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Combatting anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim hatred is of “existential importance” to Europe

Combatting anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim hatred is of “existential importance” to Europe

Posted: Sat, 17 Oct 2015 08:00

First Vice-President Frans Timmermans of the European Commission has said that tackling anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic violence is critical to Europe's future.

NSS urges Education Secretary not to force Isle of Wight pupils into faith schools

NSS urges Education Secretary not to force Isle of Wight pupils into faith schools

Posted: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:10

The National Secular Society has written to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan objecting to plans to close down a non-religiously designated academy – leaving pupils with no option other than to attend a faith school.

Secular Medical Forum rebukes NHS for advertising £22,000 spiritual healing job

Secular Medical Forum rebukes NHS for advertising £22,000 spiritual healing job

Posted: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:57

Doctor Antony Lempert of the Secular Medical Forum (SMF) has strongly criticised an NHS Trust for advertising a "Spiritual Healer" post to work with breast cancer patients.

SNP to host Muslim group whose staff member calls for prosecution of anyone who criticises Islam

SNP to host Muslim group whose staff member calls for prosecution of anyone who criticises Islam

Posted: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:04

A Muslim activist has boasted of plans to ban criticism of Islam, days before his organisation is due to appear at the SNP conference.

“Phenomenal” growth of churches in UK linked to child witchcraft accusations

“Phenomenal” growth of churches in UK linked to child witchcraft accusations

Posted: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 15:44

The Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) has warned of the "phenomenal" growth of churches in the UK that "promote the idea that children can be witches".

Council of Europe “retreat” on circumcision of young boys

Council of Europe “retreat” on circumcision of young boys

Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:50

Jewish and Muslim groups have claimed victory after the Council of Europe 'retreated' over a proposed ban on male circumcision and instead recommended that it only be performed by trained individuals.

Cameron announces plans to regulate religious supplementary schools

Cameron announces plans to regulate religious supplementary schools

Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:07

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans for Ofsted to inspect madrassas and other supplementary religious schools and to close down those that preach "hate".

Former Anglican bishop Peter Ball jailed as victims sue Church of England over ‘cover-up’

Former Anglican bishop Peter Ball jailed as victims sue Church of England over ‘cover-up’

Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:12

Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Gloucester and Lewes, has been sentenced to 32 months in prison after pleading guilty to offences against 18 teenagers and young men – allegations Ball denied for over twenty years.

NSS: Vague ‘Extremism Disruption Orders’ will chill free speech

NSS: Vague ‘Extremism Disruption Orders’ will chill free speech

Posted: Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:57

The National Secular Society and the Christian Institute have joined together to launch a new campaign, Defend Free Speech, in opposition to proposed 'Extremism Disruption Orders'.

National Secular Society calls for integrated education at EU colloquium on combatting religious hatred

National Secular Society calls for integrated education at EU colloquium on combatting religious hatred

Posted: Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:29

The National Secular Society has spoken out at a meeting of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on religious intolerance to call for integrated schools that promote citizenship and human rights.

Academy closure will force children into faith schools

Academy closure will force children into faith schools

Posted: Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:08

Parents on the Isle of Wight face being forced to accept places at religious schools for their children after plans were announced to close the only non-denominational primary school in the area.

Holyrood ‘religious freedom’ group backed by organisation which 'heals the wounds of atheism’

Holyrood ‘religious freedom’ group backed by organisation which 'heals the wounds of atheism’

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2015 12:05

Plans to set up a "religious pressure group" featuring creationist MSPs in the Scottish Parliament have come under fire from non-believers and minority faith groups.

New US free expression campaign website launched for International Blasphemy Rights Day

New US free expression campaign website launched for International Blasphemy Rights Day

Posted: Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:02

The US-based Centre for Inquiry (CFI) has launched a new website for their campaign to promote and defend free expression, in time to celebrate International Blasphemy Rights Day.

NSS welcomes Warwick Student Union’s decision to allow Maryam Namazie to speak

NSS welcomes Warwick Student Union’s decision to allow Maryam Namazie to speak

Posted: Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:40

The National Secular Society has welcomed Warwick Student Union's decision to host secular campaigner Maryam Namazie. The Union reversed their ban on her speaking following huge public pressure.

Warwick Student Union bans ex-Muslim activist and says speakers must “avoid insulting other faiths”

Warwick Student Union bans ex-Muslim activist and says speakers must “avoid insulting other faiths”

Posted: Fri, 25 Sep 2015 12:35

Maryam Namazie has been blocked from speaking to the Warwick Atheists, Secularists and Humanists' Society after the Student Union said the ex-Muslim campaigner could 'insult' religion.

Help turn Thought for the Day into a “philosophy slot”

Help turn Thought for the Day into a “philosophy slot”

Posted: Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:39

The National Secular Society has backed calls for BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day slot to be converted into a "philosophy slot", open to non-believers and believers alike.

Bangladeshi secular activists remain defiant in face of death threats

Bangladeshi secular activists remain defiant in face of death threats

Posted: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 16:19

Secular writers are defiant after Bangladeshi Islamists stepped up their campaign of murders with a global death list.

Calls for Government to outlaw caste discrimination after tribunal rules in favour of victim kept in “domestic servitude”

Calls for Government to outlaw caste discrimination after tribunal rules in favour of victim kept in “domestic servitude”

Posted: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:56

A victim's charity has slammed Government inaction on caste discrimination, following an Employment Tribunal awarding nearly £200,000 to a woman who worked for four and a half years in horrendous conditions.

Catholic Church criticised at UN Human Rights Council over continued failure to address child sex abuse

Catholic Church criticised at UN Human Rights Council over continued failure to address child sex abuse

Posted: Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:32

The Catholic Church has been strongly criticised at the UN Human Rights Council for obstructing disclosure of child abuse and payment of victims' compensation.

Student starts petition against collective worship in Northern Ireland

Student starts petition against collective worship in Northern Ireland

Posted: Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:07

A Sixth Form student has started a campaign against collective worship in Northern Ireland, from which pupils currently have no right to withdraw without parental consent.

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