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NUS rejects motion on Iraqi/Kurdish solidarity citing ‘Islamophobia’

NUS rejects motion on Iraqi/Kurdish solidarity citing ‘Islamophobia’

Posted: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:56

The National Union of Students' National Executive Committee has rejected a motion condemning the Islamic State and endorsing solidarity with the Kurds and Iraqi people after opponents branded it "Islamophobic".

Religion continues to cause disruption in 'Trojan Horse' schools

Religion continues to cause disruption in 'Trojan Horse' schools

Posted: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:06

A school placed in special measures following the Birmingham 'Trojan Horse' affair has received 100 letters from parents requesting that their children be withdrawn from collective worship, it has emerged.

Ofsted denies ‘bullying and traumatising’ Jewish pupils

Ofsted denies ‘bullying and traumatising’ Jewish pupils

Posted: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:36

Ofsted has denied claims that it acted inappropriately after an association of Orthodox schools accused it of leaving young girls "traumatised" following a school inspection.

Academic calls for “conscience clauses” for Christians

Academic calls for “conscience clauses” for Christians

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:45

A Christian academic has called for special "conscience clauses" for Christians in laws of which they do not approve.

Call to secularise NHS chaplaincy services

Call to secularise NHS chaplaincy services

Posted: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:10

Secularists have criticised new NHS England chaplaincy guidelines for failing to adequately recognise the needs of patients who do not identify with a religious faith.

Lib Dems back proposals to end compulsory worship and faith school discrimination against teachers

Lib Dems back proposals to end compulsory worship and faith school discrimination against teachers

Posted: Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:58

Liberal Democrats have voted in support of a motion to abolish compulsory worship in schools and to end religious discrimination against teachers in faith schools.

A ‘New Magna Carta’: time for a written constitution?

A ‘New Magna Carta’: time for a written constitution?

Posted: Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:09

As the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta approaches, has the time come for the UK to have a written constitution? And if so, what form should it take?

Judges' religious service criticised by secular lawyers

Judges' religious service criticised by secular lawyers

Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:14

Secular lawyers have called for a separation of the Church of England from judicial affairs after judges marked the start of the legal year with an Anglican service.

Tower Hamlets denies 'Trojan Horse 2' claims

Tower Hamlets denies 'Trojan Horse 2' claims

Posted: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:56

Tower Hamlets has denied newspaper claims that a Trojan Horse '2' is soon to be uncovered in the East London Borough.

NSS backs school's decision to enforce ban on face coverings

NSS backs school's decision to enforce ban on face coverings

Posted: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:01

The National Secular Society has given its backing to one of the country's top state schools after it came under fire for upholding its policy of banning the niqab.

Pope’s former envoy under arrest over child abuse charges

Pope’s former envoy under arrest over child abuse charges

Posted: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:21

Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, the highest ranking Catholic to be investigated over child abuse, is now under house arrest at the Vatican pending a criminal trial following accusations of the sexual abuse of minors in the Dominican Republic.

Law Society under growing pressure over sharia wills guidance

Law Society under growing pressure over sharia wills guidance

Posted: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:33

Secularists and human rights campaigners have stepped up their calls for the Law Society to withdraw its controversial practice note on sharia succession rules.

BBC's Rip Off Britain takes on chancel repair liability

BBC's Rip Off Britain takes on chancel repair liability

Posted: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:28

Rip Off Britain, the BBC consumer rights programme which investigates viewers' stories of being ripped-off, this week covered chancel repair liability – an ancient law which can make homeowners liable for the upkeep of their local Anglican church.

Anger as non-Catholics forced off the school bus

Anger as non-Catholics forced off the school bus

Posted: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:17

Parents in Flintshire have complained of religious discrimination after it emerged that non-Catholics wouldn't be permitted to use a bus provided by the local authority to a Catholic faith school.

Luxembourg considers new church tax in debate over future of state support

Luxembourg considers new church tax in debate over future of state support

Posted: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:51

Luxembourg is considering a church tax as part of a range of possible measures to replace direct state funding for religious organisations.

Calls for national debate over collective worship requirement in schools

Calls for national debate over collective worship requirement in schools

Posted: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:33

Renewed calls have been made for a national debate about the requirement on schools to hold acts of collective worship. The calls came during an Education Committee evidence session on extremism in schools.

Secularists query decision to reinstate registrar who refused to conduct same-sex weddings

Secularists query decision to reinstate registrar who refused to conduct same-sex weddings

Posted: Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:53

The National Secular Society has criticised a decision by Central Bedfordshire Council to reinstate a Christian registrar who was previously dismissed after refusing to conduct same-sex weddings.

Changes to Germany’s ‘church tax’ prompts exodus

Changes to Germany’s ‘church tax’ prompts exodus

Posted: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:13

Hundreds of thousands of German tax-payers are leaving their officially designated religions to avoid paying a 'church tax' levy on capital gains.

NSS raise concerns over new faith school linked to ‘witch-hunting’ bishop

NSS raise concerns over new faith school linked to ‘witch-hunting’ bishop

Posted: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:15

The National Secular Society has expressed concern that a school linked to a controversial Pentecostal Nigerian 'witch hunter' pastor is set to open in England.

Church school allocation angers non-religious parents

Church school allocation angers non-religious parents

Posted: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:13

Non-religious parents in St Albans have been told by the local authority that the only state education they can offer their children is at a faith school.