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Scottish local authority plans to introduce discriminatory schools admissions policy

Scottish local authority plans to introduce discriminatory schools admissions policy

Posted: Mon, 19 May 2014 16:51

Falkirk Council has announced plans to change admissions policies for all its denominational (Roman Catholic) schools to ensure baptised children are given priority over other children.

Children allocated places at Sikh academy offered alternatives – but faith school allocations continue to cause resentment

Children allocated places at Sikh academy offered alternatives – but faith school allocations continue to cause resentment

Posted: Thu, 15 May 2014 14:38

Parents who were allocated places at a controversial Sikh school against their wishes have all been found alternative places, the local authority has confirmed.

Big changes for religious reporting

Big changes for religious reporting

Posted: Thu, 15 May 2014 12:55

The BBC has announced that it is replacing its present religious affairs correspondent, Robert Pigott, with Caroline Wyatt who is currently their defence correspondent.

Law Society risks 'undermining' rule of law by promoting sharia, warns Justice Secretary

Law Society risks 'undermining' rule of law by promoting sharia, warns Justice Secretary

Posted: Mon, 12 May 2014 12:15

The Law Society has again defended its practice note on "Sharia succession rules" despite a warning from Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Justice, that it must not "undermine" British legal principles.

Concerns over religious hardliners inspecting independent 'faith schools'

Concerns over religious hardliners inspecting independent 'faith schools'

Posted: Sun, 11 May 2014 09:13

The National Secular Society has expressed concern that inspectors with extremist views are working for the body responsible for inspecting Muslims and Christian independent schools.

Vatican unveils figures on its punishment of child abusers

Vatican unveils figures on its punishment of child abusers

Posted: Wed, 07 May 2014 17:24

The Vatican has, for the first time, revealed how it has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children.

Scottish Parliament challenged over 'Time for Reflection'

Scottish Parliament challenged over 'Time for Reflection'

Posted: Tue, 06 May 2014 16:02

Campaigners in Scotland have called for the Scottish Parliament's weekly 'Time for Reflection' to be more representative of the diversity of religion and belief in Scotland.

US Supreme Court backs prayers during government meetings

US Supreme Court backs prayers during government meetings

Posted: Tue, 06 May 2014 12:55

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that opening public meetings with prayer does not automatically violate the Constitution's ban on government endorsement of religion.

NSS challenges Archbishop’s remarks over 'faith schools'

NSS challenges Archbishop’s remarks over 'faith schools'

Posted: Sun, 04 May 2014 12:50

The National Secular Society has challenged the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, over his comments that Britain is a "deeply Christian country" and that church schools are "a very good use of social capital".

NSS backs petition to end non-stun slaughter

NSS backs petition to end non-stun slaughter

Posted: Fri, 02 May 2014 09:54

The National Secular Society is backing a new campaign by the British Veterinary Association to end non-stun slaughter of animals to improve animal welfare.

Win tickets to see NSS honorary associates speak at the world’s largest philosophy festival

Win tickets to see NSS honorary associates speak at the world’s largest philosophy festival

Posted: Thu, 01 May 2014 18:51

To celebrate the participation of some of our honorary associates, the organisers of HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy festival, are giving away a pair of tickets to all of the associates' events.

MPs call for Catholic schools to be given greater freedoms to discriminate in admissions

MPs call for Catholic schools to be given greater freedoms to discriminate in admissions

Posted: Thu, 01 May 2014 12:38

A number of Conservative MPs have called on the Government to scrap the 50% cap on faith based admissions to free schools, to give Catholic schools greater freedoms to discriminate on religious grounds.

Saudi Arabia calls for criticism of religion to be outlawed in Norway

Saudi Arabia calls for criticism of religion to be outlawed in Norway

Posted: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:50

Saudi Arabia has called for all criticism of religion and of the prophet Mohammed to be made illegal in Norway. The call came during the United Nation's Universal Periodic Review of Norway this week.

Forty-somethings are losing their religion, finds new study

Forty-somethings are losing their religion, finds new study

Posted: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:48

New figures from the UK Data Service's "British Cohort Study" show religion's decline in the lives of the generation born in the 1970s - particularly those raised in the Church of England.

Another church backtracks over chancel repair liability

Another church backtracks over chancel repair liability

Posted: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:32

A church in East Yorkshire has become the latest to back down after facing opposition to its plans to use an ancient land law to make residents pay for church repairs.

Local campaign forces church U-turn over Chancel Repair Liability

Local campaign forces church U-turn over Chancel Repair Liability

Posted: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:59

A parochial church council that used an ancient law to make homeowners financially liable for repairs to their local church has withdrawn its claim.

Secular lawyers question Law Society about guidance on sharia-compliant wills

Secular lawyers question Law Society about guidance on sharia-compliant wills

Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:22

Secular lawyers concerned by the publication of a practice note on Sharia succession rules by the Law Society have written to the Society outlining their concerns.

Church of England School refuses parish council appeal to change faith-based admissions criteria

Church of England School refuses parish council appeal to change faith-based admissions criteria

Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:47

A Church of England school near Sevenoaks, Kent has refused an appeal by the local parish council to end discrimination against non-churchgoers.

NSS welcomes Lib Dem leader’s calls for separation of church and state

NSS welcomes Lib Dem leader’s calls for separation of church and state

Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:55

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has called for the "eventual" disestablishment of the Church of England.

Christian Legal Centre brings a familiar tactic to bear on religious discrimination case

Christian Legal Centre brings a familiar tactic to bear on religious discrimination case

Posted: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:28

The Christian Legal Centre (CLC) is launching yet another attempt to gain privileges for Christians in the workplace – and calling on David Cameron to put his supposed "evangelical Christianity" into action over the case.

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