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Catholic Church in Norway secretly registered thousands as Catholics to illegally secure government funds

Catholic Church in Norway secretly registered thousands as Catholics to illegally secure government funds

Posted: Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:27

For four years the Catholic Church in Norway has been illegally registering immigrants as Catholics in order to secure increased government funding.

Significant minority of Anglican clergy favour disestablishment

Significant minority of Anglican clergy favour disestablishment

Posted: Mon, 03 Nov 2014 09:15

A new YouGov poll conducted among Anglican clergy shows a significant minority of them would support separating the Church from the state.

Niger removes sex education from schools after condemnation from Islamic clerics

Niger removes sex education from schools after condemnation from Islamic clerics

Posted: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 06:54

UN-designed sex education material has been withdrawn from the Niger schools syllabus after condemnation from Islamic clerics.

Obstructionist tactics to block human rights groups from advising UN condemned by UN Special Rapporteur

Obstructionist tactics to block human rights groups from advising UN condemned by UN Special Rapporteur

Posted: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:12

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and association, has criticised repeated efforts to block human rights NGOs from being able to advise the United Nations.

Dignity in Dying demonstration on Friday 7 November in support of the Assisted Dying Bill

Dignity in Dying demonstration on Friday 7 November in support of the Assisted Dying Bill

Posted: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:01

The campaign group Dignity in Dying (DiD) will be demonstrating outside Parliament next week on Friday morning 7 November (9am-1pm), to coincide with the House of Lords debate on the Assisted Dying Bill.

Secularists protest Pope’s planned address to the European Parliament

Secularists protest Pope’s planned address to the European Parliament

Posted: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:45

Over a dozen secularist organisations have written to the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, objecting to his invitation to Pope Francis to address the Parliament.

National Secular Society welcomes call for faith schools to face Ofsted inspections of their religious teaching

National Secular Society welcomes call for faith schools to face Ofsted inspections of their religious teaching

Posted: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:00

The National Secular Society has welcomed calls from Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt for religious teaching in faith schools to be inspected by Ofsted.

NSS calls on Welsh Government to review compulsory collective worship

NSS calls on Welsh Government to review compulsory collective worship

Posted: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:40

The National Secular Society has called on the Welsh government to review the legal requirement on schools to provide worship after parents expressed concern about prayers being imposed on children in non-denominational schools.

European Commission dismisses NSS complaint over employment discrimination in faith schools

European Commission dismisses NSS complaint over employment discrimination in faith schools

Posted: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:03

The European Commission has announced it will take no further action after investigating complaints, submitted by the National Secular Society, regarding UK state funded 'faith schools' legislation and European employment laws.

Tory MP calls for all sex education to be scrapped

Tory MP calls for all sex education to be scrapped

Posted: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:08

During a debate introducing the Sex and Relationships Education (Curriculum) Bill to parliament this week, Conservative MP Philip Davies blamed "sex education fanatics" for a rise in unwanted pregnancies since the 1970s, and called for "less sex education, or even better, none".

NSS welcomes new measures to tackle FGM

NSS welcomes new measures to tackle FGM

Posted: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:21

The National Secular Society has welcomed new government measures announced yesterday to crackdown on the practice of female genital mutilation.

NUS rejects motion on Iraqi/Kurdish solidarity citing ‘Islamophobia’

NUS rejects motion on Iraqi/Kurdish solidarity citing ‘Islamophobia’

Posted: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:56

The National Union of Students' National Executive Committee has rejected a motion condemning the Islamic State and endorsing solidarity with the Kurds and Iraqi people after opponents branded it "Islamophobic".

Religion continues to cause disruption in 'Trojan Horse' schools

Religion continues to cause disruption in 'Trojan Horse' schools

Posted: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:06

A school placed in special measures following the Birmingham 'Trojan Horse' affair has received 100 letters from parents requesting that their children be withdrawn from collective worship, it has emerged.

Ofsted denies ‘bullying and traumatising’ Jewish pupils

Ofsted denies ‘bullying and traumatising’ Jewish pupils

Posted: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:36

Ofsted has denied claims that it acted inappropriately after an association of Orthodox schools accused it of leaving young girls "traumatised" following a school inspection.

Academic calls for “conscience clauses” for Christians

Academic calls for “conscience clauses” for Christians

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:45

A Christian academic has called for special "conscience clauses" for Christians in laws of which they do not approve.

Call to secularise NHS chaplaincy services

Call to secularise NHS chaplaincy services

Posted: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:10

Secularists have criticised new NHS England chaplaincy guidelines for failing to adequately recognise the needs of patients who do not identify with a religious faith.

Lib Dems back proposals to end compulsory worship and faith school discrimination against teachers

Lib Dems back proposals to end compulsory worship and faith school discrimination against teachers

Posted: Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:58

Liberal Democrats have voted in support of a motion to abolish compulsory worship in schools and to end religious discrimination against teachers in faith schools.

A ‘New Magna Carta’: time for a codified constitution?

A ‘New Magna Carta’: time for a codified constitution?

Posted: Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:09

As the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta approaches, has the time come for the UK to have a codified constitution? And if so, what form should it take?

Judges' religious service criticised by secular lawyers

Judges' religious service criticised by secular lawyers

Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:14

Secular lawyers have called for a separation of the Church of England from judicial affairs after judges marked the start of the legal year with an Anglican service.

Tower Hamlets denies 'Trojan Horse 2' claims

Tower Hamlets denies 'Trojan Horse 2' claims

Posted: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:56

Tower Hamlets has denied newspaper claims that a Trojan Horse '2' is soon to be uncovered in the East London Borough.

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