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Death sentence for Saudi ‘apostate’ amid surge of violence against atheists across Islamic world

Death sentence for Saudi ‘apostate’ amid surge of violence against atheists across Islamic world

Posted: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:19

A Saudi trial based "heavily on Koranic law" has resulted in a death sentence for a 'mentally ill' man who denounced the Islamic 'prophet' Mohammed.

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.

Foreign Office urges Russia to uphold human rights after Jehovah’s Witnesses ruling

Foreign Office urges Russia to uphold human rights after Jehovah’s Witnesses ruling

Posted: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:40

The Foreign Office has condemned a decision by the Russian Supreme Court to label Jehovah's Witnesses "extremists."

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.

Success! Pharmaceutical Council embraces secular reforms

Success! Pharmaceutical Council embraces secular reforms

Posted: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:53

The independent pharmacists' regulator has approved new standards governing the role of religion in pharmacy services, in a move welcomed by the National Secular Society.

New faith schools announced in latest round of free schools

New faith schools announced in latest round of free schools

Posted: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:21

A number of new faith schools have been approved to open by the Department for Education (DfE) in the twelfth wave of free schools applications.

NSS urges regulator to investigate charity behind notorious monk-brewed booze

NSS urges regulator to investigate charity behind notorious monk-brewed booze

Posted: Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:15

The National Secular Society has written to the Charity Commission urging it to investigate a religious charity behind the sale of an alcoholic drink widely associated with criminal activity in Scotland.

Salafi school pulls “male only” job advert

Salafi school pulls “male only” job advert

Posted: Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:07

An independent Islamic school in Birmingham has been forced to withdraw an advert for a "male science & Islamic Studies" teacher.

“No evidence” that denominational schools are academically superior, study finds

“No evidence” that denominational schools are academically superior, study finds

Posted: Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:08

A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research has found that there is "no evidence" to suggest Scotland's denominational schools achieve better results than their non-denominational counterparts.

Government finally launches consultation on caste discrimination, but only asks “whether” law should change

Government finally launches consultation on caste discrimination, but only asks “whether” law should change

Posted: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:58

The Government's consultation on caste discrimination was finally launched this week after years of delay.

Sadiq Khan: Imperative that pupils from different backgrounds mix at school

Sadiq Khan: Imperative that pupils from different backgrounds mix at school

Posted: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:06

Sadiq Khan has hit out at the Government's plans to allow total religiously-selective admissions in new free schools with a faith ethos.

Pakistani twitter users call for hanging of ‘blasphemer’

Pakistani twitter users call for hanging of ‘blasphemer’

Posted: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:55

Many Pakistanis and other Muslims from around the world called for the execution of a secular writer for blasphemy over the weekend, causing #HangAyazNizami to trend on Twitter.

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.