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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.

Another church backtracks over chancel repair liability

Another church backtracks over chancel repair liability

Posted: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:32

A church in East Yorkshire has become the latest to back down after facing opposition to its plans to use an ancient land law to make residents pay for church repairs.

Local campaign forces church U-turn over Chancel Repair Liability

Local campaign forces church U-turn over Chancel Repair Liability

Posted: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:59

A parochial church council that used an ancient law to make homeowners financially liable for repairs to their local church has withdrawn its claim.

Secular lawyers question Law Society about guidance on sharia-compliant wills

Secular lawyers question Law Society about guidance on sharia-compliant wills

Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:22

Secular lawyers concerned by the publication of a practice note on Sharia succession rules by the Law Society have written to the Society outlining their concerns.

Church of England School refuses parish council appeal to change faith-based admissions criteria

Church of England School refuses parish council appeal to change faith-based admissions criteria

Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:47

A Church of England school near Sevenoaks, Kent has refused an appeal by the local parish council to end discrimination against non-churchgoers.

NSS welcomes Lib Dem leader’s calls for separation of church and state

NSS welcomes Lib Dem leader’s calls for separation of church and state

Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:55

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has called for the "eventual" disestablishment of the Church of England.

Christian Legal Centre brings a familiar tactic to bear on religious discrimination case

Christian Legal Centre brings a familiar tactic to bear on religious discrimination case

Posted: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:28

The Christian Legal Centre (CLC) is launching yet another attempt to gain privileges for Christians in the workplace – and calling on David Cameron to put his supposed "evangelical Christianity" into action over the case.

Prime Minister calls on Christians to be more "evangelical"

Prime Minister calls on Christians to be more "evangelical"

Posted: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:20

In his most recent effort to highlight his strong Christian faith and the importance of Christianity within the UK, David Cameron has called for Christians to be more "evangelical".

Catholic school withdraws job offer over headteacher's marital status

Catholic school withdraws job offer over headteacher's marital status

Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:41

A Catholic 'faith school' in Wales has withdrawn a job offer from a potential new headteacher because he failed to live up to their idea of Catholic morality.

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.

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