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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.

Durham Free School criticised for emphasis on religion when recruiting staff – teachers branded “crap” by MP

Durham Free School criticised for emphasis on religion when recruiting staff – teachers branded “crap” by MP

Posted: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:06

Durham Free School has been strongly criticised for its emphasis on the religious credentials of staff and the poor quality of teachers.

Faith schools accused of blocking NHS sexual health experts from the classroom

Faith schools accused of blocking NHS sexual health experts from the classroom

Posted: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:13

Faith schools in Blackburn have been accused of stopping the NHS Community Education Sexual Health team (CESH) from speaking with students about sex, relationships and contraception.

Secularists call for an end to Chancel Repair Liability in Lords debate

Secularists call for an end to Chancel Repair Liability in Lords debate

Posted: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:26

Secularists made a strong case for abolishing Chancel Repair Liability (CRL) in a debate in the House of Lords, and described CRL as a "medieval anomaly."

Christian doctor performed exorcism on patient, tribunal told

Christian doctor performed exorcism on patient, tribunal told

Posted: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:48

A Christian GP took a mentally ill patient to his church to perform an exorcism, and told her she would be cursed if she reported him, a medical tribunal has heard.

Study finds women are far more likely to be religious than men

Study finds women are far more likely to be religious than men

Posted: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:08

A study of 9,000 Britons has found that women are far more likely than men to believe in God and in an afterlife.

BBC Trust upholds NSS complaint over conflation of race and religion

BBC Trust upholds NSS complaint over conflation of race and religion

Posted: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:12

The NSS has welcomed a ruling from the BBC Trust, upholding a complaint over how the BBC framed a story about the allocation of places at a Sikh faith school as a 'race issue.'

Malta to reform blasphemy law

Malta to reform blasphemy law

Posted: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:27

The Republic of Malta is to reform its long-standing blasphemy law, according to a report in the Sunday Times of Malta.

New Charlie Hebdo editor speaks out to defend secularism

New Charlie Hebdo editor speaks out to defend secularism

Posted: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:13

Gérard Biard, editor of Charlie Hebdo, has spoken out on the virtues of a free press and on the importance of satirising religion.

Bill to allow prayers in council meetings clears Commons

Bill to allow prayers in council meetings clears Commons

Posted: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:09

A private members' bill to allow local authorities to summon councillors to prayer has successfully completed its passage through the House of Commons and will now go to the Lords for further scrutiny.

Tory MP introduces amendment to make council prayers compulsory

Tory MP introduces amendment to make council prayers compulsory

Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:34

Conservative MP Philip Davies has introduced an amendment to the Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill that would make prayers compulsory at the start of local authority meetings.

Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson to present 2015 Secularist of the Year Awards

Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson to present 2015 Secularist of the Year Awards

Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:51

The National Secular Society is pleased to announce that Guardian cartoonist and author Martin Rowson will present this year's Secularist of the Year awards.

Court judgement raises questions about FGM and male circumcision in the UK

Court judgement raises questions about FGM and male circumcision in the UK

Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:02

A senior judge has decried the lack of medical experts in the UK with knowledge of female genital mutilation (FGM), particularly in young children.

Sky News cuts-off live interview and “apologises” for airing image of Prophet Mohammed

Sky News cuts-off live interview and “apologises” for airing image of Prophet Mohammed

Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:50

Caroline Fourest, former writer for Charlie Hebdo, was cut off during a live interview with Sky News as she held up a copy of the Charlie Hebdo magazine front cover.

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