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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!

Czech Catholic Church set to receive billions from state

Czech Catholic Church set to receive billions from state

Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:03

Czech MPs have voted by a narrow margin to let the Catholic Church reclaim properties seized during the 1940s and 1950s by the Communist regime.

Austrian Cardinal relocates to Brussels to insert Catholicism into EU policy-making

Austrian Cardinal relocates to Brussels to insert Catholicism into EU policy-making

Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:00

The Austrian bishops conference held its plenary meeting in Brussels this month because it wants to be nearer the EU – where it hopes to increase its influence.

European research shows 32% of Britons are non-believers

European research shows 32% of Britons are non-believers

Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 15:51

Eurobarometer, the public opinion analysis sector of the European Commission, has published a report on discrimination in the EU which includes information on the self-reported beliefs of people across the EU.

Another Irish abortion scandal emerges

Another Irish abortion scandal emerges

Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 15:46

The Irish Government has paid substantial compensation to a woman who was forced to travel abroad for an abortion, despite being terminally ill with cancer.

If you can’t prove you’re a Christian, get off the school bus

If you can’t prove you’re a Christian, get off the school bus

Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:29

Flintshire County Council is proposing to restrict subsidised school transport to religious schools to those pupils who can prove that they are of the religion that the school espouses.

Supreme Court rules on compensation to Catholic child abuse victims

Supreme Court rules on compensation to Catholic child abuse victims

Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:52

The Supreme Court has today ruled on a dispute between two Catholic organisations about who is responsible for paying compensation to over 170 victims of alleged physical and sexual abuse at a Yorkshire children's home.

Young Irish want an inclusive, secular state

Young Irish want an inclusive, secular state

Posted: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:00

A consultation among young people in Ireland initiated by the President, Michael D. Higgins, shows strong support for making the country a secular state.

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