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Scottish secularists challenge unelected church-appointees on Local Authority Education Committees

Scottish secularists challenge unelected church-appointees on Local Authority Education Committees

Posted: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:18

The Scottish Secular Society has launched a petition challenging the lack of democratic accountability in Local Authority Education Committees automatically including Church nominees.

NSS calls on Parliament not to ignore religious infringement on children’s rights

NSS calls on Parliament not to ignore religious infringement on children’s rights

Posted: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:16

The National Secular Society has warned the Joint Committee on Human Rights that religion's role in state education is impeding the rights and freedoms of children and young people growing up in the UK.

Faith school pupils punished for not attending mass

Faith school pupils punished for not attending mass

Posted: Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:10

A group of non-Catholic students in a Scottish school have been punished with a week's worth of detentions after they refused to attend a religious service.

New survey reveals Scots’ attitudes to religious symbols at work

New survey reveals Scots’ attitudes to religious symbols at work

Posted: Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:34

The 2015 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey has found Scots to be increasingly accepting of ethnic and religious diversity, though many still have particular concerns about Islam.

Strike over Polish abortion ban forces U-turn

Strike over Polish abortion ban forces U-turn

Posted: Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:51

Massive demonstrations in Poland have resulted in a government U-turn over a law which would have criminalised abortion on all grounds except to save the life of the mother.

Commemorations held to celebrate NSS founder Charles Bradlaugh

Commemorations held to celebrate NSS founder Charles Bradlaugh

Posted: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:59

Two commemorations have been held this month to celebrate the life and work of Charles Bradlaugh, who founded the National Secular Society 150 years ago.

NSS: Andy Burnham’s claim that Muslims can’t trust the police is deeply divisive

NSS: Andy Burnham’s claim that Muslims can’t trust the police is deeply divisive

Posted: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:38

The National Secular Society has criticised Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham for suggesting that British Muslims couldn't trust the police when they report hate crimes.

Holy See ratification of UN Convention against Corruption dismissed as “window dressing”

Holy See ratification of UN Convention against Corruption dismissed as “window dressing”

Posted: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:11

The Holy See's ratification of the United Nations Convention against Corruption has been dismissed as mere "window dressing" by the National Secular Society.

Protect the rights of the non-religious in education, says British Institute of Human Rights

Protect the rights of the non-religious in education, says British Institute of Human Rights

Posted: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:12

The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has endorsed several recommendations made by the National Secular Society, in a submission to the United Nations.

Former deputy chair of NI education committee says teaching evolution ‘corrupts children’

Former deputy chair of NI education committee says teaching evolution ‘corrupts children’

Posted: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:27

Thomas Buchanan, a DUP MLA, has endorsed an event which seeks to teach creationism to children and said creationism should be taught "in every school".

UK must honour equality and human rights obligations, NSS tells UN

UK must honour equality and human rights obligations, NSS tells UN

Posted: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:54

The National Secular Society has urged the UN Human Rights Council to recommend to the UK Government that it abolish religious discrimination in faith schools' admissions procedures.

Don’t wear red clothes or short skirts, ultra-orthodox rabbi tells Jewish women

Don’t wear red clothes or short skirts, ultra-orthodox rabbi tells Jewish women

Posted: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:34

In a letter sent to 5000 homes, an ultra-orthodox rabbi warned women in Stamford Hill not to wear "eye-catching" clothes, telling them to dress modestly, avoiding bright colours and short skirts.

Nearly a third of French Muslims prefer sharia to secular law, research finds

Nearly a third of French Muslims prefer sharia to secular law, research finds

Posted: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:44

Polling by a French think tank has found that more than one in four French Muslims, most of whom are young, support an "ultra-conservative" form of Islam and around one in three reject secular rule, favouring sharia.

NSS intervenes at UN Human Rights Council over UK failure to outlaw caste discrimination

NSS intervenes at UN Human Rights Council over UK failure to outlaw caste discrimination

Posted: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:50

The National Secular Society has spoken out at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to criticise the UK Government over its failure to tackle caste based discrimination, as the UN has repeatedly urged it do.

New powers needed to investigate illegal religious school, councils say

New powers needed to investigate illegal religious school, councils say

Posted: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:00

The National Secular Society has welcomed calls from the Local Government Association to be given more powers to tackle illegal faith schools and investigate the education of the 37,000 children who are home schooled.

Campaigns against school worship gain momentum in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Campaigns against school worship gain momentum in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Posted: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:11

The Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) has launched a judicial review against the Scottish Government following its refusal to allow sixth form pupils to opt themselves out of Religious Observance.

Government launches consultation on abolishing faith school admissions cap

Government launches consultation on abolishing faith school admissions cap

Posted: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:02

The Government has launched a consultation on plans to abolish the admission cap on faith schools, which currently limits religious discrimination in the admissions policies of new faith schools.

NSS calls for inquiry into Government’s faith schools admissions reform

NSS calls for inquiry into Government’s faith schools admissions reform

Posted: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:46

The National Secular Society has written to the chair of the Education Select Committee, calling for an inquiry into the Government's plans to abolish the 50% cap on faith-based admissions to free schools.

Sharia divorce better than murdering unwanted wives, says Indian Muslim Law Board

Sharia divorce better than murdering unwanted wives, says Indian Muslim Law Board

Posted: Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:14

A group campaigning for gender equality in India has called on the country's Supreme Court to end Muslim Personal Law to protect women from "fundamentalists" operating sharia courts.

NSS calls for rethink over Government plans to relax faith schools admissions rules

NSS calls for rethink over Government plans to relax faith schools admissions rules

Posted: Fri, 09 Sep 2016 08:51

The National Secular Society has urged the Government to rethink plans to allow new faith schools to select all of their pupils on the basis of faith.

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