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Danes leaving state religion in droves to avoid church tax

Danes leaving state religion in droves to avoid church tax

Posted: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:20

The Danish Atheist Society has launched a bus advert campaign and website to show Danish citizens how to withdraw from the Church of Denmark ­and avoid the Church tax levied on members.

Welby says separation of church and state “would not be a disaster”, admits establishment has been abused

Welby says separation of church and state “would not be a disaster”, admits establishment has been abused

Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:08

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that while he is opposed to the disestablishment of the Church of England, the separation of church and state would not be a disaster for the Anglican Church.

Government praises “spiritual insight” of bishops in response to petition calling for their removal from the Lords

Government praises “spiritual insight” of bishops in response to petition calling for their removal from the Lords

Posted: Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:55

The Government has said that changes to the Lords are "important" but that the position of the bishops in the Upper House is not a "priority", in response to a petition calling for the removal of 26 bishops from the House of Lords.

Petition to remove bishops from the House of Lords gains over 10,000 signatures

Petition to remove bishops from the House of Lords gains over 10,000 signatures

Posted: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:19

A petition to remove Church of England bishops from the House of Lords has gained over 10,000 signatures in the space of a week – meaning it will now receive a response from the government.

Woolf Commission’s multifaithism 'completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society'

Woolf Commission’s multifaithism 'completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society'

Posted: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:52

The National Secular Society has criticised a new report on the role of religion and belief in public life for calling for a multi-faith approach "completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society."

Ex-Bishop of Durham calls for Christian “theocracy”

Ex-Bishop of Durham calls for Christian “theocracy”

Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 15:52

Dr Tom Wright, the former Anglican bishop of Durham, has called for "cruciform theocracy" at an event held at St Paul's Cathedral.

NSS: Christians have nothing to fear from secularism

NSS: Christians have nothing to fear from secularism

Posted: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:01

More practising Christians in the UK identified secularism as a "social and political issue" than poverty, in a new poll by ComRes.

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."

Charles vows to keep “Defender of the Faith” title as King

Charles vows to keep “Defender of the Faith” title as King

Posted: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:28

Prince Charles has stated that he will retain the monarch's traditional title as "Defender of the Faith" as King, whilst "ensuring that other people's faiths can also be practised."

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.

IHEU report reveals extent of global discrimination against non-believers

IHEU report reveals extent of global discrimination against non-believers

Posted: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:26

The International Humanist and Ethical Union's second annual report on the state of human rights for non-believers, atheists and agnostics around the world has found a global "trend towards targeting 'atheists'."

Religious influence in schools criticised in House of Lords “religion in public life” debate

Religious influence in schools criticised in House of Lords “religion in public life” debate

Posted: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:10

The role of religion in schools has come under scrutiny during a House of Lords debate on the role of religion and belief in public life.

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".

Turkish President restates his belief that Muslims discovered America

Turkish President restates his belief that Muslims discovered America

Posted: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:45

Christopher Columbus has been removed from the Turkish school's syllabus after President Erdogan claimed Muslim sailors discovered the Americas in the 12th century.

Glasgow University investigates impact and extent of religious privilege

Glasgow University investigates impact and extent of religious privilege

Posted: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:23

Researchers in the history and law departments of Glasgow University are beginning a research project to map the historical and current religious privileges in Scotland's laws.

Catholic Church in Norway secretly registered thousands as Catholics to illegally secure government funds

Catholic Church in Norway secretly registered thousands as Catholics to illegally secure government funds

Posted: Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:27

For four years the Catholic Church in Norway has been illegally registering immigrants as Catholics in order to secure increased government funding.

Significant minority of Anglican clergy favour disestablishment

Significant minority of Anglican clergy favour disestablishment

Posted: Mon, 03 Nov 2014 09:15

A new YouGov poll conducted among Anglican clergy shows a significant minority of them would support separating the Church from the state.

Judges' religious service criticised by secular lawyers

Judges' religious service criticised by secular lawyers

Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:14

Secular lawyers have called for a separation of the Church of England from judicial affairs after judges marked the start of the legal year with an Anglican service.

PM reaffirms Britain is a “Christian country”  – British Social Attitudes figures suggest otherwise

PM reaffirms Britain is a “Christian country” – British Social Attitudes figures suggest otherwise

Posted: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:19

Prime Minister David Cameron has again stood by his assertion that Britain is a "Christian country", saying he believes "very deeply that we should be confident in that status as a nation".

Secular marriage law proposed in Guernsey

Secular marriage law proposed in Guernsey

Posted: Fri, 30 May 2014 10:27

A campaigning group for LGBTQ rights in Guernsey has announced that it has secured a commitment from the Guernsey government to introduce secular marriage legislation, removing religious references from laws related to marriage.