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If you can’t prove you’re a Christian, get off the school bus

If you can’t prove you’re a Christian, get off the school bus

News | Thu, 22 Nov 2012

Flintshire County Council is proposing to restrict subsidised school transport to religious schools to those pupils who can prove that they are of the religion that the school espouses.

Tower Hamlets council approves £2 million funding to faith groups

Tower Hamlets council approves £2 million funding to faith groups

News | Fri, 23 Nov 2012

The mayor of one of Britain's poorest boroughs is providing £2 million of funding to religious groups to help improve places of worship.

Church of England’s establishment is well past its sell-by date

Church of England’s establishment is well past its sell-by date

Opinion | Wed, 21 Nov 2012

Terry Sanderson on how the vote at the General Synod to reject women bishops demonstrates why the establishment of the Church of England as an arm of the state is unsustainable in a modern, diverse society.

Church and state need to be set free

Church and state need to be set free

Opinion | Thu, 22 Nov 2012

Simon Barrow explains why the recent Church of England vote against women bishops underlines the urgent need to keep religion independent of the state.

Another Irish abortion scandal emerges

Another Irish abortion scandal emerges

News | Thu, 22 Nov 2012

The Irish Government has paid substantial compensation to a woman who was forced to travel abroad for an abortion, despite being terminally ill with cancer.

Acceptance of gay rights is an indication that USA is secularising

Acceptance of gay rights is an indication that USA is secularising

Opinion | Mon, 19 Nov 2012

Adrian Tippetts argues that if the GOP is to remain a serious force in US politics, a secular leadership capable of sidelining the extremist loons and offering rational, reasonable, constructive alternatives is urgently needed.

Secularist of the Year 2013 – tickets on sale now

Secularist of the Year 2013 – tickets on sale now

News | Fri, 23 Nov 2012

Tickets for the 2013 Secularist of the Year event are now on sale. Nominate your Secularist of the Year!

European research shows 32% of Britons are non-believers

European research shows 32% of Britons are non-believers

News | Thu, 22 Nov 2012

Eurobarometer, the public opinion analysis sector of the European Commission, has published a report on discrimination in the EU which includes information on the self-reported beliefs of people across the EU.

Czech Catholic Church set to receive billions from state

Czech Catholic Church set to receive billions from state

News | Thu, 22 Nov 2012

Czech MPs have voted by a narrow margin to let the Catholic Church reclaim properties seized during the 1940s and 1950s by the Communist regime.

Austrian Cardinal relocates to Brussels to insert Catholicism into EU policy-making

Austrian Cardinal relocates to Brussels to insert Catholicism into EU policy-making

News | Thu, 22 Nov 2012

The Austrian bishops conference held its plenary meeting in Brussels this month because it wants to be nearer the EU – where it hopes to increase its influence.

NSS Speaks Out

Terry Sanderson took part in an hour long debate on BBC Radio Wales on Wednesday about the relevance of the Church, after the vote to reject female bishops. His blog on the topic was also published by Huffington Post and was quoted in The Times (subscription only).

Keith Porteous Woodwas quoted in The Guardian on the Supreme Court decision to make the Catholic Church and Christian Brothers share the compensation for abuse of hundreds of children at a Catholic-run children's home in East Yorkshire. He was interviewed on ITN News on the same topic.

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