Government’s own legal advice says plans to outlaw ‘non-violent extremism’ are incompatible with free speech
Posted: Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:44
The Government's plans to ban 'non-violent extremism' are "sinking without trace", a source close to the efforts has told the Guardian.
Church appointee tells education committee learning about “LGBT lifestyles” leaves children “disturbed”
Posted: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:09
A clergyman has used his privileged position on Highland Council education committee to attack "overt" LGBT people.
Posted: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:00
Baroness Cox has launched a fresh attempt to tackle sharia councils operating in the UK and protect women's rights.
Posted: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:37
The National Secular Society has urged the Government to allow the Church of England to find its own level of sustainability, in a response to a Government-led review.
Posted: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:33
Shaista Gohir of the Muslim Women's Network has criticised Muslim parents who make their young daughters wear hijabs.
Posted: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:03
The NSS has called for more efforts to integrate education, promote citizenship education and reduce discrimination against pupils and teachers in Northern Ireland.
Posted: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:03
Campaigners have criticised Lewis Council after councillors declined a donation of over £11,000 intended to fund the opening of a popular swimming pool on Sundays.
Posted: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:38
An MP has urged the Scottish Government to take action after Tanver Ahmed, who killed Ahmadi Muslim shopkeeper Asad Shah, released another anti-Ahmadi recording from prison.
Posted: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:51
Labour MP Stella Creasy has written in Conservative Home appealing for cross-party support to make sex and relationships education (SRE) mandatory in all schools, including faith schools.
Posted: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:01
Members and supporters of the National Secular Society gathered in Portcullis House on Wednesday night to discuss the future of free speech, two years after the attack on Charlie Hebdo.
Posted: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:30
A secularist report produced by academics and campaigners has urged the Government to reject calls for more religious privilege.
Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:00
Two community schools in Kent are to be folded into an academy trust under Church control, in the latest Church takeover of community schools, a trend warned of by the National Secular Society last year.
Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:43
Hundreds of people have protested against a new school in Bala having a Church in Wales ethos, and a local councillor has called on the Church to back away from the project.
Posted: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:57
The Irish Minister for Education and Skills has set out plans to tackle the religious discrimination endemic in the Irish education system, hitting out at the unfairness of a baptism requirement for school places.
Posted: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:14
It isn't long until Secularist of the Year 2017, and the National Secular Society is seeking your nominations for the award.
Posted: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:27
A ComRes poll has found that a plurality of 18 to 24 year olds believe Britain is a country "without a specific religious identity."
Posted: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:57
Religious leaders are set to steamroll faith schools into massive academy chains, centralising church control over the state-funded schools.
Posted: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:21
The National Secular Society has highlighted failures in the governance of Scottish schools, identifying a string of incidents where pupils have been exposed in schools to extreme religious views.
Posted: Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:22
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on religious observance, following a court case last year and a poll from The Times which found a majority in favour of change.
Posted: Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:57
New professional standards being consulted on by the General Pharmaceutical Council will emphasise the rights of patients, rather than pharmacists who refuse to dispense medicines for religious reasons.