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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.

Study finds women are far more likely to be religious than men

Study finds women are far more likely to be religious than men

Posted: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:08

A study of 9,000 Britons has found that women are far more likely than men to believe in God and in an afterlife.

IHEU report reveals extent of global discrimination against non-believers

IHEU report reveals extent of global discrimination against non-believers

Posted: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:26

The International Humanist and Ethical Union's second annual report on the state of human rights for non-believers, atheists and agnostics around the world has found a global "trend towards targeting 'atheists'."

Religious influence in schools criticised in House of Lords “religion in public life” debate

Religious influence in schools criticised in House of Lords “religion in public life” debate

Posted: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:10

The role of religion in schools has come under scrutiny during a House of Lords debate on the role of religion and belief in public life.

Turkish President restates his belief that Muslims discovered America

Turkish President restates his belief that Muslims discovered America

Posted: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:45

Christopher Columbus has been removed from the Turkish school's syllabus after President Erdogan claimed Muslim sailors discovered the Americas in the 12th century.

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.