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Parliamentary candidates offer support for faith schools, non-stun animal slaughter and circumcision

Parliamentary candidates offer support for faith schools, non-stun animal slaughter and circumcision

Posted: Wed, 31 May 2017

The National Secular Society has criticised prospective MPs for offering their support to non-therapeutic male circumcision, religious slaughter of animals without stunning, and faith schools.

‘Moderate’ Indonesia launches anti-gay police taskforce after public caning of two men

‘Moderate’ Indonesia launches anti-gay police taskforce after public caning of two men

Posted: Fri, 26 May 2017

Indonesia's police are to launch a new crackdown on gay people, following a brutal public caning and the mass arrest of 140 gay men at a party.

Doctor faces private prosecution for circumcising baby boy without the mother’s consent

Doctor faces private prosecution for circumcising baby boy without the mother’s consent

Posted: Wed, 24 May 2017

A doctor is facing a private prosecution for assault after he circumcised a boy without the mother's consent.

Four religious representatives appointed to Hebrides education committee

Four religious representatives appointed to Hebrides education committee

Posted: Thu, 18 May 2017

The Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the local authority for the Hebrides, has appointed four religious figures to its education committee, as it is required to do by law.

Belgium’s Walloon region to end slaughter of animals without pre-stunning

Belgium’s Walloon region to end slaughter of animals without pre-stunning

Posted: Thu, 11 May 2017

A committee of the Walloon Parliament has voted to ban the slaughter of animals without pre-stunning, a move welcomed by secularists and animal rights campaigners.

Calls for abolition of Irish blasphemy law following investigation of Stephen Fry

Calls for abolition of Irish blasphemy law following investigation of Stephen Fry

Posted: Mon, 08 May 2017

The National Secular Society has called for the repeal of Ireland's blasphemy law after Irish police dropped an investigation against Stephen Fry over a complaint of 'blasphemy' related to an interview aired in 2015.

NZ secularists file human rights case over religious education in schools

NZ secularists file human rights case over religious education in schools

Posted: Thu, 04 May 2017

The New Zealand Secular Education Network (SEN) has mounted a challenge over "religious bias" in the way the country's schools teach about religion.

Survey finds deeply regressive views of women among large majorities of Muslim men

Survey finds deeply regressive views of women among large majorities of Muslim men

Posted: Wed, 03 May 2017

A large-scale survey of views in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine has reported extensive anti-women views and widespread tolerance of domestic violence.

Dozens of speakers to attend major conference on secularism and freedom of expression

Dozens of speakers to attend major conference on secularism and freedom of expression

Posted: Tue, 02 May 2017

Dozens of speakers are confirmed to address the upcoming 'Free Expression & Conscience' conference, including many honorary associates of the National Secular Society.

Death sentence for Saudi ‘apostate’ amid surge of violence against atheists across Islamic world

Death sentence for Saudi ‘apostate’ amid surge of violence against atheists across Islamic world

Posted: Fri, 28 Apr 2017

A Saudi trial based "heavily on Koranic law" has resulted in a death sentence for a 'mentally ill' man who denounced the Islamic 'prophet' Mohammed.

NSS rejects Church’s call for end to RE right to withdraw, without meaningful reform

NSS rejects Church’s call for end to RE right to withdraw, without meaningful reform

Posted: Thu, 27 Apr 2017

The National Secular Society has said that Religious Education must be fundamentally reformed before the existing right to withdraw children from RE can be removed.

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