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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted: Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:14
Residents of Solihull have reacted angrily to a non-religiously designated academy's proposals to give priority in admissions to pupils from two religiously selective 'faith' schools.
Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:28
The Pope has given his personal support to a campaign being run by right-wing Catholics to have abortion "defunded" throughout the European Union.
Fears that faith-based admissions criteria are infiltrating community schools through feeder schools
Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:17
Concerns have been raised that faith based admissions criteria are being indirectly applied to community schools when 'faith' schools become feeder schools.
Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 10:39
This year's Secularist of the Year lunch is approaching (Saturday 23 March) and it promises to be a very special occasion. We hope that you'll join us for the NSS's premier social event.
Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 06:36
"Conscience clauses" that permit religious pharmacists to refuse to dispense emergency contraception or the "morning after" pill are unsatisfactory and should be dropped, say experts.
Posted: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:23
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council has started a consultation on whether to scrap non-statutory subsidies to faith schools. Meanwhile, Bury Council in Lancashire — which voted last month to cut free transport for faith schools — is being threatened with a judicial review by opponents.
Posted: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:24
The majority of British people want state-funded schools to be secular, a recent YouGov poll has revealed.
Posted: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:54
The EU ombudsman has upheld complaint by the European Humanist Federation that the European Commission has failed to comply with an EU Treaty which requires the EU to conduct a "regular, open and transparent dialogue with churches, religious communities as well as philosophical and non-confessional organisations."
Posted: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:21
A leading German Catholic bishop has spoken of the "perfidiousness" of the way Catholic priests had used their power and authority to groom children for sexual abuse.
Posted: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:14
Belgium plans to slash the annual stipend of the dowager Queen Fabiola after politicians learned she had set up a private foundation to provide for nieces and nephews and for her favourite Catholic charities after her death.
Posted: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:24
The National Secular Society has published an open letter to Scottish Government Minister Mike Russell, asking him to clarify his position over the St Margaret's Adoption and Family Care Society adoption case.