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NSS: Religious Education must be reformed before ending parental opt-out

NSS: Religious Education must be reformed before ending parental opt-out

Posted: Tue, 03 May 2016 13:26

Religious education must be reformed before parents lose the option to remove their children from the subject, the NSS has said, after head teachers voted to make RE compulsory.

Turkey sentences opposition journalists to prison over Muhammad cartoon

Turkey sentences opposition journalists to prison over Muhammad cartoon

Posted: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:22

Two Turkish journalists have been sentenced to two years in prison for republishing a cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with a cartoon of Muhammad.

Church review into abusive Bishop refuses to explicitly consider bullying of victims in its Terms of Reference

Church review into abusive Bishop refuses to explicitly consider bullying of victims in its Terms of Reference

Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:23

A victim of clerical abuse has refused to give evidence to a Church review of the Bishop Peter Ball case, after it declined to explicitly mention intimidation of victims in its Terms of Reference.

Sixth Former compared to Stalin for campaigning against mandatory prayers in school

Sixth Former compared to Stalin for campaigning against mandatory prayers in school

Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:57

A Northern Ireland councillor has been criticised after comparing a Sixth Form student's campaign against mandatory school worship to the "early stage" of Hitler and Stalin's rule.

Independent Islamic schools undermining British values with gender segregation, says Ofsted

Independent Islamic schools undermining British values with gender segregation, says Ofsted

Posted: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:41

Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned that leaders in some independent Islamic schools are continuing to undermine British values, after inspectors found more evidence of gender segregation.

Bangladeshi government must act over killings and defend free speech

Bangladeshi government must act over killings and defend free speech

Posted: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:07

The National Secular Society has written to the Bangladeshi High Commission criticising their government's inaction over a spate of Islamist killings.

Turkey: Call to replace secularism with a religious constitution met with opposition

Turkey: Call to replace secularism with a religious constitution met with opposition

Posted: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:42

The Turkish politician charged with redrafting the country's constitution has called for an Islamic constitution as opposition leaders warn that "Secularism is there to ensure that everyone has religious freedom."

Academisation plans risk increasing religious influence in schools, warns NSS

Academisation plans risk increasing religious influence in schools, warns NSS

Posted: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:48

The NSS has warned that Government plans to convert all schools in England into academies could increase the level of religious influence and see the CofE gaining control of non-faith-based schools.

Secular medics welcome religious circumcision ruling

Secular medics welcome religious circumcision ruling

Posted: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:37

A High Court judge has ruled against a devout Muslim who wanted his children circumcised, finding that the boys should be able to make the choice themselves in a judgement welcomed by the Secular Medical Forum.

All Noah’s Ark theme park staff must “profess Christ as their saviour”

All Noah’s Ark theme park staff must “profess Christ as their saviour”

Posted: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:54

All workers at the Kentucky 'replica' of Noah's Ark will have to sign a statement "professing Christ as their saviour"; after a judge ruled that the park can discriminate even though it benefits from tax incentives.

Cross-party call by MPs for more inclusive faith school admissions

Cross-party call by MPs for more inclusive faith school admissions

Posted: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:59

A cross-party group of MPs has called on the Government to make faith school admissions more inclusive and bolster social cohesion.

Judge rejects Muslim man’s bid to have children circumcised

Judge rejects Muslim man’s bid to have children circumcised

Posted: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 14:50

A High Court judge has ruled against a devout Muslim who wanted his children circumcised, concluding that the boys should be able to make the choice themselves.

Orthodox school bans mention of “evolution or prehistoric events”

Orthodox school bans mention of “evolution or prehistoric events”

Posted: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:53

Ofsted have written a scathing criticism of an independent orthodox Jewish school which has a policy of not referencing "evolution or prehistoric events" that would "predate the creation of the world 5776 years ago".

‘Blasphemy’ accusation after academic calls for separation of religion and politics

‘Blasphemy’ accusation after academic calls for separation of religion and politics

Posted: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:47

A Kuwaiti philosopher was questioned over blasphemy charges after she said that religion and politics should be separate and that placing the Koran above the constitution was "undoing" democracy.

Faith schools selecting pupils from more affluent backgrounds

Faith schools selecting pupils from more affluent backgrounds

Posted: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:23

A new report by the Sutton Trust has revealed how the most socially selective schools are likely to be faith schools using oversubscription criteria to select disproportionately wealthy pupils.

NSS cautions against ‘moral panic’ over religious literacy

NSS cautions against ‘moral panic’ over religious literacy

Posted: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:03

The National Secular Society has reiterated its support for improved religion and belief education in schools but warned that concerns over poor 'religious literacy' are being used as a Trojan horse to elevate religion's status in public life.

Muslim women fight to change misogynistic Islamic divorce law in India

Muslim women fight to change misogynistic Islamic divorce law in India

Posted: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:13

Muslim women in India are campaigning to ban 'triple talaq', the legally-recognised way in which a Muslim man can unilaterally divorce his wife, and they have taken their case to India's Supreme Court.

Danes leaving state religion in droves to avoid church tax

Danes leaving state religion in droves to avoid church tax

Posted: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:20

The Danish Atheist Society has launched a bus advert campaign and website to show Danish citizens how to withdraw from the Church of Denmark ­and avoid the Church tax levied on members.

Inclusive schooling is part of the answer to social segregation of Muslims

Inclusive schooling is part of the answer to social segregation of Muslims

Posted: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:45

The NSS has warned that state support for faith schools is fuelling the separatism that creates the "chasm" between British Muslims and the rest of the population, highlighted in a new poll on Muslim attitudes.

Spanish public schools to “inculcate” children of Muslim parents with “Islamic worldview”

Spanish public schools to “inculcate” children of Muslim parents with “Islamic worldview”

Posted: Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:58

The Spanish government has announced plans for a massive taxpayer-funded Islamic religious education programme which will promote 'moderate' Islam in schools to tackle Islamic extremism.