1. Skip to content

National Secular Society

Challenging Religious Privilege

Latest News

NSS calls on Prime Minister to urgently enact legislation outlawing caste discrimination

NSS calls on Prime Minister to urgently enact legislation outlawing caste discrimination

Posted: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:57

The National Secular Society and Lord Eric Avebury have written jointly to the Prime Minister to protest against the Government's continuing failure to outlaw caste-based discrimination.

Tribunal dismisses security guard’s claim that his Quran was thrown “in the bin” by his employer

Tribunal dismisses security guard’s claim that his Quran was thrown “in the bin” by his employer

Posted: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:16

An Employment Tribunal has ruled against a Muslim security guard who claimed his employers had thrown away his Quran and "challenged and disrespected" his religion.

Website of Islamic charity hosted articles advocating death for gay people and apostates

Website of Islamic charity hosted articles advocating death for gay people and apostates

Posted: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:30

Content on the website of the Islamic Network, a registered charity, referred to homosexuality as a "sick disease" and 'legitimised' the killing of gay people.

Prime Minister 'blinkered to ignore role faith schools play in segregating communities'

Prime Minister 'blinkered to ignore role faith schools play in segregating communities'

Posted: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:45

Despite criticising "segregated" education, Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the continuation of faith schools in a speech on counter extremism.

Secularists defend non-believers and religious minorities in debate on freedom of belief

Secularists defend non-believers and religious minorities in debate on freedom of belief

Posted: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:37

Honorary associates of the NSS have spoken out over the persecution of secularists, non-believers and religious minorities in a House of Lords debate.

Kurdish secularists appeal for international support

Kurdish secularists appeal for international support

Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:28

The Kurdistan Secular Centre (KSC) is appealing for international help and support to promote secularism and the separation of religion and state.

NSS welcomes Caroline Lucas’ bill on compulsory PSHE and sex education

NSS welcomes Caroline Lucas’ bill on compulsory PSHE and sex education

Posted: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:46

Caroline Lucas MP has urged the Government to make personal, social and health education (PSHE) compulsory in all schools, including free schools and academies.

Renewed warnings of extremism on UK university campuses

Renewed warnings of extremism on UK university campuses

Posted: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:01

New research has warned that a 'culture conducive' to non-violent extremism has emerged on campuses and that universities are still vulnerable to radical preachers, despite past warnings.

Government presses on with new Sikh free school despite council objections

Government presses on with new Sikh free school despite council objections

Posted: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:06

The Government has approved plans for a new Sikh ethos free school in Derby, despite the fact that the City Council has repeatedly stated that there is no need for new primary places.

Champion secular, human rights approach in struggle against extremism, says Quilliam

Champion secular, human rights approach in struggle against extremism, says Quilliam

Posted: Thu, 09 Jul 2015 14:06

The counter-extremism think tank Quilliam has urged the Government to base counter-extremism efforts around human rights, rather than "contentious" British values.

Religious chaplaincy costs NHS £23.5 million a year

Religious chaplaincy costs NHS £23.5 million a year

Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2015 16:16

Figures published in the Independent have revealed that NHS Trusts spent over £23 million on religious chaplaincy in the last financial year – the equivalent cost of employing 1,000 new nurses.

Diocese stresses “purity” and “virtue of chastity” in Catholic schools’ sex education guidelines

Diocese stresses “purity” and “virtue of chastity” in Catholic schools’ sex education guidelines

Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:16

New guidelines from the Diocese of Portsmouth say that Catholic schools should promote "chastity" as the "underlying theme" of Sex and Relationships Education (SRE).

Demos warns of ethnic segregation in minority faith schools

Demos warns of ethnic segregation in minority faith schools

Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:43

Research by the think tank Demos has warned that British schools are "highly segregated" and that "some faith schools effectively exclude other ethnic groups."

Huge gulf between Catholics and Church leaders over social issues, survey finds

Huge gulf between Catholics and Church leaders over social issues, survey finds

Posted: Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:33

A survey of Catholics in England and Wales has found a very large gap between their views and the teachings of the church on gay marriage, contraception and divorce.

Cambridge councillors take stand against new faith schools, call for inclusive education

Cambridge councillors take stand against new faith schools, call for inclusive education

Posted: Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:46

Cambridgeshire councillors have lambasted "segregation" caused by faith schools and recommended against building new schools with faith-based admissions.

Student secular society’s website deleted after “ominous” threat sent from Saudi Arabia

Student secular society’s website deleted after “ominous” threat sent from Saudi Arabia

Posted: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:05

The Manchester Free Speech and Secular Society's website has been deleted, shortly after the group received a message warning they would "feel remorse" if they didn't stop criticising Islamic fundamentalism.

NSS briefs UN committee on state of children’s rights

NSS briefs UN committee on state of children’s rights

Posted: Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:24

The National Secular Society has warned that faith schools are becoming increasingly divisive and inimical to the realisation of children's rights in a submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Academy teaches “abstinence” as contraception and sex education in line with the “Maker’s Instructions”

Academy teaches “abstinence” as contraception and sex education in line with the “Maker’s Instructions”

Posted: Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:21

A parent has raised serious concerns with the National Secular Society over the strongly religious nature of sex and relationships education at their child's school.

Widespread local denial over Trojan Horse, as DfE accuses select committee of ‘downplaying’ the scandal

Widespread local denial over Trojan Horse, as DfE accuses select committee of ‘downplaying’ the scandal

Posted: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:12

A Birmingham councillor has warned of widespread local denial over the Trojan Horse scandal, days after the DfE said downplaying the affair risked undermining counter-extremism efforts.

Supreme Court legalises same-sex marriage across USA

Supreme Court legalises same-sex marriage across USA

Posted: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:52

In an historic case the US Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples have a legal right to marriage.

Subscribe to RSS Feed Help for RSS Feeds