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Academic calls for “conscience clauses” for Christians

Academic calls for “conscience clauses” for Christians

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:45

A Christian academic has called for special "conscience clauses" for Christians in laws of which they do not approve.

Secular courts should not rule on the truth or otherwise of religious teachings – judge

Secular courts should not rule on the truth or otherwise of religious teachings – judge

Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:33

A British judge has said that it is never right for a secular court to rule on the truth or otherwise of religious claims, as he throws out fraud case against the Mormon Church.

Religious education contributes to good community relations, claims parliamentary report

Religious education contributes to good community relations, claims parliamentary report

Posted: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:25

A parliamentary group has published a report saying that Religious Education in schools can help counter extremism and build better community relations.

MEPS call on Saudi Arabia to allow freedom of religion and belief

MEPS call on Saudi Arabia to allow freedom of religion and belief

Posted: Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:51

MEPs have called on Saudi Arabia to respect the freedom of religion and expression of all people living in the country.

Court challenge to crucifix in Polish parliament fails

Court challenge to crucifix in Polish parliament fails

Posted: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:14

An MP in Poland has lost a court challenge to the presence of a large crucifix in the country's parliament building.

£350,000 of taxpayers’ money wasted over an Islamic tradition

£350,000 of taxpayers’ money wasted over an Islamic tradition

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.

Magistrates reject proposal for a single secular oath

Magistrates reject proposal for a single secular oath

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.

Judges call for one secular oath for all

Judges call for one secular oath for all

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.

Switzerland wants a secular national anthem

Switzerland wants a secular national anthem

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.

Opponents of Channel 4’s call to prayer outnumber supporters by two to one

Opponents of Channel 4’s call to prayer outnumber supporters by two to one

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.

EU adopts guidelines on freedom of religion or belief

EU adopts guidelines on freedom of religion or belief

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.

Parliamentary prayer breakfast dismisses 'fairy tale' of atheism

Parliamentary prayer breakfast dismisses 'fairy tale' of atheism

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".

NSS calls for Baroness Warsi - and her post of Minister for Faith - to go

NSS calls for Baroness Warsi - and her post of Minister for Faith - to go

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.

More Americans think religion is losing its influence

More Americans think religion is losing its influence

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.

Children uninterested in religion – but churches determined to bring them into the fold

Children uninterested in religion – but churches determined to bring them into the fold

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.

Report into experiences of female converts to Islam

Report into experiences of female converts to Islam

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.

Report recommends directing homeless to church

Report recommends directing homeless to church

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."

Secular doctors call on the GMC to revise personal belief and medical practice guidance

Secular doctors call on the GMC to revise personal belief and medical practice guidance

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.

Scots are abandoning their religion

Scots are abandoning their religion

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.

Is this a true history of religious education or a rewriting of the facts?

Is this a true history of religious education or a rewriting of the facts?

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.