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EU rejects anti-stem cell and anti-choice citizen initiative

EU rejects anti-stem cell and anti-choice citizen initiative

Posted: Thu, 29 May 2014 12:53

The European Commission announced this week that it was to take no further action on the 'One of Us' citizen initiative.

Poll shows that UK views its Muslims and Jews more favourably than other European countries

Poll shows that UK views its Muslims and Jews more favourably than other European countries

Posted: Wed, 28 May 2014 13:24

According to a recent poll from the US-based Pew Research Centre, the UK has a more favourable opinion of its Muslim community than any other European country surveyed.

UN Committee Against Torture criticises Vatican failures on child abuse

UN Committee Against Torture criticises Vatican failures on child abuse

Posted: Fri, 23 May 2014 13:11

The UN Committee Against Torture has criticised the Vatican (in its guise as The Holy See) for several failures in its handling of the child abuse scandal.

Ex-Muslims call for Islamic education charity to be classified as a “hate group”

Ex-Muslims call for Islamic education charity to be classified as a “hate group”

Posted: Fri, 23 May 2014 12:36

A report published by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) has accused the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) of being a "soft Islamist" group, and has called for its charitable status to be withdrawn.

Catholic school’s admissions policy leaves family in “turmoil”

Catholic school’s admissions policy leaves family in “turmoil”

Posted: Thu, 22 May 2014 13:33

Parents of a child refused a place at a state funded Catholic school have criticised the school over its admissions criteria, and say the school's policy of giving preferential treatment to worshippers has left their lives in turmoil.

EU publishes guidelines on protecting free expression abroad

EU publishes guidelines on protecting free expression abroad

Posted: Tue, 20 May 2014 13:44

The Council of the European Union has adopted human rights guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline.

Scottish local authority plans to introduce discriminatory schools admissions policy

Scottish local authority plans to introduce discriminatory schools admissions policy

Posted: Mon, 19 May 2014 16:51

Falkirk Council has announced plans to change admissions policies for all its denominational (Roman Catholic) schools to ensure baptised children are given priority over other children.

Children allocated places at Sikh academy offered alternatives – but faith school allocations continue to cause resentment

Children allocated places at Sikh academy offered alternatives – but faith school allocations continue to cause resentment

Posted: Thu, 15 May 2014 14:38

Parents who were allocated places at a controversial Sikh school against their wishes have all been found alternative places, the local authority has confirmed.

Big changes for religious reporting

Big changes for religious reporting

Posted: Thu, 15 May 2014 12:55

The BBC has announced that it is replacing its present religious affairs correspondent, Robert Pigott, with Caroline Wyatt who is currently their defence correspondent.

Law Society risks 'undermining' rule of law by promoting sharia, warns Justice Secretary

Law Society risks 'undermining' rule of law by promoting sharia, warns Justice Secretary

Posted: Mon, 12 May 2014 12:15

The Law Society has again defended its practice note on "Sharia succession rules" despite a warning from Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Justice, that it must not "undermine" British legal principles.

Concerns over religious hardliners inspecting independent 'faith schools'

Concerns over religious hardliners inspecting independent 'faith schools'

Posted: Sun, 11 May 2014 09:13

The National Secular Society has expressed concern that inspectors with extremist views are working for the body responsible for inspecting Muslims and Christian independent schools.

Vatican unveils figures on its punishment of child abusers

Vatican unveils figures on its punishment of child abusers

Posted: Wed, 07 May 2014 17:24

The Vatican has, for the first time, revealed how it has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children.

Scottish Parliament challenged over 'Time for Reflection'

Scottish Parliament challenged over 'Time for Reflection'

Posted: Tue, 06 May 2014 16:02

Campaigners in Scotland have called for the Scottish Parliament's weekly 'Time for Reflection' to be more representative of the diversity of religion and belief in Scotland.

US Supreme Court backs prayers during government meetings

US Supreme Court backs prayers during government meetings

Posted: Tue, 06 May 2014 12:55

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that opening public meetings with prayer does not automatically violate the Constitution's ban on government endorsement of religion.

NSS challenges Archbishop’s remarks over 'faith schools'

NSS challenges Archbishop’s remarks over 'faith schools'

Posted: Sun, 04 May 2014 12:50

The National Secular Society has challenged the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, over his comments that Britain is a "deeply Christian country" and that church schools are "a very good use of social capital".

NSS backs petition to end non-stun slaughter

NSS backs petition to end non-stun slaughter

Posted: Fri, 02 May 2014 09:54

The National Secular Society is backing a new campaign by the British Veterinary Association to end non-stun slaughter of animals to improve animal welfare.

Win tickets to see NSS honorary associates speak at the world’s largest philosophy festival

Win tickets to see NSS honorary associates speak at the world’s largest philosophy festival

Posted: Thu, 01 May 2014 18:51

To celebrate the participation of some of our honorary associates, the organisers of HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy festival, are giving away a pair of tickets to all of the associates' events.

MPs call for Catholic schools to be given greater freedoms to discriminate in admissions

MPs call for Catholic schools to be given greater freedoms to discriminate in admissions

Posted: Thu, 01 May 2014 12:38

A number of Conservative MPs have called on the Government to scrap the 50% cap on faith based admissions to free schools, to give Catholic schools greater freedoms to discriminate on religious grounds.

Saudi Arabia calls for criticism of religion to be outlawed in Norway

Saudi Arabia calls for criticism of religion to be outlawed in Norway

Posted: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:50

Saudi Arabia has called for all criticism of religion and of the prophet Mohammed to be made illegal in Norway. The call came during the United Nation's Universal Periodic Review of Norway this week.

Forty-somethings are losing their religion, finds new study

Forty-somethings are losing their religion, finds new study

Posted: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:48

New figures from the UK Data Service's "British Cohort Study" show religion's decline in the lives of the generation born in the 1970s - particularly those raised in the Church of England.

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