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Mayors defiant after French burkini ban suspended by Council of State

Mayors defiant after French burkini ban suspended by Council of State

Posted: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:01

The majority of French mayors who have imposed 'burkini' bans are refusing to revoke them, despite a ruling from France's highest administrative court against the ban in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet.

NSS welcomes calls for more sophisticated approach to extremism and radicalisation

NSS welcomes calls for more sophisticated approach to extremism and radicalisation

Posted: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:03

The NSS has tentatively welcomed parts of a report by the Home Affairs Committee on counter extremism and radicalisation. Aspects of the report have been criticised by free speech and counter-extremism advocates.

Last chance to buy tickets for Secularism 2016 conference

Last chance to buy tickets for Secularism 2016 conference

Posted: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:44

Our conference – 'Secularism 2016: Living better together' – is fast approaching, and it's your last chance to buy tickets for the day and for the evening gala dinner.

Risk of religious and spiritual intimidation of voters “may be increasing”

Risk of religious and spiritual intimidation of voters “may be increasing”

Posted: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:31

Sir Eric Pickles, the former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has warned of the danger of religious leaders to "abuse their influence" over voters in a report on electoral fraud.

Government is irresponsible to lavish more funds on Cathedrals when the Church can afford to pay

Government is irresponsible to lavish more funds on Cathedrals when the Church can afford to pay

Posted: Tue, 09 Aug 2016 10:38

The National Secular Society has criticised the latest wave of taxpayer funding for cathedrals, after the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced £14.5 million for repairs.

Abuse case dismissed despite Cardinal admitting ‘mistakes’

Abuse case dismissed despite Cardinal admitting ‘mistakes’

Posted: Thu, 04 Aug 2016 09:49

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin has been told by the prosecutor that he will not face charges following allegations that he had failed to report suspicions of child abuse by a priest under his control, as is required by French law.

Sex education should be mandatory to help prevent child abuse, says former Solicitor General

Sex education should be mandatory to help prevent child abuse, says former Solicitor General

Posted: Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:05

Former Solicitor General Vera Baird QC, the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, considers that compulsory PSHE in primary schools is "key" to tackling "sexual exploitation" and child abuse.

Donald Trump pledges to rollback American secularism

Donald Trump pledges to rollback American secularism

Posted: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:50

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has vowed to repeal the Johnson Amendment, a law which prevents tax-exempt organisations from endorsing political candidates.

Local councils lose challenge against unwanted Sikh free school

Local councils lose challenge against unwanted Sikh free school

Posted: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:27

Two councils have lost a high court battle against the decision to have a Sikh faith school situated in the small village of Stoke Poges.

Cruelty was normalised at Church of England children’s home, says report

Cruelty was normalised at Church of England children’s home, says report

Posted: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:57

An independent review into Kendall house, a children's home run by the Church of England, has reported "harrowing" findings where girls were sedated and abused.

Defend Free Speech coalition challenge government failure over extremism orders

Defend Free Speech coalition challenge government failure over extremism orders

Posted: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:41

Security minister Karen Bradley MP has faced strong criticism in a letter from the Defend Free Speech coalition, following her appearance before the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

NSS: New Government must act to outlaw caste discrimination

NSS: New Government must act to outlaw caste discrimination

Posted: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:13

The National Secular Society is calling on the new government to legislate to outlaw caste discrimination, as directed by Parliament and the United Nations.

NSS criticise Church plan to open 125 new free schools

NSS criticise Church plan to open 125 new free schools

Posted: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:49

The Church of England is planning to bid for control of more than one quarter of the new free schools announced by the Government.

Government sharia investigation ‘more suited to theology debate than protecting women’s rights’

Government sharia investigation ‘more suited to theology debate than protecting women’s rights’

Posted: Tue, 05 Jul 2016 14:48

Campaign groups and human rights activists have signed an open letter to Theresa May warning that the Home Secretary's sharia review will "do nothing" to address sharia councils' discrimination against women.

Raheel Raza to talk about universal human rights at 'Secularism 2016' conference

Raheel Raza to talk about universal human rights at 'Secularism 2016' conference

Posted: Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:15

The National Secular Society is pleased to announce that secularist campaigner Raheel Raza will be speaking at our September conference 'Secularism 2016 – living better together'.

Parents protest against religious discrimination in Irish schools

Parents protest against religious discrimination in Irish schools

Posted: Mon, 04 Jul 2016 13:54

Irish parents demonstrated over the weekend for reform to the country's school admissions – in an education landscape still dominated by the Catholic Church.

Government should relax small gifts charity rule to help secular charities

Government should relax small gifts charity rule to help secular charities

Posted: Mon, 04 Jul 2016 10:52

The National Secular Society has called on the Government to reform a charity aid scheme to ensure that all charities, including secular ones, can access the scheme and benefit equally.

Government challenged over treatment of non-religious views in RE lessons

Government challenged over treatment of non-religious views in RE lessons

Posted: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:19

The Government has been challenged in the House of Lords over its approach to the inclusion of non-religious worldviews in religious education.

Pharmacists must put patient care before religious beliefs

Pharmacists must put patient care before religious beliefs

Posted: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:31

Secularists have urged the General Pharmaceutical Council to ensure that pharmacists set aside their personal religious beliefs if they conflict with a patient's medical needs.

Sharia inquiry launched by Home Affairs Committee

Sharia inquiry launched by Home Affairs Committee

Posted: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:12

The Home Affairs Committee has announced the launch of its own inquiry into Sharia councils in the UK, following the start of a Government review back in May.