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BBC Trust upholds NSS complaint over conflation of race and religion

BBC Trust upholds NSS complaint over conflation of race and religion

Posted: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:12

The NSS has welcomed a ruling from the BBC Trust, upholding a complaint over how the BBC framed a story about the allocation of places at a Sikh faith school as a 'race issue.'

Malta to reform blasphemy law

Malta to reform blasphemy law

Posted: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:27

The Republic of Malta is to reform its long-standing blasphemy law, according to a report in the Sunday Times of Malta.

New Charlie Hebdo editor speaks out to defend secularism

New Charlie Hebdo editor speaks out to defend secularism

Posted: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:13

Gérard Biard, editor of Charlie Hebdo, has spoken out on the virtues of a free press and on the importance of satirising religion.

Bill to allow prayers in council meetings clears Commons

Bill to allow prayers in council meetings clears Commons

Posted: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:09

A private members' bill to allow local authorities to summon councillors to prayer has successfully completed its passage through the House of Commons and will now go to the Lords for further scrutiny.

Tory MP introduces amendment to make council prayers compulsory

Tory MP introduces amendment to make council prayers compulsory

Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:34

Conservative MP Philip Davies has introduced an amendment to the Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill that would make prayers compulsory at the start of local authority meetings.

Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson to present 2015 Secularist of the Year Awards

Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson to present 2015 Secularist of the Year Awards

Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:51

The National Secular Society is pleased to announce that Guardian cartoonist and author Martin Rowson will present this year's Secularist of the Year awards.

Court judgement raises questions about FGM and male circumcision in the UK

Court judgement raises questions about FGM and male circumcision in the UK

Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:02

A senior judge has decried the lack of medical experts in the UK with knowledge of female genital mutilation (FGM), particularly in young children.

Sky News cuts-off live interview and “apologises” for airing image of Prophet Mohammed

Sky News cuts-off live interview and “apologises” for airing image of Prophet Mohammed

Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:50

Caroline Fourest, former writer for Charlie Hebdo, was cut off during a live interview with Sky News as she held up a copy of the Charlie Hebdo magazine front cover.

Car park charges “threaten” Christians, according to church leaders

Car park charges “threaten” Christians, according to church leaders

Posted: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:20

Christian groups have responded angrily to plans by Edinburgh Council to abolish free parking on Sunday mornings.

Egyptian cleric warns of “new wave of hatred” over Charlie Hebdo cartoon

Egyptian cleric warns of “new wave of hatred” over Charlie Hebdo cartoon

Posted: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:20

The Egyptian Grand Muftihas criticised Charlie Hebdo's decision to print a new cartoon featuring the Prophet Mohammed and warned of a "new wave of hatred."

Evangelical church banned from Swansea University, after “cult” recruitment fears

Evangelical church banned from Swansea University, after “cult” recruitment fears

Posted: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:45

The Freedom Church, an affiliate of Evangelical Alliance, has been banned from the campus of Swansea University after allegations that it was using "aggressive" recruitment strategies which targeted first year students.

Council prayers bill makes progress: MP “rejoices” to live in country with established Church

Council prayers bill makes progress: MP “rejoices” to live in country with established Church

Posted: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 11:49

The Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill to allow councillors to be summoned to pray has passed a further stage on its race to becoming law.

BBC restrictions on depicting Mohammed must be abolished, says NSS

BBC restrictions on depicting Mohammed must be abolished, says NSS

Posted: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 10:38

The National Secular Society is calling on the Government to compel the BBC to remove a restriction on any depiction of the prophet Mohammed.

Islamist attack on Paris satirical magazine leaves 12 dead

Islamist attack on Paris satirical magazine leaves 12 dead

Posted: Wed, 07 Jan 2015 12:48

Three masked gunmen have stormed the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, leaving 12 dead. 5 others suffered critical injuries, according to current reports.

NSS Respond to Parliamentary Reform Committee

NSS Respond to Parliamentary Reform Committee

Posted: Tue, 06 Jan 2015 15:18

The National Secular Society has responded to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee's consultation on a "new Magna Carta." The Committee has been inviting members of the public to give their views on whether the UK should have a written constitution.

58 Plymouth Brethren churches given charitable status

58 Plymouth Brethren churches given charitable status

Posted: Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:06

Almost 60 Plymouth Brethren congregations have gained charitable status in the past year providing them with significant tax benefits.

Jewish faith school’s admission policy amounts to “discrimination on the basis of race”

Jewish faith school’s admission policy amounts to “discrimination on the basis of race”

Posted: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:50

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has instructed two Jewish faith schools to revise their admissions policies, with one of the schools found to have a policy which amounted to "discrimination on the basis of race."

New Government backed council prayers bill will 'undermine religious freedom'

New Government backed council prayers bill will 'undermine religious freedom'

Posted: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:46

The NSS has accused the Government of undermining religious freedom by supporting a bill to include "prayers or other religious observance" in the business of local authority meetings.

Who should be the next Secularist of the Year?

Who should be the next Secularist of the Year?

Posted: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:38

Tickets are now on sale for Secularist of the Year 2015 and the National Secular Society is seeking the public's nominations to receive the prize.

NSS welcomes Supreme Court ruling on abortion objection case

NSS welcomes Supreme Court ruling on abortion objection case

Posted: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:05

The Supreme Court has overturned a ruling on the case of two Catholic midwives. The nurses had claimed the right not to "delegate, supervise and support" staff who were involved in abortions.

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