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NSS signs up Joey Barton

NSS signs up Joey Barton

Posted: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:40

The National Secular Society has welcomed professional footballer and student of philosophy Joey Barton as an honorary associate.

Canadian Supreme Court rules unanimously against council prayers

Canadian Supreme Court rules unanimously against council prayers

Posted: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:45

The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled that a municipal council in a Quebec town may not hold prayers as part of its official meetings.

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.

Failed Orthodox school prioritised “narrow” religious education over reading, maths and science -Ofsted

Failed Orthodox school prioritised “narrow” religious education over reading, maths and science -Ofsted

Posted: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:21

An Independent Jewish faith school has failed all five Ofsted assessment criteria and been branded "inadequate" for its "narrow" focus on religious studies and students' lack of basic skills.

Educate Together describes religious monopoly over Irish schools as “shocking”

Educate Together describes religious monopoly over Irish schools as “shocking”

Posted: Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:44

Educate Together, the independent NGO that runs non-faith schools in Ireland, has warned of the "shocking" control of religious groups over Irish education.

As Cameron says UK “still a Christian country”, 62% tell YouGov they are “not religious”

As Cameron says UK “still a Christian country”, 62% tell YouGov they are “not religious”

Posted: Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:25

Polling conducted in the run-up to Easter has found that almost two-thirds of Britons describe themselves as "not religious."

Ex-congressman tells atheist politicians to 'stay in the closet'

Ex-congressman tells atheist politicians to 'stay in the closet'

Posted: Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:57

Former US congressman Barney Frank has advised US atheist politicians to 'stay in the closet' and not to use the word "atheist."

Secularists call on Prime Minister to fix date for Easter to help schools and businesses

Secularists call on Prime Minister to fix date for Easter to help schools and businesses

Posted: Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:20

The National Secular Society has written to David Cameron, urging the Prime Minister to fix a set date for Easter and relax restrictions on Easter Sunday opening times for large stores.

Putin continues promotion of “traditional values” and crackdown on blasphemy

Putin continues promotion of “traditional values” and crackdown on blasphemy

Posted: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:33

The head of the Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre has been fired by the Russian Culture Minister over a 'blasphemous' opera, prompting further fears about free speech and religious freedom in Russia.

Priest criticises Catholics-only school bus policy for faith school pupils

Priest criticises Catholics-only school bus policy for faith school pupils

Posted: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:12

Flintshire Council has come under attack from a priest over its policy of only funding school bus travel to faith schools for pupils who can provide evidence of their religious affiliation.

Charlie Hebdo awarded Secularist of the Year prize for response to Paris attacks

Charlie Hebdo awarded Secularist of the Year prize for response to Paris attacks

Posted: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:12

The National Secular Society has awarded Charlie Hebdo the annual Secularist of the Year prize, for its courageous response to the terror attack on its Paris office.

“Sodomite Suppression Act” proposed by US Christian lawyer

“Sodomite Suppression Act” proposed by US Christian lawyer

Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:16

A California lawyer has proposed a "Sodomite Suppression Act" and warned of "God's just wrath" should the state of California not put homosexuals to death.

Jordan proposes ban on “insults to religions” at next Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting

Jordan proposes ban on “insults to religions” at next Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting

Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:21

Jordan has introduced an emergency item to the next meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, calling for a ban on insulting religion or religious symbols.

Boris Johnson describes bishops in the House of Lords as “clerical fossils”

Boris Johnson describes bishops in the House of Lords as “clerical fossils”

Posted: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:12

London Mayor Boris Johnson has described Anglican bishops with the automatic right to a seat in the House of Lords as "clerical fossils."

Street preacher fined for using “abusive” language after quoting Leviticus

Street preacher fined for using “abusive” language after quoting Leviticus

Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:28

Street preacher Michael Overd has been found guilty of using "threatening" or "abusive" words after making homophobic remarks during a sermon delivered in Taunton High Street.

NSS welcomes pledge to review ‘sharia courts’

NSS welcomes pledge to review ‘sharia courts’

Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:52

The National Secular Society has welcomed an announcement from Home Secretary Theresa May that a future Conservative government would launch a review into so called 'sharia courts' operating in the UK.

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.

Council prayers bill “no triumph for democracy”

Council prayers bill “no triumph for democracy”

Posted: Sun, 15 Mar 2015 06:51

A Bill enabling local authorities in England to hold prayers as part of their official business and to "support or facilitate" religious events has cleared its latest hurdle and is set to become law.

Deference to faith is preventing effective challenges to the “horror” of witchcraft accusations and persecution

Deference to faith is preventing effective challenges to the “horror” of witchcraft accusations and persecution

Posted: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:29

The Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) has warned that "considerable reluctance" to intervene in people's faith is preventing an effective response to suffering caused by witchcraft accusations.

Christianity has “lost status” because of equality and human rights legislation, say evangelical Christians

Christianity has “lost status” because of equality and human rights legislation, say evangelical Christians

Posted: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:06

An Equality and Human Rights Commission report has found that "some Christian employers, service users and providers" believe Christianity has "lost status" because of equality laws.