Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:01
One of the Vatican's most senior clerics has used a visit to Scotland to reinforce the message that the provision of faith schools by the state is a fundamental right of Catholic families.
Posted: Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:56
Conservative MP Matthew Offord has introduced a parliamentary bill to reintroduce prayers to local council meetings. Religious observance at council meetings was outlawed by the High Court in 2012 after a successful challenge by the National Secular Society.
Does the closure of leading “gay-cure” ministry signal a change of direction for America’s Religious Right?
Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:10
Exodus International, one of the oldest "gay-cure" ministries in America, is closing down after admitting that it has hurt and damaged thousands of homosexuals.
Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:04
The US President, Barack Obama, has condemned 'faith schools' as 'divisive'' during a speech to an audience of young people and dignitaries ahead of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland.
Posted: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:48
The National Secular Society has welcomed news that The Guide Association is to update its Promise to emphasise that guiding is open to all girls. The updated Promise will ask members to 'be true to myself and develop my beliefs'. This will replace the previous phrase 'to love my God'.
Posted: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:35
Two Catholic midwives who, in April, won a legal case at Scotland's supreme civil court for the right to conscientious exemption from all involvement in abortion procedures, now face a further legal challenge.
Posted: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:18
Government plans to place greater emphasis on evolution in biology classes as part of its proposals to reform GCSE content have been criticised for "causing problems" for strictly Orthodox Jewish faith schools.
Posted: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:30
A provincial Canadian football federation has been suspended by the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) over its refusal to allow Sikh children wearing turbans to play in official matches.
Posted: Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:20
Russia's parliament has overwhelmingly approved a new blasphemy law allowing jail sentences of up to three years for "offending religious feelings", an initiative launched in the wake of the trial against the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot.
Posted: Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:11
A controversial plan by Flintshire Council to cut funding for transport to faith schools for pupils unable to prove their religious beliefs has been thrown into doubt after a scrutiny committee called for it to be scrapped.
Posted: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:18
The All Party Parliamentary Group, Christians in Parliament, has published a report, Faith in the Community, which looks at the relationship between local authorities and churches.
Posted: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:54
Joan Smith, an honorary associate of the National Secular Society, has been announced as the new co-chair of the Mayor of London's Violence Against Women and Girls Panel.
Posted: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 07:36
Iain Banks, celebrated author and honorary associate of the National Secular Society, has died at the age of 59.
Posted: Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:36
The National Secular Society has supported one of its members, Veronica Wikman, in presenting a petition to City of Edinburgh Council to remove Religious Observance from the city's non-denominational schools.
Posted: Sun, 02 Jun 2013 20:42
A legal challenge has been launched against Woking Borough Council's policy of offering free parking to worshippers while charging everyone else.
Posted: Fri, 31 May 2013 09:56
The government has said it will not remove the exemption from animal welfare law that permits religious communities to slaughter animals without pre-stunning – despite "strong pressure" from welfare groups, veterinary interests and the public for a prohibition on all slaughter without stunning.
Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 16:45
The refusal of Baroness Warsi, the "Minister for Faith and Communities" to steer the flagship same-sex marriage bill through the House of Lords was condemned today by the National Secular Society.
Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 12:35
Over three-quarters of Americans (77%) say religion is losing its influence on American life, while 20% say religion's influence is increasing. These represent Americans' most negative evaluations of the impact of religion since 1970, although similar to the views measured in recent years.
Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 10:44
Northern Ireland's biggest employer of teachers in Catholic schools has called for the scrapping of legislation that allows schools to legally discriminate on religious grounds.
Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 11:39
Top writers, film-makers and artists in the Czech Republic are asking the Pope to practise what he preaches and to prevent the Czech Government from returning state-owned property to the country's Catholic Church.