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Court clears German Catholic Church to kick out those who don’t pay them tax

Court clears German Catholic Church to kick out those who don’t pay them tax

Posted: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:18

Germany's top administrative court has supported last week's decree from the country's Catholic bishops that Catholics who opt out of paying religious taxes must automatically leave the church as well.

Secularism 2012: a great success

Secularism 2012: a great success

Posted: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:53

The National Secular Society's "Secularism 2012" conference — held in London last Saturday — was pronounced an outstanding success by delegates from all over the country and around the world.

It’s official: Britain is a nation of secularists

It’s official: Britain is a nation of secularists

Posted: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:40

On the heels of claims from the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles that Britain is a Christian nation and that the Government intends to find a greater role for religion in policy-making, come two large-scale polls showing that our country is not, by any stretch of the imagination, religious.

Secularists tell UN Human Rights Council that Saudi Arabia is behind much Islamic radicalism

Secularists tell UN Human Rights Council that Saudi Arabia is behind much Islamic radicalism

Posted: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:29

The Centre for Inquiry made the following joint statement with the International Humanist and Ethical Union at the UN Human Rights Council on 14 September, just before the present rioting began over the "Innocence of Muslims" film.

Council of Ex-Muslims: Islam documentary must be shown

Council of Ex-Muslims: Islam documentary must be shown

Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 06:26

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) is calling for Tom Holland's Channel 4 documentary Islam: The Untold Story to have a repeat showing, after the broadcaster cancelled it following threats and menaces from Islamists.

Pickles wrong to assign a ‘Christian ethos’ to Britain

Pickles wrong to assign a ‘Christian ethos’ to Britain

Posted: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:40

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has surpassed himself in an opinion piece for the Telegraph headed A Christian ethos strengthens our nation: Religion shaped the modern British state, and this Government is proud to 'do God'.

Another sharp fall in religious affiliation in Britain

Another sharp fall in religious affiliation in Britain

Posted: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:20

The latest edition of the British Social Attitudes Survey, which will be published on Monday (17 September 2012) will show that only about half of Britons as a whole now say they have a religious affiliation, sharply down from 20 years ago when it was two-thirds. Barely a quarter of young people now identify themselves as religious.

UK Government accused of not upholding freedom of belief

UK Government accused of not upholding freedom of belief

Posted: Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:28

The European Court of Human Rights hearing on 4 September 2012 has heard accusations from applicants that the UK Government is not upholding freedom of belief.

NSS intervene in landmark cases at European Court of Human Rights

NSS intervene in landmark cases at European Court of Human Rights

Posted: Sun, 02 Sep 2012 21:41

Four controversial British religious discrimination cases are due to be heard at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on Tuesday 4 September 2012. The outcome will have a huge impact on how future equality cases involving religion are determined.

Free speech protest calls on Government to reform insults law

Free speech protest calls on Government to reform insults law

Posted: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 21:26

Human Rights campaigners, faith groups and secularists gathered outside Parliament today to demand greater protection for free speech by reforming Section 5 of the Public Order Act.

Cromer Council agrees to take prayers off the agenda

Cromer Council agrees to take prayers off the agenda

Posted: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:31

Councillors at Cromer Town Council in Norfolk voted by 12 votes to one that in future those who wished to join in a short period of prayer or reflection would gather at 6.45pm, ahead of the usual 7pm start to council meetings.

Request that teachers at Catholic schools make “declaration of faith” is McCarthyite and threatening, says NSS

Request that teachers at Catholic schools make “declaration of faith” is McCarthyite and threatening, says NSS

Posted: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 09:00

A request that teachers at Catholic schools in the diocese of Lancaster make a "public profession of their faith" has been condemned as discriminatory and McCarthyite by the National Secular Society.

More religious censorship from advertising watchdog

More religious censorship from advertising watchdog

Posted: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 08:40

The Advertising Standards Authority is once again acting as blasphemy-finder-in-chief as it bans yet another advertisement that it has decided is "likely to cause serious offence" – this time to Sikhs.

Russians want church to stay out of politics

Russians want church to stay out of politics

Posted: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 07:51

A poll taken in Russia shows that 75% of the population wants the Russian Orthodox Church to stay out of politics.

Row erupts over proposed 'charter for secularism' in Quebec

Row erupts over proposed 'charter for secularism' in Quebec

Posted: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:35

A proposal to adopt a 'secular charter' from one party leader has sparked controversy in Quebec ahead of the forthcoming elections on 4 September. The proposed charter would ban civil servants from wearing or exposing overt religious symbols — with the notable exception of the crucifix.

Dawkins to speak at conference on Secularism

Dawkins to speak at conference on Secularism

Posted: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 11:57

Professor Richard Dawkins has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at The National Secular Society's "Secularism 2012" conference, which will take place in central London on Saturday 22 September.

Catholic Church doesn’t want to share its free schools with non-Catholics

Catholic Church doesn’t want to share its free schools with non-Catholics

Posted: Wed, 08 Aug 2012 12:09

The Catholic Education Service (CES) has been told by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, that it will not be permitted to exceed the number of places reserved for Catholic pupils at Catholic Free Schools beyond the 50% that is permitted at present.

Number of atheists around the world is rising

Number of atheists around the world is rising

Posted: Wed, 08 Aug 2012 12:04

According to the latest global poll released by RedC Opinion Poll, part of WIN-Gallup International, a world-wide network of leading opinion pollsters, the number of self-declared atheists in the world has risen by 9% since the measure was last taken in 2005.

Woman who was sacked for wearing a headscarf loses religious discrimination claim on a technicality

Woman who was sacked for wearing a headscarf loses religious discrimination claim on a technicality

Posted: Wed, 08 Aug 2012 09:57

A Muslim woman in London who claimed she had been sacked from her job in a luggage shop because she wore a headscarf has won her claim of unfair dismissal but lost a claim of direct religious discrimination.

Rush to register land as Chancel Repairs Act is modified

Rush to register land as Chancel Repairs Act is modified

Posted: Fri, 03 Aug 2012 11:09

Residents, most of them elderly, of the parish of St Eadburgha in Gloucestershire had a nasty shock recently, when a letter from the Land Registry dropped through the door telling them that, because of the land on which their house was built, they had a potential legal liability to pay tens of thousands of pounds in church repairs.

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