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Orthodox school bans mention of “evolution or prehistoric events”

Orthodox school bans mention of “evolution or prehistoric events”

Posted: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:53

Ofsted have written a scathing criticism of an independent orthodox Jewish school which has a policy of not referencing "evolution or prehistoric events" that would "predate the creation of the world 5776 years ago".

‘Blasphemy’ accusation after academic calls for separation of religion and politics

‘Blasphemy’ accusation after academic calls for separation of religion and politics

Posted: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:47

A Kuwaiti philosopher was questioned over blasphemy charges after she said that religion and politics should be separate and that placing the Koran above the constitution was "undoing" democracy.

Faith schools selecting pupils from more affluent backgrounds

Faith schools selecting pupils from more affluent backgrounds

Posted: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:23

A new report by the Sutton Trust has revealed how the most socially selective schools are likely to be faith schools using oversubscription criteria to select disproportionately wealthy pupils.

NSS cautions against ‘moral panic’ over religious literacy

NSS cautions against ‘moral panic’ over religious literacy

Posted: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:03

The National Secular Society has reiterated its support for improved religion and belief education in schools but warned that concerns over poor 'religious literacy' are being used as a Trojan horse to elevate religion's status in public life.

Muslim women fight to change misogynistic Islamic divorce law in India

Muslim women fight to change misogynistic Islamic divorce law in India

Posted: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:13

Muslim women in India are campaigning to ban 'triple talaq', the legally-recognised way in which a Muslim man can unilaterally divorce his wife, and they have taken their case to India's Supreme Court.

Danes leaving state religion in droves to avoid church tax

Danes leaving state religion in droves to avoid church tax

Posted: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:20

The Danish Atheist Society has launched a bus advert campaign and website to show Danish citizens how to withdraw from the Church of Denmark ­and avoid the Church tax levied on members.

Inclusive schooling is part of the answer to social segregation of Muslims

Inclusive schooling is part of the answer to social segregation of Muslims

Posted: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:45

The NSS has warned that state support for faith schools is fuelling the separatism that creates the "chasm" between British Muslims and the rest of the population, highlighted in a new poll on Muslim attitudes.

Spanish public schools to “inculcate” children of Muslim parents with “Islamic worldview”

Spanish public schools to “inculcate” children of Muslim parents with “Islamic worldview”

Posted: Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:58

The Spanish government has announced plans for a massive taxpayer-funded Islamic religious education programme which will promote 'moderate' Islam in schools to tackle Islamic extremism.

“Born-again Christian” who bullied junior NHS colleague loses appeal

“Born-again Christian” who bullied junior NHS colleague loses appeal

Posted: Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:00

A Pentecostal Christian accused of "harassment and bullying" against a junior colleague has had her appeal against an employment tribunal ruling dismissed.

Parliamentary RE group 'turning into a religious sect'

Parliamentary RE group 'turning into a religious sect'

Posted: Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:41

The founding chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on religious education has warned that the group has been taken-over by religious "fundamentalists".

NSS urges schools commissioner to reject church plan to control community schools

NSS urges schools commissioner to reject church plan to control community schools

Posted: Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:25

The National Secular Society has called on the Regional Schools Commissioner for the North of England to oppose plans for a Church of England takeover of four Newcastle schools.

NSS launches new app to bypass Thought for the Day

NSS launches new app to bypass Thought for the Day

Posted: Fri, 01 Apr 2016 06:35

The National Secular Society will today launch a new app that will allow Radio 4 listeners to avoid Thought for the Day when listening to the BBC's Today programme.

Faith school transport subsidies set to be axed by Lancashire Council

Faith school transport subsidies set to be axed by Lancashire Council

Posted: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:13

Lancashire County Council has come under fire from the Church of England over plans to remove transport subsidies for children attending faith schools.

NSS urges Government to fix the date for Easter now, not wait indefinitely for religious consensus

NSS urges Government to fix the date for Easter now, not wait indefinitely for religious consensus

Posted: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:50

The NSS has urged the Government to fix the date for the Easter public holiday – warning that religious consensus is likely to take decades and may even be impossible.

Educate Together awarded ‘Secularist of the Year’ prize

Educate Together awarded ‘Secularist of the Year’ prize

Posted: Sat, 19 Mar 2016 15:50

The National Secular Society has awarded the annual Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year to Educate Together, an educational charity which runs equality-based, inclusive schools.

Gender equality bills in Pakistan and Nigeria face religious backlash

Gender equality bills in Pakistan and Nigeria face religious backlash

Posted: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 15:56

Plans to protect women and promote gender equality in Pakistan and Nigeria have generated a huge religious backlash – with Muslim and Christian senators saying the Nigerian law was an attack on religion.

Church cut contact with child abuse victim on order of insurers

Church cut contact with child abuse victim on order of insurers

Posted: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:12

A report by Ian Elliott, an expert in child safeguarding, has found "repeated failures" by clergy and bishops in the Church of England to deal with reports by survivors of child abuse.

46% in England support legal limits on free speech where religion is concerned, poll finds

46% in England support legal limits on free speech where religion is concerned, poll finds

Posted: Tue, 15 Mar 2016 16:30

A new report on identity and immigration has found that nearly half of England's population support legal limits on free speech when religion is concerned, and that support for free speech has fallen significantly.

Secularism best to create fair society, says new Pacific Islands Secular Association

Secularism best to create fair society, says new Pacific Islands Secular Association

Posted: Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:22

The UK National Secular Society has congratulated the founders of a new organisation to promote public understanding of secularism in the Pacific Islands.

BBC Trust rules against presenter who asked Christian Concern campaigner if she was a bigot

BBC Trust rules against presenter who asked Christian Concern campaigner if she was a bigot

Posted: Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:10

Former BBC presenter Iain Lee has said he is "flabbergasted" after the BBC Trust ruled his interview with a Christian campaigner was a "serious breach" of editorial guidelines.

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