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Plans by Islamist extremists to take over state schools exposed

Plans by Islamist extremists to take over state schools exposed

Posted: Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:09

The Sunday Times this week reported an alleged plot by Islamist fundamentalists in Birmingham to take over state schools and use them as centres of "Islamic education."

Government complicit in redaction of exam questions

Government complicit in redaction of exam questions

Posted: Sat, 01 Mar 2014 23:19

The National Secular Society has discovered that exam boards, the exam regulator and the government have been colluding with faith schools to shield pupils from key scientific concepts.

MEPs call for better protection of fundamental rights and secularism in the EU

MEPs call for better protection of fundamental rights and secularism in the EU

Posted: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:16

The European Parliament has passed a resolution that calls on the EU to better respect and enforce fundamental rights and European values; values which include secularism, freedom of belief, freedom of expression and the right to die with dignity.

Concerns raised over sex discrimination against teachers in Muslim schools

Concerns raised over sex discrimination against teachers in Muslim schools

Posted: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:34

The National Secular Society has warned that the proliferation of religious schools could be opening the door to gender discrimination in the employment of teachers.

Homeowners angered at prospect of having to pay for church repairs

Homeowners angered at prospect of having to pay for church repairs

Posted: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:53

An archaic law left over from the reign of Henry VIII has caused anger in a Shropshire village after a number of households found out they could be liable for paying for repairs at their local church.

Trust in religion falls in Poland

Trust in religion falls in Poland

Posted: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:42

An opinion poll in Poland shows that trust and attachment to the Catholic Church is falling, despite the new Pope.

Newcastle Council gives church-goers parking permit at a nominal fee

Newcastle Council gives church-goers parking permit at a nominal fee

Posted: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:04

Newcastle City Council has announced that it will not proceed with its plan to completely withdraw free Sunday parking permits from churches in the city centre, despite it raising parking charges for everyone else.

French Islamists seek to use blasphemy law to silence critics

French Islamists seek to use blasphemy law to silence critics

Posted: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:19

French Islamists are suing the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for blasphemy after it published a front cover carrying the slogan "The Koran is crap, it doesn't stop bullets".

Denmark bans religious slaughter

Denmark bans religious slaughter

Posted: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:52

Denmark's Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen has signed into law a regulation that bans religious slaughter of animals.

Girlguides offer concessions over Promise following religious pressure

Girlguides offer concessions over Promise following religious pressure

Posted: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:42

The Girlguides Association has given in to religious pressure and said that a religious preamble can be used in conjunction with its secular Promise, which came into effect last September.

MPs urge action on Crisis Pregnancy Centres

MPs urge action on Crisis Pregnancy Centres

Posted: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:48

MPs are calling on Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to regulate Crisis Pregnancy Centres following evidence that at least 38 nationwide abortion advice centres have misled vulnerable women.

MEPS call on Saudi Arabia to allow freedom of religion and belief

MEPS call on Saudi Arabia to allow freedom of religion and belief

Posted: Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:51

MEPs have called on Saudi Arabia to respect the freedom of religion and expression of all people living in the country.

UN children's body slates Vatican over child abuse

UN children's body slates Vatican over child abuse

Posted: Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:21

A United Nations committee has issued a scathing report accusing the Vatican of putting the reputation and interests of the Holy See above the interests of children who had been sexually abused by priests.

Study reveals teens' views on faith and Religious Education

Study reveals teens' views on faith and Religious Education

Posted: Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:27

Young people in multi-faith areas favour multi-faith over single-faith schools. They also value religious education but want to see changes in its content and delivery.

Catholic adoption agency ruling ‘kicks a hole through Equality Act’, warns NSS

Catholic adoption agency ruling ‘kicks a hole through Equality Act’, warns NSS

Posted: Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:53

The NSS has warned that a decision by the Scottish Charities Appeal Panel about a Catholic adoption agency that discriminates against gay couples "kicks a hole right through the middle of the Equality Act".

Tickets on sale now for Secularist of the Year 2014

Tickets on sale now for Secularist of the Year 2014

Posted: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:10

Secularist of the Year 2014 is approaching and tickets are now on sale. We'd love you to join us for this highlight of the secularist social calendar.

Channel 4 defends censorship of Jesus and Mo cartoon

Channel 4 defends censorship of Jesus and Mo cartoon

Posted: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:48

Channel 4 has responded to criticism of its censorship of the Jesus & Mo cartoon by saying it did not want to cause offence to its audience.

Censorship on Channel 4 News: an open letter to the editor

Censorship on Channel 4 News: an open letter to the editor

Posted: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:25

The National Secular Society has written to the editor of Channel 4 News to express concern over a decision to censor a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Mohammad during its broadcast on Tuesday 28 January.

University Islamic Society tries to stop talk because speaker didn’t condemn Maajid Nawaz

University Islamic Society tries to stop talk because speaker didn’t condemn Maajid Nawaz

Posted: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:24

Students from the University of Plymouth's Islamic Society failed in their efforts to get a speaker from the anti-extremist think tank Quilliam banned this week. They wanted his talk cancelled because he failed to condemn Maajid Nawaz's tweeting of the Jesus and Mo cartoon.

Northern Ireland council lifts ban on “blasphemous” Bible play

Northern Ireland council lifts ban on “blasphemous” Bible play

Posted: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 07:24

Newtownabbey Borough Council in Northern Ireland has overturned its ban on a play that spoofs the Bible.

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