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Tuesday 5 May 2009

Ireland considers introducing a blasphemy law

The Irish Government is considering the introduction of a new crime of "blasphemous libel" as an amendment to the Defamation Bill. At the moment there is no crime of blasphemy on the statute books, though it is prohibited by the Constitution. Article 40 of the Constitution, guaranteeing (...)
Tuesday 5 May 2009

Hospital chaplains – the BBC rides to their rescue

The NSS’s revelation that hospital chaplains are costing the NHS some £40 million a year created a national debate last month, with the reaction from the vested interests who run these services as vitriolic as you’d expect. The political and media establishment also threw itself behind chaplains, (...)
Tuesday 28 April 2009

Religious demands costing NHS over £40 million a year

Churches and religious organisations should fund their own presence in hospitals, says the National Secular Society (NSS), after it discovered that chaplaincy services are costing the National Health Service more than £32million. This would pay for around another 1,300 nurses or over 2,500 (...)
Tuesday 31 March 2009

Scottish hospitals deny clerics access to patients’ records

A hospital authority in Scotland is refusing to allow clergy people to consult admittance lists to find out if any of their parishioners are in hospital. The hospitals say that allowing priests and ministers access to patient lists would breach privacy regulations. A spokesman for the Catholic (...)
Tuesday 31 March 2009

Politics and religion – does your belief affect your vote?

ComRes recently polled more than 2,000 UK adults as part of a major study by the Theos think tank into attitudes towards evolution, to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. This necessitated asking respondents about both their religious affiliations and belief, as well as (...)

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6 October 2010 - NSS Bulletin autumn 2010

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7 September 2010 - Number of Catholic weddings falls dramatically

The number of Catholic weddings in the (US) Archdiocese of Boston – where the extent of the (...)

7 September 2010 - Armed forces consider deploying "humanist chaplains"

The Scotsman reports "military sources" as being "sympathetic" to the idea of establishing an (...)

7 September 2010 - Coming out as atheist – John McCrirrick

The barmy betting guru John McCrirrick tells us on Channels Four’s own "Thought for the Day" (...)

7 September 2010 - Darwin’s house and laboratory denied world heritage status – for now

Charles Darwin’s home, Down House in Kent, and the surrounding landscape where he carried out (...)