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NSS welcomes moves by Church of England to fix the date of Easter

NSS welcomes moves by Church of England to fix the date of Easter

Posted: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:25

The National Secular Society has welcomed efforts by the Church of England to fix the date of Easter, something the NSS called for in 2015 in light of the disruption the changeable date causes to schools and business.

Church of England collapse strengthens the case for a secular UK

Church of England collapse strengthens the case for a secular UK

Posted: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:33

Weekly attendance at Church of England services has fallen below 1 million for the first time – bolstering the argument for a secular state.

National Secular Society defends cinemas’ freedom not to screen religious adverts

National Secular Society defends cinemas’ freedom not to screen religious adverts

Posted: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:38

The NSS has defended cinema chains' freedom to refuse religious or political advertising after the Equality and Human Rights Commission accused them of "failing to uphold Britain's long tradition of freedom of expression."

NSS: Church cannot escape blame for the failure to uncover truth about sex abuse

NSS: Church cannot escape blame for the failure to uncover truth about sex abuse

Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:24

The National Secular Society has said that the Church of England cannot escape blame following the jailing of a retired Anglican priest for sexual offences committed against boys as young as 14.

Former Anglican bishop Peter Ball jailed as victims sue Church of England over ‘cover-up’

Former Anglican bishop Peter Ball jailed as victims sue Church of England over ‘cover-up’

Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:12

Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Gloucester and Lewes, has been sentenced to 32 months in prison after pleading guilty to offences against 18 teenagers and young men – allegations Ball denied for over twenty years.

NSS asks Government to clarify religious influence on exhumations from public cemeteries

NSS asks Government to clarify religious influence on exhumations from public cemeteries

Posted: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:32

The National Secular Society has written to the Government to clarify whether the Church of England is seeking to block the exhumation of remains not buried on Church land.

Church of England voting guidance says religion cannot be separated from politics

Church of England voting guidance says religion cannot be separated from politics

Posted: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:51

The Church of England has published a letter advising Church members on the upcoming election, in a move which has drawn significant criticism.

Anglican vicar denounces Charlie Hebdo as “vile”, says religion should be protected from ridicule

Anglican vicar denounces Charlie Hebdo as “vile”, says religion should be protected from ridicule

Posted: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 16:38

An Anglican vicar has described the French satirical, anti-racist magazine Charlie Hebdo as a "nihilistic little rag" and compared their cartoons to the anti-Semitic publications of Nazi Germany.

Ofsted reveals “serious risk” to students’ physical and educational welfare in faith schools

Ofsted reveals “serious risk” to students’ physical and educational welfare in faith schools

Posted: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:15

A series of Ofsted investigations have exposed serious failings in six Islamic schools. The head of Ofsted, has warned the Education Secretary that pupils "may be vulnerable to extremist influences and radicalisation."

Promotion of 'British values' undermines Christian teaching, says Church of England: NSS responds

Promotion of 'British values' undermines Christian teaching, says Church of England: NSS responds

Posted: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:05

The Church of England has complained that the promotion of fundamental values such as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance in schools could undermine Christian teaching.

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.

Church blocks NHS job offer to clergyman over same-sex marriage

Church blocks NHS job offer to clergyman over same-sex marriage

Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:48

The first British clergyman to marry a same-sex partner has had a job offer as an NHS chaplain withdrawn after a Bishop revoked his permission to officiate.

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".

New Anglican schools to operate ‘open admissions’ policies

New Anglican schools to operate ‘open admissions’ policies

Posted: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:59

The Church of England's chief education officer has indicated that new CofE schools will adopt 'open admissions' policy but will still be "rooted in Christian heritage".

Another church backtracks over chancel repair liability

Another church backtracks over chancel repair liability

Posted: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:32

A church in East Yorkshire has become the latest to back down after facing opposition to its plans to use an ancient land law to make residents pay for church repairs.

Church of England School refuses parish council appeal to change faith-based admissions criteria

Church of England School refuses parish council appeal to change faith-based admissions criteria

Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:47

A Church of England school near Sevenoaks, Kent has refused an appeal by the local parish council to end discrimination against non-churchgoers.

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".

Church of England bids to open school on major new housing development

Church of England bids to open school on major new housing development

Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:36

The Church of England is bidding to run the first primary school which will be built on a major new housing development in Kettering.

CofE General Synod member Andrea Minichiello Williams urges Jamaica to keep law that criminalises homosexuality

CofE General Synod member Andrea Minichiello Williams urges Jamaica to keep law that criminalises homosexuality

Posted: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:19

Church of England General Synod member, Andrea Minichiello Williams, has urged the Jamaican Government to keep the law that criminalises homosexuality and carries a potential penalty of ten years hard labour.

New paper calls for secular ceremony of remembrance at the Cenotaph

New paper calls for secular ceremony of remembrance at the Cenotaph

Posted: Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:58

A new academic paper examining the origins of the Cenotaph and the ceremonies surrounding it has questioned the role of the Church of England at the annual remembrance ceremony.

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