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Tribunal to rule on Gay clergyman refused NHS chaplaincy job because he is in same-sex marriage

Tribunal to rule on Gay clergyman refused NHS chaplaincy job because he is in same-sex marriage

Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:10

A Bishop stripped a Church of England clergyman of the licence needed to take a hospital chaplaincy job because he is in a same-sex marriage.

NSS welcomes closure of school inspectorate with alleged extremist links

NSS welcomes closure of school inspectorate with alleged extremist links

Posted: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:17

The National Secular Society has welcomed the news that the Bridge Schools Inspectorate (BSI) is to close, after strongly criticising the organisation for the extremist views of some of its inspectors.

MP: “If you despise our Christian values, please leave and go somewhere else”

MP: “If you despise our Christian values, please leave and go somewhere else”

Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:09

Conservative MP Sir Gerald Howarth, speaking in the House of Commons, has claimed that "we are a Christian country"- days after yet more research showed that the non-religious are the single largest group in Britain.

New research: 49% have no religion, Anglican Church collapse continues, Islam increases ten-fold since 1983

New research: 49% have no religion, Anglican Church collapse continues, Islam increases ten-fold since 1983

Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:43

New findings by the National Centre for Social Research have confirmed the long-term collapse in affiliation with the Church of England and the huge increase in non-belief.

Nigel Farage calls for “muscular defence” of Christianity in the UK

Nigel Farage calls for “muscular defence” of Christianity in the UK

Posted: Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:22

Nigel Farage has said that Christianity is a "significant part" of his "vision for the future of Britain" in a special message on "UKIP Policies for Christians."

As Cameron says UK “still a Christian country”, 62% tell YouGov they are “not religious”

As Cameron says UK “still a Christian country”, 62% tell YouGov they are “not religious”

Posted: Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:25

Polling conducted in the run-up to Easter has found that almost two-thirds of Britons describe themselves as "not religious."

Secularists call on Prime Minister to fix date for Easter to help schools and businesses

Secularists call on Prime Minister to fix date for Easter to help schools and businesses

Posted: Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:20

The National Secular Society has written to David Cameron, urging the Prime Minister to fix a set date for Easter and relax restrictions on Easter Sunday opening times for large stores.

Street preacher fined for using “abusive” language after quoting Leviticus

Street preacher fined for using “abusive” language after quoting Leviticus

Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:28

Street preacher Michael Overd has been found guilty of using "threatening" or "abusive" words after making homophobic remarks during a sermon delivered in Taunton High Street.

Christianity has “lost status” because of equality and human rights legislation, say evangelical Christians

Christianity has “lost status” because of equality and human rights legislation, say evangelical Christians

Posted: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:06

An Equality and Human Rights Commission report has found that "some Christian employers, service users and providers" believe Christianity has "lost status" because of equality laws.

Police and Crime Commissioner criticised for awarding tens of thousands of pounds to Christian groups

Police and Crime Commissioner criticised for awarding tens of thousands of pounds to Christian groups

Posted: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:14

The National Secular Society has raised concerns about a scheme to "nurture, equip and enable" religious organisations to help reduce crime in Northamptonshire.

Christian GP who performed exorcism on patient is struck off

Christian GP who performed exorcism on patient is struck off

Posted: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:12

A Christian GP has been struck off after he took a mentally ill patient to his church to perform an exorcism, and told her she would be cursed if she reported him.

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.

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.

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.

Head of Russian Orthodox Church says secularization in Europe has reached “apocalyptic dimensions,” calls for “Christian values”

Head of Russian Orthodox Church says secularization in Europe has reached “apocalyptic dimensions,” calls for “Christian values”

Posted: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:20

Patriarch Kirill said Europe has abandoned its "Christian identity" and that the "process of secularization" has reached "apocalyptic dimensions".

Religious charities face Charity Commission investigations

Religious charities face Charity Commission investigations

Posted: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:14

Several faith-based charities have recently faced investigations or "operational compliance cases" from the Charity Commission for a range of offences, including fraud and accounting irregularities.

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.

Christian guest house owners who turned away gay couple lose court appeal

Christian guest house owners who turned away gay couple lose court appeal

Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:21

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by the owners of a guest house after they had been found guilty of discrimination against a gay couple who wanted to stay in a double room.

Christianity dying among young people, but Islam soars

Christianity dying among young people, but Islam soars

Posted: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:36

A large scale poll has revealed a dramatic decline in Christianity among young people and an equally striking rise in the numbers adhering to Islam in the same age group.

Christian B&B owners who refused gay couple a room lose their appeal

Christian B&B owners who refused gay couple a room lose their appeal

Posted: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:27

The Christian owner of a bed and breakfast who was found guilty of discrimination after she refused a double room to a gay couple has lost her latest appeal.

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