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“Growing recognition” that circumcision of children is wrong, as Danish doctors call for it to end

“Growing recognition” that circumcision of children is wrong, as Danish doctors call for it to end

Posted: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:47

The Danish Medical Association has made a "symbolic" statement calling for an end to male circumcision, arguing that the procedure should only ever be performed with "informed consent".

Last chance to speak out against the Government’s faith school expansion plans

Last chance to speak out against the Government’s faith school expansion plans

Posted: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:25

The Government's consultation on plans to open more faith schools and allow them to select up to 100% of their pupils on religious grounds is coming to a close very soon.

Charles Bradlaugh portrait bust named Parliament’s artwork of the month

Charles Bradlaugh portrait bust named Parliament’s artwork of the month

Posted: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:17

A portrait bust of National Secular Society founder Charles Bradlaugh has been named Parliament's artwork of the month.

Freedom of Thought report highlights the right to freedom from religion

Freedom of Thought report highlights the right to freedom from religion

Posted: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:10

The Freedom of Thought report highlights cases of individuals who have been targeted for expressing non-religious views, for 'blasphemy' or for promoting secularism.

Over 40% of UK Muslims support “aspects” of sharia law

Over 40% of UK Muslims support “aspects” of sharia law

Posted: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:29

Policy Exchange survey, described as the largest study of Muslim opinion in the UK ever undertaken, has found widespread belief in conspiracy theories and significant support for sharia law.

Major new equality report rejects opening the door to religious discrimination

Major new equality report rejects opening the door to religious discrimination

Posted: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:15

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a major new report on religion and belief in the workplace, with recommendations which have been strongly welcomed by the National Secular Society.

Help stop sabbatarians spoiling Sunday swimming

Help stop sabbatarians spoiling Sunday swimming

Posted: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:02

The National Secular Society is appealing to the Great British public to help a fundraising effort to open a swimming pool on the Isle of Lewis on Sundays, which councillors are currently refusing to open on the Sabbath.

Faith school expansion plans ‘will not improve standards or boost social mobility’

Faith school expansion plans ‘will not improve standards or boost social mobility’

Posted: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:25

Government proposals to allow a new wave of fully religiously selective faith schools will not improve standards and are unlikely to boost social mobility, new research has warned.

Thousands of missing children at risk of religious extremism in illegal faith schools

Thousands of missing children at risk of religious extremism in illegal faith schools

Posted: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:43

Research by the BBC has found that more than 30,000 children went missing from English and Welsh schools for "substantial" periods during the 2014-15 academic year.

Malaysian PM to ‘empower’ sharia courts

Malaysian PM to ‘empower’ sharia courts

Posted: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:39

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has announced plans to strengthen the power of Islamic law in the country, in a bid to shore up support from Muslim voters.

It’s blasphemy to oppose having prayers in meetings, blasts councillor

It’s blasphemy to oppose having prayers in meetings, blasts councillor

Posted: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 11:03

A Cheadle town councillor has rejected objections to the council holding prayers in its meetings, saying it was blasphemous to deny that the UK was a "Christian country".

Evangelical ‘shoebox’ scheme faces legal challenge in American schools

Evangelical ‘shoebox’ scheme faces legal challenge in American schools

Posted: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:16

The American Humanist Association has filed a lawsuit in Colorado to challenge 'Operation Christmas Child', an evangelical charity scheme, being promoted by public schools.

Bangladeshi society being destroyed by Islamic fundamentalism, says exiled writer

Bangladeshi society being destroyed by Islamic fundamentalism, says exiled writer

Posted: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:38

Exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, who lives under constant protection, has told AFP that Islamic fundamentalism has destroyed Bangladeshi society.

Britain has “turned a blind eye” to abuse of women by sharia ‘courts’

Britain has “turned a blind eye” to abuse of women by sharia ‘courts’

Posted: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:24

Testimony from Muslim women has been published by the Home Affairs Committee as part of their investigation into sharia, while activists have warned that its approach so far has favoured those who support sharia councils.

Record numbers attending Jewish faith schools as Orthodox numbers grow

Record numbers attending Jewish faith schools as Orthodox numbers grow

Posted: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:28

Almost two-thirds of Jewish children in Britain attend Jewish faith schools, the majority of which are "strictly Orthodox", according to new research.

‘Catholic certificate’ breaches admissions rules, says Schools Adjudicator

‘Catholic certificate’ breaches admissions rules, says Schools Adjudicator

Posted: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:12

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) has upheld several complaints against a "Certificate of Catholic Practice" (CCP) required for school admissions.

Hackney fails to act over vast number of illegal faith schools

Hackney fails to act over vast number of illegal faith schools

Posted: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:03

A senior Hackney Council education official has admitted that there are more illegally operating schools in the borough than legal ones.

NSS calls for UK's public spending watchdog to investigate state handouts to churches

NSS calls for UK's public spending watchdog to investigate state handouts to churches

Posted: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:59

The National Audit Office has been asked to scrutinise the significant sums of public money that the Government has handed out to wealthy religious organisations.

Church academy chain to close only secular school

Church academy chain to close only secular school

Posted: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:40

A Church of England multi-academy trust is set to close the only non-faith school under its control.

BBC to increase non-Christian religious broadcasting

BBC to increase non-Christian religious broadcasting

Posted: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:14

After criticising itself for devoting too much of its religious broadcasting to Christianity, the BBC is to consider increasing its religious broadcasting to allow more time for minority faiths.