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Niger removes sex education from schools after condemnation from Islamic clerics

Niger removes sex education from schools after condemnation from Islamic clerics

Posted: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 06:54

UN-designed sex education material has been withdrawn from the Niger schools syllabus after condemnation from Islamic clerics.

Obstructionist tactics to block human rights groups from advising UN condemned by UN Special Rapporteur

Obstructionist tactics to block human rights groups from advising UN condemned by UN Special Rapporteur

Posted: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:12

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and association, has criticised repeated efforts to block human rights NGOs from being able to advise the United Nations.

Alliance for a Secular Europe protests Pope’s planned address to the European Parliament

Alliance for a Secular Europe protests Pope’s planned address to the European Parliament

Posted: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:45

Over a dozen members of the Alliance for a Secular Europe group have written to the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, objecting to his invitation to Pope Francis to address the Parliament.

National Secular Society welcomes call for faith schools to face Ofsted inspections of their religious teaching

National Secular Society welcomes call for faith schools to face Ofsted inspections of their religious teaching

Posted: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:00

The National Secular Society has welcomed calls from Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt for religious teaching in faith schools to be inspected by Ofsted.

NSS calls on Welsh Government to review compulsory collective worship

NSS calls on Welsh Government to review compulsory collective worship

Posted: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:40

The National Secular Society has called on the Welsh government to review the legal requirement on schools to provide worship after parents expressed concern about prayers being imposed on children in non-denominational schools.

European Commission dismisses NSS complaint over employment discrimination in faith schools

European Commission dismisses NSS complaint over employment discrimination in faith schools

Posted: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:03

The European Commission has announced it will take no further action after investigating complaints, submitted by the National Secular Society, regarding UK state funded 'faith schools' legislation and European employment laws.

Tory MP calls for all sex education to be scrapped

Tory MP calls for all sex education to be scrapped

Posted: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:08

During a debate introducing the Sex and Relationships Education (Curriculum) Bill to parliament this week, Conservative MP Philip Davies blamed "sex education fanatics" for a rise in unwanted pregnancies since the 1970s, and called for "less sex education, or even better, none".

NSS welcomes new measures to tackle FGM

NSS welcomes new measures to tackle FGM

Posted: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:21

The National Secular Society has welcomed new government measures announced yesterday to crackdown on the practice of female genital mutilation.

NUS rejects motion on Iraqi/Kurdish solidarity citing ‘Islamophobia’

NUS rejects motion on Iraqi/Kurdish solidarity citing ‘Islamophobia’

Posted: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:56

The National Union of Students' National Executive Committee has rejected a motion condemning the Islamic State and endorsing solidarity with the Kurds and Iraqi people after opponents branded it "Islamophobic".

Religion continues to cause disruption in 'Trojan Horse' schools

Religion continues to cause disruption in 'Trojan Horse' schools

Posted: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:06

A school placed in special measures following the Birmingham 'Trojan Horse' affair has received 100 letters from parents requesting that their children be withdrawn from collective worship, it has emerged.

Ofsted denies ‘bullying and traumatising’ Jewish pupils

Ofsted denies ‘bullying and traumatising’ Jewish pupils

Posted: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:36

Ofsted has denied claims that it acted inappropriately after an association of Orthodox schools accused it of leaving young girls "traumatised" following a school inspection.

Academic calls for “conscience clauses” for Christians

Academic calls for “conscience clauses” for Christians

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:45

A Christian academic has called for special "conscience clauses" for Christians in laws of which they do not approve.

Call to secularise NHS chaplaincy services

Call to secularise NHS chaplaincy services

Posted: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:10

Secularists have criticised new NHS England chaplaincy guidelines for failing to adequately recognise the needs of patients who do not identify with a religious faith.

Lib Dems back proposals to end compulsory worship and faith school discrimination against teachers

Lib Dems back proposals to end compulsory worship and faith school discrimination against teachers

Posted: Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:58

Liberal Democrats have voted in support of a motion to abolish compulsory worship in schools and to end religious discrimination against teachers in faith schools.

A ‘New Magna Carta’: time for a written constitution?

A ‘New Magna Carta’: time for a written constitution?

Posted: Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:09

As the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta approaches, has the time come for the UK to have a written constitution? And if so, what form should it take?

Judges' religious service criticised by secular lawyers

Judges' religious service criticised by secular lawyers

Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:14

Secular lawyers have called for a separation of the Church of England from judicial affairs after judges marked the start of the legal year with an Anglican service.

Tower Hamlets denies 'Trojan Horse 2' claims

Tower Hamlets denies 'Trojan Horse 2' claims

Posted: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:56

Tower Hamlets has denied newspaper claims that a Trojan Horse '2' is soon to be uncovered in the East London Borough.

NSS backs school's decision to enforce ban on face coverings

NSS backs school's decision to enforce ban on face coverings

Posted: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:01

The National Secular Society has given its backing to one of the country's top state schools after it came under fire for upholding its policy of banning the niqab.

Pope’s former envoy under arrest over child abuse charges

Pope’s former envoy under arrest over child abuse charges

Posted: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:21

Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, the highest ranking Catholic to be investigated over child abuse, is now under house arrest at the Vatican pending a criminal trial following accusations of the sexual abuse of minors in the Dominican Republic.

Law Society under growing pressure over sharia wills guidance

Law Society under growing pressure over sharia wills guidance

Posted: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:33

Secularists and human rights campaigners have stepped up their calls for the Law Society to withdraw its controversial practice note on sharia succession rules.