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Plans to increase discriminatory faith school admissions ‘reveals an alarming democratic deficit’

Plans to increase discriminatory faith school admissions ‘reveals an alarming democratic deficit’

Posted: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:03

The education secretary's power to relax faith school admissions without parliamentary approval or scrutiny reveals a disturbing democratic deficit, the National Secular Society has warned.

India debates replacing religious laws with one secular law for all

India debates replacing religious laws with one secular law for all

Posted: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:07

The author Taslima Nasreen, an honorary associate of the National Secular Society, has called on India to embrace a new Uniform Civil Code which would abolish religious personal laws for minority groups.

Ashers Bakery loses appeal over cake with “Support Gay Marriage” slogan

Ashers Bakery loses appeal over cake with “Support Gay Marriage” slogan

Posted: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:32

A bakery firm which cancelled an order for a cake with the slogan "Support Gay Marriage" has lost its appeal against the ruling that they had unlawfully discriminated.

Joint Committee on Human Rights challenges the Government on ‘extremism disruption orders’

Joint Committee on Human Rights challenges the Government on ‘extremism disruption orders’

Posted: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:49

The Government has been criticised for failing to offer more detail on proposals for 'extremism disruption orders' – measures which the NSS has criticised for the damage they could cause to freedom of speech.

Press regulator sides with free speech in ruling on The Sun’s hijab article

Press regulator sides with free speech in ruling on The Sun’s hijab article

Posted: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:10

The press regulator IPSO has cleared Kelvin MacKenzie over an article in The Sun which asked why Channel 4 had "a presenter in a hijab fronting coverage of Muslim terror in Nice".

Church of England to consider cutting requirement for regular services

Church of England to consider cutting requirement for regular services

Posted: Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:58

The Church of England is considering steps to abandon its current national obligations by lifting the requirement to hold regular services.

Scottish secularists challenge unelected church-appointees on Local Authority Education Committees

Scottish secularists challenge unelected church-appointees on Local Authority Education Committees

Posted: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:18

The Scottish Secular Society has launched a petition challenging the lack of democratic accountability in Local Authority Education Committees automatically including Church nominees.

NSS calls on Parliament not to ignore religious infringement on children’s rights

NSS calls on Parliament not to ignore religious infringement on children’s rights

Posted: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:16

The National Secular Society has warned the Joint Committee on Human Rights that religion's role in state education is impeding the rights and freedoms of children and young people growing up in the UK.

Faith school pupils punished for not attending mass

Faith school pupils punished for not attending mass

Posted: Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:10

A group of non-Catholic students in a Scottish school have been punished with a week's worth of detentions after they refused to attend a religious service.

New survey reveals Scots’ attitudes to religious symbols at work

New survey reveals Scots’ attitudes to religious symbols at work

Posted: Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:34

The 2015 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey has found Scots to be increasingly accepting of ethnic and religious diversity, though many still have particular concerns about Islam.

Strike over Polish abortion ban forces U-turn

Strike over Polish abortion ban forces U-turn

Posted: Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:51

Massive demonstrations in Poland have resulted in a government U-turn over a law which would have criminalised abortion on all grounds except to save the life of the mother.

Commemorations held to celebrate NSS founder Charles Bradlaugh

Commemorations held to celebrate NSS founder Charles Bradlaugh

Posted: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:59

Two commemorations have been held this month to celebrate the life and work of Charles Bradlaugh, who founded the National Secular Society 150 years ago.

NSS: Andy Burnham’s claim that Muslims can’t trust the police is deeply divisive

NSS: Andy Burnham’s claim that Muslims can’t trust the police is deeply divisive

Posted: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:38

The National Secular Society has criticised Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham for suggesting that British Muslims couldn't trust the police when they report hate crimes.

Holy See ratification of UN Convention against Corruption dismissed as “window dressing”

Holy See ratification of UN Convention against Corruption dismissed as “window dressing”

Posted: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:11

The Holy See's ratification of the United Nations Convention against Corruption has been dismissed as mere "window dressing" by the National Secular Society.

Protect the rights of the non-religious in education, says British Institute of Human Rights

Protect the rights of the non-religious in education, says British Institute of Human Rights

Posted: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:12

The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has endorsed several recommendations made by the National Secular Society, in a submission to the United Nations.

Former deputy chair of NI education committee says teaching evolution ‘corrupts children’

Former deputy chair of NI education committee says teaching evolution ‘corrupts children’

Posted: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:27

Thomas Buchanan, a DUP MLA, has endorsed an event which seeks to teach creationism to children and said creationism should be taught "in every school".

UK must honour equality and human rights obligations, NSS tells UN

UK must honour equality and human rights obligations, NSS tells UN

Posted: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:54

The National Secular Society has urged the UN Human Rights Council to recommend to the UK Government that it abolish religious discrimination in faith schools' admissions procedures.

Don’t wear red clothes or short skirts, ultra-orthodox rabbi tells Jewish women

Don’t wear red clothes or short skirts, ultra-orthodox rabbi tells Jewish women

Posted: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:34

In a letter sent to 5000 homes, an ultra-orthodox rabbi warned women in Stamford Hill not to wear "eye-catching" clothes, telling them to dress modestly, avoiding bright colours and short skirts.

Nearly a third of French Muslims prefer sharia to secular law, research finds

Nearly a third of French Muslims prefer sharia to secular law, research finds

Posted: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:44

Polling by a French think tank has found that more than one in four French Muslims, most of whom are young, support an "ultra-conservative" form of Islam and around one in three reject secular rule, favouring sharia.

NSS intervenes at UN Human Rights Council over UK failure to outlaw caste discrimination

NSS intervenes at UN Human Rights Council over UK failure to outlaw caste discrimination

Posted: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:50

The National Secular Society has spoken out at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to criticise the UK Government over its failure to tackle caste based discrimination, as the UN has repeatedly urged it do.

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