Posted: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:49
The French education minister has said that the meaning of secularism has been twisted and that teaching must be overhauled to show that Laïcité protects pupils.
Posted: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:19
A petition to remove Church of England bishops from the House of Lords has gained over 10,000 signatures in the space of a week – meaning it will now receive a response from the government.
Posted: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:11
The NSS has stressed the need for a new secular settlement after a YouGov survey found that 46% of UK adults consider themselves to have "no religion", compared to just 42% who say they are Christian.
Posted: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:56
Legislation to tackle gender inequality and discrimination promoted by religious tribunals like sharia 'courts' has cleared the House of Lords.
Posted: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:25
The National Secular Society has welcomed efforts by the Church of England to fix the date of Easter, something the NSS called for in 2015 in light of the disruption the changeable date causes to schools and business.
Posted: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:28
A charity and support group for former Ultra-Orthodox Jews has warned the Government that corporal punishment is widely used in unregistered Orthodox schools.
Posted: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:33
Weekly attendance at Church of England services has fallen below 1 million for the first time – bolstering the argument for a secular state.
Posted: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:58
A school which threatened a 'ban' on mothers driving their children to school has been criticised by Ofsted for failing to sufficiently promote "pupils' safety and well-being."
Posted: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:08
The NSS has expressed broad support for Government plans to safeguard children and young people who attend "out-of-school education settings", including madrassas, with a system of registration and inspection.
Catholic Church intervenes in NI abortion court case to restrict access to abortion for rape victims
Posted: Fri, 08 Jan 2016 10:56
The Catholic Church in Northern Ireland is pressing the attorney general to appeal the 2015 High Court ruling that allowed abortion in cases of incest, rape or fatal foetal abnormalities.
Posted: Thu, 07 Jan 2016 14:25
The National Secular Society has warned that the rescheduling GCSE and A-Level exams to accommodate Ramadan must not disadvantage non-Muslim pupils.
Posted: Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:23
The National Secular Society has welcomed a court's ruling that Northern Ireland Pastor James McConnell is "not guilty" for a sermon he uploaded online that was critical of Islam.
Posted: Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:33
The National Secular Society has welcomed an intervention from Defence Minister Penny Mordaunt to ensure that the rights of gay military personnel wishing to marry are respected.
Posted: Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:55
The National Secular Society has called on the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to tackle issues of discrimination and unfairness stemming from religious influence in publicly funded education.
Posted: Thu, 17 Dec 2015 12:39
Over 1% of Iceland's population have registered as Zuist in the past month to escape the requirement on taxpayers to fund a state-recognised church.
Posted: Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:53
Tickets are now on sale for Secularist of the Year 2016, to be presented by broadcaster and columnist Julia Hartley-Brewer, and the National Secular Society is seeking the public's nominations to receive the prize.
Posted: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:47
The judge presiding over the trial of Pastor James McConnell – accused of sending a grossly offensive message by uploading a sermon critical of Islam – will not give a verdict until 5 January 2016.
Posted: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:30
Ofsted is preparing prosecution cases against the founders of unregulated religious schools after warning the Government of a "serious and growing threat" to children's safety.
Posted: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:38
The NSS has defended cinema chains' freedom to refuse religious or political advertising after the Equality and Human Rights Commission accused them of "failing to uphold Britain's long tradition of freedom of expression."
Posted: Thu, 10 Dec 2015 07:59
The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has warned that worldwide "persecution of the non-religious has escalated" in the past year.