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Somerset council proposing to end bus privileges for children attending faith schools

Somerset council proposing to end bus privileges for children attending faith schools

Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:21

Somerset County Council is proposing to reduce subsidies for transport to faith schools in order to bring them into line with those for non-faith schools.

Swedish Ombudsman calls for ban on circumcision

Swedish Ombudsman calls for ban on circumcision

Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:17

The Swedish Ombudsman for Children has written to a newspaper calling for the country to outlaw the circumcision of boys.

Suggestion that France replace Christian holidays with Jewish and Muslim ones doesn’t go down well

Suggestion that France replace Christian holidays with Jewish and Muslim ones doesn’t go down well

Posted: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:00

An appointee to the French Government's National Observatory on Secularism has sparked controversy by suggesting that two Christian holidays should be replaced on the calendar by the Jewish Yom Kippur and the Muslim festival of Eid.

NSS members challenge judicial church service that reinforces links between church and state

NSS members challenge judicial church service that reinforces links between church and state

Posted: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:45

Two members of the National Secular Society have written to the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, asking that he end the Anglican Church service in Westminster Abbey that marks the opening of the judicial year on 1 October.

Opinion poll shows big opposition to faith schools

Opinion poll shows big opposition to faith schools

Posted: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:16

A new, large scale opinion poll shows that a majority of people in Great Britain are against Government funding of "faith schools."

Polls show widespread unease about Islamic face coverings

Polls show widespread unease about Islamic face coverings

Posted: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:03

Two recent Yougov polls asked questions about the burka, niqab and hijab.

Christian doctor’s ‘victimisation’ claims rejected by Employment Tribunal

Christian doctor’s ‘victimisation’ claims rejected by Employment Tribunal

Posted: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:24

A former paediatric consultant who claimed he was unfairly dismissed on the grounds of his Christian beliefs has had his case rejected by an Employment Appeal Tribunal.

More revelations about the Derby Muslim free school

More revelations about the Derby Muslim free school

Posted: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:03

More revelations have been revealed by The Sunday Times about the Al-Madinah school in Derby — Britain's first Muslim free school.

Swiss canton to vote on banning face coverings

Swiss canton to vote on banning face coverings

Posted: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:43

The people of the Swiss canton of Ticino, which lies in the South on the Italian border, are to vote in a referendum on Sunday on whether to ban face coverings.

Non-Muslim women teachers being forced to wear hijabs at Derby free school

Non-Muslim women teachers being forced to wear hijabs at Derby free school

Posted: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:01

The Derby Telegraph is reporting that a Muslim free school that was set up as being "based on Muslim principles, but not as a Muslim school" is now demanding that women teachers sign new contracts obliging them to wear hijabs — whether they are Muslim or not.

Thurrock is latest council to charge for transport to faith schools

Thurrock is latest council to charge for transport to faith schools

Posted: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 08:23

Thurrock Council in Essex is the latest to decide that it will no longer fund transport for pupils attending faith schools. Last year it spent £480,000 transporting children to religious schools outside their catchment areas.

NSS concerned over judge’s ruling that woman need only remove niqab to give evidence

NSS concerned over judge’s ruling that woman need only remove niqab to give evidence

Posted: Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:07

The National Secular Society has expressed concern over a court's decision to allow a Muslim woman to stand trial wearing a full-face veil, only needing to remove it while giving evidence.

Moroccan Christian jailed for “shaking the faith of a Muslim”

Moroccan Christian jailed for “shaking the faith of a Muslim”

Posted: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:20

A Moroccan Christian man has been jailed for two-and-a-half years and fined for evangelising.

Controversial eruv given go-ahead by local authorities

Controversial eruv given go-ahead by local authorities

Posted: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:08

Local councillors in Harrow and Hertsmere in Hertfordshire have approved plans to erect a Jewish aerial boundary spanning the two neighbouring boroughs.

Birmingham college drops ban on face veils

Birmingham college drops ban on face veils

Posted: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:27

Birmingham Metropolitan College, which earlier this week issued a ban on all face coverings on college premises, has now modified the policy to permit the wearing of niqabs or Muslim face veils.

Gibraltar yields to campaign for opt out from religious studies in schools

Gibraltar yields to campaign for opt out from religious studies in schools

Posted: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:33

A campaign by secularists in Gibraltar to allow students to opt out of religious education appears to have succeeded.

Christianity dying among young people, but Islam soars

Christianity dying among young people, but Islam soars

Posted: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:36

A large scale poll has revealed a dramatic decline in Christianity among young people and an equally striking rise in the numbers adhering to Islam in the same age group.

Fiji’s new constitution may be secular, but it still undermines human rights, says Amnesty

Fiji’s new constitution may be secular, but it still undermines human rights, says Amnesty

Posted: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:55

Fiji's new constitution — which was ratified on 6 September 2013 — may be secular but it "falls far short of international standards of human rights law," says Amnesty International.

France posts secular charter in all state schools

France posts secular charter in all state schools

Posted: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:08

The French Education has unveiled the controversial secularism charter which is to be displayed in a prominent position in every school to remind pupils and teachers of the country's secular, Republican principles.

Charity Commission investigates evangelical church

Charity Commission investigates evangelical church

Posted: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:21

The Charity Commission has begun a statutory investigation into "a number of serious concerns" relating to an evangelical church with headquarters in the UK.

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