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Quebec ‘hate speech’ law will target “people who would write against … the Islamic religion”

Quebec ‘hate speech’ law will target “people who would write against … the Islamic religion”

Posted: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:38

The Quebec National Assembly is considering a bill that would be used to criminalise criticism of Islam under the aegis of banning "hate speech".

Petition calls for Bangladeshi police chief to resign after he warned secularists not to insult religion

Petition calls for Bangladeshi police chief to resign after he warned secularists not to insult religion

Posted: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:53

A petition has been started calling for the head of Bangladesh's police to resign after he told secularists not to 'cross the line' by insulting religious feelings, days after Niloy Neel was killed.

Free speech campaigners demand to know why play on Islamic extremism was cancelled

Free speech campaigners demand to know why play on Islamic extremism was cancelled

Posted: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:39

Index on Censorship and English PEN have called for answers after 'Homegrown', a play about radicalisation, was cancelled by the National Youth Theatre shortly before its first performance.

McConnell vows to “preach the same message” after first court appearance for anti-Islam sermon

McConnell vows to “preach the same message” after first court appearance for anti-Islam sermon

Posted: Fri, 07 Aug 2015 07:49

Pastor James McConnell has said he will carry on preaching his message about Islam, after his first day in court over an allegedly 'offensive' sermon.

UAE makes ‘offending God’ illegal

UAE makes ‘offending God’ illegal

Posted: Wed, 05 Aug 2015 12:02

The United Arab Emirates has passed an 'anti-hatred' law which it has claimed will help tackle discrimination, but which outlaws 'insulting' religion.

Saudi ministry: 'Free expression is an abuse of religious rights'

Saudi ministry: 'Free expression is an abuse of religious rights'

Posted: Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:28

Saudi Arabia has reiterated its call for a global blasphemy law, claiming that free speech leads to violations of "religious and ideological rights."

Prosecution of anti-Islam preacher is “in the public interest”, claims Public Prosecution Service

Prosecution of anti-Islam preacher is “in the public interest”, claims Public Prosecution Service

Posted: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:17

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) of Northern Ireland have defended their prosecution of James McConnell, the Christian preacher who called Islam "Satanic."

Student secular society’s website deleted after “ominous” threat sent from Saudi Arabia

Student secular society’s website deleted after “ominous” threat sent from Saudi Arabia

Posted: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:05

The Manchester Free Speech and Secular Society's website has been deleted, shortly after the group received a message warning they would "feel remorse" if they didn't stop criticising Islamic fundamentalism.

International groups highlight global persecution of non-religious and religious minorities

International groups highlight global persecution of non-religious and religious minorities

Posted: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:39

Secular human rights organisations have called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to promote "genuine respect for freedom of religion and belief and freedom of expression".

Imam joins secularists and Christians in defending Pastor James McConnell’s free speech

Imam joins secularists and Christians in defending Pastor James McConnell’s free speech

Posted: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:37

An Islamic scholar has said he is willing to go to prison to defend the free speech of Northern Ireland Pastor James McConnell, who is being prosecuted for comments he made on Islam.

MPs express support for secularism in Bangladesh

MPs express support for secularism in Bangladesh

Posted: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:36

Several Members of Parliament have praised secularism in a debate on Bangladesh, and the NSS is calling on them to support secularist principles in the UK as well.

Tribunal sides with employer over Muslim who said request to wear shorter, ankle-length jilbab was “against her morals”

Tribunal sides with employer over Muslim who said request to wear shorter, ankle-length jilbab was “against her morals”

Posted: Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:39

An Employment Appeal Tribunal has found that a Muslim woman was not discriminated against when told that her jilbab posed a tripping hazard.

NSS criticises Tony Blair’s plans to 'entrench' religion in public life across Europe

NSS criticises Tony Blair’s plans to 'entrench' religion in public life across Europe

Posted: Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:23

The NSS has criticised Tony Blair's proposals ahead of his appointment as chair of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) as "ill thought out and counter-productive".

Human rights group warns against global blasphemy law

Human rights group warns against global blasphemy law

Posted: Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:13

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has warned the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) against pushing once more for a global blasphemy law.

Secularists call for commitment to free speech and civil society to challenge bigotry

Secularists call for commitment to free speech and civil society to challenge bigotry

Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:56

The National Secular Society has called on the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights to promote a robust civil society response against religious and ethnic hatred.

Queen’s Speech: concerns over illiberal Government counter-terror plans

Queen’s Speech: concerns over illiberal Government counter-terror plans

Posted: Wed, 27 May 2015 13:23

The National Secular Society has expressed concern over new "anti-extremism" plans announced in the Conservative Government's first Queen's Speech.

Government’s anti-extremism plans will have 'chilling effect' on free speech

Government’s anti-extremism plans will have 'chilling effect' on free speech

Posted: Thu, 14 May 2015 12:55

The National Secular Society has expressed concern at the Government's new proposals to challenge extremism and radicalisation.

NSS joins calls for Government to recognise global discrimination against atheists- as third Bangladeshi blogger is hacked to death

NSS joins calls for Government to recognise global discrimination against atheists- as third Bangladeshi blogger is hacked to death

Posted: Tue, 12 May 2015 13:44

The National Secular Society is calling on the Government to do more to tackle global discrimination against non-believers, secularists and humanists- after a third Bangladeshi secular blogger was murdered.

Bath Student Union says decision to cut Jesus and Mohammed sketch was “in line with normal practice”

Bath Student Union says decision to cut Jesus and Mohammed sketch was “in line with normal practice”

Posted: Mon, 11 May 2015 13:03

Bath Student Union has defended their decision to cut 'blasphemous' material from a student group's comedy show, saying that it is "normal practice" for Student Union officers to edit scripts.

British Muslim Youth object after cancellation of debate following police intervention

British Muslim Youth object after cancellation of debate following police intervention

Posted: Tue, 05 May 2015 11:39

A Muslim youth organisation has complained that a debate they had arranged with ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson was prevented from taking place by South Yorkshire Police and the Rotherham Borough Council.