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Catholic adoption agency ordered to comply with equality law

Posted: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:17

A Catholic adoption agency has been told by the Charity Regulator in Scotland that if it doesn't lift its ban on applications from gay couples it will lose its charitable status.

NSS welcomes European Court of Human Rights ruling on 'religious discrimination' cases

Posted: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:55

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected three of the four landmark cases of alleged religious discrimination in the workplace.

Judgements due on landmark religious discrimination cases at ECtHR

Posted: Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:13

The European Court of Human Rights will announce its judgement on four landmark cases of alleged religious discrimination in the workplace on Tuesday 15 January.

Census shows dramatic fall in number of Christians in UK

Posted: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:50

Findings from the 2011 census for England and Wales have revealed the number of people who say they are Christian has dropped dramatically from 72% to 59%. The figures published today by the Office for National Statistics also show the number of people who say they have no religion has risen from 15% to 25%.

Church of England and Catholic Church obstructing religious freedom on same-sex marriage

Posted: Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:30

The National Secular Society has welcomed the announcement that the forthcoming legislation on same-sex marriage is likely to include provision for liberal denominations and religions to conduct same-sex marriages in their places of worship, despite fervent opposition from the Anglican and Catholic churches.

NSS welcomes consultation on Scouts Promise

Posted: Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:06

News that the Scouts are to consult on revising their oath so that atheists can join has been welcomed by the National Secular Society.

NSS call on EU Presidents to protect women's right to life

Posted: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:58

The Presidents of the European Council and European Commission today heard a plea today for greater protection for pregnant women's right to life following the death of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland. Mrs Halappanavar died in October after suffering a miscarriage after reportedly being denied a termination.

Supreme Court rules on compensation to catholic child abuse victims

Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 11:46

The Supreme Court has today ruled on a dispute between two Catholic organisations about who is responsible for paying compensation to over 170 victims of alleged physical and sexual abuse at a Yorkshire children's home.

NSS seeks to prevent tens of thousands of homes becoming worthless as a result of an ancient church tax

Posted: Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:53

The Government has announced that it has no intention of changing the law on chancel repair liability – leaving tens of thousands of home-owners with houses that are potentially unsaleable.

NSS intervene in landmark cases at European Court of Human Rights

Posted: Mon, 03 Sep 2012 13:57

Four controversial British religious discrimination cases are due to be heard at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on Tuesday 4 September 2012. The outcome will have a huge impact on how future equality cases involving religion are determined.