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NSS welcomes investigation into “extremist schools”

NSS welcomes investigation into “extremist schools”

Posted: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:59

The National Secular Society has welcomed reports that Ofsted inspectors are to be sent to schools amid concerns that children are being radicalised and exposed to extremist ideologies.

Faith school allocation may infringe human rights

Faith school allocation may infringe human rights

Posted: Sun, 06 Apr 2014 07:09

Non-religious and Christian parents who have been allocated places for their children at a Sikh free school have argued that their right to educate their children according to their beliefs is being infringed.

Poland partially revokes its ban on ritual animal slaughter

Poland partially revokes its ban on ritual animal slaughter

Posted: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:11

The Polish parliament has given in to worldwide pressure from Jewish and Muslim groups and revised its ban on ritual slaughter of animals without pre-stunning.

Magazine raises potential conflict of interest in Scottish gay adoption charity decision

Magazine raises potential conflict of interest in Scottish gay adoption charity decision

Posted: Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:19

The Scottish Review, an on-line magazine for discussion of Scottish affairs, questions in its latest issue whether there may have been a conflict of interest in the controversial decision by the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel on St Margaret's Catholic Adoption Society.

Police compensate street preacher after arrest for preaching biblical condemnation of homosexuals

Police compensate street preacher after arrest for preaching biblical condemnation of homosexuals

Posted: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:11

Greater Manchester Police have awarded a Christian street preacher £13,000 in compensation after he was put in a cell, without food and water for 19 hours, for preaching against homosexuality.

Success! Exam regulator bans censorship of exam questions at faith schools

Success! Exam regulator bans censorship of exam questions at faith schools

Posted: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:30

Faith schools will no longer be allowed to redact questions about evolution and reproduction from science exam papers on grounds of religious sensitivity, and any attempt to do so will be treated as "malpractice" the exam regulator has said.

Equality watchdog rebukes Charity Appeal panel for “mistaken” ruling on gay adoption

Equality watchdog rebukes Charity Appeal panel for “mistaken” ruling on gay adoption

Posted: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:45

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has dismissed as "mistaken" a decision by the Scottish Charities Appeal Panel to permit a Catholic adoption agency to continue discriminating against gay couples.

Secularist of the Year awarded to Turkish MP, Safak Pavey

Secularist of the Year awarded to Turkish MP, Safak Pavey

Posted: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:44

Turkish MP and human rights campaigner, Safak Pavey, has been named Secularist of the Year at an award ceremony hosted by the National Secular Society.

Al-Madinah free school under scrutiny again

Al-Madinah free school under scrutiny again

Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:31

The education watchdog Ofsted will pay a further monitoring visit to the controversial Al-Madinah Muslim School in Derby. Inspectors want to find out if there have been any improvements since the school hit the headlines last October over accusations of extremism and mismanagement.

Derbyshire County Council scraps “faith school transport”; Bradford and Northumberland to follow soon?

Derbyshire County Council scraps “faith school transport”; Bradford and Northumberland to follow soon?

Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:29

Councillors at Derbyshire County Council have approved a proposal to cut free transport for pupils travelling to religious schools.

Bishop wants to withhold communion from Catholic MPs who vote against doctrine

Bishop wants to withhold communion from Catholic MPs who vote against doctrine

Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:37

The Bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan, has said in an interview that Catholic politicians who voted for same-sex marriage should be denied Communion.

Secular courts should not rule on the truth or otherwise of religious teachings – judge

Secular courts should not rule on the truth or otherwise of religious teachings – judge

Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:33

A British judge has said that it is never right for a secular court to rule on the truth or otherwise of religious claims, as he throws out fraud case against the Mormon Church.

Church of England bids to open school on major new housing development

Church of England bids to open school on major new housing development

Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:36

The Church of England is bidding to run the first primary school which will be built on a major new housing development in Kettering.

Last chance to buy tickets for Secularist of the Year

Last chance to buy tickets for Secularist of the Year

Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:43

With just a week to go until Secularist of the Year, time is running out to get your tickets for the highlight of the secular social calendar.

Religious education contributes to good community relations, claims parliamentary report

Religious education contributes to good community relations, claims parliamentary report

Posted: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:25

A parliamentary group has published a report saying that Religious Education in schools can help counter extremism and build better community relations.

Scottish charity regulator will not challenge appeal panel’s ruling on Catholic adoption agency

Scottish charity regulator will not challenge appeal panel’s ruling on Catholic adoption agency

Posted: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:42

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator will not appeal a court ruling quashing its decision to revoke charitable status from a Catholic adoption agency which discriminates against same-sex couples.

BBC drops homosexuality debate from 'Free Speech' show after objections from mosque

BBC drops homosexuality debate from 'Free Speech' show after objections from mosque

Posted: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:25

The BBC has controversially dropped a debate on homosexuality from a live panel discussion show because of objections from Birmingham Central Mosque in which the programme was being filmed.

IHEU defends freedom of thought for all at the UN

IHEU defends freedom of thought for all at the UN

Posted: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:42

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has spoken out at the Human Rights Council (HRC) to defend freedom of thought for all – including the non-religious.

Christian sacked from nursery did not suffer religious discrimination, appeals tribunal rules

Christian sacked from nursery did not suffer religious discrimination, appeals tribunal rules

Posted: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:21

An Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has dismissed an appeal from a woman who claimed she had been fired from her job in a nursery because of her religious beliefs.

University of Edinburgh students win “best secularist student activity” award

University of Edinburgh students win “best secularist student activity” award

Posted: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:17

This year's AHS award for the best secularist student activity has been awarded to University of Edinburgh Humanist Society in recognition of their recent efforts to influence and change Edinburgh University Students Association policy.

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