Tags: Religion & Belief
Posted: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:30
A High Court judge has expressed his bafflement at a case involving the Islamic tradition of shaving off a woman's pubic hair that has cost the taxpayer £350,000 and has now been dropped.
Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:35
The Magistrates Association has rejected a proposal from one of its members that it should end the swearing of oaths on holy books in court.
Posted: Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:28
Magistrates are considering proposals to replace religious oaths and affirmations with a single oath for all defendants and witnesses.
Posted: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:02
Switzerland wants to get rid of its old-fashioned "hymn-like" national anthem and replace it with a modern, secular version.
Posted: Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:33
A new Yougov poll shows that Britons opposed to the TV broadcast of the Islamic call to prayer during Ramadan outnumber supporters two to one.
Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:53
This week, the EU Council of Foreign Affairs adopted a report offering guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief, with the aim of promoting the fundamental human right to freedom of religion or belief in countries beyond EU borders.
Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:49
An audience of around 600 people, including a number of MPs, gathered at the Houses of parliament to hear keynote speaker Professor John Lennox from Oxford University describe atheism as a "delusion" and a "fairy tale for those afraid of the light".
Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 16:45
The refusal of Baroness Warsi, the "Minister for Faith and Communities" to steer the flagship same-sex marriage bill through the House of Lords was condemned today by the National Secular Society.
Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 12:35
Over three-quarters of Americans (77%) say religion is losing its influence on American life, while 20% say religion's influence is increasing. These represent Americans' most negative evaluations of the impact of religion since 1970, although similar to the views measured in recent years.
Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 11:23
An educational revision website has found that almost a quarter of seven to 16-year-olds do not know that Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, and 26% are unaware Christians believed Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
Posted: Thu, 23 May 2013 12:33
A ground-breaking report examining the experiences of nearly 50 British women of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds and faiths (or no faith) – who have all converted to Islam - was launched in London yesterday by the University of Cambridge.
Posted: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:27
A new report, funded by a number of religious groups and researched and published by Lemos and Crane, recommends that agencies working with homeless people should encourage their clients to go to church and to talk about "faith."
Posted: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:47
Secular doctors have called on the GMC to urgently revise guidance that allows religious doctors to opt out of providing a particular procedure on the grounds of belief.
Posted: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:48
Scotland, once one of the more pious parts of the British Isles, is rapidly becoming secularised according to a poll commissioned for the Sunday Times and Real Radio Scotland.
Posted: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:41
Secularists and humanists in the 1960s and 1970s played a critical role in stopping religious education in schools being used for proselytising. That's the claim being made in new research from the University of Exeter.
Posted: Sat, 30 Mar 2013 09:15
The National Secular Society has urged David Cameron to ignore Lord Carey's "theocratic and anti-democratic blustering" after he accused the Prime Minister of making Christians feel marginalised.
Posted: Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:30
The European Court of Human Rights will announce its judgement on four landmark cases of alleged religious discrimination in the workplace on Tuesday 15 January.
Posted: Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:52
Almost half – 49 per cent – of those surveyed earlier this year by the Institute of Education, University of London believe that there is 'definitely' or 'probably' life after death.
Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:43
A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times of 1,642 adults has found that 29% of respondents said they definitely don't believe in God.
Posted: Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:57
A new opinion poll conducted among 16,000 people in 12 Arab countries shows that only 19 per cent consider themselves to be "profoundly religious".