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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.

MPs debate Eid and Diwali public holidays

MPs debate Eid and Diwali public holidays

Posted: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:43

MPs have debated an e-petition calling for Muslims and Hindus to have the most important days in their faiths recognised in law, through the creation of two new public holidays.

‘Trojan’ report finds deliberate action to promote intolerant and aggressive Islamist agenda in schools

‘Trojan’ report finds deliberate action to promote intolerant and aggressive Islamist agenda in schools

Posted: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:41

A report commissioned by former education secretary Michael Gove in April to investigate claims of a plot to takeover state schools in Birmingham has uncovered evidence of "co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos into some schools in the city".

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.

Legislation introduced to abolish chancel repair liability

Legislation introduced to abolish chancel repair liability

Posted: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:44

A parliamentary bill has been introduced to abolish chancel repair liability – an ancient law that can force homeowners to pay for some ancient Anglican parish church repairs.

Prominent Christian Nicky Morgan becomes Education Secretary

Prominent Christian Nicky Morgan becomes Education Secretary

Posted: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:07

David Cameron has promoted conservative minister and prominent Christian Nicky Morgan to the position of secretary of state for education, replacing Michael Gove who had been in the role since 2010.

Prison imams found to have links with Islamic extremism

Prison imams found to have links with Islamic extremism

Posted: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:51

Some of the imams working in UK prisons as chaplains have links with Muslim extremist groups, and may be contributing to the radicalisation of inmates, The Times newspaper has revealed.

Solicitors Regulation Authority withdraws endorsement of Law Society’s sharia guidance

Solicitors Regulation Authority withdraws endorsement of Law Society’s sharia guidance

Posted: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:25

The Solicitor's Regulatory Authority has removed a reference to the Law Society's controversial practice note on drafting 'Sharia compliant' wills from its from its ethics guidance on wills.

Head of Polish hospital dismissed after refusing abortion on religious grounds

Head of Polish hospital dismissed after refusing abortion on religious grounds

Posted: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:40

The head of a Polish public hospital has been dismissed for refusing on religious grounds to carry out an abortion on a woman whose unborn baby suffered from serious malformations.

Trojan Horse schools pupils 'vulnerable to extremism'

Trojan Horse schools pupils 'vulnerable to extremism'

Posted: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:18

According to Ofsted's chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, inspectors of the so-called Trojan Horse schools in Birmingham have found that pupils were "vulnerable to extremism" and that some had been targeted by hard line Muslim governors in a 'planned and orchestrated' plot to radicalise pupils.

New petition calls for an end to compulsory worship in schools

New petition calls for an end to compulsory worship in schools

Posted: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:13

With parties developing their education policies ahead of next year's general election, a new petition is calling on the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats to commit to ending compulsory worship in schools.

Turkish mother’s insult at Greek orthodox faith school allocation

Turkish mother’s insult at Greek orthodox faith school allocation

Posted: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:42

A Turkish Cypriot parent from London has branded the offer of a Greek orthodox faith based free school to her son as "wholly unacceptable" and an "insult".

Christian bakers in gay campaign cake row could face legal action

Christian bakers in gay campaign cake row could face legal action

Posted: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:41

A Northern Ireland bakery run by devout Christians could face legal action after it refused to make a cake with a slogan that supported gay marriage.

Compulsory Christian worship should be reframed as ‘spiritual reflection’, says Church of England education chief

Compulsory Christian worship should be reframed as ‘spiritual reflection’, says Church of England education chief

Posted: Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:18

The legal requirement for schools to provide a daily act of 'broadly Christian' collective worship should be replaced with "spiritual reflection" drawing mainly on the Christian faith, the Church of England's head of education has said.

Parents told faith school or no school by local council

Parents told faith school or no school by local council

Posted: Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:02

Eleven children whose parents refused places at a Hindu faith school in the London borough of Redbridge have been left with no school place for September.

European Court of Human Rights upholds French ban on full-face veil

European Court of Human Rights upholds French ban on full-face veil

Posted: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:54

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a French law banning the wearing of the full-face veil in public, ruling that the law does not breach the European Convention on Human Rights.

Proposal to remove religious exemption from Irish employment equality law

Proposal to remove religious exemption from Irish employment equality law

Posted: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:39

The cabinet of the Irish Government will debate next week changes to employment equality law that will prevent religious organisations from dismissing staff on such grounds as being a lone parent or a divorcee, or on the basis of sexual orientation.

School governors’ body recommends abolition of collective worship law

School governors’ body recommends abolition of collective worship law

Posted: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:30

The National Governors' Association, which represents 300,000 school governors in England, has become the latest body to recommend that the religious element of daily school assemblies should be scrapped.

Supreme Court decision on assisted dying “encouraging”, say campaigners

Supreme Court decision on assisted dying “encouraging”, say campaigners

Posted: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:25

A decision handed down from the Supreme Court today puts significant pressure on both Parliament and the Director of Public Prosecutions to reconsider the law and prosecuting policy on assistance to die.

Maajid Nawaz becomes honorary associate of the NSS

Maajid Nawaz becomes honorary associate of the NSS

Posted: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:52

The National Secular Society has welcomed the anti-extremism activist Maajid Nawaz to its list of prominent supporters by naming him an honorary associate.