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NSS stresses role of education in nurturing cohesive societies in speech at European Parliament

NSS stresses role of education in nurturing cohesive societies in speech at European Parliament

Posted: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:55

The NSS has told top-level European officials of the positive role secular education can play in building a shared future and challenging religious intolerance across Europe.

“Diet of Islam” fed to Park View Academy pupils

“Diet of Islam” fed to Park View Academy pupils

Posted: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:31

A professional conduct panel has ruled against two teachers at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' scandal, finding that pupils of Park View Academy were "immersed in orthodox Islamic doctrine."

Anti-LGBT religious exemptions will be removed from Ireland’s equality legislation

Anti-LGBT religious exemptions will be removed from Ireland’s equality legislation

Posted: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:14

The National Secular Society has welcomed confirmation that Ireland's government is to amend the exemptions to equality law which permit religious discrimination.

Labour MP Keith Vaz would have “no problem” with reintroduction of UK blasphemy laws

Labour MP Keith Vaz would have “no problem” with reintroduction of UK blasphemy laws

Posted: Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:06

Labour MP Keith Vaz has expressed his support for the reintroduction of UK blasphemy laws – provided they "apply equally to everybody."

Review law on collective worship in schools, say academics

Review law on collective worship in schools, say academics

Posted: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 00:03

Senior academics have warned of "significant concerns" about the imposition of collective worship in non-religious schools – arguing that it may violate the right to freedom of religion and belief.

Call to help defend the Freedom of Information Act

Call to help defend the Freedom of Information Act

Posted: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:40

The National Secular Society is urging its members and supporters to back a campaign defending Freedom of Information (FoI).

NSS calls for “fundamental reform” of religious education, as humanists and Muslims mount separate complaints

NSS calls for “fundamental reform” of religious education, as humanists and Muslims mount separate complaints

Posted: Mon, 09 Nov 2015 15:12

The National Secular Society has reiterated calls for a fundamental reform of religious education in schools, as three families mount a legal challenge over the Government's exclusion of humanism from the GCSE RS syllabus.

NSS urges cinema to reconsider after protests force cancellation of Mohammed biopic screening

NSS urges cinema to reconsider after protests force cancellation of Mohammed biopic screening

Posted: Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:12

The NSS has written to a cinema urging it to reconsider its cancellation of the planned screening of a biopic about Mohammed, after a small petition of Muslims from the UK, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria said it was "unacceptable".

Fears for women’s rights in Turkey as Justice Ministry “to classify violence against women as a ‘petty crime’”

Fears for women’s rights in Turkey as Justice Ministry “to classify violence against women as a ‘petty crime’”

Posted: Fri, 06 Nov 2015 11:05

Proposals by the Turkish Ministry of Justice to treat sexual harassment and violence against women less severely have drawn widespread condemnation from campaigners.

Former UKIP leader calls for “national debate” on Islam

Former UKIP leader calls for “national debate” on Islam

Posted: Thu, 05 Nov 2015 16:32

Lord Lamont, the former Tory chancellor, has rejected calls from former UKIP leader Lord Pearson for a "national debate" on Islam – arguing that it was not the place of Government to interfere with theological questions.

Church’s right to veto hospital chaplaincy appointments upheld

Church’s right to veto hospital chaplaincy appointments upheld

Posted: Thu, 05 Nov 2015 11:04

A gay vicar who claimed that his bishop had discriminated against him by denying him a post as a hospital chaplain has lost his claim at an employment tribunal.

Poll: widespread indifference to Christian beliefs, but Christians feel comfortable discussing their faith

Poll: widespread indifference to Christian beliefs, but Christians feel comfortable discussing their faith

Posted: Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:06

Research commissioned by the Church of England ahead of their General Synod has again found widespread public disinterest in religion, and a lack of belief in Christianity's key teachings.

Defend Free Speech Campaign launched in Parliament

Defend Free Speech Campaign launched in Parliament

Posted: Fri, 30 Oct 2015 12:04

A new campaign to oppose the Government's controversial plans for Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs) has been officially launched in Parliament.

NSS: Church cannot escape blame for the failure to uncover truth about sex abuse

NSS: Church cannot escape blame for the failure to uncover truth about sex abuse

Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:24

The National Secular Society has said that the Church of England cannot escape blame following the jailing of a retired Anglican priest for sexual offences committed against boys as young as 14.

BBC continues to reduce its unpopular religious programming

BBC continues to reduce its unpopular religious programming

Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:41

The BBC's latest annual report indicates a general reduction in the hours the Corporation devotes to religious broadcasting. The only increase was on BBC1 which devoted 86 hours to religious programmes.

East Herts Councillor resigns following vote to retain prayers at council meetings

East Herts Councillor resigns following vote to retain prayers at council meetings

Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:45

A Local councillor has resigned after his motion to remove prayers from East Herts District Council meetings was heavily defeated.

Turkish musician Fazıl Say awarded 2015 International Secularism Prize

Turkish musician Fazıl Say awarded 2015 International Secularism Prize

Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:44

Turkey's most famous modern pianist has been awarded the International Secularism Prize (Prix de la Laïcité) by the France Committee of Secularism, two years after being convicted of blasphemy for a series of tweets.

House of Lords debates bill to outlaw gender discrimination in UK sharia ‘courts’

House of Lords debates bill to outlaw gender discrimination in UK sharia ‘courts’

Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:02

The Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill, proposed by Baroness Cox, has passed its second reading in the House of Lords and was met with support from peers across the political spectrum.

Ex-Bishop of Durham calls for Christian “theocracy”

Ex-Bishop of Durham calls for Christian “theocracy”

Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 15:52

Dr Tom Wright, the former Anglican bishop of Durham, has called for "cruciform theocracy" at an event held at St Paul's Cathedral.

Freedom of expression cannot be left to the “mercy of others”, says chair of EHRC

Freedom of expression cannot be left to the “mercy of others”, says chair of EHRC

Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:34

Baroness O'Neill, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has warned that there is no way of securing freedom of expression and a right not to be offended.

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