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Poland overturns ban on non-stun slaughter of animals in favour of religious privilege

Poland overturns ban on non-stun slaughter of animals in favour of religious privilege

Posted: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:36

The Polish Constitutional Tribunal has overturned a ban on the religious (non-stun) slaughter of animals.

New report on UK sharia ‘marriages’ exposes “tip of the iceberg”

New report on UK sharia ‘marriages’ exposes “tip of the iceberg”

Posted: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:54

A report by a human rights group has exposed the vulnerability of Muslim women living in Islamic 'marriages' in the UK.

NSS warns against bill allowing religious exemptions to Northern Ireland’s equality laws

NSS warns against bill allowing religious exemptions to Northern Ireland’s equality laws

Posted: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:28

DUP backbencher Paul Givan has proposed a Bill to create a religious exemption in Northern Ireland's equality legislation, allowing businesses to refuse services on the grounds of "strongly held religious convictions."

Law Society did not consult before issuing Sharia guidance

Law Society did not consult before issuing Sharia guidance

Posted: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:21

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the Law Society did not consult any religious groups or individuals before issuing its now-withdrawn Sharia guidance.

New BBC consultation ‘an opportunity to challenge Thought For The Day’

New BBC consultation ‘an opportunity to challenge Thought For The Day’

Posted: Fri, 05 Dec 2014 11:17

The BBC has launched a new consultation asking listeners what they like and dislike about its speech radio output. The NSS is calling on its supporters to again raise the contentious issue of Thought For The Day.

Plans for new eruv cause division and objections from residents in Manchester

Plans for new eruv cause division and objections from residents in Manchester

Posted: Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:25

Plans to erect an eruv in Hale have caused complaints and objections from local residents, whilst planners deny it will negatively affect the local area.

DfE issues new guidance for promoting “fundamental British values”

DfE issues new guidance for promoting “fundamental British values”

Posted: Tue, 02 Dec 2014 09:25

The Department for Education has published new guidance for schools on the promotion of "fundamental British values".

EU parliament calls on Pakistan to abolish the death penalty for blasphemy

EU parliament calls on Pakistan to abolish the death penalty for blasphemy

Posted: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:29

The European parliament has voted for a resolution condemning Pakistan's blasphemy laws, saying that they were increasingly being used to "target vulnerable minority groups."

Religious influence in schools criticised in House of Lords “religion in public life” debate

Religious influence in schools criticised in House of Lords “religion in public life” debate

Posted: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:10

The role of religion in schools has come under scrutiny during a House of Lords debate on the role of religion and belief in public life.

Peer faces formal complaint after calling on Muslims to "address the violence in the Qur’an"

Peer faces formal complaint after calling on Muslims to "address the violence in the Qur’an"

Posted: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:44

Lord Pearson of Rannoch is facing a formal complaint from Labour MP Khalid Mahmood, after calling on Muslims to "address the violence in the Qur'an."

Head of Russian Orthodox Church says secularization in Europe has reached “apocalyptic dimensions,” calls for “Christian values”

Head of Russian Orthodox Church says secularization in Europe has reached “apocalyptic dimensions,” calls for “Christian values”

Posted: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:20

Patriarch Kirill said Europe has abandoned its "Christian identity" and that the "process of secularization" has reached "apocalyptic dimensions".

The Law Society withdraws controversial Sharia guidance and apologises

The Law Society withdraws controversial Sharia guidance and apologises

Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:21

The sharia succession practice note has been withdrawn by the Law Society, following widespread criticism for gender discrimination.

Theresa May announces new measures to curb extremism

Theresa May announces new measures to curb extremism

Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:19

The Home Secretary has announced a raft of new measures to prevent extremism, radicalisation and terrorism.

Secularists call for citizenship studies to include stronger focus on human rights

Secularists call for citizenship studies to include stronger focus on human rights

Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:08

The National Secular Society has called for pupils taking GCSE citizenship studies to be educated about the relationship between equality, human rights and equal citizenship.

Ofsted reveals “serious risk” to students’ physical and educational welfare in faith schools

Ofsted reveals “serious risk” to students’ physical and educational welfare in faith schools

Posted: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:15

A series of Ofsted investigations have exposed serious failings in six Islamic schools. The head of Ofsted, has warned the Education Secretary that pupils "may be vulnerable to extremist influences and radicalisation."

Turkish President restates his belief that Muslims discovered America

Turkish President restates his belief that Muslims discovered America

Posted: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:45

Christopher Columbus has been removed from the Turkish school's syllabus after President Erdogan claimed Muslim sailors discovered the Americas in the 12th century.

Religious charities face Charity Commission investigations

Religious charities face Charity Commission investigations

Posted: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:14

Several faith-based charities have recently faced investigations or "operational compliance cases" from the Charity Commission for a range of offences, including fraud and accounting irregularities.

Glasgow University investigates impact and extent of religious privilege

Glasgow University investigates impact and extent of religious privilege

Posted: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:23

Researchers in the history and law departments of Glasgow University are beginning a research project to map the historical and current religious privileges in Scotland's laws.

Promotion of 'British values' undermines Christian teaching, says Church of England: NSS responds

Promotion of 'British values' undermines Christian teaching, says Church of England: NSS responds

Posted: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:05

The Church of England has complained that the promotion of fundamental values such as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance in schools could undermine Christian teaching.

NSS alert Ofsted after Jewish faith school tells pupils not to answer exam questions that conflict with school’s religious ethos

NSS alert Ofsted after Jewish faith school tells pupils not to answer exam questions that conflict with school’s religious ethos

Posted: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:56

The National Secular Society has called on Ofsted and the DfE to ensure that all schools teach the National Curriculum in full after the head of a publicly funded Jewish faith school admitted to advising students not to answer exam questions which conflict with the school's strict Orthodox religious beliefs.

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