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Faith school pupil not allowed on council-run ‘Christian only’ bus

Faith school pupil not allowed on council-run ‘Christian only’ bus

Posted: Tue, 10 May 2016 12:32

The National Secular Society has urged a local authority to review its school transport policy after a pupil was told he couldn't use the council-run school bus because it is provided only for church-going pupils.

BBC Trust rules against presenter who asked Christian Concern campaigner if she was a bigot

BBC Trust rules against presenter who asked Christian Concern campaigner if she was a bigot

Posted: Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:10

Former BBC presenter Iain Lee has said he is "flabbergasted" after the BBC Trust ruled his interview with a Christian campaigner was a "serious breach" of editorial guidelines.

New report warns of ‘escalation’ in global persecution against non-believers

New report warns of ‘escalation’ in global persecution against non-believers

Posted: Thu, 10 Dec 2015 07:59

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has warned that worldwide "persecution of the non-religious has escalated" in the past year.

Anti-LGBT religious exemptions will be removed from Ireland’s equality legislation

Anti-LGBT religious exemptions will be removed from Ireland’s equality legislation

Posted: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:14

The National Secular Society has welcomed confirmation that Ireland's government is to amend the exemptions to equality law which permit religious discrimination.

Tribunal to rule on Gay clergyman refused NHS chaplaincy job because he is in same-sex marriage

Tribunal to rule on Gay clergyman refused NHS chaplaincy job because he is in same-sex marriage

Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:10

A Bishop stripped a Church of England clergyman of the licence needed to take a hospital chaplaincy job because he is in a same-sex marriage.

Tribunal finds that Christian nursery worker was victim of religious discrimination

Tribunal finds that Christian nursery worker was victim of religious discrimination

Posted: Sun, 07 Jun 2015 11:11

An employment tribunal has found that an evangelical Christian woman working at a nursery in Highbury, north London was a victim of religious discrimination after she was fired for upsetting a lesbian colleague.

'Gay cake' ruling: “no exceptions” to equality laws for religious beliefs

'Gay cake' ruling: “no exceptions” to equality laws for religious beliefs

Posted: Tue, 19 May 2015 11:47

Belfast County Court has ruled that the Ashers Bakery, run by a Christian family, unlawfully discriminated against a gay customer who ordered a cake featuring a slogan in support of marriage equality.

European Commission dismisses NSS complaint over employment discrimination in faith schools

European Commission dismisses NSS complaint over employment discrimination in faith schools

Posted: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:03

The European Commission has announced it will take no further action after investigating complaints, submitted by the National Secular Society, regarding UK state funded 'faith schools' legislation and European employment laws.

Academic calls for “conscience clauses” for Christians

Academic calls for “conscience clauses” for Christians

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:45

A Christian academic has called for special "conscience clauses" for Christians in laws of which they do not approve.

Lib Dems back proposals to end compulsory worship and faith school discrimination against teachers

Lib Dems back proposals to end compulsory worship and faith school discrimination against teachers

Posted: Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:58

Liberal Democrats have voted in support of a motion to abolish compulsory worship in schools and to end religious discrimination against teachers in faith schools.

Proposal to remove religious exemption from Irish employment equality law

Proposal to remove religious exemption from Irish employment equality law

Posted: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:39

The cabinet of the Irish Government will debate next week changes to employment equality law that will prevent religious organisations from dismissing staff on such grounds as being a lone parent or a divorcee, or on the basis of sexual orientation.

Wedding invitation company cites religious beliefs for refusing services to gay couple

Wedding invitation company cites religious beliefs for refusing services to gay couple

Posted: Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:54

The National Secular Society has said that legal action under equality legislation should be taken against a wedding stationer for refusing to serve a gay couple on religious grounds.

Catholic school withdraws job offer over headteacher's marital status

Catholic school withdraws job offer over headteacher's marital status

Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:41

A Catholic 'faith school' in Wales has withdrawn a job offer from a potential new headteacher because he failed to live up to their idea of Catholic morality.

Magazine raises potential conflict of interest in Scottish gay adoption charity decision

Magazine raises potential conflict of interest in Scottish gay adoption charity decision

Posted: Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:19

The Scottish Review, an on-line magazine for discussion of Scottish affairs, questions in its latest issue whether there may have been a conflict of interest in the controversial decision by the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel on St Margaret's Catholic Adoption Society.

Christian sacked from nursery did not suffer religious discrimination, appeals tribunal rules

Christian sacked from nursery did not suffer religious discrimination, appeals tribunal rules

Posted: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:21

An Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has dismissed an appeal from a woman who claimed she had been fired from her job in a nursery because of her religious beliefs.

NSS welcomes appeal court ruling against Christian who refused to work on Sundays

NSS welcomes appeal court ruling against Christian who refused to work on Sundays

Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:09

A Christian woman who claimed she had been constructively dismissed from her job as a care worker because she refused to work on Sundays has lost her case at the Court of Appeal.

Muslim employees in landmark win on religious discrimination

Muslim employees in landmark win on religious discrimination

Posted: Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:17

Two Muslim men working for Tesco have won a case of religious discrimination after having access to the on-site prayer room restricted.

Woking Council issue 'clarification' on worshippers’ parking policy

Woking Council issue 'clarification' on worshippers’ parking policy

Posted: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 16:54

Woking Borough Council has issued a 'clarification' on its policy that grants car parking exemptions to religious groups. The move follows the threat of legal action from the National Secular Society.

NSS launch legal challenge to worshippers' free parking permits

NSS launch legal challenge to worshippers' free parking permits

Posted: Sun, 02 Jun 2013 20:42

A legal challenge has been launched against Woking Borough Council's policy of offering free parking to worshippers while charging everyone else.

NSS condemns Flintshire Council's 'discriminatory' transport policy

NSS condemns Flintshire Council's 'discriminatory' transport policy

Posted: Wed, 22 May 2013 10:17

The National Secular Society has criticised a decision by Flintshire Council to discriminate against people without religious faith in its school transport arrangements.