Posted: Fri, 20 Jan 2012 12:33
The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the North Carolina County Board who were seeking to overturn a ban on sectarian prayers before public government meetings.
Posted: Fri, 20 Jan 2012 12:07
The National Secular Society has submitted a response to the Police Powers Consultation, calling on the Government to remove 'insulting' from Section 5 of the Public Order Act.
Pope attacks ‘radical secularism’ and orders US bishops to twist the arms of politicians over abortion
Posted: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:02
The pope has again railed against what he sees as the dangers posed by "radical secularism".
Posted: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 13:34
Provisional statistics released this week by the Church of England show the Church continuing to shrink. Average Sunday attendance in 2010 continued in a downward trend, falling by two per cent to 923,700 or around 1.5% of the UK population.
Posted: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 12:27
Last year, Nottingham City Council decided to introduce charges for on-street parking on Sundays and evenings in the city. As soon as the councillors announced their intention, the city centre churches began demanding exemptions.
Posted: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:10
A priest in the Diocese of Westminster has begun a campaign for London to host the Vatican's World Youth Day in 2016.
Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:15
A talk on sharia and human rights by NSS Council Member Anne Marie Waters' at Queen Mary College, London was cancelled at the last moment because of an Islamist who made serious threats against everyone there.
Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:13
A Norwegian government-appointed committee is set to make recommendations that will allow police and judges to wear clothing and personal effects with religious overtones, including the Muslim hijab.
Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 13:06
A group of solicitors representing victims of child abuse by clergy have written a letter to The Times saying that the Church is still covering up crimes by priests and is incapable of policing itself.
Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:55
Pro-choice groups in Ireland have expressed hopes that a new expert committee set up by the Government will recommend that the laws on abortion will be relaxed.
Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 11:45
A US District Court Judge has ruled that a prayer mural located in the auditorium of a Rhode Island High school is unconstitutional and has given the school 10 days to remove it.
Posted: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:55
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has dismissed a complaint from the National Secular Society which had accused the ASA of unreasonably restricting freedom of expression by banning advertisements too readily if they risk offending even a few believers.
Posted: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:55
The Government has taken steps to ensure that creationism and "intelligent design" is not taught in free schools.
Posted: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:18
The President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, has launched a vicious attack on secularism during a European prayer breakfast.
Posted: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:12
A new secondary free school with a "Christian character" is being proposed in Hove, Sussex. It is apparently being promoted by a group of parents who think there aren't enough "faith schools" in the area.
Posted: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:50
The Catholic bishop of Lancaster has said that the purpose of Catholic schools is to evangelise, and that if some schools have mainly non-Catholic pupils, then they have no purpose in the Church's "mission of salvation."
Posted: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 06:31
Teachers in Swedish schools have been given permission to ban students from wearing Islamic veils that cover their faces, in certain situations. But there can be no general ban on headcoverings such as the hijab or scarves.
Posted: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 06:21
The recent report on assisted dying by the Falconer Commission has caused a strong division between supporters and opponents. Research has found that the majority of the British public support assisted dying for the terminally ill.
Posted: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 17:21
The Atheist Secular Humanist group at University College London (UCLASH) has been asked by the Students' Union to remove a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed (part of the Jesus and Mo series) from one of their events posted on Facebook.
Posted: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:52
About 200 schools around Australia are planning to stop employing religious chaplains, hiring secular welfare workers instead to deliver support services to students.