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Government breaks promise over consultation on caste discrimination

Government breaks promise over consultation on caste discrimination

Posted: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:40

The Government has failed to launch a promised consultation on caste-based discrimination, after a long campaign by anti-caste campaigners to have it specifically recognised under anti-discrimination laws.

New NHS guidance requires hospitals to provide pastoral care to non-religious

New NHS guidance requires hospitals to provide pastoral care to non-religious

Posted: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:26

New guidance published by NHS England will require hospitals in England to consider the needs of non-religious patients by ensuring they have access to appropriate pastoral care.

Social Integration Commission calls for limits on new faith schools

Social Integration Commission calls for limits on new faith schools

Posted: Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:02

A new report by the Social Integration Commission has warned of segregation in Britain and called on the Department for Education to place limits on new faith schools.

Religious lobbying threatens European Parliament vote on gender equality

Religious lobbying threatens European Parliament vote on gender equality

Posted: Sun, 08 Mar 2015 07:30

On Tuesday 10 March the European Parliament will vote on a report about gender equality in the EU. NGOs are concerned that religious groups may defeat the report, and are appealing for support.

A very special Secularist of the Year event in the offing- get your tickets now

A very special Secularist of the Year event in the offing- get your tickets now

Posted: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:24

Secularist of the Year 2015 is shaping up to be a very exciting event, with attendees including Richard Dawkins, AC Grayling and last year's winner, Turkish opposition MP Safak Pavey.

Beef ban prompts fears over state of Indian secularism

Beef ban prompts fears over state of Indian secularism

Posted: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:30

The Indian state of Maharashtra has banned the sale or possession of beef, leading to fears that secularism in India is being eroded.

Police and Crime Commissioner criticised for awarding tens of thousands of pounds to Christian groups

Police and Crime Commissioner criticised for awarding tens of thousands of pounds to Christian groups

Posted: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:14

The National Secular Society has raised concerns about a scheme to "nurture, equip and enable" religious organisations to help reduce crime in Northamptonshire.

“Be Careful With Mohammed”: Muslim Action Forum launches “legal strategy” to stop publication of insults to Mohammed

“Be Careful With Mohammed”: Muslim Action Forum launches “legal strategy” to stop publication of insults to Mohammed

Posted: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:50

The Muslim Action Forum, which staged a protest outside Downing Street against Charlie Hebdo in February, has launched a "legal strategy" to stop insults against Mohammed.

Council prayers bill branded a "recipe for divisiveness"

Council prayers bill branded a "recipe for divisiveness"

Posted: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:18

A Government backed Bill to give local councils the power to include prayers in their meetings has been branded a 'recipe for divisiveness' during a House of Lords debate.

NSS rebukes Eric Pickles for claims about “aggressive secularists”

NSS rebukes Eric Pickles for claims about “aggressive secularists”

Posted: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:34

The National Secular Society has strongly criticised Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, for warning of "violent extremists" and "aggressive secularists" in a speech at Temple Church in London.

NSS warns of ‘de-facto’ blasphemy laws at European Parliament

NSS warns of ‘de-facto’ blasphemy laws at European Parliament

Posted: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:57

The National Secular Society has raised concerns about the limits imposed on free speech by unofficial blasphemy laws enforced by the threat of violence.

New poll shows significant minority of UK Muslims support attacks on Charlie Hebdo

New poll shows significant minority of UK Muslims support attacks on Charlie Hebdo

Posted: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:06

10% of UK Muslims aged 18-34 agreed with the statement that "organisations which publish images of the Prophet Mohammed deserve to be attacked".

MPs cite “overwhelming” public support in debate on non-stun animal slaughter

MPs cite “overwhelming” public support in debate on non-stun animal slaughter

Posted: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:38

MPs have debated ending non-stun slaughter, after a petition to end the religious exemption to animal welfare laws was signed by over 115,000 people.

Homophobic preacher invited to address University of Westminster Islamic Society

Homophobic preacher invited to address University of Westminster Islamic Society

Posted: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:31

Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad, who once said "godless homosexuals" engaged in a "criminal act", is to be hosted by the University of Westminster Islamic Society.

Secularists stand up for LGBT equality in Northern Ireland

Secularists stand up for LGBT equality in Northern Ireland

Posted: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:54

The NSS has objected to proposed changes to Northern Ireland's equality laws which would allow businesses to refuse services to LGBT customers on the grounds of "strongly held religious convictions".

Religious extremism in Islamic charity is exposed by ITV documentary

Religious extremism in Islamic charity is exposed by ITV documentary

Posted: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:01

An ITV documentary has exposed radicalism and anti-Semitism in an Islamic charity with alleged extremist links.

Norman Bonney 1944 – 2015

Norman Bonney 1944 – 2015

Posted: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:42

We are sad to report the death of Prof. Norman Bonney on 13 February after a long illness, which caused him to resign last year from the NSS Council after four years' service.

Church of England voting guidance says religion cannot be separated from politics

Church of England voting guidance says religion cannot be separated from politics

Posted: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:51

The Church of England has published a letter advising Church members on the upcoming election, in a move which has drawn significant criticism.

£400,000 Government scheme to “strengthen” faith organisations in Britain

£400,000 Government scheme to “strengthen” faith organisations in Britain

Posted: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:21

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is giving away £400,000 to a religious organisation or consortium, with the purpose of "strengthening" faith groups in the UK.

NSS discuss rise in religious hate crime with Communities Minister

NSS discuss rise in religious hate crime with Communities Minister

Posted: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:34

The National Secular Society has met with the Department for Communities and Local Government to discuss the rise in religious hate crime and the ways in which it is tackled.

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