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Our Themes

You can click one of the six themes below to begin exploring secularism and download resources from that topic.

Core Principles

Core Principles

What is secularism? How do secularists and their critics address freedom of and from religion? Explore secularism’s basic political philosophy of separation, freedom and equality.

Freedom of Expression

Freedom of Expression

What does freedom of expression really mean? Should it have limits? Explore how restrictions on speech relate to religious privilege and discrimination.

Equality & Human Rights

Equality & Human Rights

What is freedom of and from religion? Explore how political and moral debates involving religion are framed around competing interpretations of equality and human rights.

Secularism, Religion & Society

Secularism, Religion & Society

How do people’s worldviews impact social issues and the rights of others? Explore key debates over the role of religion and belief in society today.

Secularism, Art & Literature

Secularism, Art & Literature

How have artists, poets and authors shaped our views of religious privilege, tolerance and discrimination? Explore key secularist questions the arts have grappled with.

Secularism & History

Secularism & History

How has history changed secularism, or secularism changed history? Explore how secularist movements and their critics have shaped the relationship between religions and societies.


Further Resources

Consultation on religious observance in Scotland

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:37

The Scottish Executive is to be congratulated upon opening up the question of...

Fax to Minister for Education and Young People

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:40

Compulsory worship in schools abuses children's rights

Convention Forum on the European Constitution

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:41

We understand that the Convention is under pressure to include a very specific...

Code of Practice for the welfare of poultry at slaughter

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:42

Consultation on Code of Practice on the Welfare of Poultry at Slaughter.

Anti-discrimination employment regulations

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:43

We wish to place on record our dissatisfaction with the religion and sexuality...

Letters

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:45

To the questions posed by the Newsline editor: “Should Newsline ease up on religion?...

RESPONSE TO THE REVIEW OF THE BBC ROYAL CHARTER 31 MARCH 2004

Wed, 25 May 2005 16:29

The BBC's charter expires on 31 December 2006. This is our response to its renewal....

Intelligence Squared Debate

Mon, 21 Jul 2008 11:42

Is the Catholic Church is a force for good in the world? A debate, presented from...

Briefing to Peers on the Draft Charities Bill

Thu, 09 Jun 2005 13:21

The Submission concentrates on religious and belief aspects of the Bill and how...

Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill

Sat, 12 Feb 2005 20:13

TEXT OF SPEECH BY KEITH PORTEOUS WOOD OF THE NATIONAL SECULAR SOCIETY GIVEN IN...

Rowan Atkinson Speaks to the Lords

Sat, 12 Feb 2005 20:27

I am here to plead the case in opposition to a law of Incitement of Religious...

NSS President gives alternative Christmas message

Sat, 12 Feb 2005 20:29

NSS President Dennis Cobell broadcast an alternative Christmas message on BBC...

Response to OFCOM consultation on broadcasting

Sat, 12 Feb 2005 20:37

Founded in 1866 by radical MP Charles Bradlaugh, the National Secular Society...

GREEN PAPER - Equality and non-discrimination in an enlarged European Union (June 2004)

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 20:27

Joint Submission by the [U.K.] National Secular Society (NSS) and the [Italian]...

Protest about religious broadcasting seminar

Tue, 28 Jun 2005 13:03

A letter to the Chairman of the BBC, Michael Grade, about the quantity of religious...

Farm Animal Welfare Council: Welfare Information About Livestock Products

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 20:30

We appreciate being given the opportunity to respond to the above consultation....

NSS response: Equality & Human Rights White Paper May 2004

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 20:32

The NSS is the most prominent organisation campaigning for a secular society which...

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 15:11

Summary of the key points from the above report to the European Union Agency for...

New Year\'s message to the Archbishop of Canterbury

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 20:41

Religion is a threat to the world, secularists tell Archbishop.

Response to consultation on civil partnership

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 20:46

Response to consultation on civil partnership registration.

Is faith in public life good for Britain? - speech

Wed, 23 Nov 2005 19:33

Speech given by KPW to the Faithworks debate, Lambeth, 21 November 2005

Importance of a secular EU constitution

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 21:21

The National Secular Society is an organisation whose purpose is to work towards...

Letter to the Ambassador Republic of Turkey

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 21:23

The National Secular Society is an organisation whose purpose is to work for the...

Joint Declaration of the NSS and Libre Pensée

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 21:40

Joint Declaration of the National Secular Society (United Kingdom) and of Libre...

Reform of the Lords update

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 21:59

Paper by The NATIONAL Secular Society for the joint select commitee on House of...

Proposed CofE Academy for Leicester - letter

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:10

Letter to Education and Lifelong learning Scrutiny Committee 22 April 2003

Appointment of Jonathan Edwards to Ofcom

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:14

We were dismayed to see the announcement on 10 April in the Guardian that Ofcom...

Letter to School Organisation & Governance Division DfES

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:21

The National Secular Society is extremely concerned about, and oppose, the proposal...

Letter to Animal Health and Welfare Strategy Team Defra

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:25

Welfare Strategy for Great Britain: Consultation response.

Importance of EU constitution being secular

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:33

Statement on religious references in EU constitution by National Secular Society's...

Letter to Convention on the Future of Europe

Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:35

Open letter to delegates to the Convention on the Future of Europe 24 February...

Request resources

Tue, 01 Feb 2005 15:57

If you need resources for local information stalls, activism or group meetings,...

Exploring Secularism (education resources)

We have a dedicated website for education resources including worksheets, presentations,...

Briefing Papers

Tue, 01 Feb 2005 15:57

A selection of referenced reports and briefings covering issues on which we campaign....

The Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year 2010

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 15:06

<p>Annual NSS dinner that sees the presentation of the Irwin Prize of...

Honorary Associates

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

Our distinguished supporters in politics, human rights, science, philosophy, the...

Join and Renew

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:07

Join or renew your membership with the National Secular Society today.

Consultation Responses and Submissions

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:09

Read our submissions and consultation responses. These contain plenty of facts,...

About the National Secular Society

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

The National Secular Society works for the separation of religion and state and...

Religion and Schools

Tue, 28 Aug 2007 10:32

One of our primary aims is the secularisation of Britain's education system. We...

What Our Members Say

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

Find out why our members support our work, in their own words.

Request resources

If you need resources for local information stalls, activism or group meetings,...

About the National Secular Society

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

The National Secular Society campaigns for the separation of religion and state...

Data and statistics

Tue, 01 Feb 2005 15:57

A selection of facts and figures on religious belief, secularism and values.

Petition: No more faith schools

Join our campaign to roll back religious discrimination, partisanship and privilege...

Demonstrate against al-Muhajiroun

Mon, 26 Oct 2009 15:02

Show your support for British Muslims for Secular Democracy by joining their demonstration...

Our Vision

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

We believe religion should be separated from the state and individuals should...

Donate to the National Secular Society

How to make a donation to the NSS, to help support our continued campaigning efforts...

Affiliated groups

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

A range of local, special expertise and student groups affiliate to the NSS. Find...

Secular Education Forum

Do you have a particular interest or expertise in schools, education and their...

Philosophers' Football Match

Thu, 22 Apr 2010 16:59

'Socrates Wanderers' versus 'Nietzsche Albion,
The Philosophy Shop has been promoting...

BBC Must Stand Firm Against Religious Bullies

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:07

The BBC has been urged not to cancel the broadcast of Jerry Springer - The Opera...

What is Secularism?

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

Secularism is a principle that involves two basic propositions. The first is the...

Articles & Speeches

Tue, 01 Feb 2005 15:57

A collection of interviews, speeches, reports and other documents from the NSS...

In The Media

Keep on top of secularist issues with our daily collection of news and commentary...

Become a member

Join from just £2 a month, start a regular donation from £1 a month.

In Quotes

Tue, 01 Feb 2005 15:57

Secularism in quotes.

Get Involved

Are you interested in secularism? Here’s your chance to make a contribution...

Protest the Pope Film Season

Thu, 08 Jul 2010 10:01

<p>Monday 13 September &ndash; Thursday 16 September</p>
<p>Conway...

