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Bishop Nazir Ali Risks Doing The BNP’s Work For Them

Posted: Thu, 29 May 2008 12:53

The National Secular Society has called on the Archbishop of Canterbury to discipline the Bishop of Rochester for his recent remarks about the supposed moral vacuum in Britain being filled by Islam.

Public Enquiry Essential Into Mosque Programme Fiasco

Posted: Thu, 15 May 2008 15:45

The National Secular Society has called for a full public inquiry into the role of the West Midlands Police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) relative to the Channel 4 Dispatches documentary Undercover Mosque broadcast on 15 January 2007 that exposed the views of extremist Islamic clerics.

Legal Action Threatened Over Religion In Schools

Posted: Wed, 14 May 2008 10:48

The National Secular Society says that it will consider legal action against the Government if it fails to follow the advice of its Joint Committee on Human Rights urging that pupils should be able to exempt themselves from Collective Worship and Religious Education.

Speech To European Humanist Federation

Posted: Thu, 17 Apr 2008 17:12

Speech To Mark The 60th
Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Given in Bussels, 16 April 2008, by NSS Executive Director Keith Porteous Wood. In attendance was José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.

Islamic Demands Have Fatally Wounded UN Human Rights Council

Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 10:54

Alarm has been raised over a resolution passed at the United Nations Human Rights Council that threatens to restrict free speech.

School Admissions: Religious Discrimination Should Be Outlawed And Fines Imposed

Posted: Thu, 03 Apr 2008 16:57

The National Secular Society has written to the Secretary of State for Education demanding fines for schools which fail to follow the codes and that schools no longer be permitted to be their own admissions authorities.

Vote On Freedom Of Expression Marks The End Of Universal Human Rights

Posted: Tue, 01 Apr 2008 14:01

Proponents of free speech at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) have accused Islamic countries of hijacking a resolution intended to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and turning it into an order to report on defamation of religion.

Celebration As Abolition Of Iniquitous Blasphemy Law Is Approved In Parliament

Posted: Thu, 06 Mar 2008 12:11

The National Secular Society (NSS) welcomes the passing by the House of Lords last night, Wednesday March 5 2008, of an amendment abolishing the blasphemy law by 148 votes to 87.

Church Of England Clearly Reluctant To Accept Abolition Of Blasphemy Laws

Posted: Mon, 03 Mar 2008 10:56

The National Secular Society – which has been campaigning for an end to the blasphemy laws for 140 years, said that they were no longer sustainable and that the Government was right to proceed with their abolition. The matter is scheduled for debate in the House of Lords on Wednesday.

Religious Rights And Animal Rights Collide – Again

Posted: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 16:46

Although Gangotri was no threat to human health, the protest outside Parliament today must call to mind the protests over the killing of Shambo, where religious beliefs clashed with animal welfare.