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Fresh ‘Trojan Horse’ claims plague Oldham schools

Fresh ‘Trojan Horse’ claims plague Oldham schools

Posted: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:16

The Sunday Times has reported on allegations of two new cases of attempts to foist a strict Islamic ethos on non-religious state schools.

Secular schools ‘more appropriate than faith schools’ in diverse Britain

Secular schools ‘more appropriate than faith schools’ in diverse Britain

Posted: Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:43

Pupils from Muslim backgrounds outnumber those from Christian families in more than 30 Church of England faith schools, according to a report in the Times.

Don’t force the hijab on young girls, says Muslim women’s rights campaigner

Don’t force the hijab on young girls, says Muslim women’s rights campaigner

Posted: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:33

Shaista Gohir of the Muslim Women's Network has criticised Muslim parents who make their young daughters wear hijabs.

MP calls for urgent action after killer of Asad Shah incites anti-Ahmadi violence from prison

MP calls for urgent action after killer of Asad Shah incites anti-Ahmadi violence from prison

Posted: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:38

An MP has urged the Scottish Government to take action after Tanver Ahmed, who killed Ahmadi Muslim shopkeeper Asad Shah, released another anti-Ahmadi recording from prison.

Legacy of Charlie Hebdo honoured in event at Parliament

Legacy of Charlie Hebdo honoured in event at Parliament

Posted: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:01

Members and supporters of the National Secular Society gathered in Portcullis House on Wednesday night to discuss the future of free speech, two years after the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

Islamic school found to be hindering pupils’ personal development

Islamic school found to be hindering pupils’ personal development

Posted: Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:17

Ofsted inspectors have downgraded an independent Islamic school in Tower Hamlets after finding "grimy" facilities, "inappropriate" books and a camera placed in the school toilets.

MP says Government's silence over Louis Smith heralds "unwritten blasphemy law"

MP says Government's silence over Louis Smith heralds "unwritten blasphemy law"

Posted: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:53

Charles Walker MP has criticised the media for unleashing "a torrent of venom" against Louis Smith, and said the Government was "nowhere to be seen" when it should have been defending free expression.

Call to found an Islamic faith school in Scotland ‘open to all’

Call to found an Islamic faith school in Scotland ‘open to all’

Posted: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:26

An academic at the University of Edinburgh has called for the Scottish Government to open an Islamic faith school in response to the country's "multifaith and multicultural landscape".

Over 40% of UK Muslims support “aspects” of sharia law

Over 40% of UK Muslims support “aspects” of sharia law

Posted: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:29

Policy Exchange survey, described as the largest study of Muslim opinion in the UK ever undertaken, has found widespread belief in conspiracy theories and significant support for sharia law.

Malaysian PM to ‘empower’ sharia courts

Malaysian PM to ‘empower’ sharia courts

Posted: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:39

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has announced plans to strengthen the power of Islamic law in the country, in a bid to shore up support from Muslim voters.

Bangladeshi society being destroyed by Islamic fundamentalism, says exiled writer

Bangladeshi society being destroyed by Islamic fundamentalism, says exiled writer

Posted: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:38

Exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, who lives under constant protection, has told AFP that Islamic fundamentalism has destroyed Bangladeshi society.

Britain has “turned a blind eye” to abuse of women by sharia ‘courts’

Britain has “turned a blind eye” to abuse of women by sharia ‘courts’

Posted: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:24

Testimony from Muslim women has been published by the Home Affairs Committee as part of their investigation into sharia, while activists have warned that its approach so far has favoured those who support sharia councils.

“Complete segregation” of genders within Islamic school is not discriminatory, says High Court

“Complete segregation” of genders within Islamic school is not discriminatory, says High Court

Posted: Wed, 09 Nov 2016 11:21

Ofsted is set to appeal a High Court ruling that gender segregation by an Islamic state school is not discriminatory.

Open letter to British Gymnastics over decision to suspend Louis Smith

Open letter to British Gymnastics over decision to suspend Louis Smith

Posted: Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:58

The National Secular Society has written an open letter to British Gymnastics calling on the body to reverse the two month suspension given to athlete Louis Smith for mocking Islam.

India debates replacing religious laws with one secular law for all

India debates replacing religious laws with one secular law for all

Posted: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:07

The author Taslima Nasreen, an honorary associate of the National Secular Society, has called on India to embrace a new Uniform Civil Code which would abolish religious personal laws for minority groups.

Press regulator sides with free speech in ruling on The Sun’s hijab article

Press regulator sides with free speech in ruling on The Sun’s hijab article

Posted: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:10

The press regulator IPSO has cleared Kelvin MacKenzie over an article in The Sun which asked why Channel 4 had "a presenter in a hijab fronting coverage of Muslim terror in Nice".

NSS: Andy Burnham’s claim that Muslims can’t trust the police is deeply divisive

NSS: Andy Burnham’s claim that Muslims can’t trust the police is deeply divisive

Posted: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:38

The National Secular Society has criticised Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham for suggesting that British Muslims couldn't trust the police when they report hate crimes.

Nearly a third of French Muslims prefer sharia to secular law, research finds

Nearly a third of French Muslims prefer sharia to secular law, research finds

Posted: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:44

Polling by a French think tank has found that more than one in four French Muslims, most of whom are young, support an "ultra-conservative" form of Islam and around one in three reject secular rule, favouring sharia.

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.

Headscarves and other religious, philosophical and political symbols can be banned at work, says European Court of Justice

Headscarves and other religious, philosophical and political symbols can be banned at work, says European Court of Justice

Posted: Tue, 31 May 2016 16:26

A general workplace ban on visible political, philosophical and religious symbols in the workplace, including headscarves, is not discriminatory against Muslim women, a European Court of Justice judge has said.