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1200 cases of FGM reported in three months – but data “likely” to underestimate

1200 cases of FGM reported in three months – but data “likely” to underestimate

Posted: Thu, 09 Jun 2016 12:13

New data has shown a surge in reported cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in England, with over 1200 reports made in the first three months of 2016.

Sex abuse victims doubt Pope’s decree on negligent bishops

Sex abuse victims doubt Pope’s decree on negligent bishops

Posted: Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:39

A new decree issued by Pope Francis under which bishops can be removed from office over negligence involving abuse of minors or vulnerable adults has been greeted with cynicism by the NSS and a victim support group.

Fifty organisations call on Greece to abolish blasphemy laws

Fifty organisations call on Greece to abolish blasphemy laws

Posted: Mon, 06 Jun 2016 11:27

The National Secular Society has joined dozens of secularist, humanist and free speech groups in calling on the Greek government to expedite the removal of blasphemy articles from the country's criminal code.

NSS criticises council proposal to expand faith school provision

NSS criticises council proposal to expand faith school provision

Posted: Fri, 03 Jun 2016 09:16

The National Secular Society has called on Milton Keynes Council to rethink plans to meet increasing demand for school places by significantly expanding faith school provision.

European Commission announces online crackdown on “hate speech”

European Commission announces online crackdown on “hate speech”

Posted: Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:45

Tech companies including Facebook and Twitter have signed up to a new European Commission plan designed to clampdown on online "hate speech."

Headscarves and other religious, philosophical and political symbols can be banned at work, says European Court of Justice

Headscarves and other religious, philosophical and political symbols can be banned at work, says European Court of Justice

Posted: Tue, 31 May 2016 16:26

A general workplace ban on visible political, philosophical and religious symbols in the workplace, including headscarves, is not discriminatory against Muslim women, a European Court of Justice judge has said.

Discriminatory faith school bus policy “under review”

Discriminatory faith school bus policy “under review”

Posted: Tue, 31 May 2016 14:19

The National Secular Society has welcomed news from Telford and Wrekin Council that its discriminatory school transport policy is being reconsidered.

Theresa May launches review of Sharia law in England and Wales

Theresa May launches review of Sharia law in England and Wales

Posted: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:44

The Government has announced the launch of its long-awaited independent review into Sharia law in England and Wales, to be chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui.

Crematoria should be religiously neutral and welcoming to all

Crematoria should be religiously neutral and welcoming to all

Posted: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:09

The National Secular Society (NSS) has urged the Government to ensure that all state-owned crematoria are religiously neutral, allowing religious symbols to be added when requested.

Prayers scrapped at Bridgnorth Town Council meetings

Prayers scrapped at Bridgnorth Town Council meetings

Posted: Fri, 20 May 2016 07:46

A town council in Shropshire has voted to drop prayers from its meetings over concerns that the imposition of prayer was putting people off from attending.

UK government must ensure it protects free speech with new counter-extremism plans

UK government must ensure it protects free speech with new counter-extremism plans

Posted: Wed, 18 May 2016 16:02

A broad coalition of campaign groups including the National Secular Society has warned that proposals contained in the Queen's Speech could criminalise a "wide swathe of speech."

Thousands of children “hidden away” in illegal faith schools at risk of indoctrination and extremism

Thousands of children “hidden away” in illegal faith schools at risk of indoctrination and extremism

Posted: Wed, 18 May 2016 13:43

Ofsted has found over 50 suspected illegal faith schools since January, prompting renewed fears about thousands of children being taught in unregistered schools with no oversight.

BBC’s output "too Christian" says head of religion and ethics

BBC’s output "too Christian" says head of religion and ethics

Posted: Tue, 17 May 2016 11:05

An internal review has found the BBC's religious output is "too Christian" and recommended an increase in its Muslim, Hindu and Sikh programming.

Fugitive London priest arrested in Kosovo over child abuse allegations

Fugitive London priest arrested in Kosovo over child abuse allegations

Posted: Mon, 16 May 2016 09:51

A top Benedictine monk who has been accused of child abuse has been arrested after five years on the run.

Douglas Murray and Turkish MP Safak Pavey to speak at ‘Secularism 2016’ conference

Douglas Murray and Turkish MP Safak Pavey to speak at ‘Secularism 2016’ conference

Posted: Fri, 13 May 2016 10:49

The NSS is delighted to announce that Turkish opposition MP Safak Pavey and the writer Douglas Murray will be joining the Society to speak at its anniversary conference to be held in London on 3 September.

Peers criticise “divisive influence” of faith schools

Peers criticise “divisive influence” of faith schools

Posted: Thu, 12 May 2016 13:47

A House of Lords debate on school admissions has seen peers criticise segregation and division fed by faith schools and challenging Government plans to prevent civil society organisations from objecting to Admissions Code violations.

Government announces plans to allow same-sex marriages on MoD sites

Government announces plans to allow same-sex marriages on MoD sites

Posted: Wed, 11 May 2016 14:10

The Government has announced plans to register Ministry of Defence sites for civil marriages, after religious groups blocked same-sex ceremonies from taking place in military chapels.

Faith school pupil not allowed on council-run ‘Christian only’ bus

Faith school pupil not allowed on council-run ‘Christian only’ bus

Posted: Tue, 10 May 2016 12:32

The National Secular Society has urged a local authority to review its school transport policy after a pupil was told he couldn't use the council-run school bus because it is provided only for church-going pupils.

NSS: Efforts to better integrate religious minorities must include a reappraisal of faith schools

NSS: Efforts to better integrate religious minorities must include a reappraisal of faith schools

Posted: Tue, 10 May 2016 06:57

The National Secular Society has welcomed comments from Trevor Phillips calling for the "active integration" of religious minorities but warned that this cannot be done without tackling faith schools.

EHRC to investigate gender segregation at Islamic faith school

EHRC to investigate gender segregation at Islamic faith school

Posted: Fri, 06 May 2016 13:32

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has been asked by the Department for Education to investigate an independent Islamic school that segregated its staff by gender.

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