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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.

Free speech campaigners concerned by Ed Miliband’s vow to ban ‘Islamophobia’- without defining what it means

Free speech campaigners concerned by Ed Miliband’s vow to ban ‘Islamophobia’- without defining what it means

Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:26

The National Secular Society and other advocates for freedom of expression have expressed alarm after Labour leader Ed Miliband set out his intention to 'outlaw' Islamophobia.

Bath Student Union and university chaplains blocked comedy sketch material on Mohammed and Jesus

Bath Student Union and university chaplains blocked comedy sketch material on Mohammed and Jesus

Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:42

Student Union officials and university chaplains ordered a line featuring Mohammed cut from a student comedy show, because it caused "great offence."

Queen’s University Belfast cancels Charlie Hebdo event for ‘security’ reasons

Queen’s University Belfast cancels Charlie Hebdo event for ‘security’ reasons

Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:45

Queen's University Belfast has cancelled an event on the fallout from the attack on Charlie Hebdo, citing fears over the university's "reputation" and "security" if the talk went ahead.

Charlie Hebdo awarded Secularist of the Year prize for response to Paris attacks

Charlie Hebdo awarded Secularist of the Year prize for response to Paris attacks

Posted: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:12

The National Secular Society has awarded Charlie Hebdo the annual Secularist of the Year prize, for its courageous response to the terror attack on its Paris office.

Jordan proposes ban on “insults to religions” at next Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting

Jordan proposes ban on “insults to religions” at next Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting

Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:21

Jordan has introduced an emergency item to the next meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, calling for a ban on insulting religion or religious symbols.

Street preacher fined for using “abusive” language after quoting Leviticus

Street preacher fined for using “abusive” language after quoting Leviticus

Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:28

Street preacher Michael Overd has been found guilty of using "threatening" or "abusive" words after making homophobic remarks during a sermon delivered in Taunton High Street.

“Be Careful With Mohammed”: Muslim Action Forum launches “legal strategy” to stop publication of insults to Mohammed

“Be Careful With Mohammed”: Muslim Action Forum launches “legal strategy” to stop publication of insults to Mohammed

Posted: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:50

The Muslim Action Forum, which staged a protest outside Downing Street against Charlie Hebdo in February, has launched a "legal strategy" to stop insults against Mohammed.