Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:51
After a fourteen month debate and consultation, the decision by Cheshire East Council to scrap transport subsidies for pupils attending 'faith schools' has been – predictably - condemned by the Catholic Church.
Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:40
A new Ipsos MRBI poll for the Irish Times shows that although 89 per cent of people in Ireland still describe themselves as 'Catholic', it is not Catholicism as the Pope knows it.
Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:21
Nottingham Secular Society succeeds in preventing the proselytizing of probationers by evangelical mentors.
Posted: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 14:14
The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames last week approved a plan to open a new Catholic school in the borough, despite spirited opposition from community groups and parents who fear that religious selection will bring discrimination against non-Catholic children.
Posted: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 13:33
Wakefield Council in West Yorkshire is considering scrapping free transport for pupils attending "faith schools" in the town.
Posted: Wed, 30 May 2012 15:05
The National Secular Society has accused the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of being inconsistent in dealing with complaints about ads using religious imagery after the watchdog cleared an advertisement that appeared to mock Jesus' second coming but had previously banned adverts for ice cream featuring a pregnant nun and apparently gay priests.
Posted: Wed, 30 May 2012 11:33
Norway's Ministry of Education has declined an application for a private school to be run according to humanist ideology.
Posted: Wed, 23 May 2012 21:18
A Christian psychotherapist has lost her appeal against suspension from her professional body after being struck off after attempting to convert a homosexual man to heterosexuality.
Posted: Tue, 22 May 2012 13:44
A Scottish council has dropped prayers at its meetings in order to eliminate discrimination. Dumfries and Galloway Council has decided to dump the formal prayers – which were the first item on the agenda – and replace them with a "time for reflection", 10 minutes before the meeting starts.
Although sectarianism is still rife, Northern Ireland’s teenagers are gradually breaking down religious barriers
Posted: Tue, 22 May 2012 11:23
A survey of Northern Ireland's teenagers shows that religious and ethnic barriers are being gradually broken down, but another survey in the workplace shows that there is still a long way to go as sectarianism there is still rife.
Posted: Fri, 18 May 2012 15:04
A concerted campaign by churches has led to the Chancellor agreeing to set aside £30 million per annum to compensate places of worship following the removal of the zero VAT rating concession for alterations to listed buildings announced in the budget.
Posted: Fri, 18 May 2012 12:13
In an address at Leicester's Anglican Cathedral, the former leader of Catholics in England and Wales, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, said that "secular values" were behind the violence carried out in totalitarian states and some of the 20th century conflicts that have killed millions.
Posted: Fri, 18 May 2012 11:50
A religious conflict has arisen at a Dorset hospital over plans to convert its Christian chapel into a "multi-faith centre". The changes are part of a £30million refurbishment of St Ann's psychiatric hospital in Poole.
Posted: Wed, 16 May 2012 00:21
The National Secular Society has joined together with human rights campaigners and religious groups to launch a major new campaign to reform the 1986 Public Order Act, after mounting evidence suggests it is strangling free speech.
Posted: Tue, 15 May 2012 17:07
The Norwegian Parliament is planning to amend the country's constitution on Monday to continue the long, drawn-out effort to separate the church from the state.
Posted: Tue, 15 May 2012 13:17
Damian Thompson, high profile Catholic and editor of the Daily Telegraph's blog section, accidentally tweeted over the weekend that he was told it would be OK for Catholic schools to oppose same-sex marriage at a dinner party attended by Education Secretary Michael Gove.
Posted: Tue, 15 May 2012 12:59
The Government has gone ahead with its plan to send a free copy of the King James Bible to every state-sponsored primary and secondary school in the country.
Posted: Tue, 15 May 2012 09:56
The Catholic Church and other right-wing groups in France have given notice that they intend to resist the newly-elected President's progressive social agenda.
Posted: Tue, 15 May 2012 00:03
The National Secular Society says that the Queen's or any future Monarch's role as Supreme Governor of the Church of England is unsustainable – despite the results of a new poll showing that 79% of British adults think that the Queen still has an important "faith role".
Posted: Fri, 11 May 2012 11:15
Cheshire East is the latest council to axe free or subsidised transport to faith schools. The council took the decision despite fierce opposition from Catholic families who said they were being 'discriminated' against.