Posted: Thu, 12 May 2016 13:47
A House of Lords debate on school admissions has seen peers criticise segregation and division fed by faith schools and challenging Government plans to prevent civil society organisations from objecting to Admissions Code violations.
Posted: Wed, 11 May 2016 14:10
The Government has announced plans to register Ministry of Defence sites for civil marriages, after religious groups blocked same-sex ceremonies from taking place in military chapels.
Posted: Tue, 10 May 2016 12:32
The National Secular Society has urged a local authority to review its school transport policy after a pupil was told he couldn't use the council-run school bus because it is provided only for church-going pupils.
Posted: Tue, 10 May 2016 06:57
The National Secular Society has welcomed comments from Trevor Phillips calling for the "active integration" of religious minorities but warned that this cannot be done without tackling faith schools.
Posted: Fri, 06 May 2016 13:32
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has been asked by the Department for Education to investigate an independent Islamic school that segregated its staff by gender.
Posted: Thu, 05 May 2016 16:23
The National Secular Society is pleased to announce a special conference to mark 150 years since the Society's founding and to debate the vital role of secularism in Britain and beyond.
Posted: Tue, 03 May 2016 13:26
Religious education must be reformed before parents lose the option to remove their children from the subject, the NSS has said, after head teachers voted to make RE compulsory.
Posted: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:22
Two Turkish journalists have been sentenced to two years in prison for republishing a cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with a cartoon of Muhammad.
Church review into abusive Bishop refuses to explicitly consider bullying of victims in its Terms of Reference
Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:23
A victim of clerical abuse has refused to give evidence to a Church review of the Bishop Peter Ball case, after it declined to explicitly mention intimidation of victims in its Terms of Reference.
Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:57
A Northern Ireland councillor has been criticised after comparing a Sixth Form student's campaign against mandatory school worship to the "early stage" of Hitler and Stalin's rule.
Posted: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:41
Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned that leaders in some independent Islamic schools are continuing to undermine British values, after inspectors found more evidence of gender segregation.
Posted: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:07
The National Secular Society has written to the Bangladeshi High Commission criticising their government's inaction over a spate of Islamist killings.
Posted: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:42
The Turkish politician charged with redrafting the country's constitution has called for an Islamic constitution as opposition leaders warn that "Secularism is there to ensure that everyone has religious freedom."
Posted: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:48
The NSS has warned that Government plans to convert all schools in England into academies could increase the level of religious influence and see the CofE gaining control of non-faith-based schools.
Posted: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:37
A High Court judge has ruled against a devout Muslim who wanted his children circumcised, finding that the boys should be able to make the choice themselves in a judgement welcomed by the Secular Medical Forum.
Posted: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:54
All workers at the Kentucky 'replica' of Noah's Ark will have to sign a statement "professing Christ as their saviour"; after a judge ruled that the park can discriminate even though it benefits from tax incentives.
Posted: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:59
A cross-party group of MPs has called on the Government to make faith school admissions more inclusive and bolster social cohesion.
Posted: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 14:50
A High Court judge has ruled against a devout Muslim who wanted his children circumcised, concluding that the boys should be able to make the choice themselves.
Posted: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:53
Ofsted have written a scathing criticism of an independent orthodox Jewish school which has a policy of not referencing "evolution or prehistoric events" that would "predate the creation of the world 5776 years ago".
Posted: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:47
A Kuwaiti philosopher was questioned over blasphemy charges after she said that religion and politics should be separate and that placing the Koran above the constitution was "undoing" democracy.