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Pope gives personal backing to Europe wide anti-abortion push

Pope gives personal backing to Europe wide anti-abortion push

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

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.

Have you got your ticket for Secularist of the Year? Book now and avoid disappointment

Have you got your ticket for Secularist of the Year? Book now and avoid disappointment

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.

Experts say “drop the religious opt-out” for pharmacists

Experts say “drop the religious opt-out” for pharmacists

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.

Two more councils review “faith school” transport subsidies

Two more councils review “faith school” transport subsidies

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.

Majority want secular state schooling – while RE declines

Majority want secular state schooling – while RE declines

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.

European Commission failed to implement properly Article 17 in EHF case says EU Ombudsman

European Commission failed to implement properly Article 17 in EHF case says EU Ombudsman

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."

Abuse ‘shatters’ German bishops

Abuse ‘shatters’ German bishops

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.

Belgian monarchy rocked by Queen’s tax avoidance plans

Belgian monarchy rocked by Queen’s tax avoidance plans

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.

NSS challenge Scottish Minister’s comments concerning adoption charity case

NSS challenge Scottish Minister’s comments concerning adoption charity case

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.

NSS question Catholic Church's new restrictions on teachers

NSS question Catholic Church's new restrictions on teachers

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.

West London consultation on school transport changes

West London consultation on school transport changes

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.

Last chance to take part in the Scouts consultations on the Promise

Last chance to take part in the Scouts consultations on the Promise

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.

We want secular schools in Dublin, say parents

We want secular schools in Dublin, say parents

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.

Scottish Catholic adoption agency ordered to comply with equality law

Scottish Catholic adoption agency ordered to comply with equality law

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.

Only 7% think being Christian is important for being British

Only 7% think being Christian is important for being British

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.

I’m keeping Canberra secular, says Chief Minister

I’m keeping Canberra secular, says Chief Minister

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.

January is renewal time for NSS membership

January is renewal time for NSS membership

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.

Religious opt-outs make Australia’s anti-discrimination law a “bigot’s charter”

Religious opt-outs make Australia’s anti-discrimination law a “bigot’s charter”

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

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.

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