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Secularist of the Year awarded to Turkish MP, Safak Pavey

Secularist of the Year awarded to Turkish MP, Safak Pavey

Posted: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:44

Turkish MP and human rights campaigner, Safak Pavey, has been named Secularist of the Year at an award ceremony hosted by the National Secular Society.

Religious opt-outs make Australia’s anti-discrimination law a “bigot’s charter”

Religious opt-outs make Australia’s anti-discrimination law a “bigot’s charter”

Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:45

In a move that has enraged human rights advocates, the Australian government has given religious groups wide-scale opt-outs in proposed new anti-discrimination laws.

European secularists raise concerns about nomination of Maltese reactionary to European Commission

European secularists raise concerns about nomination of Maltese reactionary to European Commission

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 13:03

Secular groups around Europe are preparing to oppose the nomination of the Maltese Foreign Affairs Minister Tonio Borg to replace the recently resigned European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection.

Peers call for action over 'religious courts'

Peers call for action over 'religious courts'

Posted: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:41

Peers in the House of Lords have expressed overwhelming support for a bill to limit the power of self styled 'religious courts'.

Another “Christian B&B” fined for turning away gay couple

Another “Christian B&B” fined for turning away gay couple

Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:52

A gay couple have successfully sued the owner of bed and breakfast accommodation in Berkshire after she refused to let them stay in a double room because of her religious views.

Pickles wrong to assign a ‘Christian ethos’ to Britain

Pickles wrong to assign a ‘Christian ethos’ to Britain

Posted: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:40

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has surpassed himself in an opinion piece for the Telegraph headed A Christian ethos strengthens our nation: Religion shaped the modern British state, and this Government is proud to 'do God'.

UK Government accused of not upholding freedom of belief

UK Government accused of not upholding freedom of belief

Posted: Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:28

The European Court of Human Rights hearing on 4 September 2012 has heard accusations from applicants that the UK Government is not upholding freedom of belief.

NSS intervene in landmark cases at European Court of Human Rights

NSS intervene in landmark cases at European Court of Human Rights

Posted: Sun, 02 Sep 2012 21:41

Four controversial British religious discrimination cases are due to be heard at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on Tuesday 4 September 2012. The outcome will have a huge impact on how future equality cases involving religion are determined.

Catholic Education Service rebuked for blurring distinction between faith and politics in schools

Catholic Education Service rebuked for blurring distinction between faith and politics in schools

Posted: Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:19

The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, has written to the Catholic Education Service (CES) to express concern that it has blurred the distinction between discussing matters of faith and promoting partisan political views.

Same-sex marriage – your opinions sought

Same-sex marriage – your opinions sought

Posted: Thu, 15 Mar 2012 15:56

The Government has launched its three-month long consultation on the legalisation of same sex civil marriages in England and Wales. The NSS will closely follow the debate over the coming weeks and frame our response to the consultation on the basis of that debate – and on what our members want.