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NSS welcome decision to remove prayers from Edinburgh council meetings

Posted: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:38

The National Secular Society has welcomed an announcement from Edinburgh City Council that new ten minute "Pause for Reflection" sessions will be held before council meetings in place of prayers during them.

Equal marriage: Church’s submission “erroneous”, says lawyer

Posted: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:13

The Church of England's failure to distinguish between social, religious and legal institutions of marriage "confuses the issues" according to a legal opinion obtained by the National Secular Society about the Church's controversial response to the Government's consultation on equal marriage.

Secularists question appropriateness of GPs identifying their practice as religious

Posted: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 09:39

Following the General Medical Council determination on Thursday June 14th against Dr Richard Alexander Scott of Bethesda Medical Centre in Margate, the National Secular Society has written to NHS Eastern and Coastal to question the appropriateness of GPs identifying their practice as being of a particular religion.

GMC formally warns Dr Scott for evangelising a patient

Posted: Thu, 14 Jun 2012 16:20

We welcome the GMC's determination making it clear that doctors – whether religious or not – must set aside their own personal beliefs and not evangelise when treating patients, far less suggest that they adopt a different belief. Doing so needlessly puts patients in a difficult position.

Catholic Education Service is abusing its authority in state schools

Posted: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:56

The Catholic Education Service (CES) is accused today of abusing its authority by contacting Catholic schools asking them to tell pupils about a political campaign aimed at thwarting equal marriage legislation for LGBT people.

Home Secretary under pressure to reform Public Order Act

Posted: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 12:51

The launch of a major new campaign will increase the pressure on Home Secretary Theresa May to reform the controversial 1986 Public Order Act, after mounting evidence suggests the Act is strangling free speech.

Eric Pickles is irresponsible to encourage councils to break the law

Posted: Thu, 05 Apr 2012 16:30

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles says that the Localism Act "enables councils to continue to include prayer as part of the formal business at council meetings."

Bishops in the Lords are a patronising anachronism, say secularists

Posted: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:34

According to a BBC report, recommendations from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on House of Lord Reform due to be published in April will include keeping the Bishops Bench but reducing the number from 26 to 12.

New Commonwealth Charter must do more to protect women, those changing their religion and sexual minorities

Posted: Fri, 23 Mar 2012 10:11

A consultation on a draft Commonwealth Charter closes today. The National Secular Society believes there are serious omissions in the draft, particularly disadvantaging women and those in sexual minorities.

Church’s intended expansion in schools is “more like a threat than a promise”

Posted: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 12:20

The Church of England has issued a Review that requests a "concordat" with the Government that would give it more "faith schools" and increase its influence over other areas of the education system and over community schools with which it would "partner".