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Tickets on sale and nominations open for Secularist of the Year 2016

Tickets on sale and nominations open for Secularist of the Year 2016

Posted: Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:53

Tickets are now on sale for Secularist of the Year 2016, to be presented by broadcaster and columnist Julia Hartley-Brewer, and the National Secular Society is seeking the public's nominations to receive the prize.

Verdict delayed in prosecution of "offensive" Northern Ireland preacher

Verdict delayed in prosecution of "offensive" Northern Ireland preacher

Posted: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:47

The judge presiding over the trial of Pastor James McConnell – accused of sending a grossly offensive message by uploading a sermon critical of Islam – will not give a verdict until 5 January 2016.

Ofsted to prepare prosecution cases against staff of unregistered religious schools

Ofsted to prepare prosecution cases against staff of unregistered religious schools

Posted: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:30

Ofsted is preparing prosecution cases against the founders of unregulated religious schools after warning the Government of a "serious and growing threat" to children's safety.

National Secular Society defends cinemas’ freedom not to screen religious adverts

National Secular Society defends cinemas’ freedom not to screen religious adverts

Posted: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:38

The NSS has defended cinema chains' freedom to refuse religious or political advertising after the Equality and Human Rights Commission accused them of "failing to uphold Britain's long tradition of freedom of expression."

New report warns of ‘escalation’ in global persecution against non-believers

New report warns of ‘escalation’ in global persecution against non-believers

Posted: Thu, 10 Dec 2015 07:59

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has warned that worldwide "persecution of the non-religious has escalated" in the past year.

Muslim Reform Movement embraces secularism and universal human rights

Muslim Reform Movement embraces secularism and universal human rights

Posted: Tue, 08 Dec 2015 11:58

A coalition of Muslim writers, activists and politicians has launched a "Muslim Reform Movement" rejecting violence and calling for a defence of secularism, democracy and liberty.

Woolf Commission’s multifaithism 'completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society'

Woolf Commission’s multifaithism 'completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society'

Posted: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:52

The National Secular Society has criticised a new report on the role of religion and belief in public life for calling for a multi-faith approach "completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society."

Muslim students try to disrupt ex-Muslim Maryam Namazie’s talk on blasphemy at Goldsmiths University

Muslim students try to disrupt ex-Muslim Maryam Namazie’s talk on blasphemy at Goldsmiths University

Posted: Thu, 03 Dec 2015 13:43

Protesters from the Goldsmiths University Islamic Society have heckled and aggressively disrupted a talk from ex-Muslim and feminist campaigner Maryam Namazie.

Church of England seeks special protection for failing faith schools

Church of England seeks special protection for failing faith schools

Posted: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:28

One of the Church of England's bishops in the House of Lords has put down an amendment to the Education and Adoption Bill to protect the religious ethos of failing Anglican schools if they are forced to convert into academies.

Call to overhaul RE teaching and rename the subject

Call to overhaul RE teaching and rename the subject

Posted: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:15

A review into Religious Education has called for fundamental reform of the subject, so that teaching reflects "the real religious landscape" of the UK – with content including a "broad range" of religious and non-religious views.

High Court rules against Education Secretary for leaving non-religious views out of new RE GCSE

High Court rules against Education Secretary for leaving non-religious views out of new RE GCSE

Posted: Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:32

The High Court has ruled in favour of three families who challenged the Education Secretary's exclusion of non-religious worldviews from the new RE GCSE syllabus.

Female governor made to sit “out of sight” of men during school governors’ meetings at Islamic school

Female governor made to sit “out of sight” of men during school governors’ meetings at Islamic school

Posted: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:27

Ofsted has released a damning advice note on the Bridge Schools Inspectorate, revealing shocking failures by independent Muslim and Christian schools.

NSS stresses role of education in nurturing cohesive societies in speech at European Parliament

NSS stresses role of education in nurturing cohesive societies in speech at European Parliament

Posted: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:55

The NSS has told top-level European officials of the positive role secular education can play in building a shared future and challenging religious intolerance across Europe.

“Diet of Islam” fed to Park View Academy pupils

“Diet of Islam” fed to Park View Academy pupils

Posted: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:31

A professional conduct panel has ruled against two teachers at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' scandal, finding that pupils of Park View Academy were "immersed in orthodox Islamic doctrine."

Anti-LGBT religious exemptions will be removed from Ireland’s equality legislation

Anti-LGBT religious exemptions will be removed from Ireland’s equality legislation

Posted: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:14

The National Secular Society has welcomed confirmation that Ireland's government is to amend the exemptions to equality law which permit religious discrimination.

Labour MP Keith Vaz would have “no problem” with reintroduction of UK blasphemy laws

Labour MP Keith Vaz would have “no problem” with reintroduction of UK blasphemy laws

Posted: Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:06

Labour MP Keith Vaz has expressed his support for the reintroduction of UK blasphemy laws – provided they "apply equally to everybody."

Review law on collective worship in schools, say academics

Review law on collective worship in schools, say academics

Posted: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 00:03

Senior academics have warned of "significant concerns" about the imposition of collective worship in non-religious schools – arguing that it may violate the right to freedom of religion and belief.

Call to help defend the Freedom of Information Act

Call to help defend the Freedom of Information Act

Posted: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:40

The National Secular Society is urging its members and supporters to back a campaign defending Freedom of Information (FoI).

NSS calls for “fundamental reform” of religious education, as humanists and Muslims mount separate complaints

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.

NSS urges cinema to reconsider after protests force cancellation of Mohammed biopic screening

NSS urges cinema to reconsider after protests force cancellation of Mohammed biopic screening

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".

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