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Turkish mother’s insult at Greek orthodox faith school allocation

Turkish mother’s insult at Greek orthodox faith school allocation

Posted: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:42

A Turkish Cypriot parent from London has branded the offer of a Greek orthodox faith based free school to her son as "wholly unacceptable" and an "insult".

Christian bakers in gay campaign cake row could face legal action

Christian bakers in gay campaign cake row could face legal action

Posted: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:41

A Northern Ireland bakery run by devout Christians could face legal action after it refused to make a cake with a slogan that supported gay marriage.

Compulsory Christian worship should be reframed as ‘spiritual reflection’, says Church of England education chief

Compulsory Christian worship should be reframed as ‘spiritual reflection’, says Church of England education chief

Posted: Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:18

The legal requirement for schools to provide a daily act of 'broadly Christian' collective worship should be replaced with "spiritual reflection" drawing mainly on the Christian faith, the Church of England's head of education has said.

Parents told faith school or no school by local council

Parents told faith school or no school by local council

Posted: Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:02

Eleven children whose parents refused places at a Hindu faith school in the London borough of Redbridge have been left with no school place for September.

European Court of Human Rights upholds French ban on full-face veil

European Court of Human Rights upholds French ban on full-face veil

Posted: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:54

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a French law banning the wearing of the full-face veil in public, ruling that the law does not breach the European Convention on Human Rights.

Proposal to remove religious exemption from Irish employment equality law

Proposal to remove religious exemption from Irish employment equality law

Posted: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:39

The cabinet of the Irish Government will debate next week changes to employment equality law that will prevent religious organisations from dismissing staff on such grounds as being a lone parent or a divorcee, or on the basis of sexual orientation.

School governors’ body recommends abolition of collective worship law

School governors’ body recommends abolition of collective worship law

Posted: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:30

The National Governors' Association, which represents 300,000 school governors in England, has become the latest body to recommend that the religious element of daily school assemblies should be scrapped.

Supreme Court decision on assisted dying “encouraging”, say campaigners

Supreme Court decision on assisted dying “encouraging”, say campaigners

Posted: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:25

A decision handed down from the Supreme Court today puts significant pressure on both Parliament and the Director of Public Prosecutions to reconsider the law and prosecuting policy on assistance to die.

Maajid Nawaz becomes honorary associate of the NSS

Maajid Nawaz becomes honorary associate of the NSS

Posted: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:52

The National Secular Society has welcomed the anti-extremism activist Maajid Nawaz to its list of prominent supporters by naming him an honorary associate.

New campaign urges party leaders to support change in the law on assisted dying

New campaign urges party leaders to support change in the law on assisted dying

Posted: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:03

The campaign group Dignity in Dying has launched a campaign aimed at the three main party leaders asking them to support a change in the law to enable assisted dying.

PM reaffirms Britain is a “Christian country”  – British Social Attitudes figures suggest otherwise

PM reaffirms Britain is a “Christian country” – British Social Attitudes figures suggest otherwise

Posted: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:19

Prime Minister David Cameron has again stood by his assertion that Britain is a "Christian country", saying he believes "very deeply that we should be confident in that status as a nation".

Ofsted withdraws 'discriminatory' guidance on inspecting faith schools

Ofsted withdraws 'discriminatory' guidance on inspecting faith schools

Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:43

Ofsted has told the National Secular Society that it is updating its guidance on inspecting 'faith schools' following criticism that it endorsed gender segregation in lessons.

Ofsted guidance on inspecting faith schools reveals “disturbing capitulation to religious demands”

Ofsted guidance on inspecting faith schools reveals “disturbing capitulation to religious demands”

Posted: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:03

The NSS has accused Ofsted of "capitulating to oppressive religious demands" after the schools regulator told inspectors that gender segregation in faith schools should not be taken as a sign of inequality.

New Anglican schools to operate ‘open admissions’ policies

New Anglican schools to operate ‘open admissions’ policies

Posted: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:59

The Church of England's chief education officer has indicated that new CofE schools will adopt 'open admissions' policy but will still be "rooted in Christian heritage".

Role of religion in schools under scrutiny as Ofsted reveal extent of fundamentalism in Birmingham schools

Role of religion in schools under scrutiny as Ofsted reveal extent of fundamentalism in Birmingham schools

Posted: Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:43

The role of religion in schools has come under scrutiny following Ofsted's finding that "a culture of fear and intimidation has developed" in those Birmingham schools caught up in the "Trojan Horse" controversy.

Solicitors Regulation Authority criticised over endorsement of Law Society’s sharia wills guidance

Solicitors Regulation Authority criticised over endorsement of Law Society’s sharia wills guidance

Posted: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:41

The regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales has been criticised by the Lawyers Secular Society for endorsing the Law Society's controversial guidance on sharia wills.

NSS calls for statutory sex and relationship education in all schools, including those with faith-based ethos

NSS calls for statutory sex and relationship education in all schools, including those with faith-based ethos

Posted: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:17

The National Secular Society has called for age appropriate sex and relationship education (SRE) to be made a statutory part of the national curriculum.

Christian charity launches booklet "equipping Christians to take action against assisted suicide"

Christian charity launches booklet "equipping Christians to take action against assisted suicide"

Posted: Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:34

A Christian charity has launched a booklet aimed at equipping Christians with arguments against euthanasia and assisted suicide so that they can take action ahead of expected renewed attempts to change the law across Britain.

Wedding invitation company cites religious beliefs for refusing services to gay couple

Wedding invitation company cites religious beliefs for refusing services to gay couple

Posted: Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:54

The National Secular Society has said that legal action under equality legislation should be taken against a wedding stationer for refusing to serve a gay couple on religious grounds.

Complaint lodged after Scottish Parliament used to launch evangelical Christian manifesto

Complaint lodged after Scottish Parliament used to launch evangelical Christian manifesto

Posted: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:52

Secular campaigners in Scotland have lodged a formal complaint after the Scottish Parliament was used by an evangelical Christian group to launch a manifesto ahead of the Scottish independence referendum.

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