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NSS urges Government to resist regressive demands to lift admissions cap on faith schools

NSS urges Government to resist regressive demands to lift admissions cap on faith schools

Posted: Wed, 20 May 2015 12:57

The NSS has urged the Government to resist regressive demands to allow more discrimination in faith schools after it emerged the Catholic Education Service is lobbying "hard" to remove the cap on faith-based admissions to academies – and is hopeful that the Government will revisit the issue.

'Gay cake' ruling: “no exceptions” to equality laws for religious beliefs

'Gay cake' ruling: “no exceptions” to equality laws for religious beliefs

Posted: Tue, 19 May 2015 11:47

Belfast County Court has ruled that the Ashers Bakery, run by a Christian family, unlawfully discriminated against a gay customer who ordered a cake featuring a slogan in support of marriage equality.

75% of Britons have never been influenced by a religious leader

75% of Britons have never been influenced by a religious leader

Posted: Mon, 18 May 2015 14:42

Polling by YouGov has found that while a slim plurality of Britons think religious leaders should comment on politics and the economy, just 19% are actually influenced by what religious leaders say.

Whitchurch scraps prayers in Council meetings

Whitchurch scraps prayers in Council meetings

Posted: Mon, 18 May 2015 12:32

Whitchurch Town Council has voted to abolish the practice of saying prayers at its meetings, just weeks after the previous Government passed legislation enabling councils to include religious observances as part of their official meetings.

MP warns of “religions intimidation” of Muslim voters

MP warns of “religions intimidation” of Muslim voters

Posted: Sat, 16 May 2015 07:59

The Labour MP for Slough has hit out against voter intimidation, after some Muslim voters were told that they were not 'true Muslims' unless they voted against her.

Former High Court judge compares secularism to religious repression of the Tudors

Former High Court judge compares secularism to religious repression of the Tudors

Posted: Fri, 15 May 2015 10:55

The National Secular Society has strongly rejected the comments of a former High Court judge, who said atheists and secularists exhibit an attitude to "freedom of speech which is as restrictive of that of Elizabeth I or Burghley."

Government’s anti-extremism plans will have 'chilling effect' on free speech

Government’s anti-extremism plans will have 'chilling effect' on free speech

Posted: Thu, 14 May 2015 12:55

The National Secular Society has expressed concern at the Government's new proposals to challenge extremism and radicalisation.

NSS welcomes Eric Pickles’ exit from Cabinet

NSS welcomes Eric Pickles’ exit from Cabinet

Posted: Wed, 13 May 2015 11:39

The removal of Eric Pickles from the post of Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has been welcomed by the National Secular Society.

NSS joins calls for Government to recognise global discrimination against atheists- as third Bangladeshi blogger is hacked to death

NSS joins calls for Government to recognise global discrimination against atheists- as third Bangladeshi blogger is hacked to death

Posted: Tue, 12 May 2015 13:44

The National Secular Society is calling on the Government to do more to tackle global discrimination against non-believers, secularists and humanists- after a third Bangladeshi secular blogger was murdered.

Bath Student Union says decision to cut Jesus and Mohammed sketch was “in line with normal practice”

Bath Student Union says decision to cut Jesus and Mohammed sketch was “in line with normal practice”

Posted: Mon, 11 May 2015 13:03

Bath Student Union has defended their decision to cut 'blasphemous' material from a student group's comedy show, saying that it is "normal practice" for Student Union officers to edit scripts.

Faith school closes so staff can go on religious pilgrimage

Faith school closes so staff can go on religious pilgrimage

Posted: Thu, 07 May 2015 14:38

A Catholic primary school in Birmingham closed for a day during term-time so that its staff could attend a pilgrimage to the Vatican.

Take action: Urge Paraguayan authorities to provide a safe abortion for 10-year-old rape survivor

Take action: Urge Paraguayan authorities to provide a safe abortion for 10-year-old rape survivor

Posted: Thu, 07 May 2015 10:24

The National Secular Society is urging its supporters to call on Paraguayan authorities to grant an abortion to a 10-year-old-girl who is pregnant after having been raped by her stepfather.

91% of barristers would insist witnesses remove face veil while giving evidence

91% of barristers would insist witnesses remove face veil while giving evidence

Posted: Wed, 06 May 2015 12:28

Over 90% of barristers would support some limits on face veils during trials, it has emerged.

British Muslim Youth object after cancellation of debate following police intervention

British Muslim Youth object after cancellation of debate following police intervention

Posted: Tue, 05 May 2015 11:39

A Muslim youth organisation has complained that a debate they had arranged with ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson was prevented from taking place by South Yorkshire Police and the Rotherham Borough Council.

Prayers cause conflict on Northern Ireland council

Prayers cause conflict on Northern Ireland council

Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:03

Councillors in Northern Ireland have been left bitterly split after an hour long row over whether to begin council meetings with prayers.

Free speech campaigners concerned by Ed Miliband’s vow to ban ‘Islamophobia’- without defining what it means

Free speech campaigners concerned by Ed Miliband’s vow to ban ‘Islamophobia’- without defining what it means

Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:26

The National Secular Society and other advocates for freedom of expression have expressed alarm after Labour leader Ed Miliband set out his intention to 'outlaw' Islamophobia.

Nigel Farage calls for “muscular defence” of Christianity in the UK

Nigel Farage calls for “muscular defence” of Christianity in the UK

Posted: Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:22

Nigel Farage has said that Christianity is a "significant part" of his "vision for the future of Britain" in a special message on "UKIP Policies for Christians."

Bath Student Union and university chaplains blocked comedy sketch material on Mohammed and Jesus

Bath Student Union and university chaplains blocked comedy sketch material on Mohammed and Jesus

Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:42

Student Union officials and university chaplains ordered a line featuring Mohammed cut from a student comedy show, because it caused "great offence."

Less than 40% of would-be MPs claim a belief in God

Less than 40% of would-be MPs claim a belief in God

Posted: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:49

A survey carried out by Whitehouse Consultancy has found that 33% of parliamentary candidates contesting marginal seats describe themselves as atheists.

NSS backs parents allocated Sikh school against their wishes

NSS backs parents allocated Sikh school against their wishes

Posted: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:05

The National Secular Society is supporting parents whose children have been allocated a Sikh ethos free school against their wishes.

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