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Peer faces formal complaint after calling on Muslims to "address the violence in the Qur’an"

Peer faces formal complaint after calling on Muslims to "address the violence in the Qur’an"

Posted: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:44

Lord Pearson of Rannoch is facing a formal complaint from Labour MP Khalid Mahmood, after calling on Muslims to "address the violence in the Qur'an."

Head of Russian Orthodox Church says secularization in Europe has reached “apocalyptic dimensions,” calls for “Christian values”

Head of Russian Orthodox Church says secularization in Europe has reached “apocalyptic dimensions,” calls for “Christian values”

Posted: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:20

Patriarch Kirill said Europe has abandoned its "Christian identity" and that the "process of secularization" has reached "apocalyptic dimensions".

The Law Society withdraws controversial Sharia guidance and apologises

The Law Society withdraws controversial Sharia guidance and apologises

Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:21

The sharia succession practice note has been withdrawn by the Law Society, following widespread criticism for gender discrimination.

Theresa May announces new measures to curb extremism

Theresa May announces new measures to curb extremism

Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:19

The Home Secretary has announced a raft of new measures to prevent extremism, radicalisation and terrorism.

Secularists call for citizenship studies to include stronger focus on human rights

Secularists call for citizenship studies to include stronger focus on human rights

Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:08

The National Secular Society has called for pupils taking GCSE citizenship studies to be educated about the relationship between equality, human rights and equal citizenship.

Ofsted reveals “serious risk” to students’ physical and educational welfare in faith schools

Ofsted reveals “serious risk” to students’ physical and educational welfare in faith schools

Posted: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:15

A series of Ofsted investigations have exposed serious failings in six Islamic schools. The head of Ofsted, has warned the Education Secretary that pupils "may be vulnerable to extremist influences and radicalisation."

Turkish President restates his belief that Muslims discovered America

Turkish President restates his belief that Muslims discovered America

Posted: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:45

Christopher Columbus has been removed from the Turkish school's syllabus after President Erdogan claimed Muslim sailors discovered the Americas in the 12th century.

Religious charities face Charity Commission investigations

Religious charities face Charity Commission investigations

Posted: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:14

Several faith-based charities have recently faced investigations or "operational compliance cases" from the Charity Commission for a range of offences, including fraud and accounting irregularities.

Promotion of 'British values' undermines Christian teaching, says Church of England: NSS responds

Promotion of 'British values' undermines Christian teaching, says Church of England: NSS responds

Posted: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:05

The Church of England has complained that the promotion of fundamental values such as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance in schools could undermine Christian teaching.

NSS alert Ofsted after Jewish faith school tells pupils not to answer exam questions that conflict with school’s religious ethos

NSS alert Ofsted after Jewish faith school tells pupils not to answer exam questions that conflict with school’s religious ethos

Posted: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:56

The National Secular Society has called on Ofsted and the DfE to ensure that all schools teach the National Curriculum in full after the head of a publicly funded Jewish faith school admitted to advising students not to answer exam questions which conflict with the school's strict Orthodox religious beliefs.

“Learning Jihad”: new report on campus extremism has launch event cancelled by the University of West London

“Learning Jihad”: new report on campus extremism has launch event cancelled by the University of West London

Posted: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:30

A new report from Sharia Watch UK has revealed the reach of Islamist speakers and the dangers of censorship on university campuses. The report's launch event has been cancelled by the University of West London.

Victims of historic child sex abuse speak out, after Catholic Church refuses to accept “liability” for the crimes of their priests

Victims of historic child sex abuse speak out, after Catholic Church refuses to accept “liability” for the crimes of their priests

Posted: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:57

The Catholic Church is refusing to accept "liability" for long-term sex abuse that went on at the Mirfield Junior Seminary, despite paying out £120,000 to eleven victims of child sex abuse.

Christian psychiatrist given official warning after forcing her religious beliefs onto vulnerable patients

Christian psychiatrist given official warning after forcing her religious beliefs onto vulnerable patients

Posted: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:10

A psychiatrist has admitted distributing "unsolicited religious material" to her patients, including leaflets and links to religious websites. Dr Antonia Johnson received a formal warning, which will stay on her record for five years.

Secularists call for an inclusive national ceremony of remembrance

Secularists call for an inclusive national ceremony of remembrance

Posted: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 09:55

The commemoration of Remembrance Day should be rethought and re-designed to make it a truly inclusive national event, and not one that is dominated by a single Christian denomination, say secularists.

Catholic Church in Norway secretly registered thousands as Catholics to illegally secure government funds

Catholic Church in Norway secretly registered thousands as Catholics to illegally secure government funds

Posted: Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:27

For four years the Catholic Church in Norway has been illegally registering immigrants as Catholics in order to secure increased government funding.

Significant minority of Anglican clergy favour disestablishment

Significant minority of Anglican clergy favour disestablishment

Posted: Mon, 03 Nov 2014 09:15

A new YouGov poll conducted among Anglican clergy shows a significant minority of them would support separating the Church from the state.

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.

Secularists protest Pope’s planned address to the European Parliament

Secularists protest Pope’s planned address to the European Parliament

Posted: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:45

Over a dozen secularist organisations 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.