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‘Moderate’ Indonesia launches anti-gay police taskforce after public caning of two men

‘Moderate’ Indonesia launches anti-gay police taskforce after public caning of two men

Posted: Fri, 26 May 2017 08:51

Indonesia's police are to launch a new crackdown on gay people, following a brutal public caning and the mass arrest of 140 gay men at a party.

Effort to repeal New Zealand blasphemy law delayed

Effort to repeal New Zealand blasphemy law delayed

Posted: Wed, 24 May 2017 15:19

An attempt by Labour MP Chris Hipkins to remove anti-blasphemy laws from New Zealand's statute book has failed after National Party and Maori Party MPs voted it down.

NSS calls for moratorium on Government funding of cathedrals

NSS calls for moratorium on Government funding of cathedrals

Posted: Tue, 16 May 2017 13:22

Following concerns raised by the National Secular Society, the UK spending watchdog has concluded that "improvements" were needed in the process the Government used to award vast sums of public money for cathedral repairs.

Campaigns against blasphemy laws gather steam following Ahok conviction and Fry investigation

Campaigns against blasphemy laws gather steam following Ahok conviction and Fry investigation

Posted: Wed, 10 May 2017 10:24

Indonesia, Denmark and New Zealand are facing calls to repeal their blasphemy laws, following the conviction of Jakarta's former governor for blasphemy and an investigation into Stephen Fry.

Scripture Union providing courses on abstinence in Isle of Man sex education classes

Scripture Union providing courses on abstinence in Isle of Man sex education classes

Posted: Tue, 09 May 2017 09:22

The Isle of Man's education minister has defended allowing an evangelical Christian group to deliver abstinence-based sex education to Year 10 pupils.

Departing MP blasts Government on caste discrimination

Departing MP blasts Government on caste discrimination

Posted: Fri, 05 May 2017 11:00

Former MP Graham Allen has accused the Government of launching a "misleading" consultation to delay action against caste discrimination "for ever".

Taxpayer-funded Catholic schools should only be for Catholics, says Archbishop of Liverpool

Taxpayer-funded Catholic schools should only be for Catholics, says Archbishop of Liverpool

Posted: Thu, 04 May 2017 11:24

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon has said that Catholic schools "are different" and "for the Catholic community", despite their being funded by all taxpayers.

Irish politicians face ejection from the chamber and loss of pay if they don't stand for prayers

Irish politicians face ejection from the chamber and loss of pay if they don't stand for prayers

Posted: Wed, 03 May 2017 11:51

The Irish parliament has approve a requirement mandating TDs remain standing during the prayers that open each Dáil sitting.

NSS rejects Church’s call for end to RE right to withdraw, without meaningful reform

NSS rejects Church’s call for end to RE right to withdraw, without meaningful reform

Posted: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:43

The National Secular Society has said that Religious Education must be fundamentally reformed before the existing right to withdraw children from RE can be removed.

Welsh students launch petition against collective worship

Welsh students launch petition against collective worship

Posted: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:34

Two Welsh school students have launched a petition calling on Welsh Assembly Members to end the obligation on schools to hold collective worship.

Success! Pharmaceutical Council embraces secular reforms

Success! Pharmaceutical Council embraces secular reforms

Posted: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:53

The independent pharmacists' regulator has approved new standards governing the role of religion in pharmacy services, in a move welcomed by the National Secular Society.

New faith schools announced in latest round of free schools

New faith schools announced in latest round of free schools

Posted: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:21

A number of new faith schools have been approved to open by the Department for Education (DfE) in the twelfth wave of free schools applications.

NSS urges regulator to investigate charity behind notorious monk-brewed booze

NSS urges regulator to investigate charity behind notorious monk-brewed booze

Posted: Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:15

The National Secular Society has written to the Charity Commission urging it to investigate a religious charity behind the sale of an alcoholic drink widely associated with criminal activity in Scotland.

Salafi school pulls “male only” job advert

Salafi school pulls “male only” job advert

Posted: Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:07

An independent Islamic school in Birmingham has been forced to withdraw an advert for a "male science & Islamic Studies" teacher.

“No evidence” that denominational schools are academically superior, study finds

“No evidence” that denominational schools are academically superior, study finds

Posted: Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:08

A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research has found that there is "no evidence" to suggest Scotland's denominational schools achieve better results than their non-denominational counterparts.

Government finally launches consultation on caste discrimination, but only asks “whether” law should change

Government finally launches consultation on caste discrimination, but only asks “whether” law should change

Posted: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:58

The Government's consultation on caste discrimination was finally launched this week after years of delay.

Sadiq Khan: Imperative that pupils from different backgrounds mix at school

Sadiq Khan: Imperative that pupils from different backgrounds mix at school

Posted: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:06

Sadiq Khan has hit out at the Government's plans to allow total religiously-selective admissions in new free schools with a faith ethos.

Pakistani twitter users call for hanging of ‘blasphemer’

Pakistani twitter users call for hanging of ‘blasphemer’

Posted: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:55

Many Pakistanis and other Muslims from around the world called for the execution of a secular writer for blasphemy over the weekend, causing #HangAyazNizami to trend on Twitter.

Report confirms deep ethnic divisions in English faith schools

Report confirms deep ethnic divisions in English faith schools

Posted: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:55

A new report, Understanding school segregation in England, has set out the extent of ethnic and religious division in England's schools.

“Unacceptable” for Ultra-Orthodox faith schools to shun children with transgender parents, says DfE

“Unacceptable” for Ultra-Orthodox faith schools to shun children with transgender parents, says DfE

Posted: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:36

The Department for Education is to investigate faith schools implicated in the ostracisation of children of transgender parents highlighted by a recent family court ruling.