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Universities UK (UUK) has withdrawn its controversial guidance that gender segregation could be permitted at UK universities.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

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.

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