Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:00
The Austrian bishops conference held its plenary meeting in Brussels this month because it wants to be nearer the EU – where it hopes to increase its influence.
Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 15:51
Eurobarometer, the public opinion analysis sector of the European Commission, has published a report on discrimination in the EU which includes information on the self-reported beliefs of people across the EU.
Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 15:46
The Irish Government has paid substantial compensation to a woman who was forced to travel abroad for an abortion, despite being terminally ill with cancer.
Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:29
Flintshire County Council is proposing to restrict subsidised school transport to religious schools to those pupils who can prove that they are of the religion that the school espouses.
Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:52
The Supreme Court has today ruled on a dispute between two Catholic organisations about who is responsible for paying compensation to over 170 victims of alleged physical and sexual abuse at a Yorkshire children's home.
Posted: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:00
A consultation among young people in Ireland initiated by the President, Michael D. Higgins, shows strong support for making the country a secular state.
Posted: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:18
The National Secular Society has welcomed a High Court ruling that a Christian man who made anti-gay marriage comments on his private Facebook page, should not have been demoted by his housing association employer.
Posted: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:41
Nick Hurd, the Government minister for civil society, fended off a barrage of criticism this week over the Charity Commission's decision not to grant charitable status to the Plymouth Brethren.
Posted: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 14:03
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has continued its attempt at step-by-step Islamisation of the country by removing "Atatürk's reforms and principles" and "secularism" from the wording of the parliamentary oath in its submission to the Constitutional Conciliation Commission.
Posted: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:53
Italy's Catholic Church will be forced to pay taxes starting in 2013 after the EU pressured the country's government to pass a controversial law stripping the Church of its historic property tax exemption.
Posted: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:50
A public prosecutor in Brazil is calling for the removal of references to God from Brazilian banknotes. Jefferson Dias argues that the country is a secular state and that the phrase "God be praised" disregards the rights of non-Christians.
Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:54
Members of the European Parliament have this week examined Tonio Borg's bid to join the European Commission. Alarm has been raised about Mr Borg's performance in his home country of Malta, where he has opposed women's rights, gay rights and issues such as contraception and abortion.
Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:43
A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times of 1,642 adults has found that 29% of respondents said they definitely don't believe in God.
Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 12:49
The Secular Medical Forum has condemned the state of abortion laws in Ireland after a 31-year old woman died of septicaemia following a protracted miscarriage in Galway, Ireland.
Posted: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:18
A Christian debt counselling organisation that offers prayers with its advice is spreading rapidly throughout the country.
Posted: Fri, 09 Nov 2012 12:24
The Department for Education has confirmed that its own controversial guidance on collective worship can be ignored by schools. The guidance stipulates that worship in schools "should be concerned with reverence or veneration paid to a divine being or power."
Posted: Thu, 08 Nov 2012 13:19
We have two tickets to give away for the new production of AC Grayling and Mick Gordon's stimulating play "On Religion" being staged at the Tower Theatre in London.
Posted: Thu, 08 Nov 2012 13:05
In a statement issued by the United Nations, its special rapporteur on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue, has said that it is essential to create an environment conducive to critical discussions of religious and racial issues and to promote understanding and tolerance by deconstructing negative stereotypes.
Posted: Thu, 08 Nov 2012 12:57
A Yougov poll of 1,637 people shows that in several respects, Britain has become more tolerant and less prejudiced during the past four decades.
Posted: Wed, 07 Nov 2012 14:16
Egypt's newly-elected Coptic Christian pope said on Monday that he was alarmed at the overtly religious nature of the country's proposed new constitution.