Posted: Wed, 06 Mar 2013 10:14
The International Humanist and Ethical Union has reminded the UN Human Rights Council of the need to protect the right to freedom of expression while taking steps to combat "hate speech".
Posted: Wed, 06 Mar 2013 09:49
The National Secular Society has called on the Government to consider mandatory labelling of meat from religious slaughter as part of its response to the horse meat scandal.
Posted: Tue, 05 Mar 2013 06:51
The National Secular Society has welcomed a vote by Peers in the House of Lords in favour of an amendment to bring caste discrimination within the scope of equality legislation.
Posted: Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:54
Sheffield City Council is to postpone scrapping free bus travel for pupils attending religious schools after parents threatened legal action over what they consider the inadequacy of the initial consultation.
Posted: Fri, 01 Mar 2013 07:02
Most people think that Pope Benedict XVI – who ceased to be head of the Catholic Church yesterday – and his leading Catholic bishops have not been influential in their societies.
Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:17
A senior astrophysics professor in Turkey appears to be the latest target of what academics and scientists in that country say is an ongoing campaign by its conservative government to intimidate secular intellectuals.
Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:03
The National Secular Society expressed its delight that Professor Lawrence Krauss has agreed to become an honorary associate.
Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:56
The National Secular Society has objected to new workplace guidelines issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission following the outcome of the recent European Court cases.
Catholic Church’s attempt to evade responsibility for child abuse liability is stymied by Supreme Court
Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:53
The Supreme Court has this week refused to hear a case from the Catholic Church that it could not be held responsible for abuse committed by one of its priests because he was not an 'employee'.
Posted: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:17
YouGov has been conducting surveys on public attitudes to the wearing of religious clothing and symbols in the workplace. The polls were taken in the light of the four cases recently heard in the European Court of Human Rights.
Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:04
The Girl Guides consultation to discuss the wording of its Promise closes on Sunday 3 March. Please take part and encourage Girlguiding UK to adopt on secular Promise for all.
Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:30
The shortlist has been announced for this year's Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year. The prize will be presented by Michael Cashman MEP, CBE on Saturday 23 March at a lunchtime event in central London.
Posted: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 08:58
The NSS has met with Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Mike Russell MSP, to discuss the Scottish-based adoption agency that excludes same-sex couples from consideration as prospective parents.
Posted: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 06:22
A new play by Derek Lennard, The Fruits of Philosophy (Such a scandal!) which examines secularism and free thought in Victorian Britain will be presented at Conway Hall on Friday 15 March at 7.30pm.
Posted: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 06:15
Turkey recently launched a campaign to retrieve Turkish children in European countries who have been taken from their parents and given to Christian couples, starting the process by taking back children from gay and lesbian couples.
Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:31
Getting the go-ahead from the Cairo Islamic Summit, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been actively trying to get the "denigration of religions" recognized as a criminal offence, according to a top official.
Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:13
The ongoing irritation at the BBC's exclusion of secular voices from The Thought for the Day slot has spurred one the NSS's previous presidents to sponsor a prize of £250 for the best secular Thought for the Day.
Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:43
An Edinburgh parent has launched a petition requesting that City of Edinburgh Council conducts a local vote to challenge "religious observance" in the city's non-denominational state schools.
Posted: Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:21
Leeds City Council is the latest to consider scrapping free transport to religious schools. The plan will mostly affect Catholic schools.
Posted: Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:18
A council that is facing devastating cuts to services and employment is considering reinstating free transport to "faith schools" after scrapping it last year.