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More Brits than ever are non-religious, NSS analysis suggests

More Brits than ever are non-religious, NSS analysis suggests

Posted: Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:43

More British people are becoming non-religious, according to the National Secular Society's initial analysis of the latest British Social Attitudes survey.

NSS calls for consistent action on religious persecution

NSS calls for consistent action on religious persecution

Posted: Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:17

The National Secular Society has reiterated the need to defend all victims of religious persecution after a government minister said the UK would focus "in particular" on Christian communities under threat.

The need for a secular state “has never been greater”, says new report

The need for a secular state “has never been greater”, says new report

Posted: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:30

A secularist report produced by academics and campaigners has urged the Government to reject calls for more religious privilege.

Britain has no national religious identity, say 18 to 24s

Britain has no national religious identity, say 18 to 24s

Posted: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:27

A ComRes poll has found that a plurality of 18 to 24 year olds believe Britain is a country "without a specific religious identity."

Britain’s changing belief landscape requires a rethink of religion’s public role

Britain’s changing belief landscape requires a rethink of religion’s public role

Posted: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 20:22

The time has come to separate church and state in order to ensure equality and fairness for believers and non-believers alike, says a major new report launched by the National Secular Society.

New survey reveals Scots’ attitudes to religious symbols at work

New survey reveals Scots’ attitudes to religious symbols at work

Posted: Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:34

The 2015 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey has found Scots to be increasingly accepting of ethnic and religious diversity, though many still have particular concerns about Islam.

UN children’s rights Committee calls on UK to abolish compulsory worship in schools

UN children’s rights Committee calls on UK to abolish compulsory worship in schools

Posted: Fri, 10 Jun 2016 07:29

A UN committee has urged the UK to repeal laws requiring the provision of 'broadly Christian' worship in UK schools. It also called for pupils to be given the independent right of withdrawal from any religious worship held in schools.

NSS: Efforts to better integrate religious minorities must include a reappraisal of faith schools

NSS: Efforts to better integrate religious minorities must include a reappraisal of faith schools

Posted: Tue, 10 May 2016 06:57

The National Secular Society has welcomed comments from Trevor Phillips calling for the "active integration" of religious minorities but warned that this cannot be done without tackling faith schools.

A new secular settlement is necessary for a country where “no religion is the new norm”

A new secular settlement is necessary for a country where “no religion is the new norm”

Posted: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:11

The NSS has stressed the need for a new secular settlement after a YouGov survey found that 46% of UK adults consider themselves to have "no religion", compared to just 42% who say they are Christian.

Woolf Commission’s multifaithism 'completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society'

Woolf Commission’s multifaithism 'completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society'

Posted: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:52

The National Secular Society has criticised a new report on the role of religion and belief in public life for calling for a multi-faith approach "completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society."

Poll: widespread indifference to Christian beliefs, but Christians feel comfortable discussing their faith

Poll: widespread indifference to Christian beliefs, but Christians feel comfortable discussing their faith

Posted: Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:06

Research commissioned by the Church of England ahead of their General Synod has again found widespread public disinterest in religion, and a lack of belief in Christianity's key teachings.

Secularists defend non-believers and religious minorities in debate on freedom of belief

Secularists defend non-believers and religious minorities in debate on freedom of belief

Posted: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:37

Honorary associates of the NSS have spoken out over the persecution of secularists, non-believers and religious minorities in a House of Lords debate.

NSS: Christians have nothing to fear from secularism

NSS: Christians have nothing to fear from secularism

Posted: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:01

More practising Christians in the UK identified secularism as a "social and political issue" than poverty, in a new poll by ComRes.

NSS criticises Tony Blair’s plans to 'entrench' religion in public life across Europe

NSS criticises Tony Blair’s plans to 'entrench' religion in public life across Europe

Posted: Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:23

The NSS has criticised Tony Blair's proposals ahead of his appointment as chair of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) as "ill thought out and counter-productive".

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.

75% of Britons have never been influenced by a religious leader

75% of Britons have never been influenced by a religious leader

Posted: Mon, 18 May 2015 14:42

Polling by YouGov has found that while a slim plurality of Britons think religious leaders should comment on politics and the economy, just 19% are actually influenced by what religious leaders say.

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.

Survey: UK is one of the least religious countries in the world

Survey: UK is one of the least religious countries in the world

Posted: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:33

A survey by WIN/Gallup international, which questioned 64,000 people in 65 different countries, has found that the UK is the sixth least religious country in the world.

Tribunal: political views should receive same protection under Equality Act as religious beliefs

Tribunal: political views should receive same protection under Equality Act as religious beliefs

Posted: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:59

An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that political views constitute a "philosophical belief" under the Equality Act.

Surge in atheism amongst young Britons bolsters case for a secular UK

Surge in atheism amongst young Britons bolsters case for a secular UK

Posted: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:28

One third of under-24s describe themselves as atheists, according to a new poll which offers more evidence for a "generational shift" away from religious belief.