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Secular groups write to Nigerian President over blasphemy death sentences

Secular groups write to Nigerian President over blasphemy death sentences

Posted: Sun, 02 Aug 2015 07:00

The National Secular Society has joined other secularist organisations in calling for a full pardon and civil protection for nine people recently sentenced to death by a Sharia court in Nigeria.

Prosecution of anti-Islam preacher is “in the public interest”, claims Public Prosecution Service

Prosecution of anti-Islam preacher is “in the public interest”, claims Public Prosecution Service

Posted: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:17

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) of Northern Ireland have defended their prosecution of James McConnell, the Christian preacher who called Islam "Satanic."

Nepalese Christians defend secularism, amid fears of persecution

Nepalese Christians defend secularism, amid fears of persecution

Posted: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:06

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has warned that dropping explicit reference to secularism from Nepal's constitution could leave Christians at risk of persecution.

NSS calls for new inspection of Islamic school that bans “socialising with outsiders”

NSS calls for new inspection of Islamic school that bans “socialising with outsiders”

Posted: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:07

The National Secular Society has written to the Department for Education and Ofsted calling for a fresh inspection of an Islamic school where pupils are reportedly banned from socialising with "outsiders".

Concerns after protests force closure of abortion clinic

Concerns after protests force closure of abortion clinic

Posted: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:24

The National Secular Society has joined others in expressing concern after an abortion clinic was apparently forced to close after "intimidating protests."

“This is how theocracies begin”, warn Guatemalan secularists on education bill

“This is how theocracies begin”, warn Guatemalan secularists on education bill

Posted: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:09

The Congress of Guatemala is considering legislation that would make lessons on "Biblical values" mandatory in all schools.

NSS calls on Prime Minister to urgently enact legislation outlawing caste discrimination

NSS calls on Prime Minister to urgently enact legislation outlawing caste discrimination

Posted: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:57

The National Secular Society and Lord Eric Avebury have written jointly to the Prime Minister to protest the Government's continuing failure to outlaw caste-based discrimination.

Tribunal dismisses security guard’s claim that his Quran was thrown “in the bin” by his employer

Tribunal dismisses security guard’s claim that his Quran was thrown “in the bin” by his employer

Posted: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:16

An Employment Tribunal has ruled against a Muslim security guard who claimed his employers had thrown away his Quran and "challenged and disrespected" his religion.

Website of Islamic charity hosted articles advocating death for gay people and apostates

Website of Islamic charity hosted articles advocating death for gay people and apostates

Posted: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:30

Content on the website of the Islamic Network, a registered charity, referred to homosexuality as a "sick disease" and 'legitimised' the killing of gay people.

Prime Minister 'blinkered to ignore role faith schools play in segregating communities'

Prime Minister 'blinkered to ignore role faith schools play in segregating communities'

Posted: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:45

Despite criticising "segregated" education, Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the continuation of faith schools in a speech on counter extremism.

Secularists defend non-believers and religious minorities in debate on freedom of belief

Secularists defend non-believers and religious minorities in debate on freedom of belief

Posted: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:37

Honorary associates of the NSS have spoken out over the persecution of secularists, non-believers and religious minorities in a House of Lords debate.

Kurdish secularists appeal for international support

Kurdish secularists appeal for international support

Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:28

The Kurdistan Secular Centre (KSC) is appealing for international help and support to promote secularism and the separation of religion and state.

NSS welcomes Caroline Lucas’ bill on compulsory PSHE and sex education

NSS welcomes Caroline Lucas’ bill on compulsory PSHE and sex education

Posted: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:46

Caroline Lucas MP has urged the Government to make personal, social and health education (PSHE) compulsory in all schools, including free schools and academies.

Renewed warnings of extremism on UK university campuses

Renewed warnings of extremism on UK university campuses

Posted: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:01

New research has warned that a 'culture conducive' to non-violent extremism has emerged on campuses and that universities are still vulnerable to radical preachers, despite past warnings.

Government presses on with new Sikh free school despite council objections

Government presses on with new Sikh free school despite council objections

Posted: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:06

The Government has approved plans for a new Sikh ethos free school in Derby, despite the fact that the City Council has repeatedly stated that there is no need for new primary places.

Champion secular, human rights approach in struggle against extremism, says Quilliam

Champion secular, human rights approach in struggle against extremism, says Quilliam

Posted: Thu, 09 Jul 2015 14:06

The counter-extremism think tank Quilliam has urged the Government to base counter-extremism efforts around human rights, rather than "contentious" British values.

Religious chaplaincy costs NHS £23.5 million a year

Religious chaplaincy costs NHS £23.5 million a year

Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2015 16:16

Figures published in the Independent have revealed that NHS Trusts spent over £23 million on religious chaplaincy in the last financial year – the equivalent cost of employing 1,000 new nurses.

Diocese stresses “purity” and “virtue of chastity” in Catholic schools’ sex education guidelines

Diocese stresses “purity” and “virtue of chastity” in Catholic schools’ sex education guidelines

Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:16

New guidelines from the Diocese of Portsmouth say that Catholic schools should promote "chastity" as the "underlying theme" of Sex and Relationships Education (SRE).

Demos warns of ethnic segregation in minority faith schools

Demos warns of ethnic segregation in minority faith schools

Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:43

Research by the think tank Demos has warned that British schools are "highly segregated" and that "some faith schools effectively exclude other ethnic groups."

Huge gulf between Catholics and Church leaders over social issues, survey finds

Huge gulf between Catholics and Church leaders over social issues, survey finds

Posted: Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:33

A survey of Catholics in England and Wales has found a very large gap between their views and the teachings of the church on gay marriage, contraception and divorce.