NSS calls for “fundamental reform” of religious education, as humanists and Muslims mount separate complaints
Posted: Mon, 09 Nov 2015 15:12
The National Secular Society has reiterated calls for a fundamental reform of religious education in schools, as three families mount a legal challenge over the Government's exclusion of humanism from the GCSE RS syllabus.
Posted: Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:12
The NSS has written to a cinema urging it to reconsider its cancellation of the planned screening of a biopic about Mohammed, after a small petition of Muslims from the UK, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria said it was "unacceptable".
Fears for women’s rights in Turkey as Justice Ministry “to classify violence against women as a ‘petty crime’”
Posted: Fri, 06 Nov 2015 11:05
Proposals by the Turkish Ministry of Justice to treat sexual harassment and violence against women less severely have drawn widespread condemnation from campaigners.
Posted: Thu, 05 Nov 2015 16:32
Lord Lamont, the former Tory chancellor, has rejected calls from former UKIP leader Lord Pearson for a "national debate" on Islam – arguing that it was not the place of Government to interfere with theological questions.
Posted: Thu, 05 Nov 2015 11:04
A gay vicar who claimed that his bishop had discriminated against him by denying him a post as a hospital chaplain has lost his claim at an employment tribunal.
Poll: widespread indifference to Christian beliefs, but Christians feel comfortable discussing their faith
Posted: Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:06
Research commissioned by the Church of England ahead of their General Synod has again found widespread public disinterest in religion, and a lack of belief in Christianity's key teachings.
Posted: Fri, 30 Oct 2015 12:04
A new campaign to oppose the Government's controversial plans for Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs) has been officially launched in Parliament.
Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:24
The National Secular Society has said that the Church of England cannot escape blame following the jailing of a retired Anglican priest for sexual offences committed against boys as young as 14.
Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:41
The BBC's latest annual report indicates a general reduction in the hours the Corporation devotes to religious broadcasting. The only increase was on BBC1 which devoted 86 hours to religious programmes.
Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:45
A Local councillor has resigned after his motion to remove prayers from East Herts District Council meetings was heavily defeated.
Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:44
Turkey's most famous modern pianist has been awarded the International Secularism Prize (Prix de la Laïcité) by the France Committee of Secularism, two years after being convicted of blasphemy for a series of tweets.
Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:02
The Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill, proposed by Baroness Cox, has passed its second reading in the House of Lords and was met with support from peers across the political spectrum.
Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 15:52
Dr Tom Wright, the former Anglican bishop of Durham, has called for "cruciform theocracy" at an event held at St Paul's Cathedral.
Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:34
Baroness O'Neill, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has warned that there is no way of securing freedom of expression and a right not to be offended.
Posted: Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:10
The Government has released its long-awaited counter-extremism plan, and set out a host of measures aimed at tackling the spread of radical Islamist ideologies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".