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Independent Islamic schools undermining British values with gender segregation, says Ofsted

Independent Islamic schools undermining British values with gender segregation, says Ofsted

Posted: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:41

Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned that leaders in some independent Islamic schools are continuing to undermine British values, after inspectors found more evidence of gender segregation.

‘Blasphemy’ accusation after academic calls for separation of religion and politics

‘Blasphemy’ accusation after academic calls for separation of religion and politics

Posted: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:47

A Kuwaiti philosopher was questioned over blasphemy charges after she said that religion and politics should be separate and that placing the Koran above the constitution was "undoing" democracy.

Muslim women fight to change misogynistic Islamic divorce law in India

Muslim women fight to change misogynistic Islamic divorce law in India

Posted: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:13

Muslim women in India are campaigning to ban 'triple talaq', the legally-recognised way in which a Muslim man can unilaterally divorce his wife, and they have taken their case to India's Supreme Court.

Inclusive schooling is part of the answer to social segregation of Muslims

Inclusive schooling is part of the answer to social segregation of Muslims

Posted: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:45

The NSS has warned that state support for faith schools is fuelling the separatism that creates the "chasm" between British Muslims and the rest of the population, highlighted in a new poll on Muslim attitudes.

Spanish public schools to “inculcate” children of Muslim parents with “Islamic worldview”

Spanish public schools to “inculcate” children of Muslim parents with “Islamic worldview”

Posted: Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:58

The Spanish government has announced plans for a massive taxpayer-funded Islamic religious education programme which will promote 'moderate' Islam in schools to tackle Islamic extremism.

Gender equality bills in Pakistan and Nigeria face religious backlash

Gender equality bills in Pakistan and Nigeria face religious backlash

Posted: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 15:56

Plans to protect women and promote gender equality in Pakistan and Nigeria have generated a huge religious backlash – with Muslim and Christian senators saying the Nigerian law was an attack on religion.

46% in England support legal limits on free speech where religion is concerned, poll finds

46% in England support legal limits on free speech where religion is concerned, poll finds

Posted: Tue, 15 Mar 2016 16:30

A new report on identity and immigration has found that nearly half of England's population support legal limits on free speech when religion is concerned, and that support for free speech has fallen significantly.

Call for Muslim women to be better informed about legal rights relating to marriage and divorce

Call for Muslim women to be better informed about legal rights relating to marriage and divorce

Posted: Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:25

A report from the Muslim Women's Network (MWNUK) has called for greater efforts to promote women's legal rights, warning that some Muslim men are using marriage and divorce as a "psychological tool against women".

Birmingham Central Mosque leaders accused of downplaying domestic violence, forced marriage and extremism

Birmingham Central Mosque leaders accused of downplaying domestic violence, forced marriage and extremism

Posted: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:43

Labour MP Khalid Mahmood has called on the embattled trustees of Birmingham Central Mosque to "consider their positions" after the mosque chairman was accused of dismissing concerns about domestic violence.

Schools where face veils are a “barrier” to learning and social interaction to be marked down by Ofsted

Schools where face veils are a “barrier” to learning and social interaction to be marked down by Ofsted

Posted: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:09

The head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw has announced that he is giving his "full support" to schools that "take a stand against the inappropriate wearing of the veil."

Exam schedules re-arranged to accommodate Ramadan

Exam schedules re-arranged to accommodate Ramadan

Posted: Thu, 07 Jan 2016 14:25

The National Secular Society has warned that the rescheduling GCSE and A-Level exams to accommodate Ramadan must not disadvantage non-Muslim pupils.

Muslim Reform Movement embraces secularism and universal human rights

Muslim Reform Movement embraces secularism and universal human rights

Posted: Tue, 08 Dec 2015 11:58

A coalition of Muslim writers, activists and politicians has launched a "Muslim Reform Movement" rejecting violence and calling for a defence of secularism, democracy and liberty.

Muslim students try to disrupt ex-Muslim Maryam Namazie’s talk on blasphemy at Goldsmiths University

Muslim students try to disrupt ex-Muslim Maryam Namazie’s talk on blasphemy at Goldsmiths University

Posted: Thu, 03 Dec 2015 13:43

Protesters from the Goldsmiths University Islamic Society have heckled and aggressively disrupted a talk from ex-Muslim and feminist campaigner Maryam Namazie.

NSS urges cinema to reconsider after protests force cancellation of Mohammed biopic screening

NSS urges cinema to reconsider after protests force cancellation of Mohammed biopic screening

Posted: Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:12

The NSS has written to a cinema urging it to reconsider its cancellation of the planned screening of a biopic about Mohammed, after a small petition of Muslims from the UK, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria said it was "unacceptable".

Former UKIP leader calls for “national debate” on Islam

Former UKIP leader calls for “national debate” on Islam

Posted: Thu, 05 Nov 2015 16:32

Lord Lamont, the former Tory chancellor, has rejected calls from former UKIP leader Lord Pearson for a "national debate" on Islam – arguing that it was not the place of Government to interfere with theological questions.

SNP to host Muslim group whose staff member calls for prosecution of anyone who criticises Islam

SNP to host Muslim group whose staff member calls for prosecution of anyone who criticises Islam

Posted: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:04

A Muslim activist has boasted of plans to ban criticism of Islam, days before his organisation is due to appear at the SNP conference.

NSS welcomes Warwick Student Union’s decision to allow Maryam Namazie to speak

NSS welcomes Warwick Student Union’s decision to allow Maryam Namazie to speak

Posted: Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:40

The National Secular Society has welcomed Warwick Student Union's decision to host secular campaigner Maryam Namazie. The Union reversed their ban on her speaking following huge public pressure.

Muslim school slammed by Ofsted as former pupil says the College was “utterly cruel”

Muslim school slammed by Ofsted as former pupil says the College was “utterly cruel”

Posted: Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:20

An independent Muslim girls' school with a "strong emphasis" on Islamic studies has been downgraded to "inadequate" by Ofsted.

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".

Government to investigate Islamic school which banned socialising with ‘outsiders’

Government to investigate Islamic school which banned socialising with ‘outsiders’

Posted: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:58

The DfE has written to the National Secular Society confirming that it will be "looking into" the NSS' concerns over why an Islamic school that banned its pupils from socialising with 'outsiders' was rated "good".