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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.

BBC to review its coverage of religion as part of “impartiality review”

BBC to review its coverage of religion as part of “impartiality review”

Posted: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:37

The BBC has announced that it is to review the way it covers religion as part of a wider inquiry into its adherence to impartiality guidelines.

Christians in Britain aren’t oversensitive about being mocked or criticised

Christians in Britain aren’t oversensitive about being mocked or criticised

Posted: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:18

A new poll of 2,000 committed Christians shows that most of them would not be offended by jokes about Jesus – even if they were intended to be insulting.

Michael Gove wants to intervene in legal challenge to Catholic school

Michael Gove wants to intervene in legal challenge to Catholic school

Posted: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:47

Education Secretary Michael Gove has applied to intervene in a judicial review considering the legality of a new Catholic school proposed for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Plans to tax church property in Italy thrown out

Plans to tax church property in Italy thrown out

Posted: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 06:57

Italy's Council of State rejected a decree this week aimed at ending an historic tax exemption for the Catholic Church, reigniting a heated debate which is being closely followed by EU watchdogs.

Only a small minority of Arabs “profoundly religious” finds poll

Only a small minority of Arabs “profoundly religious” finds poll

Posted: Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:57

A new opinion poll conducted among 16,000 people in 12 Arab countries shows that only 19 per cent consider themselves to be "profoundly religious".

Council promises to review its “apartheid-style” school transport policy

Council promises to review its “apartheid-style” school transport policy

Posted: Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:52

Northumberland Country Council has agreed to reconsider its policy of segregating children by religion on its school buses.

Vested interest claims schools are flouting RE legal obligations

Vested interest claims schools are flouting RE legal obligations

Posted: Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:45

According to the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE), a third of secondary schools in England and Wales are not meeting legal requirements for teaching religious education.

Belgian Catholics quit church over refuge for notorious murderer’s wife

Belgian Catholics quit church over refuge for notorious murderer’s wife

Posted: Fri, 05 Oct 2012 10:00

Scandals and misjudgements in the Catholic Church in Belgium have resulted in a rise in the number of people seeking debaptism.

Secularist students kicked out of Freshers’ Fayre for offending Muslims with pineapple labelled Mohammed

Secularist students kicked out of Freshers’ Fayre for offending Muslims with pineapple labelled Mohammed

Posted: Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:17

Students from the University of Reading Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Society (RAHS) were forced to leave the Freshers' Fayre this week after they labelled a pineapple "Mohammed" and put it on their stall.

National Trust amends controversial creationism exhibit

National Trust amends controversial creationism exhibit

Posted: Thu, 04 Oct 2012 14:07

The National Trust has amended an exhibit at its Giant's Causeway visitor centre which gave credence to the creationist perspective that the earth was created around 6000 years ago.

Pastors telling HIV-infected patients to stop medication and trust in prayer

Pastors telling HIV-infected patients to stop medication and trust in prayer

Posted: Tue, 02 Oct 2012 14:15

Leaders of some West African churches in the UK are pressuring patients infected with HIV to stop taking medication and instead trust in prayer and faith healing.

Parents object to school bus ‘apartheid’ in Northumberland

Parents object to school bus ‘apartheid’ in Northumberland

Posted: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:33

Northumberland County Council has introduced a new policy for school buses in which Catholic children get a free (and separate) bus to the local Catholic schools while non-Catholics attending the same schools have to pay (and go on another bus).

Swiss drifting away from religion

Swiss drifting away from religion

Posted: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:22

A large-scale study of Swiss attitudes to religion has been carried out by the University of Lausanne. They discovered the same trends of secularisation occurring in Switzerland as in the rest of Europe.

French Minister warns aggressive Islamists – there is no place for you in our country

French Minister warns aggressive Islamists – there is no place for you in our country

Posted: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:15

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has warned foreign Islamists who do not respect the country's secular traditions or who threaten security at home or abroad that they will be expelled.

Blasphemy charge over Facebook page that mocked monk – sign the petition

Blasphemy charge over Facebook page that mocked monk – sign the petition

Posted: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:56

A man in Greece has been charged with blasphemy after he made fun of a revered monk on his Facebook page. It is thought the arrest was brought due to agitation from the right-wing Golden Dawn political party.

Poll shows little belief in creationism in Britain

Poll shows little belief in creationism in Britain

Posted: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:40

A poll of 2,010 Britons, carried out by Angus Reid Public Opinion shows that only 17% say they believe that God created human beings in their present form within the last 10,000 years.

“Insulting” evangelist cleared by court

“Insulting” evangelist cleared by court

Posted: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:36

A Christian activist who handed out leaflets at a Tesco store criticising the company for sponsoring the 2012 World Gay Pride event has had all charges against him dismissed at Dartford Magistrates Court this week.

UK signs agreement on “religious freedom” with OIC

UK signs agreement on “religious freedom” with OIC

Posted: Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:36

Concerns have been raised by the National Secular Society that the UK's stance on free speech could be compromised by an agreement signed at the United Nations between this country and the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC).

Court clears German Catholic Church to kick out those who don’t pay them tax

Court clears German Catholic Church to kick out those who don’t pay them tax

Posted: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:18

Germany's top administrative court has supported last week's decree from the country's Catholic bishops that Catholics who opt out of paying religious taxes must automatically leave the church as well.

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