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New council prayers bill will 'undermine religious freedom'

New council prayers bill will 'undermine religious freedom'

Posted: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:46

The NSS has accused the Government of undermining religious freedom by supporting a bill to include "prayers or other religious observance" in the business of local authority meetings.

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.

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.