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Conservative MP says anti-discrimination law is “unwanted”

Conservative MP says anti-discrimination law is “unwanted”

Posted: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:22

A Conservative MP has criticised attempts to outlaw caste based discrimination on the basis that it is "unwanted" by the Hindu community.

Report confirms deep ethnic divisions in English faith schools

Report confirms deep ethnic divisions in English faith schools

Posted: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:55

A new report, Understanding school segregation in England, has set out the extent of ethnic and religious division in England's schools.

“Unacceptable” for Ultra-Orthodox faith schools to shun children with transgender parents, says DfE

“Unacceptable” for Ultra-Orthodox faith schools to shun children with transgender parents, says DfE

Posted: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:36

The Department for Education is to investigate faith schools implicated in the ostracisation of children of transgender parents highlighted by a recent family court ruling.

Keep education and religion separate to boost science attainment, study suggests

Keep education and religion separate to boost science attainment, study suggests

Posted: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:06

A study by academics at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Missouri has found a strong "negative correlation" between time spent on religion in schools, and maths and science achievement.

LibDems back phasing out religious discrimination in school admissions

LibDems back phasing out religious discrimination in school admissions

Posted: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:53

The LibDems have backed a series of reforms to the role of religion in the UK education system, in a motion approved at the Party's Spring Conference.

Yasmin Rehman named Secularist of the Year 2017

Yasmin Rehman named Secularist of the Year 2017

Posted: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:07

The Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year 2017 has been awarded to Yasmin Rehman, the secular campaigner for women's rights.

Christian group warns of “hidden dangers” in challenging homophobia

Christian group warns of “hidden dangers” in challenging homophobia

Posted: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:41

A fundamentalist group which provides support to Accelerated Christian Education schools in the UK is hosting a discussion on the "dangers" of government efforts to tackle homophobic bullying.

MP calls for Scotland to embrace a secular education system

MP calls for Scotland to embrace a secular education system

Posted: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:14

Tommy Sheppard MP has called for Scotland to move towards a secular education system and expressed his hope that secularist campaigners can "chip away" at religion's role in state schools.

Commons passes ‘mandatory’ sex education, but includes religious opt outs

Commons passes ‘mandatory’ sex education, but includes religious opt outs

Posted: Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:33

The passage of an amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill means that Relationships and Sex Education will become mandatory in all schools in England.

Separate religion and state, urges UN Special Rapporteur

Separate religion and state, urges UN Special Rapporteur

Posted: Wed, 08 Mar 2017 11:59

The United Nations' Special Rapporteur Karima Bennoune has recommended that states provide for the separation of religion and state to help counter religious extremism.

NSS: Protect patients' rights from religious exemptions

NSS: Protect patients' rights from religious exemptions

Posted: Tue, 07 Mar 2017 08:19

The National Secular Society (NSS) has responded positively to a consultation on new guidelines for pharmacists which prioritises patients' healthcare needs over pharmacy professionals' religious views.

Final survivor resigns from Pope’s commission on clerical abuse of minors

Final survivor resigns from Pope’s commission on clerical abuse of minors

Posted: Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:33

The last remaining survivor of clerical abuse on the Pontifical Commission for Protection of Minors, Marie Collins, has resigned from it "to maintain [her] integrity".

Sex education reforms: faith schools to keep special exemptions

Sex education reforms: faith schools to keep special exemptions

Posted: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:15

The National Secular Society has welcomed moves to make sex and relationship education statutory, but urged the Government to rethink de facto exemptions for faith schools.

Inclusive assemblies to replace Christian worship in Brent schools

Inclusive assemblies to replace Christian worship in Brent schools

Posted: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:15

Local authority schools in Brent have been freed from the requirement to hold a daily act of Christian worship, after the council decided to promote a more inclusive approach.

Fresh ‘Trojan Horse’ claims plague Oldham schools

Fresh ‘Trojan Horse’ claims plague Oldham schools

Posted: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:16

The Sunday Times has reported on allegations of two new cases of attempts to foist a strict Islamic ethos on non-religious state schools.

“No explanation” for why council is declining Sabbath swimming cheque

“No explanation” for why council is declining Sabbath swimming cheque

Posted: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:45

Local campaigners have accused Lewis council of "blinding inconsistencies and contradictions" after it declined £11,400 to fund the opening of a sports centre on the Sabbath.

Washington Supreme Court: Religious beliefs no excuse for a business to discriminate

Washington Supreme Court: Religious beliefs no excuse for a business to discriminate

Posted: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:47

The Supreme Court of the state of Washington has unanimously ruled that a florist cannot discriminate against same-sex couples, in a ruling welcomed by American secularists.

High Court rules against sharia-only divorce claim

High Court rules against sharia-only divorce claim

Posted: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:40

The Family Division of the High Court has ruled against a man who claimed his marriage could only be dissolved under sharia, and that his wife must travel to Pakistan for a divorce.

Hackney launches consultation on unregistered schools

Hackney launches consultation on unregistered schools

Posted: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:07

Hackney has launched a consultation into the safety of pupils and the quality of education in unregistered schools following scrutiny from the NSS and critical media reports.

Shortlist for Secularist of the Year prize announced

Shortlist for Secularist of the Year prize announced

Posted: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:17

The National Secular Society has announced the names of six candidates on the shortlist for the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year.