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Prime Minister still desperately trying to placate religious bodies

Prime Minister still desperately trying to placate religious bodies

Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:11

Prime Minister David Cameron held yet another reception at Downing Street for religious leaders this week, telling them that the Government wants them to stand up and oppose "aggressive secularisation".

France’s top court rules that woman was unfairly dismissed after she refused to remove headscarf at work

France’s top court rules that woman was unfairly dismissed after she refused to remove headscarf at work

Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:03

France's top court ruled on Tuesday that a Muslim woman who was sacked for wearing the Islamic headscarf at work was unfairly dismissed on the basis of her religion.

Evangelical MP’s attempt to dismantle Human Rights Act and permit religion to do whatever it likes, falls in the House of Commons

Evangelical MP’s attempt to dismantle Human Rights Act and permit religion to do whatever it likes, falls in the House of Commons

Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:13

A Conservative MP's Private Members Bill that sought to replace the Human Rights Act with a "UK Bill of Rights and Responsibilities" was withdrawn at the Second Reading last month.

Evangelicals put indoctrination ahead of education

Evangelicals put indoctrination ahead of education

Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:03

A survey for the Evangelical Alliance shows that evangelical parents are more likely to choose a school for their children based on whether it has a strong religious ethos rather than whether it fares well in league tables or inspectors' reports.

University & student union fail to publicly condemn preachers

University & student union fail to publicly condemn preachers

Posted: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:07

The University of East London (UEL) blocked an Islamist meeting that was due to be held on the Stratford campus last Friday, 15 March. The meeting was billed as featuring hate preachers Khalid Yasin and Jalal Ibn Saeed.

Parliamentary inquiry led by Christians claims religious education in schools is “poor”

Parliamentary inquiry led by Christians claims religious education in schools is “poor”

Posted: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:30

A report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education (APPG) has found that RE lessons are frequently taught by teachers with no qualifications in the subject, and is calling for more resources to be put into RE teaching and for the subject to be included in the new Ebacc.

Prominent NSS supporters exercise their right to freedom of speech

Prominent NSS supporters exercise their right to freedom of speech

Posted: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:05

Last week new NSS honorary associate Professor Lawrence Krauss caused controversy when he threatened to walk out of a UCL debate with a Muslim group because the audience had been sexually segregated.

New poll shows religious leaders out of step with the nation

New poll shows religious leaders out of step with the nation

Posted: Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:39

A new Yougov poll for the Sunday Times finds that the nation is split down the middle on the issue of whether it is appropriate for clergypeople to get involved in politics.

Last chance to grab your place at Secularist of the Year 2013

Last chance to grab your place at Secularist of the Year 2013

Posted: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:24

There's just over a week to go until Secularist of the Year. If you haven't already done so, please book your place today, and join us as we celebrate secularism and award the Irwin Prize to a very worthy winner.

Labour MP calls for state intervention in Church affairs over women bishops

Labour MP calls for state intervention in Church affairs over women bishops

Posted: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:03

Labour MP Diana Johnson has attempted to over-rule the Church of England by introducing legislation allowing for women to be consecrated as bishops.

IHEU attacks Islamic states over freedom of expression

IHEU attacks Islamic states over freedom of expression

Posted: Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:53

International Humanist and Ethical Union representative Roy Brown has again spoken out at the United Nations Human Rights Council to remind Islamic States of their responsibility to uphold the right to freedom of expression.

Leading Nigerian human rights advocate Leo Igwe to visit London

Leading Nigerian human rights advocate Leo Igwe to visit London

Posted: Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:25

Leo Igwe, Nigeria's most prominent humanist and human rights activist will visit London later this month to giving a talk on 'Breaking the taboo of atheism in black communities'.

Islamic group banned from UCL following gender segregation row

Islamic group banned from UCL following gender segregation row

Posted: Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:23

An organisation known as the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA) has been banned from holding any events on University College London premises after attempting to impose a policy of sexual segregation at one of its events.

Secular Medical Forum challenges Ed Miliband’s support for religious circumcision

Secular Medical Forum challenges Ed Miliband’s support for religious circumcision

Posted: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:08

The Secular Medical Forum has condemned Ed Miliband's recent support for the ritual genital cutting of children and called on the labour leader to rethink his stance on the issue.

Sexual segregation at a UCL event a scandal, say students

Sexual segregation at a UCL event a scandal, say students

Posted: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:24

University College London has launched an investigation after an Islamic group hosted a debate on its premises with seating segregated by gender.

Churches furious at plans to introduce Sunday parking charges

Churches furious at plans to introduce Sunday parking charges

Posted: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:47

Church leaders in Carmarthenshire have reacted angrily to local authority plans to scrap free Sunday parking.

Pakistani secularists condemn attacks on Christian community

Pakistani secularists condemn attacks on Christian community

Posted: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:24

Secularists in Pakistan have strongly condemned attacks on Christians in the country after mobs ransacked a Christian neighbourhood and torched dozens of homes over a blasphemy row in the city of Lahore.

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.

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