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PM reaffirms Britain is a “Christian country”  – British Social Attitudes figures suggest otherwise

PM reaffirms Britain is a “Christian country” – British Social Attitudes figures suggest otherwise

Posted: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:19

Prime Minister David Cameron has again stood by his assertion that Britain is a "Christian country", saying he believes "very deeply that we should be confident in that status as a nation".

Ofsted withdraws 'discriminatory' guidance on inspecting faith schools

Ofsted withdraws 'discriminatory' guidance on inspecting faith schools

Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:43

Ofsted has told the National Secular Society that it is updating its guidance on inspecting 'faith schools' following criticism that it endorsed gender segregation in lessons.

Ofsted guidance on inspecting faith schools reveals “disturbing capitulation to religious demands”

Ofsted guidance on inspecting faith schools reveals “disturbing capitulation to religious demands”

Posted: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:03

The NSS has accused Ofsted of "capitulating to oppressive religious demands" after the schools regulator told inspectors that gender segregation in faith schools should not be taken as a sign of inequality.

New Anglican schools to operate ‘open admissions’ policies

New Anglican schools to operate ‘open admissions’ policies

Posted: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:59

The Church of England's chief education officer has indicated that new CofE schools will adopt 'open admissions' policy but will still be "rooted in Christian heritage".

Role of religion in schools under scrutiny as Ofsted reveal extent of fundamentalism in Birmingham schools

Role of religion in schools under scrutiny as Ofsted reveal extent of fundamentalism in Birmingham schools

Posted: Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:43

The role of religion in schools has come under scrutiny following Ofsted's finding that "a culture of fear and intimidation has developed" in those Birmingham schools caught up in the "Trojan Horse" controversy.

Solicitors Regulation Authority criticised over endorsement of Law Society’s sharia wills guidance

Solicitors Regulation Authority criticised over endorsement of Law Society’s sharia wills guidance

Posted: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:41

The regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales has been criticised by the Lawyers Secular Society for endorsing the Law Society's controversial guidance on sharia wills.

NSS calls for statutory sex and relationship education in all schools, including those with faith-based ethos

NSS calls for statutory sex and relationship education in all schools, including those with faith-based ethos

Posted: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:17

The National Secular Society has called for age appropriate sex and relationship education (SRE) to be made a statutory part of the national curriculum.

Christian charity launches booklet "equipping Christians to take action against assisted suicide"

Christian charity launches booklet "equipping Christians to take action against assisted suicide"

Posted: Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:34

A Christian charity has launched a booklet aimed at equipping Christians with arguments against euthanasia and assisted suicide so that they can take action ahead of expected renewed attempts to change the law across Britain.

Wedding invitation company cites religious beliefs for refusing services to gay couple

Wedding invitation company cites religious beliefs for refusing services to gay couple

Posted: Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:54

The National Secular Society has said that legal action under equality legislation should be taken against a wedding stationer for refusing to serve a gay couple on religious grounds.

Complaint lodged after Scottish Parliament used to launch evangelical Christian manifesto

Complaint lodged after Scottish Parliament used to launch evangelical Christian manifesto

Posted: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:52

Secular campaigners in Scotland have lodged a formal complaint after the Scottish Parliament was used by an evangelical Christian group to launch a manifesto ahead of the Scottish independence referendum.

Shadow education secretary sets out plans to tackle Islamist infiltration of schools

Shadow education secretary sets out plans to tackle Islamist infiltration of schools

Posted: Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:41

The shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt, has called for more robust inspections to ensure all schools deliver a "broad and balanced" curriculum.

Secular marriage law proposed in Guernsey

Secular marriage law proposed in Guernsey

Posted: Fri, 30 May 2014 10:27

A campaigning group for LGBTQ rights in Guernsey has announced that it has secured a commitment from the Guernsey government to introduce secular marriage legislation, removing religious references from laws related to marriage.

Faith school allocation “inappropriate”, say parents

Faith school allocation “inappropriate”, say parents

Posted: Thu, 29 May 2014 13:32

Families of children allocated places at Hindu faith school in the London Borough of Redbridge plan to appeal the decision, saying the school's religious ethos is at odds with their own beliefs and values.

EU rejects anti-stem cell and anti-choice citizen initiative

EU rejects anti-stem cell and anti-choice citizen initiative

Posted: Thu, 29 May 2014 12:53

The European Commission announced this week that it was to take no further action on the 'One of Us' citizen initiative.

Poll shows that UK views its Muslims and Jews more favourably than other European countries

Poll shows that UK views its Muslims and Jews more favourably than other European countries

Posted: Wed, 28 May 2014 13:24

According to a recent poll from the US-based Pew Research Centre, the UK has a more favourable opinion of its Muslim community than any other European country surveyed.

UN Committee Against Torture criticises Vatican failures on child abuse

UN Committee Against Torture criticises Vatican failures on child abuse

Posted: Fri, 23 May 2014 13:11

The UN Committee Against Torture has criticised the Vatican (in its guise as The Holy See) for several failures in its handling of the child abuse scandal.

Ex-Muslims call for Islamic education charity to be classified as a “hate group”

Ex-Muslims call for Islamic education charity to be classified as a “hate group”

Posted: Fri, 23 May 2014 12:36

A report published by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) has accused the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) of being a "soft Islamist" group, and has called for its charitable status to be withdrawn.

Catholic school’s admissions policy leaves family in “turmoil”

Catholic school’s admissions policy leaves family in “turmoil”

Posted: Thu, 22 May 2014 13:33

Parents of a child refused a place at a state funded Catholic school have criticised the school over its admissions criteria, and say the school's policy of giving preferential treatment to worshippers has left their lives in turmoil.

EU publishes guidelines on protecting free expression abroad

EU publishes guidelines on protecting free expression abroad

Posted: Tue, 20 May 2014 13:44

The Council of the European Union has adopted human rights guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline.

Scottish local authority plans to introduce discriminatory schools admissions policy

Scottish local authority plans to introduce discriminatory schools admissions policy

Posted: Mon, 19 May 2014 16:51

Falkirk Council has announced plans to change admissions policies for all its denominational (Roman Catholic) schools to ensure baptised children are given priority over other children.

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