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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.

NSS welcomes Lib Dem leader’s calls for separation of church and state

NSS welcomes Lib Dem leader’s calls for separation of church and state

Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:55

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has called for the "eventual" disestablishment of the Church of England.

Prime Minister calls on Christians to be more "evangelical"

Prime Minister calls on Christians to be more "evangelical"

Posted: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:20

In his most recent effort to highlight his strong Christian faith and the importance of Christianity within the UK, David Cameron has called for Christians to be more "evangelical".

Bishop wants to withhold communion from Catholic MPs who vote against doctrine

Bishop wants to withhold communion from Catholic MPs who vote against doctrine

Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:37

The Bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan, has said in an interview that Catholic politicians who voted for same-sex marriage should be denied Communion.

Finland: Citizens’ initiative launched calling for separation of church and state

Finland: Citizens’ initiative launched calling for separation of church and state

Posted: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:14

A citizens' initiative has been launched in Finland calling for legislative revisions to abolish the state church and to establish a state unbiased toward all religious convictions.

Majority of Britons believe state and church should be separate

Majority of Britons believe state and church should be separate

Posted: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:45

A new Yougov poll has found that the majority of people in Britain think the Church of England should be separated from the state.

Leader of Russian Orthodox Church says it is dangerous to unite state and church while Putin declares Russia a secular state

Leader of Russian Orthodox Church says it is dangerous to unite state and church while Putin declares Russia a secular state

Posted: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:35

Patriarch Kirill, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has said that there is no question of the church and state uniting in Russia.

NSS members challenge judicial church service that reinforces links between church and state

NSS members challenge judicial church service that reinforces links between church and state

Posted: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:45

Two members of the National Secular Society have written to the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, asking that he end the Anglican Church service in Westminster Abbey that marks the opening of the judicial year on 1 October.

Parliamentary report published on relationship between local authorities and faith groups

Parliamentary report published on relationship between local authorities and faith groups

Posted: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:18

The All Party Parliamentary Group, Christians in Parliament, has published a report, Faith in the Community, which looks at the relationship between local authorities and churches.

Majority of Europeans favour separation of church and state, but Islam has an uphill battle for acceptance in Germany

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.

Secularist attempt to strip Austrian churches of financial privileges fails

Secularist attempt to strip Austrian churches of financial privileges fails

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.

Austrian referendum seeks to end church privileges

Austrian referendum seeks to end church 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.

LibDem MP wants to separate marriage registration from religion

LibDem MP wants to separate marriage registration from religion

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.

Most Americans still favour separation of church and state

Most Americans still favour separation of church and state

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.

Prime Minister should ignore former archbishop's theocratic blundering, says NSS

Prime Minister should ignore former archbishop's theocratic blundering, says NSS

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.

Prime Minister still desperately trying to placate religious bodies

Prime Minister still desperately trying to placate religious bodies

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".

Labour MP calls for state intervention in Church affairs over women bishops

Labour MP calls for state intervention in Church affairs over women bishops

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.

Romanian secularists want an end to state sponsorship of churches

Romanian secularists want an end to state sponsorship of churches

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.

I’m keeping Canberra secular, says Chief Minister

I’m keeping Canberra secular, says Chief Minister

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.

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