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NSS backs call for religious slaughter ban ahead of House of Lords debate

NSS backs call for religious slaughter ban ahead of House of Lords debate

Posted: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 07:53

The National Secular Society has backed renewed calls from the RSPCA and other animal welfare organisations for an end to the religious exemption that allows farm animals to be slaughtered without prior stunning.

Campaigners hope UN will help end university gender segregation

Campaigners hope UN will help end university gender segregation

Posted: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:11

The United Nations rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaeed, has been approached by students and women's groups to investigate the issue of gender segregation at British Universities.

Suspect fundraising methods of evangelical church under spotlight again

Suspect fundraising methods of evangelical church under spotlight again

Posted: Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:16

The UK fundraising watchdog has demanded a meeting with an evangelical church after an investigation uncovered complaints about its fundraising activities dating back to 2009.

Government defeated as peers vote to reform Clause 1

Government defeated as peers vote to reform Clause 1

Posted: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:56

The House of Lords has voted down a government proposal to hand police new powers to clamp down on "annoying" behaviour.

Church takeover of community school blocked by local authority

Church takeover of community school blocked by local authority

Posted: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:56

Plans to convert a Suffolk community school to a Church of England voluntary aided school have been blocked by Suffolk County Council after a consultation process failed to demonstrate sufficient demand for a school with a religious character.

NSS welcomes LSE apology over Jesus & Mo debacle

NSS welcomes LSE apology over Jesus & Mo debacle

Posted: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:02

The London School of Economics (LSE) has apologised to two students who were forced to cover up t-shirts featuring pictures from the satirical comic strip Jesus and Mo.

CofE General Synod member Andrea Minichiello Williams urges Jamaica to keep law that criminalises homosexuality

CofE General Synod member Andrea Minichiello Williams urges Jamaica to keep law that criminalises homosexuality

Posted: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:19

Church of England General Synod member, Andrea Minichiello Williams, has urged the Jamaican Government to keep the law that criminalises homosexuality and carries a potential penalty of ten years hard labour.

Educate Together to open first UK school

Educate Together to open first UK school

Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:07

The Irish-based educational charity Educate Together has announced it is to set up an Academy Trust to run a new primary school to be opened in Bristol in September 2014.

Council of Europe under pressure to reconsider its resolution condemning male circumcision

Council of Europe under pressure to reconsider its resolution condemning male circumcision

Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:02

According to a report in the Times of Israel, the Council of Europe is to revisit last October's resolution which stated that the ritual circumcision of young boys violates their basic human rights.

Study finds religious fundamentalism unexpectedly common in Europe

Study finds religious fundamentalism unexpectedly common in Europe

Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:57

Religious fundamentalism is not a marginal phenomenon in Western Europe, nor is it restricted to Islam. This conclusion is drawn in a large-scale study published by Ruud Koopmans from the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.

French Government denies it plans to lift veil ban

French Government denies it plans to lift veil ban

Posted: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:58

A new report by a French Government committee has created controversy after it called for an end to the ban on Muslim headscarves in schools.

Universities UK withdraws its guidance on gender segregation

Universities UK withdraws its guidance on gender segregation

Posted: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:55

Universities UK (UUK) has withdrawn its controversial guidance that gender segregation could be permitted at UK universities.

Majority of Britons believe state and church should be separate

Majority of Britons believe state and church should be separate

Posted: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:45

A new Yougov poll has found that the majority of people in Britain think the Church of England should be separated from the state.

Census shows Christians no longer a majority in New Zealand

Census shows Christians no longer a majority in New Zealand

Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:34

The results of the New Zealand census show a similar trend to that of the rest of the developed world – with religious adherence dropping dramatically.

Religious-right lobby succeeds in sabotaging progressive EP report on women’s reproductive rights

Religious-right lobby succeeds in sabotaging progressive EP report on women’s reproductive rights

Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:51

After an extensive and well-organised lobbying effort from the religious right, the European Parliament has, on Human Rights day, rejected a progressive Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).

Big majority of disabled people support assisted dying for the terminally ill

Big majority of disabled people support assisted dying for the terminally ill

Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:34

Just 8% of disabled people surveyed in a new Yougov poll for Dignity in Dying believe that disability rights groups should maintain their opposition to assisted dying.

Court challenge to crucifix in Polish parliament fails

Court challenge to crucifix in Polish parliament fails

Posted: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:14

An MP in Poland has lost a court challenge to the presence of a large crucifix in the country's parliament building.

Non-religious suffer discrimination or persecution in most countries of the world, new report finds

Non-religious suffer discrimination or persecution in most countries of the world, new report finds

Posted: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 06:51

A report, published by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), has found that the non-religious are discriminated against, or outright persecuted, in most countries of the world. In 12 countries, people who openly espouse atheism or reject the official state religion of Islam face execution.

Netherlands scraps blasphemy law – but seeks a way to replace it

Netherlands scraps blasphemy law – but seeks a way to replace it

Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:00

The upper House of the Dutch parliament has voted to abolish the country's blasphemy law which has been on the statute books since 1932.

NSS welcomes appeal court ruling against Christian who refused to work on Sundays

NSS welcomes appeal court ruling against Christian who refused to work on Sundays

Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:09

A Christian woman who claimed she had been constructively dismissed from her job as a care worker because she refused to work on Sundays has lost her case at the Court of Appeal.

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