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Religious extremism in Islamic charity is exposed by ITV documentary

Religious extremism in Islamic charity is exposed by ITV documentary

Posted: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:01

An ITV documentary has exposed radicalism and anti-Semitism in an Islamic charity with alleged extremist links.

Norman Bonney 1944 – 2015

Norman Bonney 1944 – 2015

Posted: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:42

We are sad to report the death of Prof. Norman Bonney on 13 February after a long illness, which caused him to resign last year from the NSS Council after four years' service.

Church of England voting guidance says religion cannot be separated from politics

Church of England voting guidance says religion cannot be separated from politics

Posted: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:51

The Church of England has published a letter advising Church members on the upcoming election, in a move which has drawn significant criticism.

£400,000 Government scheme to “strengthen” faith organisations in Britain

£400,000 Government scheme to “strengthen” faith organisations in Britain

Posted: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:21

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is giving away £400,000 to a religious organisation or consortium, with the purpose of "strengthening" faith groups in the UK.

NSS discuss rise in religious hate crime with Communities Minister

NSS discuss rise in religious hate crime with Communities Minister

Posted: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:34

The National Secular Society has met with the Department for Communities and Local Government to discuss the rise in religious hate crime and the ways in which it is tackled.

Surge in atheism amongst young Britons bolsters case for a secular UK

Surge in atheism amongst young Britons bolsters case for a secular UK

Posted: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:28

One third of under-24s describe themselves as atheists, according to a new poll which offers more evidence for a "generational shift" away from religious belief.

Law firms who offer sharia advice in breach of insurance regulations, says new research

Law firms who offer sharia advice in breach of insurance regulations, says new research

Posted: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 08:36

Research by the Lawyers' Secular Society has exposed serious risks for law firms who offer advice on sharia law.

Catholic school's transport 'discrimination' claim disputed by secularists

Catholic school's transport 'discrimination' claim disputed by secularists

Posted: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:50

Swansea Council is facing a judicial review after deciding to phase-out its subsidy for faith school students to have free transport to school.

Charles vows to keep “Defender of the Faith” title as King

Charles vows to keep “Defender of the Faith” title as King

Posted: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:28

Prince Charles has stated that he will retain the monarch's traditional title as "Defender of the Faith" as King, whilst "ensuring that other people's faiths can also be practised."

BBC cuts religion on radio by 37 per cent

BBC cuts religion on radio by 37 per cent

Posted: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:12

The latest BBC Annual Report indicates that although religious broadcasting on radio has declined, the amount of religion on TV has increased.

Cambridge secularists sever ties with “discriminatory” RE Advisory Council

Cambridge secularists sever ties with “discriminatory” RE Advisory Council

Posted: Thu, 05 Feb 2015 11:46

The Cambridge Secular Society has cut off links with the Cambridgeshire RE council, and will now focus on helping parents withdraw their children from Collective Worship.

French religious leaders asked to sign free speech declaration

French religious leaders asked to sign free speech declaration

Posted: Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:34

Reporters Without Borders is asking French religious leaders to sign a statement declaring that "everyone is free to express criticism… of any system of political, philosophical or religious thought."

Equality and Human Rights Commission publishes new freedom of expression guidelines

Equality and Human Rights Commission publishes new freedom of expression guidelines

Posted: Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:04

New guidance on freedom of expression has been published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Peers and secularists criticise Government over failure to act on caste-based discrimination

Peers and secularists criticise Government over failure to act on caste-based discrimination

Posted: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:16

A debate in the House of Lords has seen cross-party condemnation of the Government over its failure to implement legislation intended to protect citizens from caste-based discrimination.

Anglican vicar denounces Charlie Hebdo as “vile”, says religion should be protected from ridicule

Anglican vicar denounces Charlie Hebdo as “vile”, says religion should be protected from ridicule

Posted: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 16:38

An Anglican vicar has described the French satirical, anti-racist magazine Charlie Hebdo as a "nihilistic little rag" and compared their cartoons to the anti-Semitic publications of Nazi Germany.

Town Council divided over prayers in meetings

Town Council divided over prayers in meetings

Posted: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:16

The controversial topic of prayers in council meetings has divided local councillors in Hampshire after a recent vote on the matter saw a 3-3 split on Whitchurch Town Council.

100,000 join vets and secularists in calling for an end to non-stun slaughter

100,000 join vets and secularists in calling for an end to non-stun slaughter

Posted: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:03

A petition calling on the Government to end the religious exemption for non-stun slaughter has passed 100,000 signatures and will be considered for a debate in Parliament.

Creationism motion gains more support in Scottish Parliament

Creationism motion gains more support in Scottish Parliament

Posted: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:23

Two MSPs have offered formal support for a motion which calls for Scottish children to be made "aware of" creationist teaching.

Christian GP who performed exorcism on patient is struck off

Christian GP who performed exorcism on patient is struck off

Posted: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:12

A Christian GP has been struck off after he took a mentally ill patient to his church to perform an exorcism, and told her she would be cursed if she reported him.

Conference on Sharia law, apostasy and secularism

Conference on Sharia law, apostasy and secularism

Posted: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:39

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is hosting a day-long conference on 7 February 2015 in London.

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