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More than half of Americans still “less likely” to support a non-religious presidential candidate

More than half of Americans still “less likely” to support a non-religious presidential candidate

Posted: Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:43

A Pew survey conducted in January 2016 has found that most Americans are still put-off by an atheist presidential candidate, with 51% saying they would be less likely to support a non-religious aspirant.

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.

NSS: Vague ‘Extremism Disruption Orders’ will chill free speech

NSS: Vague ‘Extremism Disruption Orders’ will chill free speech

Posted: Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:57

The National Secular Society and the Christian Institute have joined together to launch a new campaign, Defend Free Speech, in opposition to proposed 'Extremism Disruption Orders'.

Holyrood ‘religious freedom’ group backed by organisation which 'heals the wounds of atheism’

Holyrood ‘religious freedom’ group backed by organisation which 'heals the wounds of atheism’

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2015 12:05

Plans to set up a "religious pressure group" featuring creationist MSPs in the Scottish Parliament have come under fire from non-believers and minority faith groups.

Alex Salmond: “I prefer people of faith to people of no faith or people who have lost their faith”

Alex Salmond: “I prefer people of faith to people of no faith or people who have lost their faith”

Posted: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:37

The National Secular Society has criticised the former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond for his "divisive rhetoric" after he stated that he prefers religious people to atheists or apostates.

Minister for Faith role officially abolished

Minister for Faith role officially abolished

Posted: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:38

Premier Christian Radio has revealed that the Minister for Faith role has officially been scrapped, and the duties transferred to a junior ministerial post at the DCLG.

Prime Minister 'blinkered to ignore role faith schools play in segregating communities'

Prime Minister 'blinkered to ignore role faith schools play in segregating communities'

Posted: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:45

Despite criticising "segregated" education, Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the continuation of faith schools in a speech on counter extremism.

Tristram Hunt criticises “absurdities” caused by having faith schools in the education system

Tristram Hunt criticises “absurdities” caused by having faith schools in the education system

Posted: Mon, 08 Jun 2015 16:34

Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt has warned that faith schools leave little hope for an integrated education system in the UK.

MP: “If you despise our Christian values, please leave and go somewhere else”

MP: “If you despise our Christian values, please leave and go somewhere else”

Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:09

Conservative MP Sir Gerald Howarth, speaking in the House of Commons, has claimed that "we are a Christian country"- days after yet more research showed that the non-religious are the single largest group in Britain.

Bills on assisted dying, ‘chancel tax’, Easter trading and sharia tribunals set for Lords debates

Bills on assisted dying, ‘chancel tax’, Easter trading and sharia tribunals set for Lords debates

Posted: Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:06

Several bills related to secular causes have been successful in the House of Lords Private Members' Bill ballot, meaning new laws on sharia tribunals, assisted dying, chancel repair liability, and Easter trading will be debated.

Queen’s Speech: concerns over illiberal Government counter-terror plans

Queen’s Speech: concerns over illiberal Government counter-terror plans

Posted: Wed, 27 May 2015 13:23

The National Secular Society has expressed concern over new "anti-extremism" plans announced in the Conservative Government's first Queen's Speech.

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 welcomes Eric Pickles’ exit from Cabinet

NSS welcomes Eric Pickles’ exit from Cabinet

Posted: Wed, 13 May 2015 11:39

The removal of Eric Pickles from the post of Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has been welcomed by the National Secular Society.

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.

Nigel Farage calls for “muscular defence” of Christianity in the UK

Nigel Farage calls for “muscular defence” of Christianity in the UK

Posted: Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:22

Nigel Farage has said that Christianity is a "significant part" of his "vision for the future of Britain" in a special message on "UKIP Policies for Christians."

Less than 40% of would-be MPs claim a belief in God

Less than 40% of would-be MPs claim a belief in God

Posted: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:49

A survey carried out by Whitehouse Consultancy has found that 33% of parliamentary candidates contesting marginal seats describe themselves as atheists.

NSS calls on Ed Miliband to clarify comments on workplace religious freedom

NSS calls on Ed Miliband to clarify comments on workplace religious freedom

Posted: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:35

The National Secular Society has called on Labour leader Ed Miliband to clarify recent comments he made during an election visit to an evangelical church.

As Cameron says UK “still a Christian country”, 62% tell YouGov they are “not religious”

As Cameron says UK “still a Christian country”, 62% tell YouGov they are “not religious”

Posted: Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:25

Polling conducted in the run-up to Easter has found that almost two-thirds of Britons describe themselves as "not religious."

Ex-congressman tells atheist politicians to 'stay in the closet'

Ex-congressman tells atheist politicians to 'stay in the closet'

Posted: Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:57

Former US congressman Barney Frank has advised US atheist politicians to 'stay in the closet' and not to use the word "atheist."

Secularists call on Prime Minister to fix date for Easter to help schools and businesses

Secularists call on Prime Minister to fix date for Easter to help schools and businesses

Posted: Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:20

The National Secular Society has written to David Cameron, urging the Prime Minister to fix a set date for Easter and relax restrictions on Easter Sunday opening times for large stores.

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