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Bangladeshi government must act over killings and defend free speech

Bangladeshi government must act over killings and defend free speech

Posted: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:07

The National Secular Society has written to the Bangladeshi High Commission criticising their government's inaction over a spate of Islamist killings.

EHRC urged to tackle discrimination and unfairness of faith schools

EHRC urged to tackle discrimination and unfairness of faith schools

Posted: Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:55

The National Secular Society has called on the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to tackle issues of discrimination and unfairness stemming from religious influence in publicly funded education.

Woolf Commission’s multifaithism 'completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society'

Woolf Commission’s multifaithism 'completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society'

Posted: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:52

The National Secular Society has criticised a new report on the role of religion and belief in public life for calling for a multi-faith approach "completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society."

NSS stresses role of education in nurturing cohesive societies in speech at European Parliament

NSS stresses role of education in nurturing cohesive societies in speech at European Parliament

Posted: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:55

The NSS has told top-level European officials of the positive role secular education can play in building a shared future and challenging religious intolerance across Europe.

Freedom of expression cannot be left to the “mercy of others”, says chair of EHRC

Freedom of expression cannot be left to the “mercy of others”, says chair of EHRC

Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:34

Baroness O'Neill, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has warned that there is no way of securing freedom of expression and a right not to be offended.

MPs express support for secularism in Bangladesh

MPs express support for secularism in Bangladesh

Posted: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:36

Several Members of Parliament have praised secularism in a debate on Bangladesh, and the NSS is calling on them to support secularist principles in the UK as well.

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.

LibDem leadership contender calls for secular state

LibDem leadership contender calls for secular state

Posted: Wed, 20 May 2015 17:00

Tim Farron, one of two candidates for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats, has called for the Church of England to be disestablished and has also expressed his opposition to faith schools.

'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.

Former High Court judge compares secularism to religious repression of the Tudors

Former High Court judge compares secularism to religious repression of the Tudors

Posted: Fri, 15 May 2015 10:55

The National Secular Society has strongly rejected the comments of a former High Court judge, who said atheists and secularists exhibit an attitude to "freedom of speech which is as restrictive of that of Elizabeth I or Burghley."

Christianity has “lost status” because of equality and human rights legislation, say evangelical Christians

Christianity has “lost status” because of equality and human rights legislation, say evangelical Christians

Posted: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:06

An Equality and Human Rights Commission report has found that "some Christian employers, service users and providers" believe Christianity has "lost status" because of equality laws.

Jewish faith school’s admission policy amounts to “discrimination on the basis of race”

Jewish faith school’s admission policy amounts to “discrimination on the basis of race”

Posted: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:50

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has instructed two Jewish faith schools to revise their admissions policies, with one of the schools found to have a policy which amounted to "discrimination on the basis of race."

New report on UK sharia ‘marriages’ exposes “tip of the iceberg”

New report on UK sharia ‘marriages’ exposes “tip of the iceberg”

Posted: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:54

A report by a human rights group has exposed the vulnerability of Muslim women living in Islamic 'marriages' in the UK.

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.

Law Society under growing pressure over sharia wills guidance

Law Society under growing pressure over sharia wills guidance

Posted: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:33

Secularists and human rights campaigners have stepped up their calls for the Law Society to withdraw its controversial practice note on sharia succession rules.

Secularists query decision to reinstate registrar who refused to conduct same-sex weddings

Secularists query decision to reinstate registrar who refused to conduct same-sex weddings

Posted: Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:53

The National Secular Society has criticised a decision by Central Bedfordshire Council to reinstate a Christian registrar who was previously dismissed after refusing to conduct same-sex weddings.

Labour Party amends equality statement to include non-religious people

Labour Party amends equality statement to include non-religious people

Posted: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:05

The Labour Party has revised its recently-adopted equality statement to cover non-religious people, having previously only referred to 'religion'.

Equality & Human Rights Commission calls for evidence on religion or belief issues

Equality & Human Rights Commission calls for evidence on religion or belief issues

Posted: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:50

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a call for evidence from individuals and organisations about how their religion or belief may have affected their experiences in the workplace and in using the services and...

Labour party equality statement excludes non-religious people

Labour party equality statement excludes non-religious people

Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:19

Labour's policy making body – the National Policy Forum – has come under fire for adopting an equality statement appears not to cover non-religious people.

Equality and Human Rights Commission: gender segregation at campus events “unlawful”

Equality and Human Rights Commission: gender segregation at campus events “unlawful”

Posted: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:02

The National Secular Society has welcomed new legal guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission clarifying that gender segregation of university and campus events is unlawful.