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.
Posted: Sat, 26 Jan 2013 09:36
The National Secular Society has condemned a new booklet issued by the Catholic Church in England and Wales warning teachers and governors at Catholic schools that they risk dismissal if they enter a relationship that is not approved by the Church.
Posted: Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:12
The London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Harrow and Hounslow have launched a consultation on home-to-school transport. If you live in any of these boroughs, please take part in the consultation.
Posted: Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:33
The UK Scout Association's consultation on the 'Promise' closes on 31 January. Please add your voice to ensure scouting is open to non-believers.
Posted: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:08
Pressure is building on the Irish Education minister to establish a multi-denominational school in Dublin under the Educate Together banner. Educate Together promises that "No child is separated because of his or her religion or belief system" in any of their schools.
Posted: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:48
A Catholic adoption agency has been told by the Charity Regulator in Scotland that if it doesn't lift its ban on applications from gay couples it will lose its charitable status.
Posted: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:57
A new report from the think tank British Future has found that just 7% of Britons agree that being Christian is an important attribute for being British.
Posted: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:11
A spat about the separation of religion from governance has broken out between politicians in the Australian capital of Canberra.
Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:58
The move towards a secular society is reaching a crucial phase, and it is important that we keep up the pressure. But we can't do it without our members.
Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:45
In a move that has enraged human rights advocates, the Australian government has given religious groups wide-scale opt-outs in proposed new anti-discrimination laws.
EU Commissioner says blasphemy laws are undesirable in the EU, but it’s up to individual states to decide whether they implement them
Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:37
The EU Commissioner responsible for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, Vivianne Reding, has said that blasphemy laws and other such restrictions are not acceptable and pose a threat to free speech.
European Commission to investigate complaints concerning employment discrimination in ‘faith’ schools
Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 06:43
The European Commission is to investigate complaints submitted by the National Secular Society concerning whether UK legislation relating to state funded 'faith' schools breaches European employment laws in relation to discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief.
Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:07
A tribunal has ruled that the Department for Education (DfE) must publish the names, location and religious affiliation, if any, of all organisations that apply to open free schools.
Posted: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:16
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected three of the four landmark cases of alleged religious discrimination in the workplace. The ruling has been welcomed by the National Secular Society.