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BBC's Rip Off Britain takes on chancel repair liability

BBC's Rip Off Britain takes on chancel repair liability

Posted: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:28

Rip Off Britain, the BBC consumer rights program which investigates viewers' stories of being ripped-off, this week covered chancel repair liability – an ancient law which can make homeowners liable for the upkeep of their local Anglican church.

Anger as non-Catholics forced off the school bus

Anger as non-Catholics forced off the school bus

Posted: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:17

Parents in Flintshire have complained of religious discrimination after it emerged that non-Catholics wouldn't be permitted to use a bus provided by the local authority to a Catholic faith school.

Luxembourg considers new church tax in debate over future of state support

Luxembourg considers new church tax in debate over future of state support

Posted: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:51

Luxembourg is considering a church tax as part of a range of possible measures to replace direct state funding for religious organisations.

Calls for national debate over collective worship requirement in schools

Calls for national debate over collective worship requirement in schools

Posted: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:33

Renewed calls have been made for a national debate about the requirement on schools to hold acts of collective worship. The calls came during an Education Committee evidence session on extremism in schools.

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.

Changes to Germany’s ‘church tax’ prompts exodus

Changes to Germany’s ‘church tax’ prompts exodus

Posted: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:13

Hundreds of thousands of German tax-payers are leaving their officially designated religions to avoid paying a 'church tax' levy on capital gains.

NSS raise concerns over new faith school linked to ‘witch-hunting’ bishop

NSS raise concerns over new faith school linked to ‘witch-hunting’ bishop

Posted: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:15

The National Secular Society has expressed concern that a school linked to a controversial Pentecostal Nigerian 'witch hunter' pastor is set to open in England.

Church school allocation angers non-religious parents

Church school allocation angers non-religious parents

Posted: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:13

Non-religious parents in St Albans have been told by the local authority that the only state education they can offer their children is at a faith school.

NSS honorary associate Michael Cashman joins House of Lords

NSS honorary associate Michael Cashman joins House of Lords

Posted: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:03

Former MEP and NSS honorary associate Michael Cashman has been appointed to the House of Lords as a Labour peer.

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...

NSS calls for Nigerian ‘witch hunter’ to be denied entry to the UK

NSS calls for Nigerian ‘witch hunter’ to be denied entry to the UK

Posted: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:23

The National Secular Society has called on the Home Secretary to deny a controversial Pentecostal Nigerian 'witch hunter' pastor entry into the UK.

Christian group threatens DfE with legal action over school equality standards

Christian group threatens DfE with legal action over school equality standards

Posted: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:51

A Christian lobby group is threatening the Government with a judicial review over its plans to introduce new standards for independent schools aimed at reinforcing equality and fundamental values.

Education secretary to cut public funding to nurseries promoting 'extremist views' – including creationism

Education secretary to cut public funding to nurseries promoting 'extremist views' – including creationism

Posted: Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:49

The Government has announced plans to cut public funding to nurseries that teach creationism as scientific fact or fail to promote 'British values', Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced.

NSS responds to Government consultation on school standards and 'British values'

NSS responds to Government consultation on school standards and 'British values'

Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:10

The National Secular Society has backed Government plans to tackle religious extremism in schools by reinforcing principles of equality and fundamental values – but has argued that proposed new standards don't go far enough.

Church blocks NHS job offer to clergyman over same-sex marriage

Church blocks NHS job offer to clergyman over same-sex marriage

Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:48

The first British clergyman to marry a same-sex partner has had a job offer as an NHS chaplain withdrawn after a Bishop revoked his permission to officiate.

Claim that children's religious freedoms breached by scrapping of free transport to faith schools rejected by secularists

Claim that children's religious freedoms breached by scrapping of free transport to faith schools rejected by secularists

Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 08:53

A Conservative Assembly Member for South Wales has claimed that not providing free transport to faith schools breaches a child's right to manifest a religion.

Judge rules seriously ill teenager should receive treatment involving “blood products” against mother’s religious objections

Judge rules seriously ill teenager should receive treatment involving “blood products” against mother’s religious objections

Posted: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:37

A High Court Judge has ruled that doctors can administer "plasma exchange treatment" to a seriously ill teenager after the boy's mother objected on religious grounds.

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.

There should be no embarrassment over challenging Muslim treatment of women, says Justice Minister

There should be no embarrassment over challenging Muslim treatment of women, says Justice Minister

Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:51

Justice Minister Simon Hughes has said Britain should not be "culturally embarrassed" about challenging Muslims over the wearing of the veil or the segregation of women.

German newspaper forced to apologise over criticism of Islam piece

German newspaper forced to apologise over criticism of Islam piece

Posted: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:39

Germany's biggest selling newspaper, Bild am Sonntag, has had to apologise for an editorial comment piece which has sparked debate and controversy in the country for its criticism of Islam.