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Last chance to take part in Girl Guides consultation on the Promise

Last chance to take part in Girl Guides consultation on the Promise

Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:04

The Girl Guides consultation to discuss the wording of its Promise closes on Sunday 3 March. Please take part and encourage Girlguiding UK to adopt on secular Promise for all.

Shortlist announced for Secularist of the Year

Shortlist announced for Secularist of the Year

Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:30

The shortlist has been announced for this year's Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year. The prize will be presented by Michael Cashman MEP, CBE on Saturday 23 March at a lunchtime event in central London.

NSS meet with Scottish Minister to discuss St Margaret's adoption charity case

NSS meet with Scottish Minister to discuss St Margaret's adoption charity case

Posted: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 08:58

The NSS has met with Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Mike Russell MSP, to discuss the Scottish-based adoption agency that excludes same-sex couples from consideration as prospective parents.

Trial of Bradlaugh and Besant to be examined in new play

Trial of Bradlaugh and Besant to be examined in new play

Posted: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 06:22

A new play by Derek Lennard, The Fruits of Philosophy (Such a scandal!) which examines secularism and free thought in Victorian Britain will be presented at Conway Hall on Friday 15 March at 7.30pm.

Turkey wants to retrieve children adopted by Christians and gays

Turkey wants to retrieve children adopted by Christians and gays

Posted: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 06:15

Turkey recently launched a campaign to retrieve Turkish children in European countries who have been taken from their parents and given to Christian couples, starting the process by taking back children from gay and lesbian couples.

OIC coming back with another attempt to stamp out free speech

OIC coming back with another attempt to stamp out free speech

Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:31

Getting the go-ahead from the Cairo Islamic Summit, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been actively trying to get the "denigration of religions" recognized as a criminal offence, according to a top official.

Win £250 – just write an uplifting Secular Thought for the Day

Win £250 – just write an uplifting Secular Thought for the Day

Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:13

The ongoing irritation at the BBC's exclusion of secular voices from The Thought for the Day slot has spurred one the NSS's previous presidents to sponsor a prize of £250 for the best secular Thought for the Day.

Edinburgh secularists back bid to abolish religious observance in schools

Edinburgh secularists back bid to abolish religious observance in schools

Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:43

An Edinburgh parent has launched a petition requesting that City of Edinburgh Council conducts a local vote to challenge "religious observance" in the city's non-denominational state schools.

Leeds is latest council to consider scrapping free transport to religious schools

Leeds is latest council to consider scrapping free transport to religious schools

Posted: Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:21

Leeds City Council is the latest to consider scrapping free transport to religious schools. The plan will mostly affect Catholic schools.

Cash-strapped Kent may restore subsidised school transport

Cash-strapped Kent may restore subsidised school transport

Posted: Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:18

A council that is facing devastating cuts to services and employment is considering reinstating free transport to "faith schools" after scrapping it last year.

Marie Curie ComRes poll shows 37% have no religion

Marie Curie ComRes poll shows 37% have no religion

Posted: Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:51

A ComRes poll for Marie Curie Cancer Care is the latest to ask people about their religious affiliations. Of the 2,601 questioned, 53% said they were Christian, 37% said they had no religion, 8% were other religions and 2% did not say.

NSS draws international attention to UN report that berates USA on its lax approach to clerical child abuse

NSS draws international attention to UN report that berates USA on its lax approach to clerical child abuse

Posted: Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:26

A UN Committee has expressed deep concern to the US Government about its failure to properly deal with sexual abuse committed by clerics and leading members of faith-based organizations.

New survey reveals that most religious people are not anti abortion (not even Catholics)

New survey reveals that most religious people are not anti abortion (not even Catholics)

Posted: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 07:07

A new YouGov survey commissioned for the Westminster Faith Debates finds only 14% of Catholics in this country are in favour of a ban on abortion. 43% of people who identify with a religion are in favour of keeping or raising the current 24 week limit

Religious Education – special pleading increases in volume

Religious Education – special pleading increases in volume

Posted: Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:31

The Catholic Education Service (CES) for England and Wales has reiterated concerns that Religious Education will remain relegated among academic subjects, after plans to introduce the English Baccalaureate were scrapped.

Section 5 reform completes its parliamentary progress

Section 5 reform completes its parliamentary progress

Posted: Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:18

MPs have confirmed that a controversial public order law that criminalises "insulting" words or behaviour will be reformed to permit greater freedom of speech.

Romanian secularists want an end to state sponsorship of churches

Romanian secularists want an end to state sponsorship of churches

Posted: Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:35

Twenty-three civic organisations in Romania have asked parliament to end the public financing of religious denominations, saying the money would be better spent on health or education.

Villagers angered by plans to open new Sikh faith school

Villagers angered by plans to open new Sikh faith school

Posted: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:14

Local residents have reacted angrily to plans to open a new Sikh faith academy school in a Buckinghamshire village.

Local authority abandons plans to prioritise faith school pupils in community school admissions

Local authority abandons plans to prioritise faith school pupils in community school admissions

Posted: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:35

Surrey County Council has confirmed it will not accept a proposal to amend the admissions criteria for Reigate Priory School which would have indirectly given preferential admission arrangements to pupils whose parents regularly attend Church of England services.

Fundamentalist Catholic group moves into education

Fundamentalist Catholic group moves into education

Posted: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:10

The secretive and ultra conservative Catholic organisation Opus Dei is thought to be behind the opening of a new private school in Croydon.

Media regulator finds Islamic TV channels guilty of preaching hate

Media regulator finds Islamic TV channels guilty of preaching hate

Posted: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:59

Islamic TV channels operating on the Sky platform and broadcasting in Britain have been found to be breaching the Ofcom broadcasting code by giving fundamentalist clerics free reign to preach hate.

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