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Church of England 'colluded' with sex abuse bishop and failed victims, says report

Church of England 'colluded' with sex abuse bishop and failed victims, says report

Posted: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:14

The head of the Church of England, Justin Welby, has admitted that the Church "concealed" evidence of child abuse by a former bishop and failed to help his victims.

Caste: Anti-discrimination groups issue ‘urgent call’ to participate in government’s consultation

Caste: Anti-discrimination groups issue ‘urgent call’ to participate in government’s consultation

Posted: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:29

The NSS has urged supporters to respond to a Government consultation on caste discrimination, as new website aids those who support specifically outlawing discrimination based on 'caste' to respond.

NSS calls for end to state funded ‘religiosity inspections’ in schools

NSS calls for end to state funded ‘religiosity inspections’ in schools

Posted: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:04

The NSS has called for Ofsted to inspect RE in faith schools after research revealed that millions of pounds of public money has been paid to religious organisations to carry out additional inspections of denominational RE.

NSS calls on European leaders to robustly promote the “democratic value” of separation of religion and state

NSS calls on European leaders to robustly promote the “democratic value” of separation of religion and state

Posted: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:19

The National Secular Society today called on EU presidents to promote "democratic values", warning that past assumptions about the place of religion in politics and modern society being settled may no longer apply.

Supreme Court rules NI women don’t have equal right to abortion services in England

Supreme Court rules NI women don’t have equal right to abortion services in England

Posted: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:43

In a three/two decision, the UK Supreme Court has ruled that UK citizens normally resident in Northern Ireland do not have a right to free abortion services from NHS England on the same basis as other UK citizens.

Catholic Church backs down on ‘faith certificates’ for pupils

Catholic Church backs down on ‘faith certificates’ for pupils

Posted: Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:12

The Catholic Church has dropped plans to take the Government to court in order to give priests the right to arbitrarily determine whether pupils are eligible for a school place on the basis of faith.

'Community leaders' represent no-one but themselves, says Nazir Afzal

'Community leaders' represent no-one but themselves, says Nazir Afzal

Posted: Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:57

Former Chief Crown Prosecutor Nazir Afzal has said that the authorities are "lazy" in reaching minority groups, and still rely on self-appointed 'community leaders'.

BBC allows Today programme to be used to promote Church’s evangelism campaign

BBC allows Today programme to be used to promote Church’s evangelism campaign

Posted: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:36

The National Secular Society has criticised the BBC for allowing the first Thought for the Day slot of June to be used by the Church of England as a platform to promote its latest evangelism initiative.

Church to gain influence over nine secular schools in Northumberland

Church to gain influence over nine secular schools in Northumberland

Posted: Wed, 31 May 2017 16:55

Concerns have been raised over plans for nine community schools in Northumberland to join with one CofE faith school to form a new mixed multi academy trust with a majority of church appointed members.

New poll finds huge opposition to Government’s plans for more discriminatory faith schools

New poll finds huge opposition to Government’s plans for more discriminatory faith schools

Posted: Tue, 30 May 2017 14:16

Government plans to allow new faith schools to discriminate on religious grounds by selecting all of their pupils on the basis of faith have attracted mass public opposition, a poll has found.

‘Moderate’ Indonesia launches anti-gay police taskforce after public caning of two men

‘Moderate’ Indonesia launches anti-gay police taskforce after public caning of two men

Posted: Fri, 26 May 2017 08:51

Indonesia's police are to launch a new crackdown on gay people, following a brutal public caning and the mass arrest of 140 gay men at a party.

Effort to repeal New Zealand blasphemy law delayed

Effort to repeal New Zealand blasphemy law delayed

Posted: Wed, 24 May 2017 15:19

An attempt by Labour MP Chris Hipkins to remove anti-blasphemy laws from New Zealand's statute book has failed after National Party and Maori Party MPs voted it down.

NSS calls for moratorium on Government funding of cathedrals

NSS calls for moratorium on Government funding of cathedrals

Posted: Tue, 16 May 2017 13:22

Following concerns raised by the National Secular Society, the UK spending watchdog has concluded that "improvements" were needed in the process the Government used to award vast sums of public money for cathedral repairs.

Campaigns against blasphemy laws gather steam following Ahok conviction and Fry investigation

Campaigns against blasphemy laws gather steam following Ahok conviction and Fry investigation

Posted: Wed, 10 May 2017 10:24

Indonesia, Denmark and New Zealand are facing calls to repeal their blasphemy laws, following the conviction of Jakarta's former governor for blasphemy and an investigation into Stephen Fry.

Scripture Union providing courses on abstinence in Isle of Man sex education classes

Scripture Union providing courses on abstinence in Isle of Man sex education classes

Posted: Tue, 09 May 2017 09:22

The Isle of Man's education minister has defended allowing an evangelical Christian group to deliver abstinence-based sex education to Year 10 pupils.

Departing MP blasts Government on caste discrimination

Departing MP blasts Government on caste discrimination

Posted: Fri, 05 May 2017 11:00

Former MP Graham Allen has accused the Government of launching a "misleading" consultation to delay action against caste discrimination "for ever".

Taxpayer-funded Catholic schools should only be for Catholics, says Archbishop of Liverpool

Taxpayer-funded Catholic schools should only be for Catholics, says Archbishop of Liverpool

Posted: Thu, 04 May 2017 11:24

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon has said that Catholic schools "are different" and "for the Catholic community", despite their being funded by all taxpayers.

Irish politicians face ejection from the chamber and loss of pay if they don't stand for prayers

Irish politicians face ejection from the chamber and loss of pay if they don't stand for prayers

Posted: Wed, 03 May 2017 11:51

The Irish parliament has approve a requirement mandating TDs remain standing during the prayers that open each Dáil sitting.

NSS rejects Church’s call for end to RE right to withdraw, without meaningful reform

NSS rejects Church’s call for end to RE right to withdraw, without meaningful reform

Posted: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:43

The National Secular Society has said that Religious Education must be fundamentally reformed before the existing right to withdraw children from RE can be removed.

Welsh students launch petition against collective worship

Welsh students launch petition against collective worship

Posted: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:34

Two Welsh school students have launched a petition calling on Welsh Assembly Members to end the obligation on schools to hold collective worship.