Know your rights: advice and support

Do you need advice regarding your rights, and freedom of and from religion and...

Our story: 150 years of the National Secular Society

Fri, 10 Jun 2005 11:42

The NSS has been on the forefront of campaigning for a fairer, secular society...

Subscribe

Sat, 12 Mar 2005 12:58

Weekly email newsletter from the National Secular Society. Enter your email address...

NSS President Gives Alternative Christmas Message

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:07

NSS President Dennis Cobell broadcast an alternative Christmas message on BBC...

Stay informed

Susbcribe to Newsline, our free weekly email with news and views from the NSS....

Catholic Church abuses its position at the UN

Thu, 17 Feb 2005 12:08

The Catholic Church uses and abuses its unique position as the only religion which...

Our story

Fri, 10 Jun 2005 11:42

From being prosecuted for blasphemy to abolishing it, explore our remarkable story....

Click here to apply

There are two rounds of scholarship applications per year. (2 November to 1 May,...

Council candidate form

Let us know if you're interested in standing for Council, or would like to learn...

Apostasy, Sharia Law and Human Rights Conference

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 15:25

A conference to mark Human Rights DaySaturday 11 December 2010Conway Hall, 25...

Secular Charter

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

Find out about what guides our campaigning and policy objectives.

Our Supporters

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

Our members, supporters and honorary associates hold a wide range of religious...

Petitions

Browse our petitions and add you voice to call for change.

olivera petrovitch

Tue, 01 Feb 2005 15:57

Background information on dr olivera petrovitch’s contention
That infants...

Gov\'t deaf to dissent on faith schools

Thu, 17 Feb 2005 12:10

Executive Director of the NSS gives a ring-side perspective of a thrilling debate...

Write to your MP

Having signed one of our petitions, why not write to your MP on this isse?

Secularist of the Year 2011

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 17:11

The annual Irwin Prize for ‘Secularist of the Year’ will be awarded...

What is Secularism?

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

Secularism is a simple proposition. Find out what it means.

Events

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

Talks, conferences and more: find out about forthcoming secularism-related events....

Campaign Locally

Suggestions and templates for writing to your local MP and local media.

Petition: 21st Century RE for All

It’s time to take religious education in schools out of the hands of religious...

NSS publications

Tue, 01 Feb 2005 15:57

Our quarterly Bulletin magazine, Annual Reports and other publications.

Honorary Associates

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

Our distinguished supporters in politics, human rights, science, philosophy, the...

Secularist of the Year winners

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

Previous winners of the prize, 2005-17

Cardinal O’Connor Abortion Bid Is A Danger To Democracy

Wed, 16 Mar 2005 10:19

The intervention by the Catholic Church into party politics on the issue of abortion...

Research & scholarships

Tue, 01 Feb 2005 15:57

If you’d like support for original research into secularism, let us know.

Mormons: the truth and the whitewash

Thu, 17 Feb 2005 12:13

As Salt Lake City plays host to the Winter Olympics, the Mormons are having a...

Transcripts

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:07

Database of transcripts for videos and podcasts. Linked in the description of...

Right to education

Everybody has the right to an effective education.

The Secular Charter

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

Our campaigning and policy objectives are guided by our Secular Charter.

Newsline - 11th February 2005

Sat, 12 Mar 2005 12:58

NSS Newsline - 11th February 2005

Petition: Reform 'Thought for the Day'

This discriminatory radio slot should be reformed and opened to non-religious...

Secular Legal Forum

Do you have a particular interest or expertise in legal issues and their relation...

Local groups/activism

Join or contact many local groups affiliated to the National Secular Society.

Vatican Does The World No Favour with Reactionary Pope

Wed, 20 Apr 2005 10:13

The election of Joseph Ratzinger as the new pope was described as “a tragedy...

Secular Medical Forum

Do you have a particular interest or expertise in issues of religion, secularism...

Letter to your school

A template letter for your school on why they should consider Exploring Secularism....

Incitement to religious hatred

Thu, 17 Feb 2005 12:14

The Home Secretary, David Blunkett, announced last month that he intends to try...

The National Secular Society's history

The NSS website has links to a range of history resources on the development and...

Book reviews

The National Secular Society have a series of reviews of literature which explores...

What Our Members Say

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

Find out why our members support our work, in their own words.

Secularist of the Year 2011

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 11:35

<p>The annual presentation of the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the...

BBC Must Not be Pushed into Becoming the Nation's Evangelist

Wed, 18 May 2005 15:45

The BBC must not set itself up as an evangelical organisation which uses the airwaves...

Rethinking religion and belief in public life: a manifesto for change

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

Our policy proposals to reform the role of religion in public life.

Endorse the manifesto for change

The rethinking religion and belief in public life report sets out 59 suggestions,...

Non-Prophet Week

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 15:05

The National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies (AHS)...

Newsline – 8th April 2005

Sat, 12 Mar 2005 12:58

Newsline 8th April 2005

Rethinking religion and belief in public life: a manifesto for change

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

Read our report setting out our case for rethinking religion's public role.

Nick Cohen - Incitement to religious hatred

Thu, 17 Feb 2005 12:18

When government and the media persist in defining British Muslims by their religion,...

Secular Legal Forum

Do you have a particular interest or expertise in legal issues and their relation...

Incitement to Religious Hatred - Government's Promise to Listen is Hollow

Wed, 18 May 2005 15:55

The Government’s renewed determination to outlaw "incitement to religious...

Secularism11: NSS conference on Secularism

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:03

A conference on secularism, held in conjuction with the Secular Europe Campaign....

Core Principles

What is secularism? How do secularists and their critics address freedom of and...

Petition: End religious discrimination in school admissions

Join us in the campaign to end unfair discrimination against children in school...

Staff

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

Hidden page only available for editors. Allows testing of elements. Redirects...

Current local campaigns

Working with local supporters to challenge new faith schools and support inclusive...

Secular Education Forum

Do you have a particular interest or expertise in schools, education and their...

I am Osama Bin Laden: here's how I will detroy you

Thu, 17 Feb 2005 12:21

In this hair-raising article, PAUL SCHULTE - one of the Ministry of Defence's...

Join an affiliated group

Join or contact many local groups affiliated to the National Secular Society.

NSS Conference on Secularism

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:03

<p>A conference on secularism, organised by the NSS and held in conjuction...

Freedom of Expression

Freedom of expression is a key value in a pluralist society and in the development...

Petition: Male circumcision

Non-consensual, non-therapeutic circumcision flies in the face of medical ethics....

Overview of the proposals

Tue, 28 Aug 2007 10:32

An overview of the proposals in the Government's green paper, their background...

Withdraw The Pope's Invitation to Live8: He has Harmed Africa

Mon, 06 Jun 2005 14:35

The invitation that has been issued to the Pope to attend the Live8 event in Rome...

NSS Newsline - 11th March 2005

Tue, 24 May 2005 15:01

“Secularist Of The Year” Award Announced By NSS

Appeal for an end to state-subsidized faith schools

Thu, 17 Feb 2005 12:26

PROFESSOR RICHARD DAWKINS appeals for an end to state-subsidized segregated faith...

Disestablish the Church

We want to separate church and state so no religion has undue influence over our...

Freedom of Expression Under Threat from Government Attempt to Re-introduce Incitement to Religeous Hatred Legistration

Thu, 09 Jun 2005 12:01

An invitation to religious extremists to use the courts to silence critics of...

Take part in consultations

Help by responding to Government consultations and planning

Equality & Human Rights

Respect for equality and human rights are fundamental aspects of most forms of...

Petition: End evangelism in schools

External groups can make a valuable contribution to schools. Sign our petition...

Bishops in the House of Lords: FAQ

Your questions answered about reforming the House of Lords and removing the 'Lords...

Secularist of the Year

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

Secularist of the Year is an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding groups and...

1.01 What is secularism (Part 1) - Presentation

This resource can be used either as a primer for a wider exploration of secularism...

Newsline 27th May 2005

Sat, 28 May 2005 11:01

Atheists Must Not Become Cinderellas At Work;
Scottish Atheist Fights Catholic...

