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Educate Together awarded ‘Secularist of the Year’ prize

Educate Together awarded ‘Secularist of the Year’ prize

Posted: Sat, 19 Mar 2016 15:50

The National Secular Society has awarded the annual Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year to Educate Together, an educational charity which runs equality-based, inclusive schools.

Gender equality bills in Pakistan and Nigeria face religious backlash

Gender equality bills in Pakistan and Nigeria face religious backlash

Posted: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 15:56

Plans to protect women and promote gender equality in Pakistan and Nigeria have generated a huge religious backlash – with Muslim and Christian senators saying the Nigerian law was an attack on religion.

Church cut contact with child abuse victim on order of insurers

Church cut contact with child abuse victim on order of insurers

Posted: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:12

A report by Ian Elliott, an expert in child safeguarding, has found "repeated failures" by clergy and bishops in the Church of England to deal with reports by survivors of child abuse.

46% in England support legal limits on free speech where religion is concerned, poll finds

46% in England support legal limits on free speech where religion is concerned, poll finds

Posted: Tue, 15 Mar 2016 16:30

A new report on identity and immigration has found that nearly half of England's population support legal limits on free speech when religion is concerned, and that support for free speech has fallen significantly.

Secularism best to create fair society, says new Pacific Islands Secular Association

Secularism best to create fair society, says new Pacific Islands Secular Association

Posted: Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:22

The UK National Secular Society has congratulated the founders of a new organisation to promote public understanding of secularism in the Pacific Islands.

BBC Trust rules against presenter who asked Christian Concern campaigner if she was a bigot

BBC Trust rules against presenter who asked Christian Concern campaigner if she was a bigot

Posted: Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:10

Former BBC presenter Iain Lee has said he is "flabbergasted" after the BBC Trust ruled his interview with a Christian campaigner was a "serious breach" of editorial guidelines.

Four Newcastle schools facing Church of England takeover

Four Newcastle schools facing Church of England takeover

Posted: Wed, 09 Mar 2016 12:16

Four non-religious schools are to be merged with a CofE primary under a single academy trust controlled by the Church of England, in a move described as a "takeover".

Vatican officials face prosecution in France over failure to report sex abuse priest to police

Vatican officials face prosecution in France over failure to report sex abuse priest to police

Posted: Tue, 08 Mar 2016 13:25

Senior Vatican officials are facing investigation in France over the "non-reporting of crime" and endangering lives, following allegations that clerical sex abuse was not reported to the police.

“Denial” in Bradford Council over illegal religious schools

“Denial” in Bradford Council over illegal religious schools

Posted: Fri, 04 Mar 2016 11:40

Naz Shah MP has told Bradford Council that they are in "denial" over unregistered religious schools that are operating illegally.

Bradford imam praises ‘martyr’ who murdered anti-blasphemy law governor

Bradford imam praises ‘martyr’ who murdered anti-blasphemy law governor

Posted: Fri, 04 Mar 2016 09:57

An influential British imam has praised the killer of the former governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, who was murdered in Pakistan in 2011 after calling for reform of the country's blasphemy laws.

Religion-based Scottish education system needs to adapt to social change, say academics

Religion-based Scottish education system needs to adapt to social change, say academics

Posted: Tue, 01 Mar 2016 15:47

A report into the influence of religion in Scottish law has said that Scotland's education system is out-of-step with society, despite progress in other areas in establishing rights for the non-religious.

Airline to be sued for asking woman to move seats to accommodate Orthodox male passenger

Airline to be sued for asking woman to move seats to accommodate Orthodox male passenger

Posted: Tue, 01 Mar 2016 13:46

An 81 year old holocaust survivor is suing El Al airlines after she was asked to move seats because an ultra-Orthodox male passenger said he would not sit next to a woman.

Students launch #Right2Debate campaign, as protest planned against NUS no-platform policies

Students launch #Right2Debate campaign, as protest planned against NUS no-platform policies

Posted: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:38

A student-led free speech campaign supported by the counter-extremism think tank Quilliam is urging for reform of campus debate, as the NUS faces calls from secularists and ex-Muslims to revise 'safe space' policies.

Call for Muslim women to be better informed about legal rights relating to marriage and divorce

Call for Muslim women to be better informed about legal rights relating to marriage and divorce

Posted: Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:25

A report from the Muslim Women's Network (MWNUK) has called for greater efforts to promote women's legal rights, warning that some Muslim men are using marriage and divorce as a "psychological tool against women".

NSS raises alarm over major flaws in Church’s sex abuse inquiry

NSS raises alarm over major flaws in Church’s sex abuse inquiry

Posted: Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:54

The National Secular Society has warned that the Church's inquiry into their handling of the Bishop Peter Ball sex abuse case could leave significant questions unanswered.

Welby says separation of church and state “would not be a disaster”, admits establishment has been abused

Welby says separation of church and state “would not be a disaster”, admits establishment has been abused

Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:08

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that while he is opposed to the disestablishment of the Church of England, the separation of church and state would not be a disaster for the Anglican Church.

Religious rules in US Catholic hospitals putting female patients in danger

Religious rules in US Catholic hospitals putting female patients in danger

Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:01

A report leaked to the Guardian has exposed extraordinary risks taken with the health of female patients by forcing them to undergo unsafe miscarriages.

Pope becomes more lenient on bishops over child abuse, again

Pope becomes more lenient on bishops over child abuse, again

Posted: Fri, 19 Feb 2016 13:55

The National Secular Society has strongly criticised Pope Francis' call for bishops who moved paedophile priests between parishes to resign and warned that this does not go nearly far enough.

Church stresses “urgent need” to focus evangelism on children, young people and their parents

Church stresses “urgent need” to focus evangelism on children, young people and their parents

Posted: Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:19

The NSS has warned that publicly funded schools shouldn't be used for evangelism after a report from the Church of England stressed an "urgent need to focus on children, young people and their parents".

Catholics for Choice defend secularism against Pope’s misrepresentation

Catholics for Choice defend secularism against Pope’s misrepresentation

Posted: Tue, 16 Feb 2016 14:04

A liberal international Catholic group has criticised the Pope for misrepresenting secularism in a joint declaration he issued with Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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