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Europe’s Non-Religious Citizens Disadvantaged By Religious Power-Seekers

Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 13:25

Europeans who have no religion are increasing in number but are becoming increasingly disadvantaged in the political process. This was the claim by the National Secular Society at a meeting in the European Parliament on Religion and Politics in the New Europe sponsored by Catholics for Choice.

The Golden Compass Has Lost Its Way

Posted: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 11:40

On the day of the premiere of The Golden Compass, Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society (of which Philip Pullman is an honorary associate), commented:

“We knew from the beginning that the producers of this film intended to leave out the anti-religious references. We think this is a great shame – the fight against the Magisterium (Pullman’s thinly-disguised version of the Catholic Church) – is the whole point of the book. Take that away and the most original and interesting element of the story is lost.”

Will Christian Activist Finish Off Blasphemy Law?

Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 10:08

The National Secular Society hopes that Christian evangelist Stephen Green will succeed in his bid to be given permission to mount his private blasphemy case against the BBC over Jerry Springer the Opera. If he does, we predict the blasphemy law will be found to be in conflict with the Human Rights Act.

Government Conspires With Catholic Church To Subvert Its Own Law

Posted: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 10:45

The Government’s offer of funding for the Catholic Church to find a way round the law that bans Catholic adoption agencies from discriminating against gay couples was condemned today as an insult to democracy.

Explanation Needed About West Midlands Police' Witch Hunt Of Channel 4

Posted: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 14:28

The National Secular Society is demanding an explanation from West Midlands Police about why it conducted a witch hunt against the makers of Channel 4’s Dispatches programme Undercover Mosque.

Prayer Not Effective, And Could Even Be Harmful, Large Scale Objective Study Shows.

Posted: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 10:59

The Tear Fund has just published a report Prayer in the UK claiming that prayer is effective and many people in the UK pray. The National Secular Society dismisses this report as an exercise in delusion about the power of prayer and evasion that prayer is declining in popularity.

Calls For Fundamentalist Christian To Be Removed From Equality Body

Posted: Wed, 07 Nov 2007 12:58

The appointment by the Government of an anti-gay Christian fundamentalist to the new Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is “a slap in the face for Human Rights”, says the National Secular Society.

Dawkins Says Women Will Defeat Militant Islam

Posted: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 15:29

Richard Dawkins says that it is “the awakening of women” that will solve the problem of “the worldwide menace of Islamic terrorism and oppression”.

Magistrates Must Be Made To Follow the Law, Not Inflict Their Prejudices on Defendants

Posted: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 06:52

The National Secular Society is calling for the appeal by an ex-magistrate who failed to get an exemption from hearings in which he might have to place children with gay couples to be dismissed.

Iranian Dissident Wins Secularist of The Year Prize

Posted: Mon, 22 Oct 2007 06:39

A woman who has spent her life opposing the mistreatment of women by the Iranian clerical regime has been awarded the £5,000 prize for Secularist of the Year by the National Secular Society.