Flash Talk - with John Holmes

Fri, 30 Sep 2011 11:09

Join Jon Holmes for a flash talk on Saturday 1st October…

The impact of religion on children's development

Thu, 17 Feb 2005 12:28

AZAM KAMGUIAN, women's activist, writer and atheist describes The impact...

Secular Students

Promote and support our work by campaigning, debating and spreading the word.

Religious slaughter of animals FAQs

Halal, kosher and pre-stunned. What do religious rules mean for animal welfare?...

Ceremonies

Our national ceremonies should be inclusive for all, not automatically led by...

OUTRAGE AT BLAIR’S G8 INVITE TO POPE

Wed, 22 Jun 2005 13:27

Tony Blair’s invitation to the pope to attend the G8 conference has been condemned...

Volunteer

Get involved, help with our campaigning effort by donating your time

Intervention at European Court of Human Rights

In 2012, the National Secular Society intervened at the ECHR to argue that Britain's...

1.02 What is secularism? (Part 2) – Introduction

This resource can be used either as a standalone overview of secularism or as...

Secularism, Religion & Society

People of all faiths and none and in all societies have considered how people’s...

Newsline 3rd June 2005

Sat, 04 Jun 2005 15:35

NSS Opposes Yet More Religion On BBC; In The Meantime, Michael Grade Says It’s...

The UN Committee for the Rights of the Child

The UNCRC reviews each country's record every five years, when they have to submit...

Petition: End compulsory worship

No child should be compelled to worship in school and no school should be required...

The Bradlaugh Lecture

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

This annual event features a distinguished speaker exploring an aspect of secularism....

Freedom of thought report 2016

The annual Freedom of Thought report provides an overview of blasphemy laws around...

Science versus religion

Thu, 17 Feb 2005 12:29

Science versus religion - Professor PETER ATKINS has no doubt where he stands...

Newsline 10th June 2005

Fri, 10 Jun 2005 16:46

"Racial & Religious Hatred Bill" Launched; Pope Has No Place In...

Secularist of the Year

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 08:55

Annual lunch for the presentation of the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year....

Work with us/volunteer

Volunteer, apply for vacancies or join the NSS Council.

Christian Complaint Against Dungeon "Ludicrous"

Wed, 17 Aug 2005 06:29

The National Secular Society has written to the Edinburgh licensing authorities...

Secularism, Art & Literature

The arts and literature have played an important role in every human rights and...

Supporters' comments

Tue, 28 Aug 2007 10:32

A selection of quotes from supporters of this campaign.

Petition: Faith free sex education

Faith schools shouldn’t be able to deny young people information about reproductive...

Work for us!

If you'd like to work for us why not drop us a line and introduce yourself?

Historic NSS free speech campaigns

We’ve played a huge part in defending free expression since our founding. Our...

Safe senders list

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:07

To ensure you always receive our newsletters right to your inbox, please take...

Freedom of thought report 2015

The annual Freedom of Thought report provides an overview of blasphemy laws around...

'Onward Christian Soldiers' in today's schools

Thu, 17 Feb 2005 12:31

It's a case of 'Onwards Christian Soldiers' in todays's schools.

Annual General Meetings

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

The AGM is usually held in London in November. Members receive notification with...

Faith Schools

Tue, 25 Oct 2005 13:18

We want an inclusive education system, free from religious discrimination or proselytization....

Secularist of the Year 2012

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 08:59

<p>Annual lunch to present the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year</p>...

Secular Students

Help promote and support our work through campaigning, debating and spreading...

Secularism & History

Some of the most important events and changes in British history have involved...

Petition: End discriminatory faith school transport

Children shouldn't face discrimination on the school bus because of their parents'...

The Fruits of Philosophy trial

Since our founding the NSS has been supportive of reproductive rights. In 1878...

Newsline, 17th June 2005

Tue, 21 Jun 2005 22:22

NSS in last ditch bid to persuade government to drop religious hate bill
First...

Inclusive education: divisive faith schools are the elephant in the room

Tue, 28 Aug 2007 10:32

NSS campaigns director Stephen Evans argues that 'education not segregation' supporters...

Share your story

Secularism isn't just about moral or theoretical arguments, it's about people's...

How I came to atheism

Thu, 17 Feb 2005 12:32

CLAIRE RAYNER describes her journey to non-belief.

God's unconditional love has strings attached

Thu, 17 Feb 2005 12:34

Pious politicians drive MARTIN ROWSON round the bend.

2001 Census Figures On Religion Ludicrously Exaggerated

Tue, 25 Oct 2005 13:23

In its submission to the Office of National Statistics consultation about the...

Religion in the workplace

Balancing freedom of and from religion: a common sense approach to workplace issues....

Support us by shopping online

Buy via our Amazon referrals link which means that we receive 5% of any purchases....

In defence of equality in Birmingham schools

The National Secular Society is a signatory to this joint statement by Southall...

Petition: Disestablish the Church of England

It’s time for the Church and state to part ways. Sign the petition to separate...

Newsline 24th June 2005

Fri, 01 Jul 2005 12:53

Religious Hatred Bill Given Rough Ride at Second Reading; More Than A Quarter...

Marlene Dietrich – an affectionate tribute

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 11:26

<p>In this entertaining show, Terry Sanderson takes us on a memorable...

Charitable Chaplaincy Cymru

Our volunteer run campaign in Wales for religious chaplaincy to be charity funded....

9/11 terror attacks - the end of history?

Thu, 17 Feb 2005 12:35

Religious Faith, Culture and Civilizational Identity Lurk Behind Terror Attacks....

Free Expression Day of Action: Your Chance to take a Stand

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:07

The One Law for All 11 February rally for Free Expression is being held in London...

Religious Hatred Bill

Tue, 25 Oct 2005 13:26

Religious Hatred Bill Faces Huge Opposition For
Unnecessary Infringement Of Freedom...

Supporters' comments

A selection of comments from the petition. Supporters on what this campaign means...

Faith in public services?

When religious organisations providing public services is disastrous for both...

Petition signatures

See why some other people are supporting the campaign against religious discrimination...

Petition: Scrap the Bishops’ Bench

Clerics shouldn’t have the automatic place in our parliament just because of...

NSS calls for rethink over Government plans to relax faith schools admissions rules

Tue, 28 Aug 2007 10:32

We’ve written to the Government to rethink plans to allow new faith schools...

Newsline 24th June 2005

Fri, 01 Jul 2005 12:53

Religious Hatred Bill Given Rough Ride at Second Reading; More Than A Quarter...

George Bush on atheists as citizens or patriots

Thu, 17 Feb 2005 12:39

When George Bush (Senr) was campaigning for the presidency, as incumbent vice...

Blair Must Say ‘No’ To Catholic Bioethics Committee

Tue, 25 Oct 2005 13:29

Tony Blair must not accede to a request for the establishment of a bioethics committee...

Towards a Secular Scotland - Scottish Parliamentary Event

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:18

<p>A Scottish Parliamentary Event for Scotland-based NSS members sponsored...

Events

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

Keep your eye on this page for forthcoming secular-related events

Petition: Scrap the chancel tax

Chancel Repair Liability blights properties across the county. Join our call to...

NSS calls for inquiry into Government’s faith schools admissions reform

Tue, 28 Aug 2007 10:32

As many of the changes might otherwise be enacted without Parliamentary debate...

Newsline 1st July 2005

Sun, 17 Jul 2005 11:00

Creationists Hit The Jackpot With Academies; How Religion is Taking Over Our Schools;...

Government Religion Policies Will Result In Parallel Communities

Tue, 25 Oct 2005 13:32

The NSS says that the Government is inadvertently encouraging a separatist mentality...

Guide to challenging collective worship

We have a template letter and advice guide for challenging collective worship...

Ritual Slaughter

Fri, 11 Mar 2005 09:58

Parliamentary Questions concerning the religious slaughter of farm animals to...

Petition: Protect secular public services

Outsourcing to religious organisation threatens to undermine equal access and...

Newsline 22nd July 2005

Fri, 22 Jul 2005 13:10

We now see the consequences of separating people on the grounds of their religion....

