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Abolish Bishops’ Bench to reduce the size of the House of Lords

Abolish Bishops’ Bench to reduce the size of the House of Lords

Posted: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:10

The National Secular Society has recommended the removal of the Bishops' Bench to a parliamentary inquiry into how to reduce the size of the bloated House of Lords.

NSS welcomes “common sense” ruling on time off work for five week religious holiday

NSS welcomes “common sense” ruling on time off work for five week religious holiday

Posted: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:03

An employment tribunal has found that London Underground did not discriminate against an employee by denying him five weeks off work to attend religious festivals.

Success! Gwynedd Council rethinks plan to impose church school on community

Success! Gwynedd Council rethinks plan to impose church school on community

Posted: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:59

Plans for a new 'super school' in Bala to have a religious designation have been shelved following widespread opposition to the proposal.

Pupils should have the same entitlement to religion and belief education - NSS tells RE Commission

Pupils should have the same entitlement to religion and belief education - NSS tells RE Commission

Posted: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:08

Every pupil should have the same basic entitlement to non-partisan education about religion and belief, the National Secular Society has said in a submission to the Commission on Religious Education.

43% of universities restrict speech that might “offend” religious people

43% of universities restrict speech that might “offend” religious people

Posted: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:07

University administrations are becoming increasingly "censorious", with 43% of universities censoring speech that might "offend" religious people, according to online magazine Spiked.

Liam Neeson backs integrated education in Northern Ireland

Liam Neeson backs integrated education in Northern Ireland

Posted: Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:00

Actor Liam Neeson has released a video message calling for more integrated schools in Northern Ireland.

American secularists express alarm over Trump’s new Secretary of Education

American secularists express alarm over Trump’s new Secretary of Education

Posted: Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:38

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has said it is disappointed after the Senate narrowly voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education.

Secular schools ‘more appropriate than faith schools’ in diverse Britain

Secular schools ‘more appropriate than faith schools’ in diverse Britain

Posted: Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:43

Pupils from Muslim backgrounds outnumber those from Christian families in more than 30 Church of England faith schools, according to a report in the Times.

Trump to shred key separation between religion and politics

Trump to shred key separation between religion and politics

Posted: Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:02

President Trump has promised to fulfil a campaign pledge to abolish the Johnson Amendment, which prevents tax-exempt organisations, including churches, from partisan political activity.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to present Secularist of the Year awards

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to present Secularist of the Year awards

Posted: Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:41

The National Secular Society is pleased to announce that this year's Secularist of the Year award will be presented by journalist and writer Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

Non-religious parents will be disadvantaged by new faith school, NSS tells Council

Non-religious parents will be disadvantaged by new faith school, NSS tells Council

Posted: Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:31

The NSS has warned Powys Council that significant numbers of non-religious parents and young people will be disadvantaged under plans to replace existing schools with a faith school.

Children lose contact with transgender parent because Orthodox community will ostracise them

Children lose contact with transgender parent because Orthodox community will ostracise them

Posted: Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:24

A judge has declined a transgender father's request for contact to see her five children, reluctantly concluding that the children could not escape the adult reaction to their relationship.

Government’s own legal advice says plans to outlaw ‘non-violent extremism’ are incompatible with free speech

Government’s own legal advice says plans to outlaw ‘non-violent extremism’ are incompatible with free speech

Posted: Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:44

The Government's plans to ban 'non-violent extremism' are "sinking without trace", a source close to the efforts has told the Guardian.

Church appointee tells education committee learning about “LGBT lifestyles” leaves children “disturbed”

Church appointee tells education committee learning about “LGBT lifestyles” leaves children “disturbed”

Posted: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:09

A clergyman has used his privileged position on Highland Council education committee to attack "overt" LGBT people.

Suffragettes would “turn in their graves” at the suffering of women under sharia, says peer

Suffragettes would “turn in their graves” at the suffering of women under sharia, says peer

Posted: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:00

Baroness Cox has launched a fresh attempt to tackle sharia councils operating in the UK and protect women's rights.

Government must not prop up the Church of England, says NSS

Government must not prop up the Church of England, says NSS

Posted: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:37

The National Secular Society has urged the Government to allow the Church of England to find its own level of sustainability, in a response to a Government-led review.

Don’t force the hijab on young girls, says Muslim women’s rights campaigner

Don’t force the hijab on young girls, says Muslim women’s rights campaigner

Posted: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:33

Shaista Gohir of the Muslim Women's Network has criticised Muslim parents who make their young daughters wear hijabs.

Northern Ireland: Secularists support moves to integrate education

Northern Ireland: Secularists support moves to integrate education

Posted: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:03

The NSS has called for more efforts to integrate education, promote citizenship education and reduce discrimination against pupils and teachers in Northern Ireland.

Council declines £11,000 donation, to avoid opening a sports centre on the Sabbath

Council declines £11,000 donation, to avoid opening a sports centre on the Sabbath

Posted: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:03

Campaigners have criticised Lewis Council after councillors declined a donation of over £11,000 intended to fund the opening of a popular swimming pool on Sundays.

MP calls for urgent action after killer of Asad Shah incites anti-Ahmadi violence from prison

MP calls for urgent action after killer of Asad Shah incites anti-Ahmadi violence from prison

Posted: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:38

An MP has urged the Scottish Government to take action after Tanver Ahmed, who killed Ahmadi Muslim shopkeeper Asad Shah, released another anti-Ahmadi recording from prison.

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