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New survey reveals that most religious people are not anti abortion (not even Catholics)

New survey reveals that most religious people are not anti abortion (not even Catholics)

Posted: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 07:07

A new YouGov survey commissioned for the Westminster Faith Debates finds only 14% of Catholics in this country are in favour of a ban on abortion. 43% of people who identify with a religion are in favour of keeping or raising the current 24 week limit

Religious Education – special pleading increases in volume

Religious Education – special pleading increases in volume

Posted: Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:31

The Catholic Education Service (CES) for England and Wales has reiterated concerns that Religious Education will remain relegated among academic subjects, after plans to introduce the English Baccalaureate were scrapped.

Section 5 reform completes its parliamentary progress

Section 5 reform completes its parliamentary progress

Posted: Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:18

MPs have confirmed that a controversial public order law that criminalises "insulting" words or behaviour will be reformed to permit greater freedom of speech.

Romanian secularists want an end to state sponsorship of churches

Romanian secularists want an end to state sponsorship of churches

Posted: Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:35

Twenty-three civic organisations in Romania have asked parliament to end the public financing of religious denominations, saying the money would be better spent on health or education.

Villagers angered by plans to open new Sikh faith school

Villagers angered by plans to open new Sikh faith school

Posted: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:14

Local residents have reacted angrily to plans to open a new Sikh faith academy school in a Buckinghamshire village.

Local authority abandons plans to prioritise faith school pupils in community school admissions

Local authority abandons plans to prioritise faith school pupils in community school admissions

Posted: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:35

Surrey County Council has confirmed it will not accept a proposal to amend the admissions criteria for Reigate Priory School which would have indirectly given preferential admission arrangements to pupils whose parents regularly attend Church of England services.

Fundamentalist Catholic group moves into education

Fundamentalist Catholic group moves into education

Posted: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:10

The secretive and ultra conservative Catholic organisation Opus Dei is thought to be behind the opening of a new private school in Croydon.

Media regulator finds Islamic TV channels guilty of preaching hate

Media regulator finds Islamic TV channels guilty of preaching hate

Posted: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:59

Islamic TV channels operating on the Sky platform and broadcasting in Britain have been found to be breaching the Ofcom broadcasting code by giving fundamentalist clerics free reign to preach hate.

Local parents object to academy’s plans to prioritise church school pupils

Local parents object to academy’s plans to prioritise church school pupils

Posted: Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:14

Residents of Solihull have reacted angrily to a non-religiously designated academy's proposals to give priority in admissions to pupils from two religiously selective 'faith' schools.

Pope gives personal backing to Europe wide anti-abortion push

Pope gives personal backing to Europe wide anti-abortion push

Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:28

The Pope has given his personal support to a campaign being run by right-wing Catholics to have abortion "defunded" throughout the European Union.

Fears that faith-based admissions criteria are infiltrating community schools through feeder schools

Fears that faith-based admissions criteria are infiltrating community schools through feeder schools

Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:17

Concerns have been raised that faith based admissions criteria are being indirectly applied to community schools when 'faith' schools become feeder schools.

Have you got your ticket for Secularist of the Year? Book now and avoid disappointment

Have you got your ticket for Secularist of the Year? Book now and avoid disappointment

Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 10:39

This year's Secularist of the Year lunch is approaching (Saturday 23 March) and it promises to be a very special occasion. We hope that you'll join us for the NSS's premier social event.

Experts say “drop the religious opt-out” for pharmacists

Experts say “drop the religious opt-out” for pharmacists

Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 06:36

"Conscience clauses" that permit religious pharmacists to refuse to dispense emergency contraception or the "morning after" pill are unsatisfactory and should be dropped, say experts.

Two more councils review “faith school” transport subsidies

Two more councils review “faith school” transport subsidies

Posted: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:23

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council has started a consultation on whether to scrap non-statutory subsidies to faith schools. Meanwhile, Bury Council in Lancashire — which voted last month to cut free transport for faith schools — is being threatened with a judicial review by opponents.

Majority want secular state schooling – while RE declines

Majority want secular state schooling – while RE declines

Posted: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:24

The majority of British people want state-funded schools to be secular, a recent YouGov poll has revealed.

European Commission failed to implement properly Article 17 in EHF case says EU Ombudsman

European Commission failed to implement properly Article 17 in EHF case says EU Ombudsman

Posted: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:54

The EU ombudsman has upheld complaint by the European Humanist Federation that the European Commission has failed to comply with an EU Treaty which requires the EU to conduct a "regular, open and transparent dialogue with churches, religious communities as well as philosophical and non-confessional organisations."

Abuse ‘shatters’ German bishops

Abuse ‘shatters’ German bishops

Posted: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:21

A leading German Catholic bishop has spoken of the "perfidiousness" of the way Catholic priests had used their power and authority to groom children for sexual abuse.

Belgian monarchy rocked by Queen’s tax avoidance plans

Belgian monarchy rocked by Queen’s tax avoidance plans

Posted: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:14

Belgium plans to slash the annual stipend of the dowager Queen Fabiola after politicians learned she had set up a private foundation to provide for nieces and nephews and for her favourite Catholic charities after her death.

NSS challenge Scottish Minister’s comments concerning adoption charity case

NSS challenge Scottish Minister’s comments concerning adoption charity case

Posted: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:24

The National Secular Society has published an open letter to Scottish Government Minister Mike Russell, asking him to clarify his position over the St Margaret's Adoption and Family Care Society adoption case.

NSS question Catholic Church's new restrictions on teachers

NSS question Catholic Church's new restrictions on teachers

Posted: Sat, 26 Jan 2013 09:36

The National Secular Society has condemned a new booklet issued by the Catholic Church in England and Wales warning teachers and governors at Catholic schools that they risk dismissal if they enter a relationship that is not approved by the Church.

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