Join the Council of Management

Have you considered putting yourself forward for the Council of Management?

Religious selection in school admissions is utterly deleterious for integration

Tue, 28 Aug 2007 10:32

Professor Ted Cantle CBE, founder of the Institute of Community Cohesion Foundation,...

Campaigner For Women’s Rights In Islamic Countries

Tue, 25 Oct 2005 13:34

Maryam Namazie, inveterate campaigner for the rights of women and refugees in...

Speech by Keith Portteous Wood on EU Constitution in Brussels

Sat, 12 Mar 2005 15:43

Speech by Keith Portteous Wood on EU Constitution in Brussels at a demonstration...

A personal message about legacies

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:07

A personal message about legacies from the president of the National Secular Society...

Petition: End religious non-stun slaughter

Join our call to end religious exemptions from animal welfare law, and for meat...

Newsline 15th July 2005

Sat, 23 Jul 2005 14:48

Editorial: For the Safety of us All, Religion Must Be Tamed; Religious Hatred...

Religious Hatred Bill: Secularists And Former Archbishop Unite To Protect Freedom Of Speech

Tue, 25 Oct 2005 13:37

The National Secular Society supports the free speech amendments to the Racial...

Core Principles

What is secularism? How do secularists and their critics address freedom of and...

Newsline 22nd July 2005

Sat, 23 Jul 2005 18:23

Labour Promises More Religious Apartheid in Schools. But the Opposition is Growing;...

Petition: Religious Appointees

Scottish law requires Councils to include three religious appointees on their...

Freedom of Expression

What does freedom of expression really mean? Should it have limits? Explore how...

Education White Paper - Religious Schools

Tue, 25 Oct 2005 17:16

Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society asked DfES minister Jacqui...

Newsline 29th July 2005

Sun, 31 Jul 2005 09:51

Blair Insists that Religious Apartheid in Schools is A Good Thing; Adonis Claims...

Equality & Human Rights

What is freedom of and from religion? Explore how political and moral debates...

Education White Paper - Religious Schools

Tue, 25 Oct 2005 17:27

Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society asked DfES minister Jacqui...

Newsline 5th August 2005

Fri, 05 Aug 2005 17:57

NSS Voices Concerns Over New Laws with Home Office Officials; Church of England...

Secularism, Religion & Society

How do people’s worldviews impact social issues and the rights of others? Explore...

Newsline 12th August 2005

Fri, 12 Aug 2005 16:18

Quotes of the Week; Essays of the Week; Parliamentary Committee to Examine...

Religious Hatred Bill: Lords Assert Their Will Over The Commons To Protect Freedom Of Speech

Wed, 26 Oct 2005 12:21

The National Secular Society commends the House of Lords for defeating the Government...

Full face veil: should it be banned in public places?

NSS member Des Langford considers the veil issue and draws his own personal conclusions....

The Churches in Germany Before and After 1945: An Attempt at an Assessment

Mon, 01 Aug 2005 19:50

An article by Johann Neumann, emeritus professor for the sociology of law and...

Newsline 19th August 2005

Fri, 19 Aug 2005 16:46

Quotes Of the Week; Essays Of the Week; Organised Religion on The Slippery Slope...

Maryam Namazie Named “Secularist of The Year”

Wed, 12 Oct 2005 14:15

Maryam Namazie, inveterate campaigner for the rights of women and refugees in...

Secularism, Art & Literature

How have artists, poets and authors shaped our views of religious privilege, tolerance...

Education White Paper - Religious Schools

Wed, 26 Oct 2005 12:23

Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society asked DfES minister Jacqui...

End employment discrimination in faith schools

Teachers can be blocked from jobs because of their beliefs and even sacked for...

Secularism & History

How has history changed secularism, or secularism changed history? Explore how...

Newsline

Thu, 25 Aug 2005 16:53

Quotes Of The Week; Essay Of The Week; Election News; Don’t Forget To Share...

Faithworks debate

Sun, 27 Nov 2005 09:16

Keith Poreous Wood's speech to Faithworks Debate, Lambeth, 21 November 2005

1.15 Different types of secularism (part 3) –The Secular Charter

This resource is aimed at older students who have already explored different approaches...

Education White Paper - Religious Schools

Tue, 25 Oct 2005 17:27

Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society asked DfES minister Jacqui...

Newsline 26th August 2005

Fri, 26 Aug 2005 16:55

Quotes Of the Week; Essays Of the Week; Unease Over "Faith Schools"...

What types of school are there?

With academies, VA, VC, community, grammar, faith and private schools it’s hard...

1.16 Where does secularism come from?

This is a standalone resource that can be used as a primer for a wider exploration...

Where next on reform of religious education?

Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:10

We're consulting on different approaches to achieving our RE reform aims.

The Nation’s Only Anti-Christmas Gift Shop Is Now Open On-Line

Thu, 01 Dec 2005 16:50

Following the spate of political-correctness-gone-mad-because-they’re taking-Christ-out-of-Christmas...

Equality Act

Wed, 22 Feb 2006 10:19

The Equality Act has just completed its passage through Parliament in the biggest...

Christians Try to Use Policemen to Proselytise

Fri, 06 Jan 2006 09:25

The NSS has protested to the Metropolitan Police about a Christian group’s attempts...

NSS Freedom of Speech Rally 25 March 2006

Tue, 28 Mar 2006 11:07

Keith Porteous Wood, Executive Director of the National Secular Society, addressed...

Newsline 2nd September 2005

Fri, 02 Sep 2005 16:09

Quotes of the Week; Essays of the Week; Arts Council Is Anxious About Religious...

1.17 Why secularism? (Part 1) – Competing concepts

This resource is aimed at older (KS5) students, though is accessible for younger...

MPs' Last Chance to Stand Up for Freedom of Expression

Wed, 01 Feb 2006 08:49

A Commons debate tomorrow, (Tuesday) will see the dramatic conclusion of the Government’s...

Threat to extend blasphemy law to other religions?

Tue, 11 Apr 2006 13:04

In a keynote speech to the IPPR, the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke MP, acknowledged...

1.18 Why secularism? (Part 2) - Viewpoints

This resource covers a wide range of political and philosophical figures and their...

Newsline 9th September 2005

Fri, 09 Sep 2005 18:41

Quotes Of The Week; Essays Of The Week; Church “On the Way Out” In Britain;...

Faith Schools: Write to your MP

Thu, 13 Apr 2006 17:54

The NSS urges you to write to your MP about your concerns over the government's...

Church "On the Way Out" In Britain

Tue, 13 Sep 2005 17:02

In a downbeat new report, a Christian statistician predicts that Britain’s churches...

Racial And Religious Hatred Bill – Best News On Free Speech For Decades

Wed, 01 Feb 2006 16:00

The Government’s attempts to substantially lower the prosecution threshold for...

1.19 Glossary

This resource makes use of the glossary to explore a basic understanding of key...

Holding independent faith schools accountable

The NSS does not oppose independent faith schools, but plays an important role...

Church Schools Favour Children from Affluent Families

Tue, 13 Sep 2005 17:08

More evidence has emerged that that the Church of England is using its religious...

Stop Discrimination in Faith Schools Admissions

Thu, 16 Feb 2006 06:44

The National Secular Society welcomed the adjournment debate today in the House...

Speech by Keith Porteous Wood to Council of Europe

Wed, 17 May 2006 16:15

Council Of Europe – Parliamentary Assembly
Freedom Of Expression And Respect...

Faith Schools Pledge to Broaden R.E. is Diversionary Tactic

Thu, 23 Feb 2006 07:16

The statement by religious leaders* that they intend to teach about all religious...

Does faith unite or divide communities?

Wed, 29 Nov 2006 11:40

Speech by Keith Porteous Wood, Executive Director, at Race Convention, QE II Conference...

Coming To A Cinema near You Soon: Alpha

Tue, 13 Sep 2005 17:19

The annual Alpha Course advertising jamboree is starting this month. It features...

Right to education

Everybody has the right to an effective education. Parents have a limited right...

