Posted: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:39
Secular human rights organisations have called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to promote "genuine respect for freedom of religion and belief and freedom of expression".
Posted: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:53
The National Secular Society has welcomed assurances from the Department for Education that it has no plans to permit faith-based free schools to increase the proportion of school places they can allocate on the basis of faith.
Posted: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:37
An Islamic scholar has said he is willing to go to prison to defend the free speech of Northern Ireland Pastor James McConnell, who is being prosecuted for comments he made on Islam.
Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:58
The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) has called on Ireland to "increase the number of non-denominational schools" in its education system.
Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:41
An Islamic scholar has released an extensive syllabus for use by teachers and children which seeks to rebut extremist Islamist ideology.
Posted: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:55
In just three days over 300 students at a Scottish High School signed a petition against compulsory Christian assemblies.
Posted: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:36
Several Members of Parliament have praised secularism in a debate on Bangladesh, and the NSS is calling on them to support secularist principles in the UK as well.
Secular Medical Forum warns that new Conscientious Objection Bill threatens provision of patient care
Posted: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:11
Secular doctors have voiced serious concerns about the Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill, which had its first reading in the House of Lords on 4th June 2015.
Posted: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:48
The London School of Economics has published its "People's Constitution" which would enshrine secular principles across the UK.
Posted: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:01
More practising Christians in the UK identified secularism as a "social and political issue" than poverty, in a new poll by ComRes.
Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:27
The Bishop of Portsmouth has urged Catholics to be 'vociferous' when taking part in the "democratic process".
Government urged to tackle sharia ‘courts’ and religious tribunals by women’s rights and secular campaigners
Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:18
Almost 200 signatories, including the National Secular Society and women's rights groups, have called on the Government to tackle the spread of "parallel legal systems" like sharia 'courts'.
Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:10
A Bishop stripped a Church of England clergyman of the licence needed to take a hospital chaplaincy job because he is in a same-sex marriage.
Posted: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:17
The National Secular Society has welcomed the news that the Bridge Schools Inspectorate (BSI) is to close, after strongly criticising the organisation for the extremist views of some of its inspectors.
Posted: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:22
The obligation on state schools in England and Wales to provide a daily act of collective worship should be scrapped, according to former education secretary Charles Clarke.
Posted: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:34
The National Secular Society has dismissed Pope Francis' new tribunal to hear the cases of bishops implicated in covering up child sex abuse as a "PR stunt" and continuing to assist clerics escape justice over allegations.
Posted: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:21
The Catholic Church has sent a booklet entitled "Don't Mess With Marriage" to 56 primary and secondary schools in Australia, prompting criticism from Australian secularists.
Tribunal sides with employer over Muslim who said request to wear shorter, ankle-length jilbab was “against her morals”
Posted: Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:39
An Employment Appeal Tribunal has found that a Muslim woman was not discriminated against when told that her jilbab posed a tripping hazard.
Posted: Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:29
A coalition of religious groups offered 'strong support' to proposed legislation in Northern Ireland which would have introduced a ten year prison sentence for carrying out an abortion.
Posted: Tue, 09 Jun 2015 08:45
A survey by the European Commission has found widespread confusion over religious slaughter but clear support for labelling to indicate whether meat is from a pre-stunned animal.