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Charity Commission investigates evangelical church

Charity Commission investigates evangelical church

Posted: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:21

The Charity Commission has begun a statutory investigation into "a number of serious concerns" relating to an evangelical church with headquarters in the UK.

Religious education falling out of favour with GCSE pupils

Religious education falling out of favour with GCSE pupils

Posted: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:05

Recent research from the RE Council has shown that the number of students taking Religious Studies GCSE has fallen for the first time in 18 years.

Pope adds to the pressure on Poland to reverse its ban on ritual slaughter

Pope adds to the pressure on Poland to reverse its ban on ritual slaughter

Posted: Tue, 03 Sep 2013 13:25

The Pope has promised Jewish and Muslim leaders in Poland that he will do his best to overturn the ban on religious slaughter that was agreed by the Polish Constitutional Court in January.

Islamic TV channels fined for hatemongering

Islamic TV channels fined for hatemongering

Posted: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 13:31

The media regulator Ofcom has imposed fines on two Islamic satellite TV channels for hatemongering.

Scottish secularists accuse churches of proselytising in schools

Scottish secularists accuse churches of proselytising in schools

Posted: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 13:07

The Edinburgh Secular Society has published a report which reveals the increasing levels of religious proselytisation and evangelisation in Scottish schools.

Schools adjudicator rejects religious discrimination complaint over community school admissions

Schools adjudicator rejects religious discrimination complaint over community school admissions

Posted: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:57

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has rejected a complaint concerning a non-religiously designated academy in Solihull that gave priority in admissions to pupils from a religiously selective 'faith school'.

Girl Guides stand firm over Promise despite condemnation from reactionary Christians

Girl Guides stand firm over Promise despite condemnation from reactionary Christians

Posted: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:58

Christian Guide leaders in Harrogate have backed down after initially refusing to introduce the new secular Promise.

New report demands fresh approach to inclusion of Muslims in British life

New report demands fresh approach to inclusion of Muslims in British life

Posted: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:27

A new report from the Runnymede Trust entitled The New Muslims says it "seeks to challenge dominant representations of Muslims in Britain by gathering the views and insights of researchers."

France to post a “secularism charter” in every school

France to post a “secularism charter” in every school

Posted: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:17

French Education Minister Vincent Peillon announced on Monday a plan to post a "secularism charter in every [educational] establishment" by the end of September.

Mother-of-two furious as one son gets free transport to Catholic school while the other doesn’t

Mother-of-two furious as one son gets free transport to Catholic school while the other doesn’t

Posted: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:58

The mother of two boys attending a Catholic school in Durham says she was told by the council that the younger of the two could not have free transport on the school bus because he wasn't baptised.

NSS stalwart Bill McIlroy dies aged 85

NSS stalwart Bill McIlroy dies aged 85

Posted: Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:40

With great sadness, we report the death of William (Bill) McIlroy on 22 August 2013, aged 85.

Anger as Christian Girl Guide leaders refuse to implement secular Promise

Anger as Christian Girl Guide leaders refuse to implement secular Promise

Posted: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:31

An atheist Guide leader in Harrogate has been told she will not be able to take the new Girlguide Promise because local troop leaders are refusing to drop God from their traditional promise.

Belgium: State funding to be withdrawn from religious schools that fail to teach mandatory curriculum

Belgium: State funding to be withdrawn from religious schools that fail to teach mandatory curriculum

Posted: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:31

New Belgian regulations that compel religious schools to teach the country's mandatory curriculum in full have been criticised by ultra-Orthodox Charedi Jews.

Leeds Council’s decision to cut free transport to religious schools survives challenge

Leeds Council’s decision to cut free transport to religious schools survives challenge

Posted: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 09:39

Leeds City Council has seen off an attempt by opposition councillors to derail its plans to cut free transport for children attending "faith schools".

Survey reveals RE as least useful subject on the curriculum

Survey reveals RE as least useful subject on the curriculum

Posted: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 07:45

A new survey on life at school has revealed that RE is regarded as the least useful subject to learn.

Woking Council issue 'clarification' on worshippers’ parking policy

Woking Council issue 'clarification' on worshippers’ parking policy

Posted: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 16:54

Woking Borough Council has issued a 'clarification' on its policy that grants car parking exemptions to religious groups. The move follows the threat of legal action from the National Secular Society.

Win tickets to see National Youth Theatre’s new play “Pope Joan”

Win tickets to see National Youth Theatre’s new play “Pope Joan”

Posted: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:09

You can win two tickets to see the National Youth Theatre's new play, Pope Joan which will be performed at St James church in Piccadilly, central London from 31 August to 15 September.

Switzerland wants a secular national anthem

Switzerland wants a secular national anthem

Posted: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:02

Switzerland wants to get rid of its old-fashioned "hymn-like" national anthem and replace it with a modern, secular version.

Petitioner wants to “illegalise” the NSS

Petitioner wants to “illegalise” the NSS

Posted: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:14

An attempt to put a petition up on the Government's e-petition website by someone called "Paul" which calls for the NSS to be made illegal, has been rejected.

American Christian group demand right to deliver “inspirational messages” in school assemblies

American Christian group demand right to deliver “inspirational messages” in school assemblies

Posted: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:33

A group promoting fundamentalist Christian values in the United States is demanding the right to deliver "inspirational messages" during public school assemblies.

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