Education Bill - Government About To Make A Mammoth Mistake On Faith Schools

Mon, 27 Feb 2006 19:17

The Government is about to make a mammoth mistake by making it easier for more...

Kenya To Become A Theocracy?

Tue, 13 Sep 2005 18:52

Christians in Kenya have expressed fear at their Government’s plans to turn...

Address by Keith Porteous Wood to the Council of Europe 27 February 2007

Tue, 27 Feb 2007 11:03

Council of Europe Committee on Culture, Science and Education
Intercultural and...

We Don't Mind If Iraq Is A Theocracy, Says British Government

Tue, 13 Sep 2005 18:56

After forcibly deposing a tyrant in the name of democracy, the British Government...

Address by Keith Porteous Wood to the Council of Europe 27 February 2007

Tue, 27 Feb 2007 11:36

Council of Europe Committee on Culture, Science and Education
Intercultural and...

Archbishop’s Defence of Faith Schools “Disingenuous and Self-Serving”

Tue, 14 Mar 2006 07:08

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s defence of faith schools as promoting community...

Catholic Church "Milking Europe"

Tue, 13 Sep 2005 18:58

The European Commission has come under fire for holding meetings with church organisations...

Freedom of Speech Is Not Negotiable

Sat, 25 Mar 2006 11:03

The National Secular Society supports the demonstration in Trafalgar Square this...

National Secular Society provide briefing paper to Peers prior to debate in House of Lords

Thu, 26 Apr 2007 11:32

Read the Briefing paper provided by National Secular Society to Peers for the...

Belfast Magazine in 'Landmark' Free Speech Case

Tue, 13 Sep 2005 18:59

A potentially landmark Human Rights case resulting from a year-long dispute between...

Time for Fixing The Date Of Easter Is Overdue

Mon, 10 Apr 2006 11:31

The date of Easter should be fixed to avoid the uncertainty and inconvenience...

NSS views shape House of Lords debate

Thu, 26 Apr 2007 11:32

Read the Briefing paper provided by National Secular Society to Peers for the...

American Atheists Say Hands That Help Are Better Than Lips That Pray

Tue, 13 Sep 2005 19:02

The American Atheists organisation says President Bush should stop urging prayer...

New Risk That Televangelists Will Be Tempted to Exploit the Vulnerable for Cash

Wed, 19 Apr 2006 19:07

Televangelists who make appeals for money on TV should be licensed to avoid exploitation,...

NSS makes waves in San Marino

Fri, 27 Apr 2007 13:00

When the Council of Europe announced that it was hosting a conference with the...

Jerry Springer – Freedom of Speech Is Not Negotiable

Tue, 02 May 2006 10:54

Christians protesting tonight against the performance of Jerry Springer the Opera...

American Atheists Say Hands That Help Are Better Than Lips That Pray

Tue, 13 Sep 2005 19:03

The American Atheists organisation says President Bush should stop urging prayer...

Blair’s legacy is a religious time bomb

Fri, 11 May 2007 11:45

Tony Blair is leaving behind him a religious legacy that could amount to a time...

American Atheists Say Hands That Help Are Better Than Lips That Pray

Tue, 13 Sep 2005 19:04

The American Atheists organisation says President Bush should stop urging prayer...

Religious body should pay for Shambo shambles

Fri, 27 Jul 2007 10:05

The Hindu temple at the centre of the “sacred” bull confrontation should be...

Anti-Racism Group Challenges Belgian Headscarf Ban

Tue, 13 Sep 2005 19:06

An anti-racism group has challenged a regulation that bans wearing of Muslim veils...

Catholic Church Shows Its True Face In Da Vinci Code Protests

Thu, 18 May 2006 05:51

Catholic protests over The Da Vinci Code are exposing the Church’s repressive,...

NSS Urges Openess From Doctors on Conscience Clauses

Fri, 28 Sep 2007 12:36

Read the joint consulation response from the National Secular Society and Secular...

Anti-Racism Group Challenges Belgian Headscarf Ban

Tue, 13 Sep 2005 19:07

An anti-racism group has challenged a regulation that bans wearing of Muslim veils...

What Do You Buy An Atheist For Christmas?

Fri, 19 Oct 2007 13:55

“What on earth do atheists do at Christmas, and what can I give as a present...

Free Expression Under Threat In Europe, Warn Secularists

Thu, 18 May 2006 07:27

Free expression is under unprecedented threat in Europe, the National Secular...

Bishop Nazir Ali Risks Provoking Religious Conflict, Say Secularists

Thu, 17 Jan 2008 15:23

The Bishop of Rochester (Dr Nazir Ali)’s comments about Muslim no-go areas in...

Anti-Racism Group Challenges Belgian Headscarf Ban

Tue, 13 Sep 2005 19:11

An anti-racism group has challenged a regulation that bans wearing of Muslim veils...

Request resources

If you need resources for local information stalls, activism or group meetings,...

Churches Must Not Be Allowed To Impose Religion on Provision of Social Care

Tue, 23 May 2006 06:22

If social services are to be handed over to “faith groups”, the government...

A Cross To Bear

Thu, 17 Jan 2008 16:01

The results of a Christian worker's employment tribunal have been published: BA...

Government Too Ready To Give In to Religious Pressure on Discrimination

Mon, 05 Jun 2006 12:45

The Government is in danger of compromising the human rights of a significant...

Anti-Racism Group Challenges Belgian Headscarf Ban

Wed, 14 Sep 2005 13:20

An anti-racism group has challenged a regulation that bans wearing of Muslim veils...

Students

Campus activism and ways for students to get involved.

Archbishop’s Call For More Law To Protect Religion Is 'Self-Serving And Dangerous'

Wed, 30 Jan 2008 09:49

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s call today for special protection for religious...

Italian Teacher Sacked By Catholics "For Being Attractive"

Wed, 14 Sep 2005 13:22

The Catholic Church in Italy has fired a religious education teacher from her...

Jerry Springer: Freedom Of Speech Is Not Negotiable

Wed, 05 Jul 2006 10:59

Christians protesting against Jerry Springer the Opera (which is playing in the...

Archbishop’s Comments On Sharia Law Make Mockery Of Social Cohesion

Thu, 07 Feb 2008 17:01

The National Secular Society said today that there would be few British citizens...

Labour MP Says Religious Extremism Is At the Heart Of Blair's School Reforms

Fri, 16 Sep 2005 18:11

A Labour MP has attacked Tony Blair’s plans to create hundreds of new City Academies...

Religious conscience or discrimination?

Mon, 11 Feb 2008 16:52

The Archbishop has dug himself in deeper with his call for special legal privileges...

Campaign Locally

Suggestions and templates for writing to your local MP and local media.

Government Climb Down On Over-16’S School Collective Worship

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 12:02

The Government has accepted that it is almost certainly a breach of human rights...

Williams Calls For Muslims To Embrace "Secularism"

Fri, 16 Sep 2005 18:16

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has admitted that secularism is...

Religious Rights And Animal Rights Collide – Again

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 16:46

Although Gangotri was no threat to human health, the protest outside Parliament...

Getting Religion Out Of the Law

Fri, 16 Sep 2005 18:22

The Premier of Ontario in Canada, Dalton McGuinty, has said he will introduce...

Church Of England Clearly Reluctant To Accept Abolition Of Blasphemy Laws

Mon, 03 Mar 2008 10:56

The National Secular Society – which has been campaigning for an end to the...

Catholic Schools Seek to Usurp Students’ Human Rights

Wed, 16 Aug 2006 18:57

Catholic educators are opposing the Government’s proposal to allow students...

The National Secular Society in Scotland

We're a national organisation, but some of our work has a Scottish focus.

The National Secular Society in Wales

We're a national organisation, but some of our work has a Welsh focus.

Getting Religion Out Of Schools

Fri, 16 Sep 2005 18:25

Despite heavy pressure from the churches, lawmakers in Quebec, Canada have amended...

Church Of England Clearly Reluctant To Accept Abolition Of Blasphemy Laws

Mon, 03 Mar 2008 10:56

The National Secular Society – which has been campaigning for an end to the...

