Tags: Church & State
Census analysis shows Christianity in dramatic decline, and a youthful Muslim population on the rise
Posted: Fri, 17 May 2013 11:06
According to census data analysis published yesterday, the number of British-born Christians is falling significantly, whilst the number of young Muslims is on the rise.
Majority of Europeans favour separation of church and state, but Islam has an uphill battle for acceptance in Germany
Posted: Thu, 02 May 2013 11:11
A major new study of attitudes towards religion around the world has been conducted by the Bertelsmann Foundation – and finds that the majority of people in all the 13 nations surveyed favour a clear separation between religion and the state.
Posted: Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:34
The Catholic Church in Austria has reacted "with satisfaction" at the failure of a referendum that sought to strip churches of their many privileges.
Posted: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:19
A referendum is being held in Austria aimed at ending the 1933 concordat that regulates church-state relations.
Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:42
A Liberal Democrat MP, Greg Mulholland, has tabled an amendment to the proposed same-sex marriage bill proposing a complete separation of state marriage and religious weddings. Mr Mulholland argues that separating state and religious marriage is the only way to ensure equality and freedom of religion.
Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:03
A nationwide Yougov poll for the Huffington Post in the United States shows that one-third of respondents would like to see Christianity as the state religion.
Posted: Sat, 30 Mar 2013 09:15
The National Secular Society has urged David Cameron to ignore Lord Carey's "theocratic and anti-democratic blustering" after he accused the Prime Minister of making Christians feel marginalised.
Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:11
Prime Minister David Cameron held yet another reception at Downing Street for religious leaders this week, telling them that the Government wants them to stand up and oppose "aggressive secularisation".
Posted: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:03
Labour MP Diana Johnson has attempted to over-rule the Church of England by introducing legislation allowing for women to be consecrated as bishops.
Posted: Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:35
Twenty-three civic organisations in Romania have asked parliament to end the public financing of religious denominations, saying the money would be better spent on health or education.
Posted: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:11
A spat about the separation of religion from governance has broken out between politicians in the Australian capital of Canberra.
Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:45
In a move that has enraged human rights advocates, the Australian government has given religious groups wide-scale opt-outs in proposed new anti-discrimination laws.
Posted: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 15:25
The Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Falkner has given a spirited defence of secularism during an otherwise largely deferential debate about the role of religion in public life.
Posted: Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:59
The separation of church and state proposed in Fiji's new constitution will not be challenged by the Diocese of Polynesia.
Posted: Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:28
The European Court of Human Rights hearing on 4 September 2012 has heard accusations from applicants that the UK Government is not upholding freedom of belief.
Posted: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 07:51
A poll taken in Russia shows that 75% of the population wants the Russian Orthodox Church to stay out of politics.
Posted: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:17
An attempt by the Government to reform the House of Lords looks doomed after 91 Conservative MPs defied their party whip this week and voted against plans for a mainly elected second chamber. During the two day debate there was much criticism of the plans to retain the bench of Church of England bishops.
Posted: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:10
Church of England Bishops will retain reserved seats in the House of Lords according to proposals published today by the Deputy Prime Minister.
Posted: Fri, 08 Jun 2012 22:04
NSS President Terry Sanderson, and Executive Director Keith Porteous Wood, both argued the case that 'This House believes bishops have no place in Government' in a formal debate at Durham Union Society.
Posted: Tue, 15 May 2012 17:07
The Norwegian Parliament is planning to amend the country's constitution on Monday to continue the long, drawn-out effort to separate the church from the state.