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Last chance to buy tickets for Secularist of the Year

Last chance to buy tickets for Secularist of the Year

Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:43

With just a week to go until Secularist of the Year, time is running out to get your tickets for the highlight of the secular social calendar.

Religious education contributes to good community relations, claims parliamentary report

Religious education contributes to good community relations, claims parliamentary report

Posted: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:25

A parliamentary group has published a report saying that Religious Education in schools can help counter extremism and build better community relations.

Scottish charity regulator will not challenge appeal panel’s ruling on Catholic adoption agency

Scottish charity regulator will not challenge appeal panel’s ruling on Catholic adoption agency

Posted: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:42

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator will not appeal a court ruling quashing its decision to revoke charitable status from a Catholic adoption agency which discriminates against same-sex couples.

BBC drops homosexuality debate from 'Free Speech' show after objections from mosque

BBC drops homosexuality debate from 'Free Speech' show after objections from mosque

Posted: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:25

The BBC has controversially dropped a debate on homosexuality from a live panel discussion show because of objections from Birmingham Central Mosque in which the programme was being filmed.

IHEU defends freedom of thought for all at the UN

IHEU defends freedom of thought for all at the UN

Posted: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:42

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has spoken out at the Human Rights Council (HRC) to defend freedom of thought for all – including the non-religious.

Christian sacked from nursery did not suffer religious discrimination, appeals tribunal rules

Christian sacked from nursery did not suffer religious discrimination, appeals tribunal rules

Posted: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:21

An Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has dismissed an appeal from a woman who claimed she had been fired from her job in a nursery because of her religious beliefs.

University of Edinburgh students win “best secularist student activity” award

University of Edinburgh students win “best secularist student activity” award

Posted: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:17

This year's AHS award for the best secularist student activity has been awarded to University of Edinburgh Humanist Society in recognition of their recent efforts to influence and change Edinburgh University Students Association policy.

Government response to exam censorship neglects children's independent interests, says the NSS

Government response to exam censorship neglects children's independent interests, says the NSS

Posted: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:35

The National Secular Society has accused the Government of neglecting the best interests of children after it refused to intervene following the revelations that some faith schools have been blacking out questions on exam papers, depriving pupils of the ability to score the maximum marks.

Muslim state schools ordered not to discriminate on the basis of gender

Muslim state schools ordered not to discriminate on the basis of gender

Posted: Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:35

Following concerns raised by the National Secular Society, three Muslim state schools have been told not to discriminate against job applicants on the basis of gender.

Leading vet calls for an end to religious slaughter

Leading vet calls for an end to religious slaughter

Posted: Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:44

A leading vet has said the religious slaughter of animals should be banned, unless Muslims and Jews can voluntarily adopt more humane methods of killing.

European court says “human rights of Mormon Church” have not been violated by tax demand

European court says “human rights of Mormon Church” have not been violated by tax demand

Posted: Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:59

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the Mormon Church is not entitled to full local property tax exemption on a temple it owns in Chorley, Lancashire.

Plans by Islamist extremists to take over state schools exposed

Plans by Islamist extremists to take over state schools exposed

Posted: Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:09

The Sunday Times this week reported an alleged plot by Islamist fundamentalists in Birmingham to take over state schools and use them as centres of "Islamic education."

Government complicit in redaction of exam questions

Government complicit in redaction of exam questions

Posted: Sat, 01 Mar 2014 23:19

The National Secular Society has discovered that exam boards, the exam regulator and the government have been colluding with faith schools to shield pupils from key scientific concepts.

MEPs call for better protection of fundamental rights and secularism in the EU

MEPs call for better protection of fundamental rights and secularism in the EU

Posted: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:16

The European Parliament has passed a resolution that calls on the EU to better respect and enforce fundamental rights and European values; values which include secularism, freedom of belief, freedom of expression and the right to die with dignity.

Concerns raised over sex discrimination against teachers in Muslim schools

Concerns raised over sex discrimination against teachers in Muslim schools

Posted: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:34

The National Secular Society has warned that the proliferation of religious schools could be opening the door to gender discrimination in the employment of teachers.

Homeowners angered at prospect of having to pay for church repairs

Homeowners angered at prospect of having to pay for church repairs

Posted: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:53

An archaic law left over from the reign of Henry VIII has caused anger in a Shropshire village after a number of households found out they could be liable for paying for repairs at their local church.

Trust in religion falls in Poland

Trust in religion falls in Poland

Posted: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:42

An opinion poll in Poland shows that trust and attachment to the Catholic Church is falling, despite the new Pope.

Newcastle Council gives church-goers parking permit at a nominal fee

Newcastle Council gives church-goers parking permit at a nominal fee

Posted: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:04

Newcastle City Council has announced that it will not proceed with its plan to completely withdraw free Sunday parking permits from churches in the city centre, despite it raising parking charges for everyone else.

French Islamists seek to use blasphemy law to silence critics

French Islamists seek to use blasphemy law to silence critics

Posted: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:19

French Islamists are suing the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for blasphemy after it published a front cover carrying the slogan "The Koran is crap, it doesn't stop bullets".

Denmark bans religious slaughter

Denmark bans religious slaughter

Posted: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:52

Denmark's Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen has signed into law a regulation that bans religious slaughter of animals.

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