Posted: Wed, 08 Aug 2012 12:09
The Catholic Education Service (CES) has been told by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, that it will not be permitted to exceed the number of places reserved for Catholic pupils at Catholic Free Schools beyond the 50% that is permitted at present.
Posted: Wed, 08 Aug 2012 12:04
According to the latest global poll released by RedC Opinion Poll, part of WIN-Gallup International, a world-wide network of leading opinion pollsters, the number of self-declared atheists in the world has risen by 9% since the measure was last taken in 2005.
Posted: Wed, 08 Aug 2012 09:57
A Muslim woman in London who claimed she had been sacked from her job in a luggage shop because she wore a headscarf has won her claim of unfair dismissal but lost a claim of direct religious discrimination.
Posted: Fri, 03 Aug 2012 11:09
Residents, most of them elderly, of the parish of St Eadburgha in Gloucestershire had a nasty shock recently, when a letter from the Land Registry dropped through the door telling them that, because of the land on which their house was built, they had a potential legal liability to pay tens of thousands of pounds in church repairs.
Posted: Fri, 03 Aug 2012 08:53
In a campaign that echoes the National Secular Society's successful challenge to council prayers in England and Wales, a group in Canada called Secular Ontario is taking legal action to stop politicians praying before their meetings.
Posted: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:51
The Charity Commission is seeking to clarify the law on what constitutes a public benefit for charitable purposes and whether some religious groups still fall into that category.
Posted: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:12
A Christian group has been touring schools in Sussex telling children frightening untruths about the supposed consequences of abortion.
Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:30
Parents and teachers at a school in Dagenham who campaigned against its closure and amalgamation with a church school have won a victory after the local council announced that the school will remain open as a community school.
Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:37
Two Swiss hospitals have suspended the performance of infant circumcision, after the ruling of a German court in Cologne which said that religious circumcision was likely to be illegal because it infringed the rights of the child.
Posted: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:11
The European Humanist Federation, to which the National Secular Society is affiliated, has protested to the Greek Justice Minister about the arrest of three actors on charges of blasphemy.
Posted: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:34
Councillors in Woking have officially adopted a controversial new policy statement which gives free parking concessions to members of the faith community.
Posted: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:18
The court decision in Germany that held that circumcision, carried out for religious — as opposed to medical — reasons, is potentially harmful has been fiercely opposed by religious interests, putting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Posted: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:25
A landmark hearing at the Supreme Court in London on Monday will consider who is responsible for compensating victims of child abuse by Catholic priests.
Posted: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:05
St Albans district council has voted 34-13 to discontinue prayers as part of the agenda for full council meetings, but to have a separate voluntary prayer session beforehand.
Posted: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:10
The National Trust has announced plans to review the controversial exhibit in the new Giants' Causeway visitors centre which gives credence to the creationist 'explanation' of the natural phenomenon on Northern Ireland's north Antrim coast.
Posted: Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:06
As further evidence of the secularising direction of Ireland and its downgrading of the influence of the Catholic Church, the Defence Minister, Alan Shatter, recently refused to allow the army to provide a "guard of honour" for a procession during the Vatican's International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.
Posted: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 12:46
Barking and Dagenham Council has agreed to the controversial amalgamation of a community school in Dagenham with a neighbouring Church of England voluntary aided Junior School.
Posted: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:17
An attempt by the Government to reform the House of Lords looks doomed after 91 Conservative MPs defied their party whip this week and voted against plans for a mainly elected second chamber. During the two day debate there was much criticism of the plans to retain the bench of Church of England bishops.
Posted: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 09:52
The small German magazine Titanic is being prosecuted by the Pope over the cover of its latest edition which satirises the "Vatileaks" scandal.
Posted: Fri, 06 Jul 2012 15:44
New research in the USA shows that Jehovah's Witnesses who refuse blood transfusions recover from heart surgery faster and with fewer complications than those who have transfusions.