NSS calls for end to state funded ‘religiosity inspections’ in schools

Posted: Wed, 21 Jun 2017

The NSS has called for Ofsted to inspect RE in faith schools after research revealed that millions of pounds of public money has been paid to religious organisations to carry out additional inspections of denominational RE. Read More »

Leaders claim freedom of religion is unaffected after Samoa becomes a “Christian state”

Posted: Thu, 15 Jun 2017

The island nation Samoa has amended its constitution to proclaim itself a "Christian state". Read More »

Supreme Court rules NI women don’t have equal right to abortion services in England

Posted: Wed, 14 Jun 2017

In a three/two decision, the UK Supreme Court has ruled that UK citizens normally resident in Northern Ireland do not have a right to free abortion services from NHS England on the same basis as other UK citizens. Read More »

NSS mourns the loss of former president David Tribe

Posted: Thu, 01 Jun 2017

David Tribe, a President of the National Secular Society from 1963 to 1971, has died in Australia at the age of 86. Read More »

Parliamentary candidates offer support for faith schools, non-stun animal slaughter and circumcision

Posted: Wed, 31 May 2017

The National Secular Society has criticised prospective MPs for offering their support to non-therapeutic male circumcision, religious slaughter of animals without stunning, and faith schools. Read More »

‘Moderate’ Indonesia launches anti-gay police taskforce after public caning of two men

Posted: Fri, 26 May 2017

Indonesia's police are to launch a new crackdown on gay people, following a brutal public caning and the mass arrest of 140 gay men at a party. Read More »

Doctor faces private prosecution for circumcising baby boy without the mother’s consent

Posted: Wed, 24 May 2017

A doctor is facing a private prosecution for assault after he circumcised a boy without the mother's consent. Read More »

Four religious representatives appointed to Hebrides education committee

Posted: Thu, 18 May 2017

The Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the local authority for the Hebrides, has appointed four religious figures to its education committee, as it is required to do by law. Read More »

Belgium’s Walloon region to end slaughter of animals without pre-stunning

Posted: Thu, 11 May 2017

A committee of the Walloon Parliament has voted to ban the slaughter of animals without pre-stunning, a move welcomed by secularists and animal rights campaigners. Read More »