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MEPS call on Saudi Arabia to allow freedom of religion and belief

MEPS call on Saudi Arabia to allow freedom of religion and belief

Posted: Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:51

MEPs have called on Saudi Arabia to respect the freedom of religion and expression of all people living in the country.

UN children's body slates Vatican over child abuse

UN children's body slates Vatican over child abuse

Posted: Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:21

A United Nations committee has issued a scathing report accusing the Vatican of putting the reputation and interests of the Holy See above the interests of children who had been sexually abused by priests.

Study reveals teens' views on faith and Religious Education

Study reveals teens' views on faith and Religious Education

Posted: Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:27

Young people in multi-faith areas favour multi-faith over single-faith schools. They also value religious education but want to see changes in its content and delivery.

Catholic adoption agency ruling ‘kicks a hole through Equality Act’, warns NSS

Catholic adoption agency ruling ‘kicks a hole through Equality Act’, warns NSS

Posted: Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:53

The NSS has warned that a decision by the Scottish Charities Appeal Panel about a Catholic adoption agency that discriminates against gay couples "kicks a hole right through the middle of the Equality Act".

Tickets on sale now for Secularist of the Year 2014

Tickets on sale now for Secularist of the Year 2014

Posted: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:10

Secularist of the Year 2014 is approaching and tickets are now on sale. We'd love you to join us for this highlight of the secularist social calendar.

Channel 4 defends censorship of Jesus and Mo cartoon

Channel 4 defends censorship of Jesus and Mo cartoon

Posted: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:48

Channel 4 has responded to criticism of its censorship of the Jesus & Mo cartoon by saying it did not want to cause offence to its audience.

Censorship on Channel 4 News: an open letter to the editor

Censorship on Channel 4 News: an open letter to the editor

Posted: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:25

The National Secular Society has written to the editor of Channel 4 News to express concern over a decision to censor a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Mohammad during its broadcast on Tuesday 28 January.

University Islamic Society tries to stop talk because speaker didn’t condemn Maajid Nawaz

University Islamic Society tries to stop talk because speaker didn’t condemn Maajid Nawaz

Posted: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:24

Students from the University of Plymouth's Islamic Society failed in their efforts to get a speaker from the anti-extremist think tank Quilliam banned this week. They wanted his talk cancelled because he failed to condemn Maajid Nawaz's tweeting of the Jesus and Mo cartoon.

Northern Ireland council lifts ban on “blasphemous” Bible play

Northern Ireland council lifts ban on “blasphemous” Bible play

Posted: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 07:24

Newtownabbey Borough Council in Northern Ireland has overturned its ban on a play that spoofs the Bible.

Fundamentalist Christians claim victory over “gay cure” bus advert

Fundamentalist Christians claim victory over “gay cure” bus advert

Posted: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:32

The Christian Legal Centre and the Core Issues Trust are claiming that a Court of Appeal decision today over the banning of an advertisement on London buses is "an important victory" – even though the ban remains in place for the time being.

Government drops plans to outlaw "annoying" behaviour

Government drops plans to outlaw "annoying" behaviour

Posted: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:45

Government ministers have abandoned plans to replace anti-social behaviour orders with injunctions to prevent "nuisance and annoyance".

Release British doctor accused of blasphemy, urges UK human rights group

Release British doctor accused of blasphemy, urges UK human rights group

Posted: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:26

A UK-based human rights organisation is calling on the authorities in Pakistan to release a 72-year-old doctor who was arrested for 'posing as a Muslim' after being secretly filmed by a patient at his surgery.

Cornwall consults on scrapping free transport to religious schools

Cornwall consults on scrapping free transport to religious schools

Posted: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:35

Cornwall County Council is under fire for considering the removal of subsidies for transport of pupils to religious schools.

Church of England intensifies its bullying of the Girlguides over promise

Church of England intensifies its bullying of the Girlguides over promise

Posted: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:00

The Girlguides Movement is under heavy pressure from the Church of England to scrap its recently introduced secular promise and "re-instate God".

Britain’s first state-funded Hindu school plans large-scale expansion

Britain’s first state-funded Hindu school plans large-scale expansion

Posted: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:42

Britain's only state-funded Hindu school, located in Harrow Middlesex, is planning a large-scale expansion which will make it one of the largest "faith schools" in the country.

Finland: Citizens’ initiative launched calling for separation of church and state

Finland: Citizens’ initiative launched calling for separation of church and state

Posted: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:14

A citizens' initiative has been launched in Finland calling for legislative revisions to abolish the state church and to establish a state unbiased toward all religious convictions.

Parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz under pressure for posting Jesus and Mo cartoon on twitter

Parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz under pressure for posting Jesus and Mo cartoon on twitter

Posted: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:03

A petition has been set up in support of Maajid Nawaz, the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, who posted an innocuous 'Jesus and Mo' cartoon on his Twitter timeline

Vatican challenged by UN over its handling of child abuse

Vatican challenged by UN over its handling of child abuse

Posted: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:51

Representatives from the Vatican have faced tough questions over the Holy See's record on sexual abuse and other forms of violence against children by a UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in Geneva.

Edinburgh secularists challenge religious privilege in Scotland’s education system

Edinburgh secularists challenge religious privilege in Scotland’s education system

Posted: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:40

Edinburgh Secular Society (ESS) has presented its case for the removal of unelected religious representatives on local authority education committees to the Scottish Government's Petitions Committee.

5.3 billion suffer restrictions on religious freedom around the world

5.3 billion suffer restrictions on religious freedom around the world

Posted: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:36

As national religious freedom day is celebrated in the United States, a report by the Pew Research Center reveals violence and discrimination against religious groups by rival faiths and governments have reached a six-year high worldwide.

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