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Challenging Religious Privilege

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Reiss guilty of religious naivety - NSS reaction to resignation

Posted: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 10:02

NSS spokesman Alistair McBay has commented on the resignation of the Reverend Professor Michael Reiss from the role of Director of Education at the Royal Society.

Church apology needs creationist slap-down to be credible

Posted: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 13:53

The National Secular Society has given a cautious welcome to the news that the Church of England has issued an apology to Charles Darwin for giving his theory of evolution such a rough ride when it was first published.

Intolerant religious dogma has no place in science class

Posted: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 10:43

The National Secular Society has condemned the speech made at the British Association Festival of Science by Reverend Professor Michael Reiss on 11 September, to the effect that the bogus science of creationism and Intelligent Design (creationism in a lab coat) should be debated in science classes alongside legitimate science.

Attempt To Reintroduce Blasphemy Law By Stealth Must Not Be Allowed To Succeed

Posted: Thu, 04 Sep 2008 09:20

Fundamentalist Christians are trying to reintroduce the blasphemy law by stealth, says the National Secular Society.

NSS Calls on Government not to Destroy the Promotion Prospects of Thousands of Teachers

Posted: Fri, 11 Jul 2008 16:15

Government transitional safeguards to protect the jobs and promotion prospects of head teachers and teachers already in post in Voluntary Controlled faith schools breach natural justice and are discriminatory, says the National Secular Society.

Registrar Judgement Potentially Catastrophic For Equality

Posted: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 16:37

The National Secular Society has condemned the decision to allow registrars to opt out of conducting civil partnerships on the grounds of their religious objections.

Sir Ian McKellen Hammers The Final Nail In The Coffin Of Blasphemy Law

Posted: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 17:14

Sir Ian McKellen drew a final line under the blasphemy laws on Saturday, when he read the last work to be prosecuted for blasphemy at a celebratory event in central London.

First Woman To Address European Parliament On Religious Matters Will Do So Today

Posted: Thu, 19 Jun 2008 09:36

A historic precedent was set at the European parliament today. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom Religion or Belief, Mrs Asma Jahangir, addressed the European Parliament, much as religious leaders such as the Pope and the Grand Mufti of Syria have done.

AIDS: Who is opposing condom use?

Posted: Mon, 09 Jun 2008 16:29

Speech given by Keith Porteous Wood to a joint congress of the International Humanist and Ethical Union and American Humanist Association in Washington DC on 6 June 2008

Government Must Act Now To Prevent Religious Power Struggle

Posted: Mon, 09 Jun 2008 10:15

It is now a matter of urgency for the Church of England to be disestablished. The call comes in the wake of a report commissioned by the Church, published today, which demands more privileges, more money and more influence.