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Islamic charity stokes fear of ’black magic’ and promotes exorcism

Islamic charity in Birmingham warns of "the sinister repercussions of magic" and the "snares of sorcerers" Read More »

NSS joins open letter against faith school discrimination

NSS joins open letter against faith school discrimination

Education experts, politicians, religious leaders and public figures unite to call on Education Secretary to keep the faith school admissions cap. Read More »

NSS hosts talk with author of Annie Besant book

NSS hosts talk with author of Annie Besant book

Renowned author Michael Meyer discusses 'A Dirty, Filthy Book' in online event. Read More »

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Faith school found inadequate for ten years fails inspection again

Jewish school where teachers slapped children criticised for poor secular education in latest inspection. Read More »

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NSS urges PM to retain cap on faith-based admissions

Supporters of inclusive schools encouraged to tell MPs to protect the 50% cap. Read More »

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UN raises concerns over ‘gay conversion’ charity after NSS briefing

Charity regulator's failure to act on gay conversion therapy suggests it is "a protected religious practice" in Northern Ireland, says UN Read More »

NSS alarmed at plan to let new schools select all pupils based on faith

NSS alarmed at plan to let new schools select all pupils based on faith

Faith-based academies could be free to select all pupils based on religion within months, sources say. Read More »

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Councils say faith schools disadvantaging looked after children

Evidence increasing that faith schools disadvantage those with greatest need. Read More »

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Bill to legalise assisted dying introduced in Scottish Parliament

Reform in assisted dying law supported by 78% of Scots. Read More »

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Response unit needed to tackle blasphemy flashpoints, report says

Recommendations echo NSS calls for more support for schools facing religious intimidation and threats. Read More »

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NSS welcomes Network Rail decision to remove religious messaging

Following NSS criticism, Islamic hadith calling for 'sinners to repent' removed from departure board at King's Cross station. Read More »

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NSS slams government for backtracking on non-stun slaughter labels

Defra consultation on "fairer food labelling" omits slaughter, despite 97% supporting labels for slaughter method. Read More »

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Experts speak out against religious abuse

Public authorities failing to tackle abuse in religious settings, panellists say at NSS event. Read More »

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Majority of public support removing Isle of Man bishop’s vote

Most Manx residents back removing prayers and votes for clerics from parliament. Read More »

NSS address urges UN to call for government action on human rights

NSS address urges UN to call for government action on human rights

Religious privilege is undermining rights of UK citizens, NSS tells UN committee. Read More »

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Anti-blasphemy extremism “gaining momentum” in UK, report warns

Counter-extremism report recommends review of religious charities linked to anti-blasphemy activism. Read More »

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New extremism definition may put free speech at risk, NSS warns

Proposed definition could 'label secularists as extremists'. Read More »

Iranian support for secularism has more than doubled since 2015

Iranian support for secularism has more than doubled since 2015

Iranian support for secularism has more than doubled since 2015 Read More »

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NSS calls on Manx legislators to abolish automatic seat for bishop

NSS tells lawmakers bishop's ex officio position in the legislature is "an anomaly in a modern, liberal democracy" Read More »

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NSS urges First Minister to review misogyny enabling charity law

NSS says the charitable purpose 'the advancement of religion' is "significantly impeding" efforts to combat misogyny Read More »

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Council and school cut ties with evangelical PSHE group

Salford City Council and Ellesmere Park High School end partnership with the Message Trust following complaints from parents. Read More »

Don’t merge secular school into faith school, NSS urges council

Don’t merge secular school into faith school, NSS urges council

The National Secular Society has urged Southwark Council to reject plans to merge a nonreligious school into a faith... Read More »

Report: CofE safeguarding “below standards” of secular institutions

Report: CofE safeguarding “below standards” of secular institutions

Most victims and survivors unsatisfied with safeguarding approaches, while safeguarding 'weaponised' to remove those "seen as a nuisance", report finds. Read More »

NSS to host talk with author of ‘Dirty, Filthy Book’

NSS to host talk with author of ‘Dirty, Filthy Book’

Author Michael Meyer to discuss new book on leading NSS figure Annie Besant at free online event. Read More »

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NSS raises concerns with charity watchdog over misogynistic sermon

NSS warns regulator of Christian charity's sermon which claims "a husband is the head of his wife". Read More »

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