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Call to secularise NHS chaplaincy services

Call to secularise NHS chaplaincy services

Posted: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:10

Secularists have criticised new NHS England chaplaincy guidelines for failing to adequately recognise the needs of patients who do not identify with a religious faith.

Prison imams found to have links with Islamic extremism

Prison imams found to have links with Islamic extremism

Posted: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:51

Some of the imams working in UK prisons as chaplains have links with Muslim extremist groups, and may be contributing to the radicalisation of inmates, The Times newspaper has revealed.

Hospital chaplains largely unaffected by cuts to NHS frontline services

Hospital chaplains largely unaffected by cuts to NHS frontline services

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 05:47

New research into the number of hospital chaplains being paid for out of the National Health Service funds shows that since 2009 the number of chaplains has remained largely the same.

Obama calls religious opt-out in new defence bill “unnecessary and divisive”

Obama calls religious opt-out in new defence bill “unnecessary and divisive”

Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:43

President Barack Obama called a conscience clause for military chaplains in the National Defence Authorization Act "unnecessary and ill-advised."

Welsh Lib Dems call for hospital chaplains to be paid by charitable trust

Welsh Lib Dems call for hospital chaplains to be paid by charitable trust

Posted: Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:13

Welsh Liberal Democrats have voted in favour of a motion calling for an end to public funding of the hospital chaplaincy service.

Funding for school chaplains ruled illegal in Australia

Funding for school chaplains ruled illegal in Australia

Posted: Thu, 21 Jun 2012 12:09

A father of four from Toowoomba in Australia has won a High Court action challenging the Australian government's funding of a school chaplaincy programme.

Bishops lie about NSS chaplaincy campaign at the General Synod

Bishops lie about NSS chaplaincy campaign at the General Synod

Posted: Thu, 09 Feb 2012 20:10

The National Secular Society's campaign to get the church to pay the salary of their clergymen who are working in hospitals as chaplains was falsely portrayed at this week's Church of England General Synod.

CofE takeover of schools progresses rapidly

CofE takeover of schools progresses rapidly

Posted: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:12

A new secondary free school with a "Christian character" is being proposed in Hove, Sussex. It is apparently being promoted by a group of parents who think there aren't enough "faith schools" in the area.

8% of Australian schools opt for secular school support workers

Posted: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:52

About 200 schools around Australia are planning to stop employing religious chaplains, hiring secular welfare workers instead to deliver support services to students.

MoD spends £22 million a year on Christian chaplains

Posted: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 12:41

A Freedom of Information request to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) by the NSS has revealed the Armed Forces spend £22 million annually on Christian chaplains and currently employ 280 chaplains across all three services.