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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.

Section 5 reform to come into effect in February

Section 5 reform to come into effect in February

Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:31

A free speech reform backed by The National Secular Society will come into effect on 1 February next year.

NSS intervenes in bid to prevent Church takeover of Suffolk community school

NSS intervenes in bid to prevent Church takeover of Suffolk community school

Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:55

The National Secular Society is assisting local parents to block a proposal to convert a Suffolk community school to a Church of England school.

Vatican ducks questions from UN on the worldwide child abuse in Catholic institutions

Vatican ducks questions from UN on the worldwide child abuse in Catholic institutions

Posted: Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:15

The Vatican has failed to provide detailed information on cases of child sexual abuse, as requested by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

New research reveals socio-economic segregation impact of faith schools

New research reveals socio-economic segregation impact of faith schools

Posted: Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:16

New research published by the Fair Admissions Campaign has highlighted the extent to which faith-based admissions policies create socio-economic segregation.

Survey reveals schools failing to take religious education seriously

Survey reveals schools failing to take religious education seriously

Posted: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 06:18

A third of community schools and over a third of academies without a religious character are failing to meet their legal or contractual agreements to provide religious education.

School takes action to combat evangelism from external religious visitors

School takes action to combat evangelism from external religious visitors

Posted: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:25

The board of governors of a community school in Sheffield has voted to strengthen its existing policy on religious visitors following concerns about the agenda of external visitors to the school.

Christian guest house owners who turned away gay couple lose court appeal

Christian guest house owners who turned away gay couple lose court appeal

Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:21

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by the owners of a guest house after they had been found guilty of discrimination against a gay couple who wanted to stay in a double room.

Human Rights Court considers the French ban on face coverings

Human Rights Court considers the French ban on face coverings

Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:40

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is today (27 November 2013) hearing the case of a French woman, identified by her initials SAS, who is challenging the country's ban on the full face veil.

Dutch lawmakers may backtrack on plans to scrap blasphemy law

Dutch lawmakers may backtrack on plans to scrap blasphemy law

Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:16

Dutch lawmakers appear to be having second thoughts about scrapping the nation's blasphemy laws.

Feel free to annoy me: new campaign launched to protect free expression

Feel free to annoy me: new campaign launched to protect free expression

Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:04

The National Secular Society has joined together with religious groups and civil liberties campaigners to launch a new campaign to challenge Government proposals to outlaw "annoying" behaviour.

Universities can segregate women and men for debates, says university guidance

Universities can segregate women and men for debates, says university guidance

Posted: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:10

A report just published by vice-chancellors' group Universities UK, has advised that segregation by gender in talks from external speakers is fine.

Leader of Russian Orthodox Church says it is dangerous to unite state and church while Putin declares Russia a secular state

Leader of Russian Orthodox Church says it is dangerous to unite state and church while Putin declares Russia a secular state

Posted: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:35

Patriarch Kirill, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has said that there is no question of the church and state uniting in Russia.

Head teacher apologises after ordering pupils to attend Islam awareness trip or face punishment for 'racism'

Head teacher apologises after ordering pupils to attend Islam awareness trip or face punishment for 'racism'

Posted: Sat, 23 Nov 2013 21:37

A head teacher has been forced to apologise to parents after threatening to punish children for racism if they missed a religious awareness workshop.

Secularist of the Year 2014 - Tickets now on sale

Secularist of the Year 2014 - Tickets now on sale

Posted: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:14

The search has begun to find the next recipient of the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year. The award is presented annually in recognition of an individual or an organisation considered to have made an outstanding contribution to the secular cause.

Charles Bradlaugh nominated for a “People’s Plaque” in Tower Hamlets

Charles Bradlaugh nominated for a “People’s Plaque” in Tower Hamlets

Posted: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:08

The founder of the National Secular Society, Charles Bradlaugh, has been shortlisted by Towers Hamlets Borough Council in London for commemoration with a Blue Plaque.

Kuwait: 5 years for tweet “insulting” Prophet

Kuwait: 5 years for tweet “insulting” Prophet

Posted: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:20

(Sanaa) – A Kuwaiti court on November 18, 2013, sentenced a Kuwaiti man to five years in prison for a Twitter comment about Sunni/Shia theology.

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