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Car park charges “threaten” Christians, according to church leaders

Car park charges “threaten” Christians, according to church leaders

Posted: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:20

Christian groups have responded angrily to plans by Edinburgh Council to abolish free parking on Sunday mornings.

Egyptian cleric warns of “new wave of hatred” over Charlie Hebdo cartoon

Egyptian cleric warns of “new wave of hatred” over Charlie Hebdo cartoon

Posted: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:20

The Egyptian Grand Muftihas criticised Charlie Hebdo's decision to print a new cartoon featuring the Prophet Mohammed and warned of a "new wave of hatred."

Evangelical church banned from Swansea University, after “cult” recruitment fears

Evangelical church banned from Swansea University, after “cult” recruitment fears

Posted: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:45

The Freedom Church, an affiliate of Evangelical Alliance, has been banned from the campus of Swansea University after allegations that it was using "aggressive" recruitment strategies which targeted first year students.

Council prayers bill makes progress: MP “rejoices” to live in country with established Church

Council prayers bill makes progress: MP “rejoices” to live in country with established Church

Posted: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 11:49

The Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill to allow councillors to be summoned to pray has passed a further stage on its race to becoming law.

BBC restrictions on depicting Mohammed must be abolished, says NSS

BBC restrictions on depicting Mohammed must be abolished, says NSS

Posted: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 10:38

The National Secular Society is calling on the Government to compel the BBC to remove a restriction on any depiction of the prophet Mohammed.

Islamist attack on Paris satirical magazine leaves 12 dead

Islamist attack on Paris satirical magazine leaves 12 dead

Posted: Wed, 07 Jan 2015 12:48

Three masked gunmen have stormed the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, leaving 12 dead. 5 others suffered critical injuries, according to current reports.

NSS Respond to Parliamentary Reform Committee

NSS Respond to Parliamentary Reform Committee

Posted: Tue, 06 Jan 2015 15:18

The National Secular Society has responded to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee's consultation on a "new Magna Carta." The Committee has been inviting members of the public to give their views on whether the UK should have a written constitution.

58 Plymouth Brethren churches given charitable status

58 Plymouth Brethren churches given charitable status

Posted: Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:06

Almost 60 Plymouth Brethren congregations have gained charitable status in the past year providing them with significant tax benefits.

Jewish faith school’s admission policy amounts to “discrimination on the basis of race”

Jewish faith school’s admission policy amounts to “discrimination on the basis of race”

Posted: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:50

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has instructed two Jewish faith schools to revise their admissions policies, with one of the schools found to have a policy which amounted to "discrimination on the basis of race."

New Government backed council prayers bill will 'undermine religious freedom'

New Government backed council prayers bill will 'undermine religious freedom'

Posted: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:46

The NSS has accused the Government of undermining religious freedom by supporting a bill to include "prayers or other religious observance" in the business of local authority meetings.

Who should be the next Secularist of the Year?

Who should be the next Secularist of the Year?

Posted: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:38

Tickets are now on sale for Secularist of the Year 2015 and the National Secular Society is seeking the public's nominations to receive the prize.

NSS welcomes Supreme Court ruling on abortion objection case

NSS welcomes Supreme Court ruling on abortion objection case

Posted: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:05

The Supreme Court has overturned a ruling on the case of two Catholic midwives. The nurses had claimed the right not to "delegate, supervise and support" staff who were involved in abortions.

Government forces local authority to hand over £1 million site to 'Sikh ethos free school'

Government forces local authority to hand over £1 million site to 'Sikh ethos free school'

Posted: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:07

Leeds City Council has been ordered to hand over a former primary school site worth almost £1 million to an enable an undersubscribed Sikh free school to relocate.

Schools Minister writes to Rabbi over advice to avoid science questions at Jewish faith school

Schools Minister writes to Rabbi over advice to avoid science questions at Jewish faith school

Posted: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:59

The Minister for Schools has written to an Orthodox Jewish school, after the NSS raised concerns that the school was advising pupils to not answer exam questions on evolution and human reproduction.

House of Lords debates FGM and Sharia Law in the UK

House of Lords debates FGM and Sharia Law in the UK

Posted: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:31

On Thursday 11 December, there were debates in the House of Lords on female genital mutilation (FGM) and the "impact of Sharia Law on the United Kingdom."

IHEU report reveals extent of global discrimination against non-believers

IHEU report reveals extent of global discrimination against non-believers

Posted: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:26

The International Humanist and Ethical Union's second annual report on the state of human rights for non-believers, atheists and agnostics around the world has found a global "trend towards targeting 'atheists'."

Poland overturns ban on non-stun slaughter of animals in favour of religious privilege

Poland overturns ban on non-stun slaughter of animals in favour of religious privilege

Posted: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:36

The Polish Constitutional Tribunal has overturned a ban on the religious (non-stun) slaughter of animals.

New report on UK sharia ‘marriages’ exposes “tip of the iceberg”

New report on UK sharia ‘marriages’ exposes “tip of the iceberg”

Posted: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:54

A report by a human rights group has exposed the vulnerability of Muslim women living in Islamic 'marriages' in the UK.

NSS warns against bill allowing religious exemptions to Northern Ireland’s equality laws

NSS warns against bill allowing religious exemptions to Northern Ireland’s equality laws

Posted: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:28

DUP backbencher Paul Givan has proposed a Bill to create a religious exemption in Northern Ireland's equality legislation, allowing businesses to refuse services on the grounds of "strongly held religious convictions."

Law Society did not consult before issuing Sharia guidance

Law Society did not consult before issuing Sharia guidance

Posted: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:21

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the Law Society did not consult any religious groups or individuals before issuing its now-withdrawn Sharia guidance.

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