Government's Refusal To Challenge Faith Schools Over Cohesion Is "Madness"

Fri, 25 Aug 2006 07:40

NSS Vice-president Terry Sanderson has condemned the government's refusal to allow...

Health Trust Should Save Nurses’ Jobs, Not Publicly-Funded Chaplains'

Tue, 05 Sep 2006 15:54

Worcester Acute Health Trust was urged by the National Secular Society to stick...

The National Secular Society in Northern Ireland

We're a national organisation, but some of our work has a Northern Ireland focus....

Celebration As Abolition Of Iniquitous Blasphemy Law Is Approved In Parliament

Thu, 06 Mar 2008 12:11

The National Secular Society (NSS) welcomes the passing by the House of Lords...

Secularist of the Year Prize Award 2006

Fri, 29 Sep 2006 10:40

The National Secular Society will be presenting the second Irwin Prize for Secularist...

Phillips Profoundly Wrong about Faith Schools, Says NSS

Fri, 23 Sep 2005 17:54

Trevor Phillips, chair of the Commission for Racial Equality, is profoundly wrong...

Speech To Libre Pensée

Mon, 17 Mar 2008 15:20

A speech to the French Society Of Freethinkers (Libre Pensée) delivered by By...

Holy Joes Out In Force At Labour Conference

Fri, 23 Sep 2005 17:58

The Labour Party Conference in Brighton will provide another opportunity for would-be...

Speech to Libre Pensée

Mon, 17 Mar 2008 15:25

A speech to French Society of Freethinkers (Libre Pensée) delivered by NSS Executive...

Speech to Libre Pensée

Thu, 20 Mar 2008 16:32

A speech to the French Society of Freethinkers (Libre Pensée) delivered by NSS...

Demo To Defend Free Speech

Fri, 23 Sep 2005 18:00

A large-scale demonstration is being planned outside the Houses of Parliament...

Church school 25% concession is a cynical diversionary tactic that means nothing, say secularists

Wed, 04 Oct 2006 06:48

The Church of England’s announcement that it intends to open up 25% of new schools...

Ratzinger Is A "Head Of State" When It Suits Him

Fri, 23 Sep 2005 18:02

The US government has told a Texas court that Joseph Ratzinger, (who has given...

Petitions

Having written to your MP, why not sign one of our related petitions?

Professor Steve Jones is Named “Secularist of The Year”

Mon, 09 Oct 2006 10:59

The geneticist and anti-creationist Professor Steve Jones has been named Secularist...

Vote On Freedom Of Expression Marks The End Of Universal Human Rights

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 14:05

Proponents of free speech at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) have...

School Admissions: Religious Discrimination Should Be Outlawed And Fines Imposed

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 16:57

The National Secular Society has written to the Secretary of State for Education...

Vatican Makes Its European Ambitions Clear

Fri, 23 Sep 2005 18:05

The Vatican has demanded that it be given more power in Europe. What the Vatican...

Islamic Demands Have Fatally Wounded UN Human Rights Council

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 10:54

Alarm has been raised over a resolution passed at the United Nations Human Rights...

Liverpool Bishop Ecstatic Over Increase In Church Schools

Tue, 27 Sep 2005 06:05

The Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, was crowing with delight this week as his...

Christian Voice: A Slight Anomaly

Tue, 27 Sep 2005 06:16

The regional tour of Jerry Springer – The Opera will go ahead after all,...

Speech To European Humanist Federation

Thu, 17 Apr 2008 17:12

Speech To Mark The 60th
Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Given...

Government Refuses To Face the Problems That “Faith Schools” Have Created

Wed, 18 Oct 2006 11:49

The Government is tinkering round the edges of the faith school problem rather...

Faith No More

Tue, 22 Apr 2008 16:53

The government continues to praise religion to the skies - and yet studies show...

German Court Rules Against Headscarf in Schools

Tue, 27 Sep 2005 06:19

A court in the north German city of Bremen has ruled that a Muslim woman teacher...

Who would Jesus vote for?

Tue, 29 Apr 2008 12:49

London elections 08: Candidates shouldn't be pushed into confessing religious...

Editorial: Who Needs A Religious Hate Law? No-One Dare Criticise Islam Anyway

Tue, 27 Sep 2005 06:24

As the next big battle over the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill approaches, we...

Evangelical Report is A “Recipe for Discord and Conflict"

Mon, 23 Oct 2006 06:34

The report from the Evangelical Alliance “Faith and Nation” is the best argument...

Atheists Get To Speak On Radio 4, But Still Have To Compete With Clerics

Tue, 27 Sep 2005 06:28

Radio 4 broadcast a programme called Losing My Religion on Monday, which...

Theos “Doing God” Report Recommendations a “Recipe for Disaster”

Mon, 06 Nov 2006 17:20

The Theos report was criticised today by The National Secular Society (NSS) as...

Legal Action Threatened Over Religion In Schools

Wed, 14 May 2008 10:48

The National Secular Society says that it will consider legal action against the...

Religion Causes Wars, It Doesn't Solve Them

Tue, 27 Sep 2005 06:32

As religious warfare rages around the world a high-power group of politicians...

Public Enquiry Essential Into Mosque Programme Fiasco

Thu, 15 May 2008 15:45

The National Secular Society has called for a full public inquiry into the role...

Government Must Resist Knee-Jerk Reaction To Griffin Trial: Do Not Restrict Free Speech Even Further

Sun, 12 Nov 2006 22:53

It would be catastrophic for freedom of speech for the Government to rush to further...

BA Should Not Be Bullied Over Jewellery Ban, Especially by Government Ministers

Wed, 22 Nov 2006 13:43

British Airways are entitled to enforce a uniform ban on jewellery, and should...

Essays of the Week

Tue, 27 Sep 2005 06:44

We should expect the policeman’s knock for what we do, not for what we think

Why...

NSS questions role of police and CPS in Channel 4 mosque programme

Fri, 16 May 2008 08:53

The NSS has written to the Secretary of State for Justice, Jack Straw, asking...

Bishop Nazir Ali Risks Doing The BNP’s Work For Them

Thu, 29 May 2008 12:53

The National Secular Society has called on the Archbishop of Canterbury to discipline...

Claims That Christmas Has Been Banned by Employers are Exaggerated and Misleading

Tue, 05 Dec 2006 15:23

The National Secular Society has dismissed the reports of employers “banning...

Essays of the week

Fri, 30 Sep 2005 20:36

Opiate of the masses

Why the EU must say ‘no’ to Turkey

ID is God’s way...

Government Must Act Now To Prevent Religious Power Struggle

Mon, 09 Jun 2008 10:15

It is now a matter of urgency for the Church of England to be disestablished....

Law on Public Authorities Must Be Tightened To Prevent Discrimination in Faith Based Welfare

Fri, 22 Dec 2006 10:25

The National Secular Society has asked the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee...

NSS Vows To Fight Back Against The Religious Propagandists In Our Schools

Fri, 30 Sep 2005 20:46

The National Secular Society has reacted angrily to new demands from the Religious...

Petition Queen to Block Anti-Gay Discrimination Regulations Is “An Affront to Democracy”

Mon, 08 Jan 2007 13:06

The National Secular Society has condemned an evangelical Christian group’s...

AIDS: Who is opposing condom use?

Mon, 09 Jun 2008 16:29

Speech given by Keith Porteous Wood to a joint congress of the International Humanist...

It’s Official: Religion Really Is the Problem

Fri, 30 Sep 2005 20:50

We’ve been saying it since 1866, but now it’s a proven fact: far from benefiting...

First Woman To Address European Parliament On Religious Matters Will Do So Today

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 09:36

A historic precedent was set at the European parliament today. The United Nations...

The Government Must See the Sexual Orientation Regulations Through With No Further Exemptions.

Wed, 10 Jan 2007 07:29

The National Secular Society (NSS) has welcomed the House of Lords decision to...

"God And The Politicians" Reveals Religious Ambitions

Fri, 30 Sep 2005 20:53

BBC2’s programme God and the Politicians, broadcast on Wednesday evening,...

Discussion of religious questions now banned at UN Human Rights Council

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 15:53

by Roy Brown, former president of the International Humanist and Ethical Union....

