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Romania considers introducing church tax

Romania considers introducing church tax

Posted: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:33

New legislation, inspired by the German "church tax" model, will soon allow all Romanian citizens to direct a part of their income tax to the churches or other organisations of their choosing.

NSS condemns Government's callous disregard for UK victims of caste discrimination

NSS condemns Government's callous disregard for UK victims of caste discrimination

Posted: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:25

The National Secular Society has criticised the Government's "callous" disregard for victims of caste discrimination in the UK after MPs rejected a Lords amendment to make discrimination on grounds of caste unlawful.

Campaign in Egypt urges citizens to remove religion from ID Cards

Campaign in Egypt urges citizens to remove religion from ID Cards

Posted: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:49

In an attempt to disentangle religion and citizenship, activists in Egypt are encouraging citizens to remove their religious affiliation from their national identity cards.

Scots are abandoning their religion

Scots are abandoning their religion

Posted: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:48

Scotland, once one of the more pious parts of the British Isles, is rapidly becoming secularised according to a poll commissioned for the Sunday Times and Real Radio Scotland.

Concerns remain over non-religious Academy’s revised admissions policy

Concerns remain over non-religious Academy’s revised admissions policy

Posted: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 08:39

A non-religiously designated academy in Solihull that planned to give priority in admissions to pupils from two religiously selective 'faith' schools has revised its decision.

Take action! Call on your MP to outlaw caste discrimination – Vote on 16 April

Take action! Call on your MP to outlaw caste discrimination – Vote on 16 April

Posted: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:39

Take Action! urge your MP to ensure that proper legal protection is provided for victims of caste discrimination in Great Britain by voting in favour of Lords Amendment 37 on Tuesday 16 April.

Austrian referendum seeks to end church privileges

Austrian referendum seeks to end church privileges

Posted: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:19

A referendum is being held in Austria aimed at ending the 1933 concordat that regulates church-state relations.

Obama renews mandate of “faith-based council” and allows religious discrimination to continue

Obama renews mandate of “faith-based council” and allows religious discrimination to continue

Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:22

President Barack Obama has issued an executive order extending the Faith-Based Advisory Council without addressing employment discrimination among many of the faith-based organisations that receive federal funding through the programme.

Malta seeks to revise Vatican concordat on divorce

Malta seeks to revise Vatican concordat on divorce

Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:18

Malta is in negotiations with the Vatican about ending the Catholic Church's influence over divorce on the island.

Free transport to “faith schools” axed in Leicester & Bath

Free transport to “faith schools” axed in Leicester & Bath

Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:13

Councillors on Leicester City Council have approved changes to 'home to school' transport that will see an end to subsidies for pupils attending "faith schools" in the City.

Appeal: Modernising Leicester Secular Hall

Appeal: Modernising Leicester Secular Hall

Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:03

Leicester Secular Society has launched an appeal to raise funds for the modernisation of Leicester Secular Hall. Besides Conway Hall in London, the Secular Hall is the only remaining dedicated secular building in the country.

IHEU calls for action on Bangladesh

IHEU calls for action on Bangladesh

Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:49

Following the recent Islamist demands to introduce the death penalty for insulting religion in Bangladesh, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has made a call to action for all its member organisations.

LibDem MP wants to separate marriage registration from religion

LibDem MP wants to separate marriage registration from religion

Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:42

A Liberal Democrat MP, Greg Mulholland, has tabled an amendment to the proposed same-sex marriage bill proposing a complete separation of state marriage and religious weddings. Mr Mulholland argues that separating state and religious marriage is the only way to ensure equality and freedom of religion.

NSS makes history for the future

NSS makes history for the future

Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:29

The British Library's announcement last week that it will archive much of today's online material for future researchers has been welcomed by the National Secular Society.

Religious bodies in sustained attack on French secularism

Religious bodies in sustained attack on French secularism

Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:14

The French Government is at increasing odds with aggressive religious lobbies – particularly the Catholic Church – which are determined to undermine the nation's constitutional secularism.

Most Americans still favour separation of church and state

Most Americans still favour separation of church and state

Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:03

A nationwide Yougov poll for the Huffington Post in the United States shows that one-third of respondents would like to see Christianity as the state religion.

Majority oppose ritual slaughter of animals

Majority oppose ritual slaughter of animals

Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:56

A new Yougov poll for the Jewish Chronicle shows a majority back a ban on religious slaughter. 45% of respondents supported a ban, 27% were against and 28% said they didn't know.

Costa Ricans move towards secularism

Costa Ricans move towards secularism

Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:48

The Catholic Church may be losing its grip on the Central American country of Costa Rica. While at present, Costa Rica is one of the few Western countries to have an official state religion, a recent poll shows that nearly half of the Costa Rican population would rather live in a secular state.

NSS honorary associate Iain Banks terminally ill

NSS honorary associate Iain Banks terminally ill

Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:19

Our valued honorary associate, the writer Iain Banks has announced that he has "months to live" after discovering he has cancer.

Catholic Church to lose control of some schools in Ireland – could this be the start of a seismic shift?

Catholic Church to lose control of some schools in Ireland – could this be the start of a seismic shift?

Posted: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 18:26

Following a survey of parents by the Irish Department of Education, 23 primary schools across the country will be divested of their Catholic Church patronage.

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