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Theresa May launches review of Sharia law in England and Wales

Theresa May launches review of Sharia law in England and Wales

Posted: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:44

The Government has announced the launch of its long-awaited independent review into Sharia law in England and Wales, to be chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui.

Crematoria should be religiously neutral and welcoming to all

Crematoria should be religiously neutral and welcoming to all

Posted: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:09

The National Secular Society (NSS) has urged the Government to ensure that all state-owned crematoria are religiously neutral, allowing religious symbols to be added when requested.

Prayers scrapped at Bridgnorth Town Council meetings

Prayers scrapped at Bridgnorth Town Council meetings

Posted: Fri, 20 May 2016 07:46

A town council in Shropshire has voted to drop prayers from its meetings over concerns that the imposition of prayer was putting people off from attending.

UK government must ensure it protects free speech with new counter-extremism plans

UK government must ensure it protects free speech with new counter-extremism plans

Posted: Wed, 18 May 2016 16:02

A broad coalition of campaign groups including the National Secular Society has warned that proposals contained in the Queen's Speech could criminalise a "wide swathe of speech."

Thousands of children “hidden away” in illegal faith schools at risk of indoctrination and extremism

Thousands of children “hidden away” in illegal faith schools at risk of indoctrination and extremism

Posted: Wed, 18 May 2016 13:43

Ofsted has found over 50 suspected illegal faith schools since January, prompting renewed fears about thousands of children being taught in unregistered schools with no oversight.

BBC’s output "too Christian" says head of religion and ethics

BBC’s output "too Christian" says head of religion and ethics

Posted: Tue, 17 May 2016 11:05

An internal review has found the BBC's religious output is "too Christian" and recommended an increase in its Muslim, Hindu and Sikh programming.

Douglas Murray and Turkish MP Safak Pavey to speak at ‘Secularism 2016’ conference

Douglas Murray and Turkish MP Safak Pavey to speak at ‘Secularism 2016’ conference

Posted: Fri, 13 May 2016 10:49

The NSS is delighted to announce that Turkish opposition MP Safak Pavey and the writer Douglas Murray will be joining the Society to speak at its anniversary conference to be held in London on 3 September.

Peers criticise “divisive influence” of faith schools

Peers criticise “divisive influence” of faith schools

Posted: Thu, 12 May 2016 13:47

A House of Lords debate on school admissions has seen peers criticise segregation and division fed by faith schools and challenging Government plans to prevent civil society organisations from objecting to Admissions Code violations.

Government announces plans to allow same-sex marriages on MoD sites

Government announces plans to allow same-sex marriages on MoD sites

Posted: Wed, 11 May 2016 14:10

The Government has announced plans to register Ministry of Defence sites for civil marriages, after religious groups blocked same-sex ceremonies from taking place in military chapels.

Faith school pupil not allowed on council-run ‘Christian only’ bus

Faith school pupil not allowed on council-run ‘Christian only’ bus

Posted: Tue, 10 May 2016 12:32

The National Secular Society has urged a local authority to review its school transport policy after a pupil was told he couldn't use the council-run school bus because it is provided only for church-going pupils.

NSS: Efforts to better integrate religious minorities must include a reappraisal of faith schools

NSS: Efforts to better integrate religious minorities must include a reappraisal of faith schools

Posted: Tue, 10 May 2016 06:57

The National Secular Society has welcomed comments from Trevor Phillips calling for the "active integration" of religious minorities but warned that this cannot be done without tackling faith schools.

EHRC to investigate gender segregation at Islamic faith school

EHRC to investigate gender segregation at Islamic faith school

Posted: Fri, 06 May 2016 13:32

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has been asked by the Department for Education to investigate an independent Islamic school that segregated its staff by gender.

Anniversary conference to celebrate 150 years of the National Secular Society

Anniversary conference to celebrate 150 years of the National Secular Society

Posted: Thu, 05 May 2016 16:23

The National Secular Society is pleased to announce a special conference to mark 150 years since the Society's founding and to debate the vital role of secularism in Britain and beyond.

NSS: Religious Education must be reformed before ending parental opt-out

NSS: Religious Education must be reformed before ending parental opt-out

Posted: Tue, 03 May 2016 13:26

Religious education must be reformed before parents lose the option to remove their children from the subject, the NSS has said, after head teachers voted to make RE compulsory.

Turkey sentences opposition journalists to prison over Muhammad cartoon

Turkey sentences opposition journalists to prison over Muhammad cartoon

Posted: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:22

Two Turkish journalists have been sentenced to two years in prison for republishing a cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with a cartoon of Muhammad.

Church review into abusive Bishop refuses to explicitly consider bullying of victims in its Terms of Reference

Church review into abusive Bishop refuses to explicitly consider bullying of victims in its Terms of Reference

Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:23

A victim of clerical abuse has refused to give evidence to a Church review of the Bishop Peter Ball case, after it declined to explicitly mention intimidation of victims in its Terms of Reference.

Sixth Former compared to Stalin for campaigning against mandatory prayers in school

Sixth Former compared to Stalin for campaigning against mandatory prayers in school

Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:57

A Northern Ireland councillor has been criticised after comparing a Sixth Form student's campaign against mandatory school worship to the "early stage" of Hitler and Stalin's rule.

Independent Islamic schools undermining British values with gender segregation, says Ofsted

Independent Islamic schools undermining British values with gender segregation, says Ofsted

Posted: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:41

Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned that leaders in some independent Islamic schools are continuing to undermine British values, after inspectors found more evidence of gender segregation.

Bangladeshi government must act over killings and defend free speech

Bangladeshi government must act over killings and defend free speech

Posted: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:07

The National Secular Society has written to the Bangladeshi High Commission criticising their government's inaction over a spate of Islamist killings.

Turkey: Call to replace secularism with a religious constitution met with opposition

Turkey: Call to replace secularism with a religious constitution met with opposition

Posted: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:42

The Turkish politician charged with redrafting the country's constitution has called for an Islamic constitution as opposition leaders warn that "Secularism is there to ensure that everyone has religious freedom."