The Sexual Orientations Uphold Human Rights. They Should Not Be Subject To Religious Bigotry.

Wed, 10 Jan 2007 07:42

Religious groups are issuing a “torrent of lies” in order to have a new law...

Multiculturalism Costs Lives

Fri, 30 Sep 2005 20:56

Multiculturalism is a divisive political doctrine that creates enormous costs,...

Sir Ian McKellen Hammers The Final Nail In The Coffin Of Blasphemy Law

Mon, 23 Jun 2008 17:14

Sir Ian McKellen drew a final line under the blasphemy laws on Saturday, when...

Hopeless Muslim School Gets Yet Another Reprieve

Fri, 30 Sep 2005 21:00

A Muslim school in Dundee has been spared from closure after it was decided it...

Catholic Dogma Must Not Be Written Into British Equality Regulations

Sun, 21 Jan 2007 14:26

Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly must not be allowed to write Catholic dogma into...

Registrar Judgement Potentially Catastrophic For Equality

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 16:37

The National Secular Society has condemned the decision to allow registrars to...

Vatican Schemes To Oust the Government in Spain

Fri, 30 Sep 2005 21:09

The Catholic Church in Spain is stepping up its agitation to depose the socialist...

On Simplism and Anti-Jewism

Fri, 30 Sep 2005 21:12

by Brian Robinson
One of the problems in debating the Israel-Palestine...

NSS Calls on Government not to Destroy the Promotion Prospects of Thousands of Teachers

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 16:15

Government transitional safeguards to protect the jobs and promotion prospects...

Equality Regulations: Catholic Blackmail Must Not Be Allowed To Succeed

Tue, 23 Jan 2007 12:21

Catholic pressure being applied to the Government over the new gay rights law...

The Sikh bangle case is another example of religious privilege being indulged and encouraged.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 17:07

The fact that this case was won while another case – that of 16- year old Lydia...

Granting Exemptions Will Spur Bishops On To Make New Demands, Say Secularists

Wed, 24 Jan 2007 19:12

The confrontation over the Sexual Orientation Regulations is creating a major...

Northampton Museum Caving In To Religious Demands To Suppress Scientific Detail

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 15:39

The National Secular Society has written to the leader of Northampton Borough...

Roman Catholic Church Demonstrates Its Unsuitability for Faith Based Welfare

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 16:45

The statement by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor on the Radio 4 Today...

A Small Victory for Reason In Cambridge

Fri, 30 Sep 2005 21:08

NSS Council member Norman Bacrac stood in for NSS President Denis Cobell (who...

How Religious Politicians Are Handling Our Education System To The Religious Proselytisers

Fri, 07 Oct 2005 17:03

Parents who are despondent about the depth that religion is penetrating our schooling...

Why Is The Government Scared Of Sacking The Bishops?

Mon, 05 Feb 2007 13:58

By not completely abolishing the Bench of Bishops in the House of Lords, the Government...

Attempt To Reintroduce Blasphemy Law By Stealth Must Not Be Allowed To Succeed

Thu, 04 Sep 2008 09:20

Fundamentalist Christians are trying to reintroduce the blasphemy law by stealth,...

Getting Your Children Out Of Religious Indoctrination – The Practical Information

Fri, 07 Oct 2005 17:05

Here is the information you need if you are considering excluding your child from...

Intolerant religious dogma has no place in science class

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 10:43

The National Secular Society has condemned the speech made at the British Association...

A Truly Modernised House Of Lords? First, Banish the Bishops’ Bench

Sun, 11 Feb 2007 22:51

The increased activity of the bishops in the House of Lords – as claimed in...

Prominent Rabbi Says Faith Schools Are “Recipe For Disaster”

Fri, 07 Oct 2005 17:11

Leading liberal rabbi Jonathan Romain has said that single faith schools are “a...

College Principals Should Stand Up For Free Speech Instead Of Supporting The Censors

Mon, 12 Feb 2007 07:46

Staff and students at Clare College should make a stand for free speech instead...

Minority faith schools will be a disaster for cohesion

Wed, 15 Oct 2008 14:58

The NSS will deliver a speech at an education seminar in the European Parliament...

The Lethal Perils Of Faith Based Welfare

Fri, 07 Oct 2005 17:13

The dangers of allowing religious bodies to run welfare and health services were...

Christian Group’s Intimidation Tactics Must Be Challenged

Thu, 13 Nov 2008 11:12

The police must act against a Christian group using intimidation and bullying...

Government Stands Up For Equality, Forcing Religious to Back Down

Thu, 08 Mar 2007 06:55

The National Secular Society has welcomed publication today of the Sexual Orientation...

One Law for All campaign launched

Thu, 11 Dec 2008 15:26

The One Law for All campaign was launched at the House of Lords on International...

Killing Of Gays Continues In Islamic Republic Of Iran

Fri, 07 Oct 2005 17:15

The persecution, torture and judicial murder of gay people continues in Iran.

Equality Regulations – Are The Churches Now Going To Carry Out Their Threats?

Thu, 22 Mar 2007 13:00

The National Secular Society has welcomed the approval last night by the House...

THE GOD WHO SOON WON’T BE THERE

Fri, 07 Oct 2005 17:22

Judging by the rate at which it is flying off our shelves, The God Who Wasn’t...

Tear Fund Report Provides Best Evidence Yet That The UK Is A Secular Society

Tue, 03 Apr 2007 13:58

A survey just released by Tearfund, a relief and development agency working in...

NSS speech at the launch of 'One Law for All' campaign against sharia

Mon, 15 Dec 2008 11:25

Speech delivered by Keith Porteous Wood at the House of Lords to mark the start...

Secularists Will Challenge Threat To Stop R E Withdrawal

Wed, 09 May 2007 08:46

Proposals to scrap the right for parents to withdraw their children from Religious...

AWARD YOURSELF A MERIT BADGE

Fri, 07 Oct 2005 17:23

Yes, for your decision to subscribe to Newsline, we think you deserve a...

Christian registrar decision overturned on appeal

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 15:09

Islington Council (in north London) has won its appeal today against a ruling...

A Seasonal Message from the President

Mon, 22 Dec 2008 13:29

A Seasonal Message from the President

The economic downturn is being seen by...

Blair’s legacy is a religious time bomb

Fri, 11 May 2007 11:52

Tony Blair is leaving behind him a religious legacy that could amount to a time...

A Seasonal Message from the President

Mon, 22 Dec 2008 13:29

The economic downturn is being seen by the churches as an opportunity for them...

Religious Hatred Bill Attacked In House Of Lords

Fri, 14 Oct 2005 19:23

As expected, the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill received a less than enthusiastic...

Silver Ring Thing: Victory For Common Sense

Mon, 16 Jul 2007 16:03

The National Secular Society welcomed the High Court’s verdict today in not...

Christian nurse is no martyr

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 12:03

The NSS doesn’t want nurse Petrie sacked. Her skills and commitment are not...

More Taxpayers’ Money Pledged For Educational Apartheid

Fri, 14 Oct 2005 19:30

Announcing details of an extra £1bn for improving England’s school buildings,...

ASA Upholds Complaints Against Full Page Advert By Evangelical Christians

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 10:52

The National Secular Society welcomed a ruling released today by the Advertising...

NSS supports child who was rebuked for talking about Jesus

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 11:53

The National Secular Society has commented on the news report regarding a five...

Muslim State School Spends Too Much Time on Koran

Fri, 14 Oct 2005 19:31

A state-sponsored Muslim school in Dublin is being closely monitored after an...

Sacred Bull Action “Irresponsible And Anti-Social”

Thu, 26 Jul 2007 13:03

The National Secular Society has described action taken by worshippers at a Hindu...

NSS protest to Home Secretary over Dutch MP ban on entering the UK

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 16:05

The National Secular Society has written to the Home Secretary in protest over...

Muslim And Hindu Schools Get Taxpayer’s Money

Fri, 14 Oct 2005 19:32

A private Muslim school in Leicester has been given approval to join the state...

