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Sheffield Council to reconsider plan to scrap free bus travel to religious schools

Sheffield Council to reconsider plan to scrap free bus travel to religious schools

Posted: Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:54

Sheffield City Council is to postpone scrapping free bus travel for pupils attending religious schools after parents threatened legal action over what they consider the inadequacy of the initial consultation.

Poll shows widespread European indifference to the reign of Ratzinger

Poll shows widespread European indifference to the reign of Ratzinger

Posted: Fri, 01 Mar 2013 07:02

Most people think that Pope Benedict XVI – who ceased to be head of the Catholic Church yesterday – and his leading Catholic bishops have not been influential in their societies.

Crackdown on secular intellectuals in Turkey continues

Crackdown on secular intellectuals in Turkey continues

Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:17

A senior astrophysics professor in Turkey appears to be the latest target of what academics and scientists in that country say is an ongoing campaign by its conservative government to intimidate secular intellectuals.

NSS welcomes Professor Lawrence Krauss as an honorary associate

NSS welcomes Professor Lawrence Krauss as an honorary associate

Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:03

The National Secular Society expressed its delight that Professor Lawrence Krauss has agreed to become an honorary associate.

NSS objects to new workplace guidelines on religious discrimination

NSS objects to new workplace guidelines on religious discrimination

Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:56

The National Secular Society has objected to new workplace guidelines issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission following the outcome of the recent European Court cases.

Catholic Church’s attempt to evade responsibility for child abuse liability is stymied by Supreme Court

Catholic Church’s attempt to evade responsibility for child abuse liability is stymied by Supreme Court

Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:53

The Supreme Court has this week refused to hear a case from the Catholic Church that it could not be held responsible for abuse committed by one of its priests because he was not an 'employee'.

Surveys reveal attitudes to religious symbols at work

Surveys reveal attitudes to religious symbols at work

Posted: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:17

YouGov has been conducting surveys on public attitudes to the wearing of religious clothing and symbols in the workplace. The polls were taken in the light of the four cases recently heard in the European Court of Human Rights.

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

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