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Ex-Muslims accused of 'inciting hatred' after criticising Islamic homophobia at Pride

Ex-Muslims accused of 'inciting hatred' after criticising Islamic homophobia at Pride

Posted: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:37

A prominent group of ex-Muslims are facing calls to be banned from future Pride marches in London after a mosque complained about their criticisms of Islam.

Scottish government plans to roll back religious influence over education

Scottish government plans to roll back religious influence over education

Posted: Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:21

The Scottish government is planning to curtail the influence of religious leaders over state education.

Vetting in Scottish Catholic schools 'putting off non-Catholic teachers'

Vetting in Scottish Catholic schools 'putting off non-Catholic teachers'

Posted: Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:30

The leader of Scotland's biggest teachers' union has said fewer non-Catholics are teaching in the country's Catholic schools because teachers can be vetted according to their religious views.

Women’s groups back appeal on gender segregation in schools

Women’s groups back appeal on gender segregation in schools

Posted: Fri, 07 Jul 2017 12:54

The schools inspectorate Ofsted is to appeal against a ruling on gender segregation in a landmark case at the Court of Appeal next week.

More Brits than ever are non-religious, NSS analysis suggests

More Brits than ever are non-religious, NSS analysis suggests

Posted: Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:43

More British people are becoming non-religious, according to the National Secular Society's initial analysis of the latest British Social Attitudes survey.

NSS joins calls for inquiry into funding of Islamist extremism

NSS joins calls for inquiry into funding of Islamist extremism

Posted: Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:00

The National Secular Society has joined calls for a public inquiry into the funding of Islamist extremism in Britain after a damning investigation by a prominent think tank.

NSS calls for consistent action on religious persecution

NSS calls for consistent action on religious persecution

Posted: Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:17

The National Secular Society has reiterated the need to defend all victims of religious persecution after a government minister said the UK would focus "in particular" on Christian communities under threat.

Single-religion schools and compulsory worship banned, South African court rules

Single-religion schools and compulsory worship banned, South African court rules

Posted: Tue, 04 Jul 2017 17:37

Schools may not teach one religion at the expense of others or hold compulsory religious observances, a court in South Africa has ruled.

Carey junior’s special pleading “an insult to victims”, says NSS

Carey junior’s special pleading “an insult to victims”, says NSS

Posted: Tue, 04 Jul 2017 14:06

The son of the former Archbishop of Canterbury has said "changing attitudes" are behind criticism of his father's handling of a sexual abuse scandal.

Ofsted boss commits to tackling illegal schools

Ofsted boss commits to tackling illegal schools

Posted: Mon, 03 Jul 2017 16:47

The National Secular Society has welcomed a commitment by OFSTED's chief inspector to protect children in unregistered faith schools.

Secular medics welcome new pharmacy standards on ‘religion, personal values and beliefs’

Secular medics welcome new pharmacy standards on ‘religion, personal values and beliefs’

Posted: Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:02

The Secular Medical Forum has welcomed new standards for pharmacy professionals that protect pharmacy users from conscientious objections.

Government to make free abortion services available to NI women in England

Government to make free abortion services available to NI women in England

Posted: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:14

The NSS has welcomed a Government announced that Northern Irish women will able to get abortions on the NHS in England.

Ireland’s education minister sets out plans to remove ‘baptism barrier’ to Catholic schools

Ireland’s education minister sets out plans to remove ‘baptism barrier’ to Catholic schools

Posted: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:00

Ireland's state-funded Catholic primary schools are to lose the ability discriminate on the basis of religion in their admissions policies.

Welsh AMs to probe whether collective worship is compliant with human rights law

Welsh AMs to probe whether collective worship is compliant with human rights law

Posted: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:09

Two Welsh school students who launched a petition demanding the removal of the obligation on state schools to hold acts of worship have won support from a committee of AMs.

NSS joins calls for Lord Carey to resign from Lords and face criminal investigation

NSS joins calls for Lord Carey to resign from Lords and face criminal investigation

Posted: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:28

The NSS has backed calls from abuse survivors for Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, to face police investigation over his role in the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Church of England.

Church of England 'colluded' with sex abuse bishop and failed victims, says report

Church of England 'colluded' with sex abuse bishop and failed victims, says report

Posted: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:14

The head of the Church of England, Justin Welby, has admitted that the Church "concealed" evidence of child abuse by a former bishop and failed to help his victims.

Caste: Anti-discrimination groups issue ‘urgent call’ to participate in government’s consultation

Caste: Anti-discrimination groups issue ‘urgent call’ to participate in government’s consultation

Posted: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:29

The NSS has urged supporters to respond to a Government consultation on caste discrimination, as new website aids those who support specifically outlawing discrimination based on 'caste' to respond.

NSS calls for end to state funded ‘religiosity inspections’ in schools

NSS calls for end to state funded ‘religiosity inspections’ in schools

Posted: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:04

The NSS has called for Ofsted to inspect RE in faith schools after research revealed that millions of pounds of public money has been paid to religious organisations to carry out additional inspections of denominational RE.

NSS calls on European leaders to robustly promote the “democratic value” of separation of religion and state

NSS calls on European leaders to robustly promote the “democratic value” of separation of religion and state

Posted: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:19

The National Secular Society today called on EU presidents to promote "democratic values", warning that past assumptions about the place of religion in politics and modern society being settled may no longer apply.

Supreme Court rules NI women don’t have equal right to abortion services in England

Supreme Court rules NI women don’t have equal right to abortion services in England

Posted: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:43

In a three/two decision, the UK Supreme Court has ruled that UK citizens normally resident in Northern Ireland do not have a right to free abortion services from NHS England on the same basis as other UK citizens.