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Czech Catholic Church set to receive billions from state

Czech Catholic Church set to receive billions from state

Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:03

Czech MPs have voted by a narrow margin to let the Catholic Church reclaim properties seized during the 1940s and 1950s by the Communist regime.

Austrian Cardinal relocates to Brussels to insert Catholicism into EU policy-making

Austrian Cardinal relocates to Brussels to insert Catholicism into EU policy-making

Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:00

The Austrian bishops conference held its plenary meeting in Brussels this month because it wants to be nearer the EU – where it hopes to increase its influence.

European research shows 32% of Britons are non-believers

European research shows 32% of Britons are non-believers

Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 15:51

Eurobarometer, the public opinion analysis sector of the European Commission, has published a report on discrimination in the EU which includes information on the self-reported beliefs of people across the EU.

Another Irish abortion scandal emerges

Another Irish abortion scandal emerges

Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 15:46

The Irish Government has paid substantial compensation to a woman who was forced to travel abroad for an abortion, despite being terminally ill with cancer.

If you can’t prove you’re a Christian, get off the school bus

If you can’t prove you’re a Christian, get off the school bus

Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:29

Flintshire County Council is proposing to restrict subsidised school transport to religious schools to those pupils who can prove that they are of the religion that the school espouses.

Supreme Court rules on compensation to Catholic child abuse victims

Supreme Court rules on compensation to Catholic child abuse victims

Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:52

The Supreme Court has today ruled on a dispute between two Catholic organisations about who is responsible for paying compensation to over 170 victims of alleged physical and sexual abuse at a Yorkshire children's home.

Young Irish want an inclusive, secular state

Young Irish want an inclusive, secular state

Posted: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:00

A consultation among young people in Ireland initiated by the President, Michael D. Higgins, shows strong support for making the country a secular state.

NSS welcomes court decision on Christian man’s Facebook comments

NSS welcomes court decision on Christian man’s Facebook comments

Posted: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:18

The National Secular Society has welcomed a High Court ruling that a Christian man who made anti-gay marriage comments on his private Facebook page, should not have been demoted by his housing association employer.

Christian MPs accuse Charity Commission of having “secularising agenda”

Christian MPs accuse Charity Commission of having “secularising agenda”

Posted: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:41

Nick Hurd, the Government minister for civil society, fended off a barrage of criticism this week over the Charity Commission's decision not to grant charitable status to the Plymouth Brethren.

Turkish government moves its Islamist agenda forward another step

Turkish government moves its Islamist agenda forward another step

Posted: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 14:03

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has continued its attempt at step-by-step Islamisation of the country by removing "Atatürk's reforms and principles" and "secularism" from the wording of the parliamentary oath in its submission to the Constitutional Conciliation Commission.

Italian Catholic Church to pay property tax from next year

Italian Catholic Church to pay property tax from next year

Posted: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:53

Italy's Catholic Church will be forced to pay taxes starting in 2013 after the EU pressured the country's government to pass a controversial law stripping the Church of its historic property tax exemption.

Brazil prosecutors in legal bid to remove ‘God be Praised’ from currency

Brazil prosecutors in legal bid to remove ‘God be Praised’ from currency

Posted: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:50

A public prosecutor in Brazil is calling for the removal of references to God from Brazilian banknotes. Jefferson Dias argues that the country is a secular state and that the phrase "God be praised" disregards the rights of non-Christians.

Maltese Catholic extremist examined for post of European Commissioner

Maltese Catholic extremist examined for post of European Commissioner

Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:54

Members of the European Parliament have this week examined Tonio Borg's bid to join the European Commission. Alarm has been raised about Mr Borg's performance in his home country of Malta, where he has opposed women's rights, gay rights and issues such as contraception and abortion.

Almost thirty per cent of Brits now say they don’t believe in God

Almost thirty per cent of Brits now say they don’t believe in God

Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:43

A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times of 1,642 adults has found that 29% of respondents said they definitely don't believe in God.

Secular Medical Forum condemns Irish abortion law cruelty

Secular Medical Forum condemns Irish abortion law cruelty

Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 12:49

The Secular Medical Forum has condemned the state of abortion laws in Ireland after a 31-year old woman died of septicaemia following a protracted miscarriage in Galway, Ireland.

Christian debt advice expands as CAB contracts

Christian debt advice expands as CAB contracts

Posted: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:18

A Christian debt counselling organisation that offers prayers with its advice is spreading rapidly throughout the country.

Government confirms school worship guidance can be ignored

Government confirms school worship guidance can be ignored

Posted: Fri, 09 Nov 2012 12:24

The Department for Education has confirmed that its own controversial guidance on collective worship can be ignored by schools. The guidance stipulates that worship in schools "should be concerned with reverence or veneration paid to a divine being or power."

Win tickets to see On Religion and to question AC Grayling about the play

Win tickets to see On Religion and to question AC Grayling about the play

Posted: Thu, 08 Nov 2012 13:19

We have two tickets to give away for the new production of AC Grayling and Mick Gordon's stimulating play "On Religion" being staged at the Tower Theatre in London.

We must defend freedom of speech, says United Nations expert

We must defend freedom of speech, says United Nations expert

Posted: Thu, 08 Nov 2012 13:05

In a statement issued by the United Nations, its special rapporteur on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue, has said that it is essential to create an environment conducive to critical discussions of religious and racial issues and to promote understanding and tolerance by deconstructing negative stereotypes.

Britons becoming more tolerant

Britons becoming more tolerant

Posted: Thu, 08 Nov 2012 12:57

A Yougov poll of 1,637 people shows that in several respects, Britain has become more tolerant and less prejudiced during the past four decades.

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