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Council prayers bill branded a 'recipe for divisiveness'

Council prayers bill branded a 'recipe for divisiveness'

Posted: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:18

A Government backed Bill to give local councils the power to include prayers in their meetings has been branded a 'recipe for divisiveness' during a House of Lords debate.

NSS rebukes Eric Pickles for claims about “aggressive secularists”

NSS rebukes Eric Pickles for claims about “aggressive secularists”

Posted: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:34

The National Secular Society has strongly criticised Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, for warning of "violent extremists" and "aggressive secularists" in a speech at Temple Church in London.

NSS warns of ‘de-facto’ blasphemy laws at European Parliament

NSS warns of ‘de-facto’ blasphemy laws at European Parliament

Posted: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:57

The National Secular Society has raised concerns about the limits imposed on free speech by unofficial blasphemy laws enforced by the threat of violence.

New poll shows significant minority of UK Muslims support attacks on Charlie Hebdo

New poll shows significant minority of UK Muslims support attacks on Charlie Hebdo

Posted: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:06

10% of UK Muslims aged 18-34 agreed with the statement that "organisations which publish images of the Prophet Mohammed deserve to be attacked".

MPs cite “overwhelming” public support in debate on non-stun animal slaughter

MPs cite “overwhelming” public support in debate on non-stun animal slaughter

Posted: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:38

MPs have debated ending non-stun slaughter, after a petition to end the religious exemption to animal welfare laws was signed by over 115,000 people.

Homophobic preacher invited to address University of Westminster Islamic Society

Homophobic preacher invited to address University of Westminster Islamic Society

Posted: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:31

Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad, who once said "godless homosexuals" engaged in a "criminal act", is to be hosted by the University of Westminster Islamic Society.

Secularists stand up for LGBT equality in Northern Ireland

Secularists stand up for LGBT equality in Northern Ireland

Posted: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:54

The NSS has objected to proposed changes to Northern Ireland's equality laws which would allow businesses to refuse services to LGBT customers on the grounds of "strongly held religious convictions".

Religious extremism in Islamic charity is exposed by ITV documentary

Religious extremism in Islamic charity is exposed by ITV documentary

Posted: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:01

An ITV documentary has exposed radicalism and anti-Semitism in an Islamic charity with alleged extremist links.

Church of England voting guidance says religion cannot be separated from politics

Church of England voting guidance says religion cannot be separated from politics

Posted: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:51

The Church of England has published a letter advising Church members on the upcoming election, in a move which has drawn significant criticism.

£400,000 Government scheme to “strengthen” faith organisations in Britain

£400,000 Government scheme to “strengthen” faith organisations in Britain

Posted: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:21

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is giving away £400,000 to a religious organisation or consortium, with the purpose of "strengthening" faith groups in the UK.

NSS discuss rise in religious hate crime with Communities Minister

NSS discuss rise in religious hate crime with Communities Minister

Posted: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:34

The National Secular Society has met with the Department for Communities and Local Government to discuss the rise in religious hate crime and the ways in which it is tackled.

Surge in atheism amongst young Britons bolsters case for a secular UK

Surge in atheism amongst young Britons bolsters case for a secular UK

Posted: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:28

One third of under-24s describe themselves as atheists, according to a new poll which offers more evidence for a "generational shift" away from religious belief.

Law firms who offer sharia advice in breach of insurance regulations, says new research

Law firms who offer sharia advice in breach of insurance regulations, says new research

Posted: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 08:36

Research by the Lawyers' Secular Society has exposed serious risks for law firms who offer advice on sharia law.

Catholic school's transport 'discrimination' claim disputed by secularists

Catholic school's transport 'discrimination' claim disputed by secularists

Posted: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:50

Swansea Council is facing a judicial review after deciding to phase-out its subsidy for faith school students to have free transport to school.

Charles vows to keep “Defender of the Faith” title as King

Charles vows to keep “Defender of the Faith” title as King

Posted: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:28

Prince Charles has stated that he will retain the monarch's traditional title as "Defender of the Faith" as King, whilst "ensuring that other people's faiths can also be practised."

BBC cuts religion on radio by 37 per cent

BBC cuts religion on radio by 37 per cent

Posted: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:12

The latest BBC Annual Report indicates that although religious broadcasting on radio has declined, the amount of religion on TV has increased.

Cambridge secularists sever ties with “discriminatory” RE Advisory Council

Cambridge secularists sever ties with “discriminatory” RE Advisory Council

Posted: Thu, 05 Feb 2015 11:46

The Cambridge Secular Society has cut off links with the Cambridgeshire RE council, and will now focus on helping parents withdraw their children from Collective Worship.

French religious leaders asked to sign free speech declaration

French religious leaders asked to sign free speech declaration

Posted: Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:34

Reporters Without Borders is asking French religious leaders to sign a statement declaring that "everyone is free to express criticism… of any system of political, philosophical or religious thought."

Equality and Human Rights Commission publishes new freedom of expression guidelines

Equality and Human Rights Commission publishes new freedom of expression guidelines

Posted: Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:04

New guidance on freedom of expression has been published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Peers and secularists criticise Government over failure to act on caste-based discrimination

Peers and secularists criticise Government over failure to act on caste-based discrimination

Posted: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:16

A debate in the House of Lords has seen cross-party condemnation of the Government over its failure to implement legislation intended to protect citizens from caste-based discrimination.