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Scripture Union providing courses on abstinence in Isle of Man sex education classes

Scripture Union providing courses on abstinence in Isle of Man sex education classes

Posted: Tue, 09 May 2017 09:22

The Isle of Man's education minister has defended allowing an evangelical Christian group to deliver abstinence-based sex education to Year 10 pupils.

Calls for abolition of Irish blasphemy law following investigation of Stephen Fry

Calls for abolition of Irish blasphemy law following investigation of Stephen Fry

Posted: Mon, 08 May 2017 09:18

The National Secular Society has called for the repeal of Ireland's blasphemy law after Irish police dropped an investigation against Stephen Fry over a complaint of 'blasphemy' related to an interview aired in 2015.

Departing MP blasts Government on caste discrimination

Departing MP blasts Government on caste discrimination

Posted: Fri, 05 May 2017 11:00

Former MP Graham Allen has accused the Government of launching a "misleading" consultation to delay action against caste discrimination "for ever".

NZ secularists file human rights case over religious education in schools

NZ secularists file human rights case over religious education in schools

Posted: Thu, 04 May 2017 16:22

The New Zealand Secular Education Network (SEN) has mounted a challenge over "religious bias" in the way the country's schools teach about religion.

Taxpayer-funded Catholic schools should only be for Catholics, says Archbishop of Liverpool

Taxpayer-funded Catholic schools should only be for Catholics, says Archbishop of Liverpool

Posted: Thu, 04 May 2017 11:24

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon has said that Catholic schools "are different" and "for the Catholic community", despite their being funded by all taxpayers.

Survey finds deeply regressive views of women among large majorities of Muslim men

Survey finds deeply regressive views of women among large majorities of Muslim men

Posted: Wed, 03 May 2017 16:55

A large-scale survey of views in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine has reported extensive anti-women views and widespread tolerance of domestic violence.

Irish politicians face ejection from the chamber and loss of pay if they don't stand for prayers

Irish politicians face ejection from the chamber and loss of pay if they don't stand for prayers

Posted: Wed, 03 May 2017 11:51

The Irish parliament has approve a requirement mandating TDs remain standing during the prayers that open each Dáil sitting.

Dozens of speakers to attend major conference on secularism and freedom of expression

Dozens of speakers to attend major conference on secularism and freedom of expression

Posted: Tue, 02 May 2017 15:51

Dozens of speakers are confirmed to address the upcoming 'Free Expression & Conscience' conference, including many honorary associates of the National Secular Society.

Death sentence for Saudi ‘apostate’ amid surge of violence against atheists across Islamic world

Death sentence for Saudi ‘apostate’ amid surge of violence against atheists across Islamic world

Posted: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:19

A Saudi trial based "heavily on Koranic law" has resulted in a death sentence for a 'mentally ill' man who denounced the Islamic 'prophet' Mohammed.

NSS rejects Church’s call for end to RE right to withdraw, without meaningful reform

NSS rejects Church’s call for end to RE right to withdraw, without meaningful reform

Posted: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:43

The National Secular Society has said that Religious Education must be fundamentally reformed before the existing right to withdraw children from RE can be removed.

Calls to boost integration after claims Muslim children can grow up without meeting non-Muslims

Calls to boost integration after claims Muslim children can grow up without meeting non-Muslims

Posted: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:06

The National Secular Society has accused the Government of dividing communities with the push to open new faith schools, ahead of a new report on religious and racial segregation in Birmingham.

Foreign Office urges Russia to uphold human rights after Jehovah’s Witnesses ruling

Foreign Office urges Russia to uphold human rights after Jehovah’s Witnesses ruling

Posted: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:40

The Foreign Office has condemned a decision by the Russian Supreme Court to label Jehovah's Witnesses "extremists."

Welsh students launch petition against collective worship

Welsh students launch petition against collective worship

Posted: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:34

Two Welsh school students have launched a petition calling on Welsh Assembly Members to end the obligation on schools to hold collective worship.

New call for mandatory reporting after Catholic Church in Australia admits “devastating” scale of child abuse

New call for mandatory reporting after Catholic Church in Australia admits “devastating” scale of child abuse

Posted: Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:59

Five secularist organisations, including the NSS, have called for the Catholic Church to take real action to ensure justice for victims of clerical child abuse.

Success! Pharmaceutical Council embraces secular reforms

Success! Pharmaceutical Council embraces secular reforms

Posted: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:53

The independent pharmacists' regulator has approved new standards governing the role of religion in pharmacy services, in a move welcomed by the National Secular Society.

New faith schools announced in latest round of free schools

New faith schools announced in latest round of free schools

Posted: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:21

A number of new faith schools have been approved to open by the Department for Education (DfE) in the twelfth wave of free schools applications.

NSS urges regulator to investigate charity behind notorious monk-brewed booze

NSS urges regulator to investigate charity behind notorious monk-brewed booze

Posted: Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:15

The National Secular Society has written to the Charity Commission urging it to investigate a religious charity behind the sale of an alcoholic drink widely associated with criminal activity in Scotland.

Ireland sees 73% increase in number of non-believers

Ireland sees 73% increase in number of non-believers

Posted: Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:40

Census figures released by the Irish Central Statistics Office show a huge increase in the number of non-believers, as the number of self-identified Catholics continued to drop.

Salafi school pulls “male only” job advert

Salafi school pulls “male only” job advert

Posted: Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:07

An independent Islamic school in Birmingham has been forced to withdraw an advert for a "male science & Islamic Studies" teacher.

“No evidence” that denominational schools are academically superior, study finds

“No evidence” that denominational schools are academically superior, study finds

Posted: Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:08

A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research has found that there is "no evidence" to suggest Scotland's denominational schools achieve better results than their non-denominational counterparts.

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