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NSS calls on scouts to welcome non-believers – Sign the petition!

NSS calls on scouts to welcome non-believers – Sign the petition!

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:00

The National Secular Society has launched a petition calling on the Scouts to make the religious oath in the Scout Promise optional, and open up scouting to non-believers. Please sign and share!

New calls from Islamists for international blasphemy law at UN

New calls from Islamists for international blasphemy law at UN

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:55

Soon after the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) announced that it had abandoned its plans to persuade the UN to impose a global blasphemy law, the Arab League has stepped in to take up the cry.

More Britons believe in aliens than God

More Britons believe in aliens than God

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:51

A recent survey found that more people believe in aliens from other planets than believe in God.

Callous treatment of raped girl in Poland leads to condemnation in Human Rights Court

Callous treatment of raped girl in Poland leads to condemnation in Human Rights Court

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:48

Poland's harsh anti-abortion laws were condemned this week by the European Court of Human Rights after an almost unbelievably callous series of events were inflicted on a teenage victim of rape.

French Government sticks to secular principles in dealings with Vatican

French Government sticks to secular principles in dealings with Vatican

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:42

The new socialist Government in France is strictly observing the nation's secular etiquette in relation to its dealings with the Vatican.

No religious harassment at The Times, rules tribunal

No religious harassment at The Times, rules tribunal

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:29

A sub-editor on The Times who was offended by a colleague shouting out an apparently derogatory comment about the Pope has lost his claim of religious harassment in the workplace.

European secularists raise concerns about nomination of Maltese reactionary to European Commission

European secularists raise concerns about nomination of Maltese reactionary to European Commission

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 13:03

Secular groups around Europe are preparing to oppose the nomination of the Maltese Foreign Affairs Minister Tonio Borg to replace the recently resigned European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection.

Charity Commission is “anti-religious”, claims Tory MP

Charity Commission is “anti-religious”, claims Tory MP

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 10:02

Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has accused the Charity Commission of trying to suppress religion and predicted that the Plymouth Brethren case, where the organisation has been refused charity status, will be the first of many.

Statistics round up: Religion in decline around Europe and USA

Statistics round up: Religion in decline around Europe and USA

Posted: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:54

A round-up of recent statistics from Britain, France, Ireland and the US that highlight the trend towards secularization.

Peers call for action over 'religious courts'

Peers call for action over 'religious courts'

Posted: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:41

Peers in the House of Lords have expressed overwhelming support for a bill to limit the power of self styled 'religious courts'.

Irish atheist pupil who was forced to pray claims human rights violation

Irish atheist pupil who was forced to pray claims human rights violation

Posted: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:11

A young Irish atheist has made an official complaint after his school forced him to attend a multi-denominational prayer service.

NSS calls on Government to end religious exemption from animal welfare laws

NSS calls on Government to end religious exemption from animal welfare laws

Posted: Fri, 19 Oct 2012 13:26

The National Secular Society has called on the Government to end the religious exemption to animal welfare legislation that permits animals to be slaughtered without stunning.

Welsh Lib Dems call for hospital chaplains to be paid by charitable trust

Welsh Lib Dems call for hospital chaplains to be paid by charitable trust

Posted: Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:13

Welsh Liberal Democrats have voted in favour of a motion calling for an end to public funding of the hospital chaplaincy service.

Nearly half the population don’t have much faith in priests

Nearly half the population don’t have much faith in priests

Posted: Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:42

A new poll shows that ministers of religion and priests enjoy a lower standing in Britain than in Canada or the United States.

NSS warns thousands of homes could become worthless as a result of an ancient church tax

NSS warns thousands of homes could become worthless as a result of an ancient church tax

Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:42

The Government has announced that it has no intention of changing the law on chancel repair liability – leaving tens of thousands of home-owners with houses that are potentially unsaleable.

FOI response suggests Government pressure over creationism at Giant’s Causeway

FOI response suggests Government pressure over creationism at Giant’s Causeway

Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:09

A freedom of Information response from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) in Northern Ireland suggests that the inclusion of a creationist exhibit at the Giant's Causeway visitor centre was a condition of the near £10 million that was given to the National Trust.

Boy, 11, excluded from Scouts because he doesn’t believe in God

Boy, 11, excluded from Scouts because he doesn’t believe in God

Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:07

An 11-year old boy from Midsomer Norton, near Bath, has been told he cannot join his local Scout troop because he does not believe in God and doesn't want to make the Scout Promise in its present form.

Another “Christian B&B” fined for turning away gay couple

Another “Christian B&B” fined for turning away gay couple

Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:52

A gay couple have successfully sued the owner of bed and breakfast accommodation in Berkshire after she refused to let them stay in a double room because of her religious views.

Fiji to separate church and state

Fiji to separate church and state

Posted: Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:59

The separation of church and state proposed in Fiji's new constitution will not be challenged by the Diocese of Polynesia.

Islamic bloc abandons plans for global blasphemy law at UN

Islamic bloc abandons plans for global blasphemy law at UN

Posted: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 11:22

The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation has revealed that it has abandoned plans to introduce a global blasphemy law through the United Nations.

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