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Obama calls religious opt-out in new defence bill “unnecessary and divisive”

Obama calls religious opt-out in new defence bill “unnecessary and divisive”

Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:43

President Barack Obama called a conscience clause for military chaplains in the National Defence Authorization Act "unnecessary and ill-advised."

USA enacting more and more legal restrictions on abortion

USA enacting more and more legal restrictions on abortion

Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:36

In 2012, 19 states in the USA enacted 43 provisions that "sought to restrict access to abortion services," according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Jury dismissed in Leicester trial of man accused of ripping up his Koran – no retrial planned

Jury dismissed in Leicester trial of man accused of ripping up his Koran – no retrial planned

Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:30

The trial has collapsed of a Leicester man who was accused of causing "religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress by demonstrating hostility based on membership of a particular religious group".

Judgements due on landmark religious discrimination cases at European Court

Judgements due on landmark religious discrimination cases at European Court

Posted: Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:30

The European Court of Human Rights will announce its judgement on four landmark cases of alleged religious discrimination in the workplace on Tuesday 15 January.

Religion to lose broadcasting perk in Netherlands

Religion to lose broadcasting perk in Netherlands

Posted: Wed, 02 Jan 2013 09:20

The announcement by Dutch Culture Minister Sander Dekker that the government's plans to overhaul the way public broadcasting in the Netherlands is funded, includes withdrawing subsidies for religious broadcasting, has infuriated the Catholic Church.

Even fewer identify as Christian in latest opinion poll

Even fewer identify as Christian in latest opinion poll

Posted: Wed, 02 Jan 2013 09:11

35% of people do not consider themselves to be a member of any religion according to a new opinion poll commissioned by Lord Ashcroft as part of his regular series of polls on political issues.

Take action: urge your MP to support free speech

Take action: urge your MP to support free speech

Posted: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:27

The House of Lords recently passed an amendment to remove "insulting words" from the scope of Section 5 of the Public Order Act. Now we need your support to ensure that MPs retain this vital free speech measure.

One Law for All’s ‘Sounds of Freedom’ Song Competition –calling for entries.

One Law for All’s ‘Sounds of Freedom’ Song Competition –calling for entries.

Posted: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:56

The One Law for All campaign is inviting musicians and songwriters to create and submit their original material for a song competition.

MPs support bid to restore ‘public good’ presumption of religion

MPs support bid to restore ‘public good’ presumption of religion

Posted: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 06:52

MPs have backed a bid by Conservative MP Peter Bone to amend the Charities Act to restore the presumption that all religious groups are for the public benefit and therefore can be charities.

French Government acts to protect secularism from religious extremists

French Government acts to protect secularism from religious extremists

Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:07

The French Government appears to be lining up for a full-scale confrontation with the Catholic Church, which is increasingly trying to interfere in political processes.

Increase in proportion of non-religious in armed forces

Increase in proportion of non-religious in armed forces

Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:51

Members of the UK's armed forces are still more inclined to claim a religious affiliation and to say they are Christian than the population as a whole, but the situation is changing fairly rapidly.

Catholic Church fails to stop Philippines contraception bill

Catholic Church fails to stop Philippines contraception bill

Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:34

The Philippine parliament approved legislation on Monday that permits government funding for contraception and for sex education classes in schools.

Sheffield Council latest to axe free travel to religious schools

Sheffield Council latest to axe free travel to religious schools

Posted: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:32

Sheffield City Council is the latest to scrap free transport for children attending religious schools.

Section 5 free speech campaign passes a major hurdle with Lords victory

Section 5 free speech campaign passes a major hurdle with Lords victory

Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 08:19

The Reform Section 5 campaign chalked up a spectacular victory for freedom of expression on Wednesday evening when the House of Lords passed an amendment to remove the word "insulting" from section 5 of the Public Order Act.

Kuwait introduces death penalty for ‘cursing God and prophets’

Kuwait introduces death penalty for ‘cursing God and prophets’

Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:51

Kuwaiti MPs this week approved a law with a death penalty for Muslims who curse God, the Koran, all prophets and the wives of Islam's Prophet Mohammed. Non-Muslims who commit the same offence face a jail term of not less than 10 years, according to the bill.

New report shows widespread discrimination against people without religious belief

New report shows widespread discrimination against people without religious belief

Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:39

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has produced the first report focusing on how countries around the world discriminate against non-religious people.

Most Europeans favour legalising assisted dying

Most Europeans favour legalising assisted dying

Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:09

The Swiss Medical Lawyers Association has conducted a Europe-wide poll to discover attitudes to assisted dying. The results show that there is widespread and strong support for legalising it.

Census shows huge drop in number of Christians in England and Wales

Census shows huge drop in number of Christians in England and Wales

Posted: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 11:07

Findings from the 2011 census for England and Wales have revealed the number of people who say they are Christian has dropped dramatically from 72% to 59%. The figures published today by the Office for National Statistics also show the number of people who say they have no religion has risen from 15% to 25%.

RC Bishop of Motherwell’s intemperate rant at the Prime Minister

RC Bishop of Motherwell’s intemperate rant at the Prime Minister

Posted: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 12:52

The National Secular Society has criticised the intemperate rant at the Prime Minister, widely reported in the media, by the RC Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Devine.

German poll indicates a widespread fear of Muslims and Islam

German poll indicates a widespread fear of Muslims and Islam

Posted: Thu, 06 Dec 2012 15:32

The German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has commissioned an opinion poll to find out what Germans think about Muslims. Generally, the results are regarded as "catastrophic".

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