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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.