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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".

More people may believe in an afterlife than believe in God

More people may believe in an afterlife than believe in God

Posted: Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:52

Almost half – 49 per cent – of those surveyed earlier this year by the Institute of Education, University of London believe that there is 'definitely' or 'probably' life after death.

United Nations speaks out against Female Genital Mutilation

United Nations speaks out against Female Genital Mutilation

Posted: Wed, 05 Dec 2012 11:59

The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution condemning female genital mutilation, the first time the practice has been denounced at such a high level.

New study of blasphemy law around the world

New study of blasphemy law around the world

Posted: Wed, 05 Dec 2012 11:36

According to a Pew Forum study released last week, 8 out of 45 European countries have blasphemy laws on their books while 35 of them have laws against the defamation of religion in general or hate speech against members of a faith.

NSS welcomes consultation on Scouts Promise

NSS welcomes consultation on Scouts Promise

Posted: Tue, 04 Dec 2012 06:05

News that the Scout Association has decided to review its policy of excluding people without a religious belief has been welcomed by the National Secular Society.

Netherlands to scrap blasphemy law

Netherlands to scrap blasphemy law

Posted: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:21

The Dutch parliament has accepted a motion that will abolish the law that makes it an offence to insult God. Supporters of the motion say that they are confident that they have enough support for it to pass easily.

Section 5 Campaign takes major step forward

Section 5 Campaign takes major step forward

Posted: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:59

The Reform Section 5 campaign has taken a major step forward with the tabling of an amendment in Parliament to remove the word "insulting" from section 5 of the Public Order Act.

Polish court rules that ritual slaughter is unconstitutional and illegal

Polish court rules that ritual slaughter is unconstitutional and illegal

Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:14

Poland's highest court, the Constitutional Tribunal, ruled this week that the ritual slaughter of animals by religious groups violates the country's constitution and animal protection laws.

Poll shows Turks want secularism

Poll shows Turks want secularism

Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:08

An overwhelming majority of Turkish people want secularism to be included in the country's new charter, a recent survey conducted by KONDA for the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) has revealed.

BBC plan to ramp up the religion this Christmas

BBC plan to ramp up the religion this Christmas

Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:44

BBC Religious programming will go into overdrive this Christmas with the national broadcaster announcing copious amounts of "carols, festive music, contemplation, conversation and live worship across BBC Television and Radio."

Muslim radio station fined £4,000 for saying homosexuals should be tortured and beaten up

Muslim radio station fined £4,000 for saying homosexuals should be tortured and beaten up

Posted: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:57

A Muslim radio station in Leeds has been fined £4,000 by the media regulator Ofcom after one of its presenters said that homosexuals should be tortured and beaten up.

NSS call on EU Presidents to protect women's right to life

NSS call on EU Presidents to protect women's right to life

Posted: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:59

The Presidents of the European Council and European Commission today heard a plea for greater protection for pregnant women's right to life following the death of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland.

NSS questions new report on Religious Education

NSS questions new report on Religious Education

Posted: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:45

A new report from Oxford University, which says that teachers are afraid to teach religious education in case they are perceived as "evangelising", has been questioned today by the National Secular Society.

Secularism defended during Lords debate on religion

Secularism defended during Lords debate on religion

Posted: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 15:25

The Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Falkner has given a spirited defence of secularism during an otherwise largely deferential debate about the role of religion in public life.

Tower Hamlets council approves £2 million funding to faith groups

Tower Hamlets council approves £2 million funding to faith groups

Posted: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:38

The mayor of one of Britain's poorest boroughs is providing £2 million of funding to religious groups to help improve places of worship.

Secularist of the Year 2013 – tickets on sale now

Secularist of the Year 2013 – tickets on sale now

Posted: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:29

Tickets for the 2013 Secularist of the Year event are now on sale. Nominate your Secularist of the Year!

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