Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:30
Parents and teachers at a school in Dagenham who campaigned against its closure and amalgamation with a church school have won a victory after the local council announced that the school will remain open as a community school.
Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:37
Two Swiss hospitals have suspended the performance of infant circumcision, after the ruling of a German court in Cologne which said that religious circumcision was likely to be illegal because it infringed the rights of the child.
Posted: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:11
The European Humanist Federation, to which the National Secular Society is affiliated, has protested to the Greek Justice Minister about the arrest of three actors on charges of blasphemy.
Posted: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:34
Councillors in Woking have officially adopted a controversial new policy statement which gives free parking concessions to members of the faith community.
Posted: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:18
The court decision in Germany that held that circumcision, carried out for religious — as opposed to medical — reasons, is potentially harmful has been fiercely opposed by religious interests, putting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Posted: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:25
A landmark hearing at the Supreme Court in London on Monday will consider who is responsible for compensating victims of child abuse by Catholic priests.
Posted: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:05
St Albans district council has voted 34-13 to discontinue prayers as part of the agenda for full council meetings, but to have a separate voluntary prayer session beforehand.
Posted: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:10
The National Trust has announced plans to review the controversial exhibit in the new Giants' Causeway visitors centre which gives credence to the creationist 'explanation' of the natural phenomenon on Northern Ireland's north Antrim coast.
Posted: Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:06
As further evidence of the secularising direction of Ireland and its downgrading of the influence of the Catholic Church, the Defence Minister, Alan Shatter, recently refused to allow the army to provide a "guard of honour" for a procession during the Vatican's International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.
Posted: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 12:46
Barking and Dagenham Council has agreed to the controversial amalgamation of a community school in Dagenham with a neighbouring Church of England voluntary aided Junior School.
Posted: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:17
An attempt by the Government to reform the House of Lords looks doomed after 91 Conservative MPs defied their party whip this week and voted against plans for a mainly elected second chamber. During the two day debate there was much criticism of the plans to retain the bench of Church of England bishops.
Posted: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 09:52
The small German magazine Titanic is being prosecuted by the Pope over the cover of its latest edition which satirises the "Vatileaks" scandal.
Posted: Fri, 06 Jul 2012 15:44
New research in the USA shows that Jehovah's Witnesses who refuse blood transfusions recover from heart surgery faster and with fewer complications than those who have transfusions.
Posted: Thu, 05 Jul 2012 14:32
Forty Sikh militants in Kembrey Park in Wiltshire locked themselves inside a local temple last Saturday to stop a Sikh woman marrying a Christian man of West African background.
Posted: Thu, 05 Jul 2012 13:21
The National Trust has come under fire for including an exhibit in the new Giants' Causeway Visitors' Centre acknowledging the creationist view of how the world-famous stones were formed.
Posted: Thu, 05 Jul 2012 09:06
Parents, doctors and researchers in Calgary have launched a fight to overturn a Catholic School District's ban on vaccinations for girls against the human papilloma virus (HPV).
Posted: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 09:53
Teachers at a community school threatened with amalgamation with a religious school are to stage a one day strike in protest over the plans.
Posted: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:10
Church of England Bishops will retain reserved seats in the House of Lords according to proposals published today by the Deputy Prime Minister.
Posted: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:59
The National Secular Society has welcomed an announcement from Edinburgh City Council that new ten minute "Pause for Reflection" sessions will be held before council meetings in place of prayers during them.
Posted: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:07
The Church of England's failure to distinguish between social, religious and legal institutions of marriage "confuses the issues" according to a legal opinion obtained by the National Secular Society about the Church's controversial response to the Government's consultation on equal marriage. The consultation has just closed.