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Four Newcastle schools facing Church of England takeover

Four Newcastle schools facing Church of England takeover

Posted: Wed, 09 Mar 2016 12:16

Four non-religious schools are to be merged with a CofE primary under a single academy trust controlled by the Church of England, in a move described as a "takeover".

Vatican officials face prosecution in France over failure to report sex abuse priest to police

Vatican officials face prosecution in France over failure to report sex abuse priest to police

Posted: Tue, 08 Mar 2016 13:25

Senior Vatican officials are facing investigation in France over the "non-reporting of crime" and endangering lives, following allegations that clerical sex abuse was not reported to the police.

“Denial” in Bradford Council over illegal religious schools

“Denial” in Bradford Council over illegal religious schools

Posted: Fri, 04 Mar 2016 11:40

Naz Shah MP has told Bradford Council that they are in "denial" over unregistered religious schools that are operating illegally.

Bradford imam praises ‘martyr’ who murdered anti-blasphemy law governor

Bradford imam praises ‘martyr’ who murdered anti-blasphemy law governor

Posted: Fri, 04 Mar 2016 09:57

An influential British imam has praised the killer of the former governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, who was murdered in Pakistan in 2011 after calling for reform of the country's blasphemy laws.

Religion-based Scottish education system needs to adapt to social change, say academics

Religion-based Scottish education system needs to adapt to social change, say academics

Posted: Tue, 01 Mar 2016 15:47

A report into the influence of religion in Scottish law has said that Scotland's education system is out-of-step with society, despite progress in other areas in establishing rights for the non-religious.

Airline to be sued for asking woman to move seats to accommodate Orthodox male passenger

Airline to be sued for asking woman to move seats to accommodate Orthodox male passenger

Posted: Tue, 01 Mar 2016 13:46

An 81 year old holocaust survivor is suing El Al airlines after she was asked to move seats because an ultra-Orthodox male passenger said he would not sit next to a woman.

Students launch #Right2Debate campaign, as protest planned against NUS no-platform policies

Students launch #Right2Debate campaign, as protest planned against NUS no-platform policies

Posted: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:38

A student-led free speech campaign supported by the counter-extremism think tank Quilliam is urging for reform of campus debate, as the NUS faces calls from secularists and ex-Muslims to revise 'safe space' policies.

Call for Muslim women to be better informed about legal rights relating to marriage and divorce

Call for Muslim women to be better informed about legal rights relating to marriage and divorce

Posted: Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:25

A report from the Muslim Women's Network (MWNUK) has called for greater efforts to promote women's legal rights, warning that some Muslim men are using marriage and divorce as a "psychological tool against women".

NSS raises alarm over major flaws in Church’s sex abuse inquiry

NSS raises alarm over major flaws in Church’s sex abuse inquiry

Posted: Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:54

The National Secular Society has warned that the Church's inquiry into their handling of the Bishop Peter Ball sex abuse case could leave significant questions unanswered.

Welby says separation of church and state “would not be a disaster”, admits establishment has been abused

Welby says separation of church and state “would not be a disaster”, admits establishment has been abused

Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:08

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that while he is opposed to the disestablishment of the Church of England, the separation of church and state would not be a disaster for the Anglican Church.

Religious rules in US Catholic hospitals putting female patients in danger

Religious rules in US Catholic hospitals putting female patients in danger

Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:01

A report leaked to the Guardian has exposed extraordinary risks taken with the health of female patients by forcing them to undergo unsafe miscarriages.

Pope becomes more lenient on bishops over child abuse, again

Pope becomes more lenient on bishops over child abuse, again

Posted: Fri, 19 Feb 2016 13:55

The National Secular Society has strongly criticised Pope Francis' call for bishops who moved paedophile priests between parishes to resign and warned that this does not go nearly far enough.

Church stresses “urgent need” to focus evangelism on children, young people and their parents

Church stresses “urgent need” to focus evangelism on children, young people and their parents

Posted: Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:19

The NSS has warned that publicly funded schools shouldn't be used for evangelism after a report from the Church of England stressed an "urgent need to focus on children, young people and their parents".

Catholics for Choice defend secularism against Pope’s misrepresentation

Catholics for Choice defend secularism against Pope’s misrepresentation

Posted: Tue, 16 Feb 2016 14:04

A liberal international Catholic group has criticised the Pope for misrepresenting secularism in a joint declaration he issued with Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Church’s call to pray for Richard Dawkins is “cheap and nasty”, says bishop

Church’s call to pray for Richard Dawkins is “cheap and nasty”, says bishop

Posted: Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:22

Stephen Lowe, the former Anglican Bishop of Hulme, has criticised the Church of England's tweet offering prayers for Richard Dawkins following the professor's stroke.

NSS mourns the loss of honorary associate Lord Avebury

NSS mourns the loss of honorary associate Lord Avebury

Posted: Sun, 14 Feb 2016 13:37

The National Secular Society is extremely saddened to report the passing of Lord Avebury who has died peacefully at his home in Camberwell, south London, surrounded by his family. He was 87.

Vatican tells new bishops they don’t “necessarily” need to report sex abuse of children

Vatican tells new bishops they don’t “necessarily” need to report sex abuse of children

Posted: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:40

The National Secular Society has expressed its concern over guidelines for newly appointed bishops published by the Vatican which state that bishops do not always need to report clerical sex abuse to the authorities.

Religious ceremonies exclude non-Christians and the non-religious, says councillor

Religious ceremonies exclude non-Christians and the non-religious, says councillor

Posted: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:20

A local councillor has called on Ross-on-Wye town council to move away from religious events and to embrace inclusive, secular ceremonies – warning that current arrangements alienate non-Christians.

Government praises “spiritual insight” of bishops in response to petition calling for their removal from the Lords

Government praises “spiritual insight” of bishops in response to petition calling for their removal from the Lords

Posted: Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:55

The Government has said that changes to the Lords are "important" but that the position of the bishops in the Upper House is not a "priority", in response to a petition calling for the removal of 26 bishops from the House of Lords.

Georgian blasphemy law to impose fines for insulting religion

Georgian blasphemy law to impose fines for insulting religion

Posted: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:58

Plans in Georgia to pass an anti-blasphemy measure with punitive fines for 'offences' have drawn criticism from a non-Orthodox bishop, and from an MP of the ruling coalition.

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