Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:52
The National Secular Society has welcomed an announcement from Home Secretary Theresa May that a future Conservative government would launch a review into so called 'sharia courts' operating in the UK.
Posted: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:59
An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that political views constitute a "philosophical belief" under the Equality Act.
Posted: Sun, 15 Mar 2015 06:51
A Bill enabling local authorities in England to hold prayers as part of their official business and to "support or facilitate" religious events has cleared its latest hurdle and is set to become law.
Deference to faith is preventing effective challenges to the “horror” of witchcraft accusations and persecution
Posted: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:29
The Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) has warned that "considerable reluctance" to intervene in people's faith is preventing an effective response to suffering caused by witchcraft accusations.
Christianity has “lost status” because of equality and human rights legislation, say evangelical Christians
Posted: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:06
An Equality and Human Rights Commission report has found that "some Christian employers, service users and providers" believe Christianity has "lost status" because of equality laws.
Posted: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:40
The Government has failed to launch a promised consultation on caste-based discrimination, after a long campaign by anti-caste campaigners to have it specifically recognised under anti-discrimination laws.
Posted: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:26
New guidance published by NHS England will require hospitals in England to consider the needs of non-religious patients by ensuring they have access to appropriate pastoral care.
Posted: Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:02
A new report by the Social Integration Commission has warned of segregation in Britain and called on the Department for Education to place limits on new faith schools.
Posted: Sun, 08 Mar 2015 07:30
On Tuesday 10 March the European Parliament will vote on a report about gender equality in the EU. NGOs are concerned that religious groups may defeat the report, and are appealing for support.
Posted: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:24
Secularist of the Year 2015 is shaping up to be a very exciting event, with attendees including Richard Dawkins, AC Grayling and last year's winner, Turkish opposition MP Safak Pavey.
Posted: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:30
The Indian state of Maharashtra has banned the sale or possession of beef, leading to fears that secularism in India is being eroded.
Police and Crime Commissioner criticised for awarding tens of thousands of pounds to Christian groups
Posted: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:14
The National Secular Society has raised concerns about a scheme to "nurture, equip and enable" religious organisations to help reduce crime in Northamptonshire.
“Be Careful With Mohammed”: Muslim Action Forum launches “legal strategy” to stop publication of insults to Mohammed
Posted: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:50
Posted: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:18
A Government backed Bill to give local councils the power to include prayers in their meetings has been branded a 'recipe for divisiveness' during a House of Lords debate.
Posted: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:34
The National Secular Society has strongly criticised Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, for warning of "violent extremists" and "aggressive secularists" in a speech at Temple Church in London.
Posted: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:57
The National Secular Society has raised concerns about the limits imposed on free speech by unofficial blasphemy laws enforced by the threat of violence.
Posted: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:06
10% of UK Muslims aged 18-34 agreed with the statement that "organisations which publish images of the Prophet Mohammed deserve to be attacked".
Posted: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:38
MPs have debated ending non-stun slaughter, after a petition to end the religious exemption to animal welfare laws was signed by over 115,000 people.
Posted: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:31
Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad, who once said "godless homosexuals" engaged in a "criminal act", is to be hosted by the University of Westminster Islamic Society.
Posted: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:54
The NSS has objected to proposed changes to Northern Ireland's equality laws which would allow businesses to refuse services to LGBT customers on the grounds of "strongly held religious convictions".