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Pupils must "prove" their religion to qualify for free school buses

Pupils must "prove" their religion to qualify for free school buses

Posted: Sat, 09 Mar 2013 10:41

Flintshire County Council has launched a consultation on proposed changes to its discretionary home to school transport policy, that will require pupils attending faith schools to "prove" their religion to qualify for free school buses.

Michael Cashman MEP to present this year's Secularist of the Year award

Michael Cashman MEP to present this year's Secularist of the Year award

Posted: Thu, 07 Mar 2013 20:56

This year's Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year will be presented by the tireless campaigner for equality and Human Rights, Michael Cashman MEP.

Charity regulator upholds decision against Catholic adoption agency

Charity regulator upholds decision against Catholic adoption agency

Posted: Wed, 06 Mar 2013 10:41

The National Secular Society has welcomed the decision by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) to uphold its original ruling over the charitable status of a Catholic adoption agency.

IHEU reminds UN that Freedom of Expression must be protected

IHEU reminds UN that Freedom of Expression must be protected

Posted: Wed, 06 Mar 2013 10:14

The International Humanist and Ethical Union has reminded the UN Human Rights Council of the need to protect the right to freedom of expression while taking steps to combat "hate speech".

NSS calls on Environment Minister to consider labelling of meat from religious slaughter

NSS calls on Environment Minister to consider labelling of meat from religious slaughter

Posted: Wed, 06 Mar 2013 09:49

The National Secular Society has called on the Government to consider mandatory labelling of meat from religious slaughter as part of its response to the horse meat scandal.

NSS welcomes vote to outlaw caste discrimination

NSS welcomes vote to outlaw caste discrimination

Posted: Tue, 05 Mar 2013 06:51

The National Secular Society has welcomed a vote by Peers in the House of Lords in favour of an amendment to bring caste discrimination within the scope of equality legislation.

Sheffield Council to reconsider plan to scrap free bus travel to religious schools

Sheffield Council to reconsider plan to scrap free bus travel to religious schools

Posted: Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:54

Sheffield City Council is to postpone scrapping free bus travel for pupils attending religious schools after parents threatened legal action over what they consider the inadequacy of the initial consultation.

Poll shows widespread European indifference to the reign of Ratzinger

Poll shows widespread European indifference to the reign of Ratzinger

Posted: Fri, 01 Mar 2013 07:02

Most people think that Pope Benedict XVI – who ceased to be head of the Catholic Church yesterday – and his leading Catholic bishops have not been influential in their societies.

Crackdown on secular intellectuals in Turkey continues

Crackdown on secular intellectuals in Turkey continues

Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:17

A senior astrophysics professor in Turkey appears to be the latest target of what academics and scientists in that country say is an ongoing campaign by its conservative government to intimidate secular intellectuals.

NSS welcomes Professor Lawrence Krauss as an honorary associate

NSS welcomes Professor Lawrence Krauss as an honorary associate

Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:03

The National Secular Society expressed its delight that Professor Lawrence Krauss has agreed to become an honorary associate.

NSS objects to new workplace guidelines on religious discrimination

NSS objects to new workplace guidelines on religious discrimination

Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:56

The National Secular Society has objected to new workplace guidelines issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission following the outcome of the recent European Court cases.

Catholic Church’s attempt to evade responsibility for child abuse liability is stymied by Supreme Court

Catholic Church’s attempt to evade responsibility for child abuse liability is stymied by Supreme Court

Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:53

The Supreme Court has this week refused to hear a case from the Catholic Church that it could not be held responsible for abuse committed by one of its priests because he was not an 'employee'.

Surveys reveal attitudes to religious symbols at work

Surveys reveal attitudes to religious symbols at work

Posted: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:17

YouGov has been conducting surveys on public attitudes to the wearing of religious clothing and symbols in the workplace. The polls were taken in the light of the four cases recently heard in the European Court of Human Rights.

Last chance to take part in Girl Guides consultation on the Promise

Last chance to take part in Girl Guides consultation on the Promise

Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:04

The Girl Guides consultation to discuss the wording of its Promise closes on Sunday 3 March. Please take part and encourage Girlguiding UK to adopt on secular Promise for all.

Shortlist announced for Secularist of the Year

Shortlist announced for Secularist of the Year

Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:30

The shortlist has been announced for this year's Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year. The prize will be presented by Michael Cashman MEP, CBE on Saturday 23 March at a lunchtime event in central London.

NSS meet with Scottish Minister to discuss St Margaret's adoption charity case

NSS meet with Scottish Minister to discuss St Margaret's adoption charity case

Posted: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 08:58

The NSS has met with Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Mike Russell MSP, to discuss the Scottish-based adoption agency that excludes same-sex couples from consideration as prospective parents.

Trial of Bradlaugh and Besant to be examined in new play

Trial of Bradlaugh and Besant to be examined in new play

Posted: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 06:22

A new play by Derek Lennard, The Fruits of Philosophy (Such a scandal!) which examines secularism and free thought in Victorian Britain will be presented at Conway Hall on Friday 15 March at 7.30pm.

Turkey wants to retrieve children adopted by Christians and gays

Turkey wants to retrieve children adopted by Christians and gays

Posted: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 06:15

Turkey recently launched a campaign to retrieve Turkish children in European countries who have been taken from their parents and given to Christian couples, starting the process by taking back children from gay and lesbian couples.

OIC coming back with another attempt to stamp out free speech

OIC coming back with another attempt to stamp out free speech

Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:31

Getting the go-ahead from the Cairo Islamic Summit, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been actively trying to get the "denigration of religions" recognized as a criminal offence, according to a top official.

Win £250 – just write an uplifting Secular Thought for the Day

Win £250 – just write an uplifting Secular Thought for the Day

Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:13

The ongoing irritation at the BBC's exclusion of secular voices from The Thought for the Day slot has spurred one the NSS's previous presidents to sponsor a prize of £250 for the best secular Thought for the Day.

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