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Tuesday 27 October 2009

Communities Secretary is a ’secular humanist’ but thinks religion has a place in public life

John Denham, the Government’s Minister for Communities, revealed in a speech to religious leaders this week that he thinks of himself as a "secular humanist". But that did not stop him flattering his audience about the importance of their faith and its essential place in public life. He cited (...)
Tuesday 27 October 2009

Church triumphant as its take-over of education continues

When the Education Secretary Ed Balls expressed concern about the way independent religious schools were operating in this country he was given a severe drubbing by the religious establishment who said he had "launched an attack" on so-called "faith schools." All the same, Mr Balls asked the (...)
jeudi 22 octobre 2009

Row over council prayers continues to boil

Members of Kendal Town Council this week voted to move a prayer session it holds at the beginning of its meetings to five minutes before the meetings are due to start. The row had erupted about the prayers after atheist Councillor Enda Farrell, who represents the Far Cross ward and is a member (...)
Thursday 22 October 2009

Sikh boy withdrawn from school because he can’t carry "holy" dagger

A 14 year old Sikh boy has been withdrawn from Compton School in Barnet, North London amid claims of religious discrimination after the school refused to permit him to carry a ceremonial kirpan dagger. When he arrived for school, he was asked whether he was carrying the 5in kirpan. When he said (...)

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6 October 2010 - NSS Bulletin autumn 2010

NSS Bulletin

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 (...)