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Conference on Sharia law, apostasy and secularism

Conference on Sharia law, apostasy and secularism

Posted: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:39

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is hosting a day-long conference on 7 February 2015 in London.

New Charlie Hebdo editor speaks out to defend secularism

New Charlie Hebdo editor speaks out to defend secularism

Posted: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:13

Gérard Biard, editor of Charlie Hebdo, has spoken out on the virtues of a free press and on the importance of satirising religion.

Court judgement raises questions about FGM and male circumcision in the UK

Court judgement raises questions about FGM and male circumcision in the UK

Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:02

A senior judge has decried the lack of medical experts in the UK with knowledge of female genital mutilation (FGM), particularly in young children.

Sky News cuts-off live interview and “apologises” for airing image of Prophet Mohammed

Sky News cuts-off live interview and “apologises” for airing image of Prophet Mohammed

Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:50

Caroline Fourest, former writer for Charlie Hebdo, was cut off during a live interview with Sky News as she held up a copy of the Charlie Hebdo magazine front cover.

Egyptian cleric warns of “new wave of hatred” over Charlie Hebdo cartoon

Egyptian cleric warns of “new wave of hatred” over Charlie Hebdo cartoon

Posted: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:20

The Egyptian Grand Muftihas criticised Charlie Hebdo's decision to print a new cartoon featuring the Prophet Mohammed and warned of a "new wave of hatred."

Islamist attack on Paris satirical magazine leaves 12 dead

Islamist attack on Paris satirical magazine leaves 12 dead

Posted: Wed, 07 Jan 2015 12:48

Three masked gunmen have stormed the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, leaving 12 dead. 5 others suffered critical injuries, according to current reports.

House of Lords debates FGM and Sharia Law in the UK

House of Lords debates FGM and Sharia Law in the UK

Posted: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:31

On Thursday 11 December, there were debates in the House of Lords on female genital mutilation (FGM) and the "impact of Sharia Law on the United Kingdom."

IHEU report reveals extent of global discrimination against non-believers

IHEU report reveals extent of global discrimination against non-believers

Posted: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:26

The International Humanist and Ethical Union's second annual report on the state of human rights for non-believers, atheists and agnostics around the world has found a global "trend towards targeting 'atheists'."

New report on UK sharia ‘marriages’ exposes “tip of the iceberg”

New report on UK sharia ‘marriages’ exposes “tip of the iceberg”

Posted: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:54

A report by a human rights group has exposed the vulnerability of Muslim women living in Islamic 'marriages' in the UK.

Law Society did not consult before issuing Sharia guidance

Law Society did not consult before issuing Sharia guidance

Posted: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:21

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the Law Society did not consult any religious groups or individuals before issuing its now-withdrawn Sharia guidance.

EU parliament calls on Pakistan to abolish the death penalty for blasphemy

EU parliament calls on Pakistan to abolish the death penalty for blasphemy

Posted: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:29

The European parliament has voted for a resolution condemning Pakistan's blasphemy laws, saying that they were increasingly being used to "target vulnerable minority groups."

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.

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."

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.

“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.

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.

German newspaper forced to apologise over criticism of Islam piece

German newspaper forced to apologise over criticism of Islam piece

Posted: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:39

Germany's biggest selling newspaper, Bild am Sonntag, has had to apologise for an editorial comment piece which has sparked debate and controversy in the country for its criticism of Islam.

‘Trojan’ report finds deliberate action to promote intolerant and aggressive Islamist agenda in schools

‘Trojan’ report finds deliberate action to promote intolerant and aggressive Islamist agenda in schools

Posted: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:41

A report commissioned by former education secretary Michael Gove in April to investigate claims of a plot to takeover state schools in Birmingham has uncovered evidence of "co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos into some schools in the city".

Prison imams found to have links with Islamic extremism

Prison imams found to have links with Islamic extremism

Posted: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:51

Some of the imams working in UK prisons as chaplains have links with Muslim extremist groups, and may be contributing to the radicalisation of inmates, The Times newspaper has revealed.