2012 14:15
Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been named Secularist of the Year. The award was presented by the National Secular Society at a formal lunch on Saturday in central London.