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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.

Catholic Church faces question from UN over handling of child abuse

Catholic Church faces question from UN over handling of child abuse

Posted: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:18

The Vatican will today be questioned about its record on child sexual violence by a UN Committee.

NSS backs call for religious slaughter ban ahead of House of Lords debate

NSS backs call for religious slaughter ban ahead of House of Lords debate

Posted: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 07:53

The National Secular Society has backed renewed calls from the RSPCA and other animal welfare organisations for an end to the religious exemption that allows farm animals to be slaughtered without prior stunning.

Campaigners hope UN will help end university gender segregation

Campaigners hope UN will help end university gender segregation

Posted: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:11

The United Nations rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaeed, has been approached by students and women's groups to investigate the issue of gender segregation at British Universities.

Suspect fundraising methods of evangelical church under spotlight again

Suspect fundraising methods of evangelical church under spotlight again

Posted: Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:16

The UK fundraising watchdog has demanded a meeting with an evangelical church after an investigation uncovered complaints about its fundraising activities dating back to 2009.

Government defeated as peers vote to reform Clause 1

Government defeated as peers vote to reform Clause 1

Posted: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:56

The House of Lords has voted down a government proposal to hand police new powers to clamp down on "annoying" behaviour.

Church takeover of community school blocked by local authority

Church takeover of community school blocked by local authority

Posted: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:56

Plans to convert a Suffolk community school to a Church of England voluntary aided school have been blocked by Suffolk County Council after a consultation process failed to demonstrate sufficient demand for a school with a religious character.

NSS welcomes LSE apology over Jesus & Mo debacle

NSS welcomes LSE apology over Jesus & Mo debacle

Posted: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:02

The London School of Economics (LSE) has apologised to two students who were forced to cover up t-shirts featuring pictures from the satirical comic strip Jesus and Mo.

CofE General Synod member Andrea Minichiello Williams urges Jamaica to keep law that criminalises homosexuality

CofE General Synod member Andrea Minichiello Williams urges Jamaica to keep law that criminalises homosexuality

Posted: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:19

Church of England General Synod member, Andrea Minichiello Williams, has urged the Jamaican Government to keep the law that criminalises homosexuality and carries a potential penalty of ten years hard labour.

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