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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".

Petition calls for Bangladeshi police chief to resign after he warned secularists not to insult religion

Petition calls for Bangladeshi police chief to resign after he warned secularists not to insult religion

Posted: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:53

A petition has been started calling for the head of Bangladesh's police to resign after he told secularists not to 'cross the line' by insulting religious feelings, days after Niloy Neel was killed.

Free speech campaigners demand to know why play on Islamic extremism was cancelled

Free speech campaigners demand to know why play on Islamic extremism was cancelled

Posted: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:39

Index on Censorship and English PEN have called for answers after 'Homegrown', a play about radicalisation, was cancelled by the National Youth Theatre shortly before its first performance.

UAE makes ‘offending God’ illegal

UAE makes ‘offending God’ illegal

Posted: Wed, 05 Aug 2015 12:02

The United Arab Emirates has passed an 'anti-hatred' law which it has claimed will help tackle discrimination, but which outlaws 'insulting' religion.

Saudi ministry: 'Free expression is an abuse of religious rights'

Saudi ministry: 'Free expression is an abuse of religious rights'

Posted: Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:28

Saudi Arabia has reiterated its call for a global blasphemy law, claiming that free speech leads to violations of "religious and ideological rights."

Prosecution of anti-Islam preacher is “in the public interest”, claims Public Prosecution Service

Prosecution of anti-Islam preacher is “in the public interest”, claims Public Prosecution Service

Posted: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:17

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) of Northern Ireland have defended their prosecution of James McConnell, the Christian preacher who called Islam "Satanic."

Website of Islamic charity hosted articles advocating death for gay people and apostates

Website of Islamic charity hosted articles advocating death for gay people and apostates

Posted: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:30

Content on the website of the Islamic Network, a registered charity, referred to homosexuality as a "sick disease" and 'legitimised' the killing of gay people.

Kurdish secularists appeal for international support

Kurdish secularists appeal for international support

Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:28

The Kurdistan Secular Centre (KSC) is appealing for international help and support to promote secularism and the separation of religion and state.

Champion secular, human rights approach in struggle against extremism, says Quilliam

Champion secular, human rights approach in struggle against extremism, says Quilliam

Posted: Thu, 09 Jul 2015 14:06

The counter-extremism think tank Quilliam has urged the Government to base counter-extremism efforts around human rights, rather than "contentious" British values.

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.

Widespread local denial over Trojan Horse, as DfE accuses select committee of ‘downplaying’ the scandal

Widespread local denial over Trojan Horse, as DfE accuses select committee of ‘downplaying’ the scandal

Posted: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:12

A Birmingham councillor has warned of widespread local denial over the Trojan Horse scandal, days after the DfE said downplaying the affair risked undermining counter-extremism efforts.

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.

Islamic scholar releases extensive theological rebuttal of extremist ideology

Islamic scholar releases extensive theological rebuttal of extremist ideology

Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:41

An Islamic scholar has released an extensive syllabus for use by teachers and children which seeks to rebut extremist Islamist ideology.

NSS welcomes closure of school inspectorate with alleged extremist links

NSS welcomes closure of school inspectorate with alleged extremist links

Posted: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:17

The National Secular Society has welcomed the news that the Bridge Schools Inspectorate (BSI) is to close, after strongly criticising the organisation for the extremist views of some of its inspectors.

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.

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.

New research: 49% have no religion, Anglican Church collapse continues, Islam increases ten-fold since 1983

New research: 49% have no religion, Anglican Church collapse continues, Islam increases ten-fold since 1983

Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:43

New findings by the National Centre for Social Research have confirmed the long-term collapse in affiliation with the Church of England and the huge increase in non-belief.

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.