A Birmingham Islamic school is continuing to segregate boys and girls on faith
grounds more than a year after a court
ruling that the practice was unlawful. Ofsted has told Al-Hijrah school the policy is against the law.
Judgment has been reserved in a judicial review brought by a woman being
prosecuted for buying her then 15-year-old daughter abortion pills in Northern Ireland. Meanwhile decriminalising abortion on the Isle of Man has
moved a step closer after the upper house of the island's parliament
gave reforms unanimous backing.
The new head of the Crown Prosecution Service has been criticised for saying it is "fundamentally
wrong" to use the phrase "Islamist terrorism" to describe attacks carried out in Britain and elsewhere.
The BBC has decided to
discontinue broadcasts of the religious programme Something Understood on Radio 4. But the corporation still says it remains committed to a review published last year in which it pledged to increase
the religious content in its programming.
Voters in two US states, West Virginia and Alabama, voted to include restrictions on abortion in their state
constitutions when they went to the polls for Tuesday's midterm elections. Abortion will now become illegal in those states if the famous Roe v Wade
decision is overturned in the US federal courts. Meanwhile voters in Oregon rejected a measure which would have prohibited publicly funded health
care programmes from covering abortion.
A Facebook page for atheists with a very large following was shut down
earlier this week without explanation. The page has since been restored but Facebook is yet to
explain its reasoning. The NSS questioned the decision to shut the page
down and has called on Facebook to clarify its reasoning.
A guided walk and pub lunch will
mark the 150th anniversary of NSS founder Charles Bradlaugh's epic political career in Northampton next week.