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Donald Trump pledges to rollback American secularism

Donald Trump pledges to rollback American secularism

Posted: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:50

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has vowed to repeal the Johnson Amendment, a law which prevents tax-exempt organisations from endorsing political candidates.

Local councils lose challenge against unwanted Sikh free school

Local councils lose challenge against unwanted Sikh free school

Posted: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:27

Two councils have lost a high court battle against the decision to have a Sikh faith school situated in the small village of Stoke Poges.

Cruelty was normalised at Church of England children’s home, says report

Cruelty was normalised at Church of England children’s home, says report

Posted: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:57

An independent review into Kendall house, a children's home run by the Church of England, has reported "harrowing" findings where girls were sedated and abused.

Defend Free Speech coalition challenge government failure over extremism orders

Defend Free Speech coalition challenge government failure over extremism orders

Posted: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:41

Security minister Karen Bradley MP has faced strong criticism in a letter from the Defend Free Speech coalition, following her appearance before the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

NSS: New Government must act to outlaw caste discrimination

NSS: New Government must act to outlaw caste discrimination

Posted: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:13

The National Secular Society is calling on the new government to legislate to outlaw caste discrimination, as directed by Parliament and the United Nations.

NSS criticise Church plan to open 125 new free schools

NSS criticise Church plan to open 125 new free schools

Posted: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:49

The Church of England is planning to bid for control of more than one quarter of the new free schools announced by the Government.

Government sharia investigation ‘more suited to theology debate than protecting women’s rights’

Government sharia investigation ‘more suited to theology debate than protecting women’s rights’

Posted: Tue, 05 Jul 2016 14:48

Campaign groups and human rights activists have signed an open letter to Theresa May warning that the Home Secretary's sharia review will "do nothing" to address sharia councils' discrimination against women.

Raheel Raza to talk about universal human rights at 'Secularism 2016' conference

Raheel Raza to talk about universal human rights at 'Secularism 2016' conference

Posted: Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:15

The National Secular Society is pleased to announce that secularist campaigner Raheel Raza will be speaking at our September conference 'Secularism 2016 – living better together'.

Parents protest against religious discrimination in Irish schools

Parents protest against religious discrimination in Irish schools

Posted: Mon, 04 Jul 2016 13:54

Irish parents demonstrated over the weekend for reform to the country's school admissions – in an education landscape still dominated by the Catholic Church.

Government should relax small gifts charity rule to help secular charities

Government should relax small gifts charity rule to help secular charities

Posted: Mon, 04 Jul 2016 10:52

The National Secular Society has called on the Government to reform a charity aid scheme to ensure that all charities, including secular ones, can access the scheme and benefit equally.

Government challenged over treatment of non-religious views in RE lessons

Government challenged over treatment of non-religious views in RE lessons

Posted: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:19

The Government has been challenged in the House of Lords over its approach to the inclusion of non-religious worldviews in religious education.

Pharmacists must put patient care before religious beliefs

Pharmacists must put patient care before religious beliefs

Posted: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:31

Secularists have urged the General Pharmaceutical Council to ensure that pharmacists set aside their personal religious beliefs if they conflict with a patient's medical needs.

Sharia inquiry launched by Home Affairs Committee

Sharia inquiry launched by Home Affairs Committee

Posted: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:12

The Home Affairs Committee has announced the launch of its own inquiry into Sharia councils in the UK, following the start of a Government review back in May.

Reading Council proposes end to faith school travel subsidy

Reading Council proposes end to faith school travel subsidy

Posted: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:39

Reading Borough Council has opened a consultation on a proposal to end taxpayer funding for parents who opt to send their children to faith schools even though a nearer school is available.

Church ‘using academisation to increase religious influence in schools’

Church ‘using academisation to increase religious influence in schools’

Posted: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:20

The NSS has written to the Department for Education over concerns that the Church of England is using academisation to strengthen its influence in schools – over the objections of school governors.

Open letter to Education Secretary: Government must respect children’s rights and abolish collective worship requirement

Open letter to Education Secretary: Government must respect children’s rights and abolish collective worship requirement

Posted: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:49

Thirty campaigners, including academics, MPs, peers and educators, have called on the Government to abolish the law requiring Christian worship in English schools, following criticism of the practice from the UN.

Inclusive schools needed to tackle radicalisation, says European Commission

Inclusive schools needed to tackle radicalisation, says European Commission

Posted: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:54

The European Commission has called for inclusive education to help tackle radicalisation across the continent.

Help celebrate our 150th anniversary and support our appeal!

Help celebrate our 150th anniversary and support our appeal!

Posted: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:25

The National Secular Society has launched a new anniversary appeal to help commemorate NSS founder Charles Bradlaugh, celebrate the Society's 150th anniversary and support its campaign work.

Scottish Anglicans move towards religious same-sex marriage

Scottish Anglicans move towards religious same-sex marriage

Posted: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:05

The Scottish Episcopal Church has paved the way towards allowing gay marriage, raising the prospect of a clash with the Church of England.

UN children’s rights Committee calls on UK to abolish compulsory worship in schools

UN children’s rights Committee calls on UK to abolish compulsory worship in schools

Posted: Fri, 10 Jun 2016 07:29

A UN committee has urged the UK to repeal laws requiring the provision of 'broadly Christian' worship in UK schools. It also called for pupils to be given the independent right of withdrawal from any religious worship held in schools.