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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.

“All schools” must provide sex education, says Labour MP in appeal for Conservative support

“All schools” must provide sex education, says Labour MP in appeal for Conservative support

Posted: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:51

Labour MP Stella Creasy has written in Conservative Home appealing for cross-party support to make sex and relationships education (SRE) mandatory in all schools, including faith schools.

Legacy of Charlie Hebdo honoured in event at Parliament

Legacy of Charlie Hebdo honoured in event at Parliament

Posted: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:01

Members and supporters of the National Secular Society gathered in Portcullis House on Wednesday night to discuss the future of free speech, two years after the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

The need for a secular state “has never been greater”, says new report

The need for a secular state “has never been greater”, says new report

Posted: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:30

A secularist report produced by academics and campaigners has urged the Government to reject calls for more religious privilege.

Latest religious takeover will see two community schools run by the Church

Latest religious takeover will see two community schools run by the Church

Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:00

Two community schools in Kent are to be folded into an academy trust under Church control, in the latest Church takeover of community schools, a trend warned of by the National Secular Society last year.

Local community rallies against religious ethos for new school

Local community rallies against religious ethos for new school

Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:43

Hundreds of people have protested against a new school in Bala having a Church in Wales ethos, and a local councillor has called on the Church to back away from the project.

Ireland to consider banning schools from using religion in admissions

Ireland to consider banning schools from using religion in admissions

Posted: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:57

The Irish Minister for Education and Skills has set out plans to tackle the religious discrimination endemic in the Irish education system, hitting out at the unfairness of a baptism requirement for school places.

Tickets on sale and nominations open for Secularist of the Year 2017!

Tickets on sale and nominations open for Secularist of the Year 2017!

Posted: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:14

It isn't long until Secularist of the Year 2017, and the National Secular Society is seeking your nominations for the award.

Britain has no national religious identity, say 18 to 24s

Britain has no national religious identity, say 18 to 24s

Posted: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:27

A ComRes poll has found that a plurality of 18 to 24 year olds believe Britain is a country "without a specific religious identity."

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