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Cherie Blair: Did she make those remarks or didn’t she?

Posted: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 11:30

The National Secular Society has spoken out about the lack of transparency in the decision by the Office of Judicial Complaints to absolve Cherie Blair (Ms Booth QC) from any wrong-doing when she gave a suspended sentence rather than a prison sentence to a defendant reportedly on the basis that he was a “religious man”.

Taxpayer must not be forced into rescuing the papal visit

Posted: Thu, 03 Jun 2010 11:53

News of the spiralling cost of the Pope’s visit to Britain in September has alarmed secularists who are demanding that the Government does not use any more taxpayers’ money to rescue the event.

“We are not being told the truth about the real cost of this event,” said Terry Sanderson. “The taxpayer should not be put in the position of having to rescue the Church from its own profligacy. This event is not necessary, hospitals, schools and social services are.”

Note for editors: Earlier this year the National Secular Society delivered a 28,000 name petition to Downing Street calling on the Government not to fund the papal visit.

The Protest the Pope campaign is planning a series of protest events during the Pope’s visit www.protest-the-pope.org.uk/

Outrage at appointment of cover-up Cardinal to abuse inquiry panel

Posted: Tue, 01 Jun 2010 13:31

In a development that almost defies belief, the Vatican has appointed Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, the former leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, to head an abuse inquiry in Ireland.

NSS to launch legal challenge over council prayers

Posted: Tue, 04 May 2010 11:11

The National Secular Society is to launch a legal challenge against a local Council’s practice of starting its meetings with prayers.

Atheist sentencing creates a new and dangerous blasphemy law

Posted: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 16:19

The sentencing of Harry Taylor to six months in prison (suspended for two years) for leaving anti-religious cartoons in an airport prayer room has been condemned by the National Secular Society as “creating a new blasphemy law that will open the way for every religious extremist to persecute and prosecute their critics.”

Vatican to be attacked at UN over failure to tackle Child Abuse

Posted: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 16:05

The Pope’s and the embattled Vatican’s record on child abuse will be challenged at the UN on Monday (15 March 2010).

Islington registrar who refused to officiate at civil partnerships fails in her attempt to take case to the Supreme Court

Posted: Tue, 09 Mar 2010 13:22

Lillian Ladele, the Islington registrar who refused to officiate at civil partnerships because of her religious beliefs, has failed in her attempt to take her case to the Supreme Court.

Blasphemy law returns with a vengeance

Posted: Thu, 04 Mar 2010 10:31

The National Secular Society said today that the blasphemy laws had been reintroduced by the back door after a Manchester man was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday of causing “religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress”.

Lords vote to enable discrimination on grounds of caste to become unlawful

Posted: Wed, 03 Mar 2010 13:56

The House of Lords have voted for enabling legislation to permit the outlawing of discrimination on the grounds of caste in the Report stage of the Equality Bill.