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Catholic Schools Seek to Usurp Students’ Human Rights

Posted: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 18:57

Catholic educators are opposing the Government’s proposal to allow students over 16 to withdraw themselves from Collective worship, despite a parliamentary committee saying that forced worship is a breach of their human rights.

Soon, Teaching Assistants and Possibly Even the School Secretary Will Have To Be God-Fearing Christians

Posted: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 13:00

In a move that has infuriated secularists, the Church of England is proposing that non teachers jobs in the 7,000 “faith” schools could be reserved for practitioners of the school’s religion. Almost all of England’s faith schools are Christian.

Government Climb Down On Over-16’S School Collective Worship

Posted: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 12:02

The Government has accepted that it is almost certainly a breach of human rights to force pupils of 16 and over to attend collective worship in schools if it is against their conscience. It now intends to amend the law accordingly.

Jerry Springer: Freedom Of Speech Is Not Negotiable

Posted: Wed, 05 Jul 2006 10:59

Christians protesting against Jerry Springer the Opera (which is playing in the Dome until Saturday) are misguided and ignorant, says the National Secular Society (NSS).

Archbishop’s Claim That Jerry Springer Opera Is Inciting Hatred Are “Naïve and Laughable”

Posted: Thu, 15 Jun 2006 16:46

The Archbishop of Wales’ comments that the Jerry Springer opera is inciting religious hatred were branded as “naïve and laughable” by the National Secular Society.

Government Too Ready To Give In to Religious Pressure on Discrimination

Posted: Mon, 05 Jun 2006 12:45

The Government is in danger of compromising the human rights of a significant number of people in Britain because of its anxiety not to upset religious interests, says the National Secular Society (NSS).

Churches Must Not Be Allowed To Impose Religion on Provision of Social Care

Posted: Tue, 23 May 2006 06:22

If social services are to be handed over to “faith groups”, the government must ensure that there is not discrimination in the provision of services, says the National Secular Society (NSS).

Free Expression Under Threat In Europe, Warn Secularists

Posted: Thu, 18 May 2006 07:27

Free expression is under unprecedented threat in Europe, the National Secular Society will tell Council of Europe Ministers today.

Catholic Church Shows Its True Face In Da Vinci Code Protests

Posted: Thu, 18 May 2006 05:51

Catholic protests over The Da Vinci Code are exposing the Church’s repressive, censorious and controlling tendencies, says the National Secular Society (NSS).

Bishops Will Be Abusing The Democratic Process If They Scupper The Assisted Dying For The Terminally Ill Bill

Posted: Thu, 11 May 2006 19:03

The Archbishop of Canterbury and other bishops are opposing the Assisted Dying for The Terminally Ill Bill the second reading of which is tomorrow (Friday).