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Government ordered to disclose details of free school applicants

Government ordered to disclose details of free school applicants

Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:07

A tribunal has ruled that the Department for Education (DfE) must publish the names, location and religious affiliation, if any, of all organisations that apply to open free schools.

NSS welcomes European Court of Human Rights ruling on 'religious discrimination'  cases

NSS welcomes European Court of Human Rights ruling on 'religious discrimination' cases

Posted: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:16

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected three of the four landmark cases of alleged religious discrimination in the workplace. The ruling has been welcomed by the National Secular Society.

Victory for free speech as Government accepts reform of section 5

Victory for free speech as Government accepts reform of section 5

Posted: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:39

In a major victory for freedom of expression, Home Secretary Theresa May has bowed to the inevitable and agreed to accept a House of Lords amendment removing the word "insulting " from Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1988.

Judgements due on landmark religious discrimination cases at European Court

Judgements due on landmark religious discrimination cases at European Court

Posted: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:24

The European Court of Human Rights will announce its judgement on four landmark cases of alleged religious discrimination in the workplace on Tuesday 15 January.

Secularist of the Year – make sure you’re there!

Secularist of the Year – make sure you’re there!

Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:16

Tickets are still available for the premier secular event of the calendar – Secularist of the Year. Make sure you're there!

Sheffield hospitals plan to charge for non-medical circumcision

Sheffield hospitals plan to charge for non-medical circumcision

Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:53

NHS Sheffield's Clinical Commissioning Group has proposed to make families who want their sons to undergo non-medical male circumcision pay for the procedure. Each operation costs about £1,000.

Catholic midwives try to extend the “conscience” exemption in Abortion Act

Catholic midwives try to extend the “conscience” exemption in Abortion Act

Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:06

Two Scottish Catholic midwives who didn't want to supervise staff who carried out abortion procedures have appealed to the Court of Sessions after their arguments were rejected in a judicial review last year.

Putin’s privileging of the Orthodox Church in Russia may go too far, even for the patriarch

Putin’s privileging of the Orthodox Church in Russia may go too far, even for the patriarch

Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:37

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new bill into law that makes religious education mandatory for all schools in the country.

Catholic priest in Netherlands denies he’s trying to pressure people to stay in the Church

Catholic priest in Netherlands denies he’s trying to pressure people to stay in the Church

Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:07

After a rush by Catholics in the Netherlands to resign from the Church, a priest, Harm Schilder, is putting up the names and photographs of parish members who are attempting to leave "as an encouragement for them to stay".

Obama calls religious opt-out in new defence bill “unnecessary and divisive”

Obama calls religious opt-out in new defence bill “unnecessary and divisive”

Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:43

President Barack Obama called a conscience clause for military chaplains in the National Defence Authorization Act "unnecessary and ill-advised."

USA enacting more and more legal restrictions on abortion

USA enacting more and more legal restrictions on abortion

Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:36

In 2012, 19 states in the USA enacted 43 provisions that "sought to restrict access to abortion services," according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Jury dismissed in Leicester trial of man accused of ripping up his Koran – no retrial planned

Jury dismissed in Leicester trial of man accused of ripping up his Koran – no retrial planned

Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:30

The trial has collapsed of a Leicester man who was accused of causing "religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress by demonstrating hostility based on membership of a particular religious group".

Judgements due on landmark religious discrimination cases at European Court

Judgements due on landmark religious discrimination cases at European Court

Posted: Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:30

The European Court of Human Rights will announce its judgement on four landmark cases of alleged religious discrimination in the workplace on Tuesday 15 January.

Religion to lose broadcasting perk in Netherlands

Religion to lose broadcasting perk in Netherlands

Posted: Wed, 02 Jan 2013 09:20

The announcement by Dutch Culture Minister Sander Dekker that the government's plans to overhaul the way public broadcasting in the Netherlands is funded, includes withdrawing subsidies for religious broadcasting, has infuriated the Catholic Church.

Even fewer identify as Christian in latest opinion poll

Even fewer identify as Christian in latest opinion poll

Posted: Wed, 02 Jan 2013 09:11

35% of people do not consider themselves to be a member of any religion according to a new opinion poll commissioned by Lord Ashcroft as part of his regular series of polls on political issues.

Take action: urge your MP to support free speech

Take action: urge your MP to support free speech

Posted: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:27

The House of Lords recently passed an amendment to remove "insulting words" from the scope of Section 5 of the Public Order Act. Now we need your support to ensure that MPs retain this vital free speech measure.

One Law for All’s ‘Sounds of Freedom’ Song Competition –calling for entries.

One Law for All’s ‘Sounds of Freedom’ Song Competition –calling for entries.

Posted: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:56

The One Law for All campaign is inviting musicians and songwriters to create and submit their original material for a song competition.

MPs support bid to restore ‘public good’ presumption of religion

MPs support bid to restore ‘public good’ presumption of religion

Posted: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 06:52

MPs have backed a bid by Conservative MP Peter Bone to amend the Charities Act to restore the presumption that all religious groups are for the public benefit and therefore can be charities.

French Government acts to protect secularism from religious extremists

French Government acts to protect secularism from religious extremists

Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:07

The French Government appears to be lining up for a full-scale confrontation with the Catholic Church, which is increasingly trying to interfere in political processes.

Increase in proportion of non-religious in armed forces

Increase in proportion of non-religious in armed forces

Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:51

Members of the UK's armed forces are still more inclined to claim a religious affiliation and to say they are Christian than the population as a whole, but the situation is changing fairly rapidly.

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