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Labour Party amends equality statement to include non-religious people

Labour Party amends equality statement to include non-religious people

Posted: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:05

The Labour Party has revised its recently-adopted equality statement to cover non-religious people, having previously only referred to 'religion'.

NSS honorary associate Michael Cashman joins House of Lords

NSS honorary associate Michael Cashman joins House of Lords

Posted: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:03

Former MEP and NSS honorary associate Michael Cashman has been appointed to the House of Lords as a Labour peer.

Equality & Human Rights Commission calls for evidence on religion or belief issues

Equality & Human Rights Commission calls for evidence on religion or belief issues

Posted: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:50

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a call for evidence from individuals and organisations about how their religion or belief may have affected their experiences in the workplace and in using the services and...

NSS calls for Nigerian ‘witch hunter’ to be denied entry to the UK

NSS calls for Nigerian ‘witch hunter’ to be denied entry to the UK

Posted: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:23

The National Secular Society has called on the Home Secretary to deny a controversial Pentecostal Nigerian 'witch hunter' pastor entry into the UK.

Christian group threatens DfE with legal action over school equality standards

Christian group threatens DfE with legal action over school equality standards

Posted: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:51

A Christian lobby group is threatening the Government with a judicial review over its plans to introduce new standards for independent schools aimed at reinforcing equality and fundamental values.

Education secretary to cut public funding to nurseries promoting 'extremist views' – including creationism

Education secretary to cut public funding to nurseries promoting 'extremist views' – including creationism

Posted: Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:49

The Government has announced plans to cut public funding to nurseries that teach creationism as scientific fact or fail to promote 'British values', Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced.

Australian state bans external religious organisations from running prayer groups in schools

Australian state bans external religious organisations from running prayer groups in schools

Posted: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:42

The Education Department of Victoria has issued a directive clarifying rules on the Australian state's requirements on secular education which could limit the activities of outside religious groups.

NSS responds to Government consultation on school standards and 'British values'

NSS responds to Government consultation on school standards and 'British values'

Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:10

The National Secular Society has backed Government plans to tackle religious extremism in schools by reinforcing principles of equality and fundamental values – but has argued that proposed new standards don't go far enough.

Church blocks NHS job offer to clergyman over same-sex marriage

Church blocks NHS job offer to clergyman over same-sex marriage

Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:48

The first British clergyman to marry a same-sex partner has had a job offer as an NHS chaplain withdrawn after a Bishop revoked his permission to officiate.

Claim that children's religious freedoms breached by scrapping of free transport to faith schools rejected by secularists

Claim that children's religious freedoms breached by scrapping of free transport to faith schools rejected by secularists

Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 08:53

A Conservative Assembly Member for South Wales has claimed that not providing free transport to faith schools breaches a child's right to manifest a religion.

Judge rules seriously ill teenager should receive treatment involving “blood products” against mother’s religious objections

Judge rules seriously ill teenager should receive treatment involving “blood products” against mother’s religious objections

Posted: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:37

A High Court Judge has ruled that doctors can administer "plasma exchange treatment" to a seriously ill teenager after the boy's mother objected on religious grounds.

Labour party equality statement excludes non-religious people

Labour party equality statement excludes non-religious people

Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:19

Labour's policy making body – the National Policy Forum – has come under fire for adopting an equality statement appears not to cover non-religious people.

There should be no embarrassment over challenging Muslim treatment of women, says Justice Minister

There should be no embarrassment over challenging Muslim treatment of women, says Justice Minister

Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:51

Justice Minister Simon Hughes has said Britain should not be "culturally embarrassed" about challenging Muslims over the wearing of the veil or the segregation of women.

German newspaper forced to apologise over criticism of Islam piece

German newspaper forced to apologise over criticism of Islam piece

Posted: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:39

Germany's biggest selling newspaper, Bild am Sonntag, has had to apologise for an editorial comment piece which has sparked debate and controversy in the country for its criticism of Islam.

MPs debate Eid and Diwali public holidays

MPs debate Eid and Diwali public holidays

Posted: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:43

MPs have debated an e-petition calling for Muslims and Hindus to have the most important days in their faiths recognised in law, through the creation of two new public holidays.

‘Trojan’ report finds deliberate action to promote intolerant and aggressive Islamist agenda in schools

‘Trojan’ report finds deliberate action to promote intolerant and aggressive Islamist agenda in schools

Posted: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:41

A report commissioned by former education secretary Michael Gove in April to investigate claims of a plot to takeover state schools in Birmingham has uncovered evidence of "co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos into some schools in the city".

Equality and Human Rights Commission: gender segregation at campus events “unlawful”

Equality and Human Rights Commission: gender segregation at campus events “unlawful”

Posted: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:02

The National Secular Society has welcomed new legal guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission clarifying that gender segregation of university and campus events is unlawful.

Legislation introduced to abolish chancel repair liability

Legislation introduced to abolish chancel repair liability

Posted: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:44

A parliamentary bill has been introduced to abolish chancel repair liability – an ancient law that can force homeowners to pay for some ancient Anglican parish church repairs.

Prominent Christian Nicky Morgan becomes Education Secretary

Prominent Christian Nicky Morgan becomes Education Secretary

Posted: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:07

David Cameron has promoted conservative minister and prominent Christian Nicky Morgan to the position of secretary of state for education, replacing Michael Gove who had been in the role since 2010.

Prison imams found to have links with Islamic extremism

Prison imams found to have links with Islamic extremism

Posted: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:51

Some of the imams working in UK prisons as chaplains have links with Muslim extremist groups, and may be contributing to the radicalisation of inmates, The Times newspaper has revealed.

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