Posted: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:08
Pressure is building on the Irish Education minister to establish a multi-denominational school in Dublin under the Educate Together banner. Educate Together promises that "No child is separated because of his or her religion or belief system" in any of their schools.
Posted: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:48
A Catholic adoption agency has been told by the Charity Regulator in Scotland that if it doesn't lift its ban on applications from gay couples it will lose its charitable status.
Posted: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:57
A new report from the think tank British Future has found that just 7% of Britons agree that being Christian is an important attribute for being British.
Posted: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:11
A spat about the separation of religion from governance has broken out between politicians in the Australian capital of Canberra.
Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:58
The move towards a secular society is reaching a crucial phase, and it is important that we keep up the pressure. But we can't do it without our members.
Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:45
In a move that has enraged human rights advocates, the Australian government has given religious groups wide-scale opt-outs in proposed new anti-discrimination laws.
EU Commissioner says blasphemy laws are undesirable in the EU, but it’s up to individual states to decide whether they implement them
Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:37
The EU Commissioner responsible for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, Vivianne Reding, has said that blasphemy laws and other such restrictions are not acceptable and pose a threat to free speech.
European Commission to investigate complaints concerning employment discrimination in ‘faith’ schools
Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 06:43
The European Commission is to investigate complaints submitted by the National Secular Society concerning whether UK legislation relating to state funded 'faith' schools breaches European employment laws in relation to discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief.
Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:07
A tribunal has ruled that the Department for Education (DfE) must publish the names, location and religious affiliation, if any, of all organisations that apply to open free schools.
Posted: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:16
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected three of the four landmark cases of alleged religious discrimination in the workplace. The ruling has been welcomed by the National Secular Society.
Posted: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:39
In a major victory for freedom of expression, Home Secretary Theresa May has bowed to the inevitable and agreed to accept a House of Lords amendment removing the word "insulting " from Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1988.
Posted: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:24
The European Court of Human Rights will announce its judgement on four landmark cases of alleged religious discrimination in the workplace on Tuesday 15 January.
Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:16
Tickets are still available for the premier secular event of the calendar – Secularist of the Year. Make sure you're there!
Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:53
NHS Sheffield's Clinical Commissioning Group has proposed to make families who want their sons to undergo non-medical male circumcision pay for the procedure. Each operation costs about £1,000.
Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:06
Two Scottish Catholic midwives who didn't want to supervise staff who carried out abortion procedures have appealed to the Court of Sessions after their arguments were rejected in a judicial review last year.
Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:37
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new bill into law that makes religious education mandatory for all schools in the country.
Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:07
After a rush by Catholics in the Netherlands to resign from the Church, a priest, Harm Schilder, is putting up the names and photographs of parish members who are attempting to leave "as an encouragement for them to stay".
Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:43
President Barack Obama called a conscience clause for military chaplains in the National Defence Authorization Act "unnecessary and ill-advised."
Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:36
In 2012, 19 states in the USA enacted 43 provisions that "sought to restrict access to abortion services," according to the Guttmacher Institute.
Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:30
The trial has collapsed of a Leicester man who was accused of causing "religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress by demonstrating hostility based on membership of a particular religious group".