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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.

Orthodox Jewish state school bans TV and the internet from pupils’ homes and tells parents to dress ‘modestly’

Orthodox Jewish state school bans TV and the internet from pupils’ homes and tells parents to dress ‘modestly’

Posted: Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:05

An Orthodox Jewish faith school instructs pupils' parents not to wear bright clothing, to cover their elbows and knees, and to "refrain from following trends which contradict the spirit of modesty."

Northern Ireland sets out roadmap to shared education

Northern Ireland sets out roadmap to shared education

Posted: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:26

The Northern Ireland Education Minister has released his plan to create "a more integrated education system" so that children "from different community backgrounds can be educated together."

University refuses to strip honorary degree from disgraced Cardinal O’Brien

University refuses to strip honorary degree from disgraced Cardinal O’Brien

Posted: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:55

St Andrew's University has rejected attempts to strip Cardinal Keith O'Brien of an honorary degree, despite his role in blocking an inquiry into sex abuse and his admission of sexual misconduct.

Last local authority-run school in Blackpool to be taken over by Islamic education group

Last local authority-run school in Blackpool to be taken over by Islamic education group

Posted: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:14

Highfield Humanities College, the last secondary school in Blackpool under local authority control, is to be taken over by the Tauheedul Education Trust (TET).

Muslim school slammed by Ofsted as former pupil says the College was “utterly cruel”

Muslim school slammed by Ofsted as former pupil says the College was “utterly cruel”

Posted: Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:20

An independent Muslim girls' school with a "strong emphasis" on Islamic studies has been downgraded to "inadequate" by Ofsted.

Council rejects prayers during meetings in “victory for common sense”

Council rejects prayers during meetings in “victory for common sense”

Posted: Mon, 07 Sep 2015 13:00

A bid to introduce Christian prayers during council meetings in Norfolk has met with a crushing 10-2 defeat, as one resident warned the plan was 'backwards' and "highly divisive".

Alex Salmond: “I prefer people of faith to people of no faith or people who have lost their faith”

Alex Salmond: “I prefer people of faith to people of no faith or people who have lost their faith”

Posted: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:37

The National Secular Society has criticised the former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond for his "divisive rhetoric" after he stated that he prefers religious people to atheists or apostates.

Kentucky clerk acting under “God’s authority” in defying court over gay marriage

Kentucky clerk acting under “God’s authority” in defying court over gay marriage

Posted: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:58

A county clerk in Kentucky has persisted in denying same-sex couples marriage licenses, in open defiance of a federal court order.

Funding row sees Israel’s Christian schools close down in strike against cuts

Funding row sees Israel’s Christian schools close down in strike against cuts

Posted: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:01

All 45 Christian schools in Israel have closed in a strike to protest against funding cuts to their budget from the Israeli government.

Quebec ‘hate speech’ law will target “people who would write against … the Islamic religion”

Quebec ‘hate speech’ law will target “people who would write against … the Islamic religion”

Posted: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:38

The Quebec National Assembly is considering a bill that would be used to criminalise criticism of Islam under the aegis of banning "hate speech".

Church of ‘witch-slapping’ pastor withdraws application to open UK school

Church of ‘witch-slapping’ pastor withdraws application to open UK school

Posted: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:08

A Christian group that linked child disobedience with witchcraft has withdrawn its application to open an independent school after the NSS called on the DfE not to grant the school registered status.

Mexico blasted by UN Child Rights watchdog over child abuse in Catholic institutions

Mexico blasted by UN Child Rights watchdog over child abuse in Catholic institutions

Posted: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:52

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has strongly criticised Mexico over "corroborated reports that hundreds of children have been sexually abused for years by clerics of the Catholic Church and other religious faiths".

BBC Trust: Religious radio programmes are “least popular” and “least well received” – but we won’t change them

BBC Trust: Religious radio programmes are “least popular” and “least well received” – but we won’t change them

Posted: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:46

A consultation on speech radio by the BBC Trust has found that religious programmes are the least liked and least well received radio shows, but stated that the BBC has no plans to change them.

Government to investigate Islamic school which banned socialising with ‘outsiders’

Government to investigate Islamic school which banned socialising with ‘outsiders’

Posted: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:58

The DfE has written to the National Secular Society confirming that it will be "looking into" the NSS' concerns over why an Islamic school that banned its pupils from socialising with 'outsiders' was rated "good".

NSS welcomes Welsh Government plans to reform RE

NSS welcomes Welsh Government plans to reform RE

Posted: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:36

The National Secular Society has written to Huw Lewis, the Welsh Education Minister, in support of his plans to reform RE and rename the subject "religion, philosophy and ethics".

Petition calls for Bangladeshi police chief to resign after he warned secularists not to insult religion

Petition calls for Bangladeshi police chief to resign after he warned secularists not to insult religion

Posted: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:53

A petition has been started calling for the head of Bangladesh's police to resign after he told secularists not to 'cross the line' by insulting religious feelings, days after Niloy Neel was killed.

Free speech campaigners demand to know why play on Islamic extremism was cancelled

Free speech campaigners demand to know why play on Islamic extremism was cancelled

Posted: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:39

Index on Censorship and English PEN have called for answers after 'Homegrown', a play about radicalisation, was cancelled by the National Youth Theatre shortly before its first performance.

Muslim-majority school to integrate genders, despite protests from parents

Muslim-majority school to integrate genders, despite protests from parents

Posted: Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:35

A Muslim-majority, non-faith school is to integrate boys' and girls' classes for the first time, after being placed in special measures by Ofsted.

Sikh Federation UK refuses to condemn “thugs” who forcibly stopped an interfaith marriage

Sikh Federation UK refuses to condemn “thugs” who forcibly stopped an interfaith marriage

Posted: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:55

Sikh Federation UK, the "leading" Sikh lobbying organisation, has refused to condemn the actions of a group of men who disrupted an interfaith wedding.

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