A large majority of MPs have voted in
favour of the government's new regulations which will make relationships and sex education compulsory in all schools from September 2020. Meanwhile protests
against LGBT-inclusive education have continued
outside a school in Birmingham.
Fewer than a quarter of all marriage ceremonies are held in places of worship, new figures have
revealed. The NSS campaigns to separate religion from the legal institution of marriage.
A Perthshire primary school will
close after the casting votes at a meeting of a council education committee fell to unelected church representatives. The NSS has said this is "a reminder that the church's automatic positions on education committees
are an affront to democracy".
The University of Bristol's free speech society has been forced by the
university and the students' union to cancel a talk entitled 'Extreme Speakers vs Free Speech' under pressure from the university's Islamic Society. The NSS has
said the decision is troubling.
The Church of England's new fundraising chief has a history of urging charities to make
money from people's 'forgetfulness' and by targeting 'vulnerable' elderly women.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has urged the UN to declare 'Islamophobia' as a form of
racism and to assign a special rapporteur for monitoring and combating it in the West.
Measles cases have spread across the US this year, with the
state of New York now facing its worst outbreak in decades. The vast majority of states affected allow families to opt out of getting vaccinated if they object
on religious grounds.
A five-month-old boy has died after parents performed a circumcision at their
home in Italy.