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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.

91% of barristers would insist witnesses remove face veil while giving evidence

91% of barristers would insist witnesses remove face veil while giving evidence

Posted: Wed, 06 May 2015 12:28

Over 90% of barristers would support some limits on face veils during trials, it has emerged.

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."

NUS votes to work with group accused of supporting Islamic extremism

NUS votes to work with group accused of supporting Islamic extremism

Posted: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:13

The National Union of Students has voted to work with Islamic 'civil rights' group Cage, against the Government's counter-terror and counter-radicalisation strategy.

NSS welcomes pledge to review ‘sharia courts’

NSS welcomes pledge to review ‘sharia courts’

Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:52

The National Secular Society has welcomed an announcement from Home Secretary Theresa May that a future Conservative government would launch a review into so called 'sharia courts' operating in the UK.

New poll shows significant minority of UK Muslims support attacks on Charlie Hebdo

New poll shows significant minority of UK Muslims support attacks on Charlie Hebdo

Posted: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:06

10% of UK Muslims aged 18-34 agreed with the statement that "organisations which publish images of the Prophet Mohammed deserve to be attacked".

MPs cite “overwhelming” public support in debate on non-stun animal slaughter

MPs cite “overwhelming” public support in debate on non-stun animal slaughter

Posted: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:38

MPs have debated ending non-stun slaughter, after a petition to end the religious exemption to animal welfare laws was signed by over 115,000 people.

Homophobic preacher invited to address University of Westminster Islamic Society

Homophobic preacher invited to address University of Westminster Islamic Society

Posted: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:31

Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad, who once said "godless homosexuals" engaged in a "criminal act", is to be hosted by the University of Westminster Islamic Society.

Religious extremism in Islamic charity is exposed by ITV documentary

Religious extremism in Islamic charity is exposed by ITV documentary

Posted: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:01

An ITV documentary has exposed radicalism and anti-Semitism in an Islamic charity with alleged extremist links.

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'."