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Austrian referendum seeks to end church privileges

Austrian referendum seeks to end church privileges

Posted: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:19

A referendum is being held in Austria aimed at ending the 1933 concordat that regulates church-state relations.

Obama renews mandate of “faith-based council” and allows religious discrimination to continue

Obama renews mandate of “faith-based council” and allows religious discrimination to continue

Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:22

President Barack Obama has issued an executive order extending the Faith-Based Advisory Council without addressing employment discrimination among many of the faith-based organisations that receive federal funding through the programme.

Malta seeks to revise Vatican concordat on divorce

Malta seeks to revise Vatican concordat on divorce

Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:18

Malta is in negotiations with the Vatican about ending the Catholic Church's influence over divorce on the island.

Free transport to “faith schools” axed in Leicester & Bath

Free transport to “faith schools” axed in Leicester & Bath

Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:13

Councillors on Leicester City Council have approved changes to 'home to school' transport that will see an end to subsidies for pupils attending "faith schools" in the City.

Appeal: Modernising Leicester Secular Hall

Appeal: Modernising Leicester Secular Hall

Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:03

Leicester Secular Society has launched an appeal to raise funds for the modernisation of Leicester Secular Hall. Besides Conway Hall in London, the Secular Hall is the only remaining dedicated secular building in the country.

IHEU calls for action on Bangladesh

IHEU calls for action on Bangladesh

Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:49

Following the recent Islamist demands to introduce the death penalty for insulting religion in Bangladesh, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has made a call to action for all its member organisations.

LibDem MP wants to separate marriage registration from religion

LibDem MP wants to separate marriage registration from religion

Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:42

A Liberal Democrat MP, Greg Mulholland, has tabled an amendment to the proposed same-sex marriage bill proposing a complete separation of state marriage and religious weddings. Mr Mulholland argues that separating state and religious marriage is the only way to ensure equality and freedom of religion.

NSS makes history for the future

NSS makes history for the future

Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:29

The British Library's announcement last week that it will archive much of today's online material for future researchers has been welcomed by the National Secular Society.

Religious bodies in sustained attack on French secularism

Religious bodies in sustained attack on French secularism

Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:14

The French Government is at increasing odds with aggressive religious lobbies – particularly the Catholic Church – which are determined to undermine the nation's constitutional secularism.

Most Americans still favour separation of church and state

Most Americans still favour separation of church and state

Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:03

A nationwide Yougov poll for the Huffington Post in the United States shows that one-third of respondents would like to see Christianity as the state religion.

Majority oppose ritual slaughter of animals

Majority oppose ritual slaughter of animals

Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:56

A new Yougov poll for the Jewish Chronicle shows a majority back a ban on religious slaughter. 45% of respondents supported a ban, 27% were against and 28% said they didn't know.

Costa Ricans move towards secularism

Costa Ricans move towards secularism

Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:48

The Catholic Church may be losing its grip on the Central American country of Costa Rica. While at present, Costa Rica is one of the few Western countries to have an official state religion, a recent poll shows that nearly half of the Costa Rican population would rather live in a secular state.

NSS honorary associate Iain Banks terminally ill

NSS honorary associate Iain Banks terminally ill

Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:19

Our valued honorary associate, the writer Iain Banks has announced that he has "months to live" after discovering he has cancer.

Catholic Church to lose control of some schools in Ireland – could this be the start of a seismic shift?

Catholic Church to lose control of some schools in Ireland – could this be the start of a seismic shift?

Posted: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 18:26

Following a survey of parents by the Irish Department of Education, 23 primary schools across the country will be divested of their Catholic Church patronage.

Is this a true history of religious education or a rewriting of the facts?

Is this a true history of religious education or a rewriting of the facts?

Posted: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:41

Secularists and humanists in the 1960s and 1970s played a critical role in stopping religious education in schools being used for proselytising. That's the claim being made in new research from the University of Exeter.

New research shows dwindling support for religion in Britain

New research shows dwindling support for religion in Britain

Posted: Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:29

A Sunday Times commissioned YouGov poll among 1,918 Britons has revealed dwindling support for religion in Britain

Prime Minister should ignore former archbishop's theocratic blundering, says NSS

Prime Minister should ignore former archbishop's theocratic blundering, says NSS

Posted: Sat, 30 Mar 2013 09:15

The National Secular Society has urged David Cameron to ignore Lord Carey's "theocratic and anti-democratic blustering" after he accused the Prime Minister of making Christians feel marginalised.

Take action! Call on your MP to outlaw caste discrimination

Take action! Call on your MP to outlaw caste discrimination

Posted: Thu, 28 Mar 2013 06:20

The National Secular Society is calling on supporters to urge their MP to back legislation aimed at protecting victims of caste-based discrimination in the UK.

Girl Guide troop kicked out of church hall because they didn’t attend services

Girl Guide troop kicked out of church hall because they didn’t attend services

Posted: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:53

A Girl Guide group in Hove claims it has been kicked out of its base in a church hall because its members don't attend services.

Competition: Win a copy of AC Grayling’s new book

Competition: Win a copy of AC Grayling’s new book

Posted: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:44

We have two hardback copies of AC Grayling's new book The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism to give away.

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