Rush To De-Baptise

Tue, 28 Aug 2007 12:46

The National Secular Society’s Certificate of Debaptism has now been accessed...

The National Secular Society welcomes the launch of AHS Student Organisation

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 12:44

The National Secular Society welcomes the new nationwide student organisation,...

Islamists Threaten Danish Paper

Fri, 14 Oct 2005 19:35

One of Denmark’s largest newspapers, the Jyllands-Posten has been receiving...

Hospital's plan for 'spiritual' intrusion condemned by National Secular Society

Thu, 05 Mar 2009 09:08

The plan by a hospital Trust to “assess the spiritual needs of patients” on...

The Public Don't Want More Faith Schools, And They Will Be Divisive

Mon, 10 Sep 2007 13:39

The Government’s proposal to open even more ‘faith schools’ was described...

Scottish Fundamentalists Say They Will Contest Every Seat in Election

Fri, 14 Oct 2005 19:37

A group of fundamentalist Christians says that they will contest every seat in...

The Public Don't Want More Faith Schools, And They Will Be Divisive

Mon, 10 Sep 2007 13:39

The Government’s proposal to open even more ‘faith schools’ was described...

Whatever The Archbishop Says, Viewers Want Less Religion On TV, Not More

Mon, 30 Mar 2009 17:23

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s plea for more religion on the BBC is not supported...

Jesus Returns, But He Still Isn’t There

Fri, 14 Oct 2005 19:41

Such has been the demand for The God Who Wasn’t There — the controversial...

The Public Don't Want More Faith Schools, And They Will Be Divisive

Mon, 10 Sep 2007 13:45

The Government’s proposal to open even more ‘faith schools’ was described...

Fuzzy Faithful Frustrate Secularism and Maintain the Churches’ Power

Tue, 31 Mar 2009 10:33

Terry Sanderson on the confused and confusing role of religion in modern Britain....

Religious demands costing NHS over £40 million a year

Tue, 07 Apr 2009 16:38

Churches and religious organisations should fund their own presence in hospitals,...

The Public Don't Want More Faith Schools, And They Will Be Divisive

Mon, 10 Sep 2007 13:48

The Government’s proposal to open even more ‘faith schools’ was described...

NSS Renews Attack On Religious Hatred Bill

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 17:40

Despite sustained attacks in both Houses of Parliament on the threats to freedom...

Government Helps Church Retain Stranglehold On Education.

Mon, 24 Sep 2007 10:46

The head teacher of Monkseaton High School in Tyneside who wanted to set up a...

Labour MP Calls for Muslim Centre in Parliament

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 17:42

Sadiq Khan, Labour MP for Tooting, is calling for a Muslim prayer centre to be...

Let’s hope the new BBC head of religion will be fairer to non-believers

Wed, 13 May 2009 17:06

Reaction to the appointment of a Muslim, Aaqil Ahmed, as the new head of religion...

Scottish Charity Regulator lambasted for caving in to Catholic Charity over gay adoption

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 12:37

The National Secular Society has written to the Office of the Scottish Charity...

Catholics in Bid to Dictate Research Agenda

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 17:44

The NSS has appealed to Tony Blair not to accede to a request for the establishment...

Secularist of the Year presentation 2007

Sat, 13 Oct 2007 07:05

This year’s £5,000 Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year will be presented...

Iranian Dissident Wins Secularist of The Year Prize

Mon, 22 Oct 2007 06:39

A woman who has spent her life opposing the mistreatment of women by the Iranian...

Magistrates Must Be Made To Follow the Law, Not Inflict Their Prejudices on Defendants

Tue, 23 Oct 2007 06:52

The National Secular Society is calling for the appeal by an ex-magistrate who...

Secularisation beckons

Wed, 03 Jun 2009 22:34

Once Europe's leaders realise they don't have to pander to theocrats who claim...

Pig Ban Reconsidered

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 17:47

The West Midlands council that banned workers from having toy pigs on their desks...

Christians — and Their Friends on the Council — Force Cross Back Into Crematorium

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 17:49

A large cross, hanging on the wall of Torbay crematorium was removed earlier this...

Dawkins Says Women Will Defeat Militant Islam

Tue, 23 Oct 2007 15:29

Richard Dawkins says that it is “the awakening of women” that will solve the...

More Public Money Spent On Promoting Religion

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 17:52

The first Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Sikh chaplains to the British Armed Forces...

BMA Conference Votes Down Christian Doctors’ Prayer Demand

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 14:43

Doctors have voted down a Christian motion at the BMA conference that would have...

Calls For Fundamentalist Christian To Be Removed From Equality Body

Tue, 06 Nov 2007 11:15

The appointment by the Government of an anti-gay Christian fundamentalist to the...

Teacher Refused Job Because She Won’t Wear Headscarf

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 17:54

A 32-year-old Muslim woman in Amsterdam who was refused a job at an Islamic school...

Calls For Fundamentalist Christian To Be Removed From Equality Body

Wed, 07 Nov 2007 12:58

The appointment by the Government of an anti-gay Christian fundamentalist to the...

GALHA hits thirty and grows in vigour and influence

Tue, 07 Jul 2009 09:46

The National Secular Society congratulates the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association...

Most Americans Believe in Creationism – Poll

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 17:56

A majority of adults support the biblical account of creation according to a new...

Prayer Not Effective, And Could Even Be Harmful, Large Scale Objective Study Shows.

Mon, 12 Nov 2007 10:59

The Tear Fund has just published a report Prayer in the UK claiming that...

Beware the spinal trap - original Simon Singh article

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 12:55

<p>Sense about Science have asked as many people as possible to publish...

Catholics Don’t Support Vatican Dogmas

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 17:58

The pope’s fanatical opposition to contraception, abortion, condoms against...

Explanation Needed About West Midlands Police' Witch Hunt Of Channel 4

Mon, 19 Nov 2007 14:28

The National Secular Society is demanding an explanation from West Midlands Police...

Plea to psychiatrists’ governing body to ditch gay cure therapies

Thu, 06 Aug 2009 12:18

Psychiatrists should stop offering homosexuals therapies that promise to change...

Christian Theme Park – Is the Day of Judgment Approaching?

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 18:00

A Christian theme park in Florida is cutting back its operations by one day a...

Government Conspires With Catholic Church To Subvert Its Own Law

Tue, 20 Nov 2007 10:41

The Government’s offer of funding for the Catholic Church to find a way round...

NSS dismiss Mayor’s call for non-Muslims to fast for a day in Ramadan

Sat, 05 Sep 2009 11:20

The National Secular Society have dismissed Boris Johnson’s call for non-Muslims...

Protests planned for Pope’s visit

Wed, 23 Sep 2009 21:05

<p>Protests are already being planned for the visit of the Pope to Britain...

Violence is Only a Whisker Away in Danish Cartoon Row

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 18:02

It seems that Denmark could be heading for its own Salman Rushdie affair, as several...

Government Conspires With Catholic Church To Subvert Its Own Law

Tue, 20 Nov 2007 10:45

The Government’s offer of funding for the Catholic Church to find a way round...

Calling Derby Area Secularists

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 18:04

Mike Lake is setting up secularderby.org – the Derby & Derbyshire Secular...

Will Christian Activist Finish Off Blasphemy Law?

Wed, 21 Nov 2007 10:08

The National Secular Society hopes that Christian evangelist Stephen Green will...

Vatican held to account at UN over child abuse

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 14:48

The Vatican has been accused of evading its responsibilities over child abuse...

The Golden Compass Has Lost Its Way

Tue, 27 Nov 2007 11:40

On the day of the premiere of The Golden Compass, Terry Sanderson, president...

International Committee to Protect Freethinkers

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 18:07

Fred Whitehead writes: “Since 2004, the ICPF has been organised and expanded...

Faith and social provision don't mix

Wed, 14 Oct 2009 15:47

Britain's taxpayers are destined to finance an increasing amount of "faith-based...

Seasonal Greetings Cards – Exclusives Are On Their Way

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 18:09

After a lot of requests for something non-religious but good quality and tasteful,...

Europe’s Non-Religious Citizens Disadvantaged By Religious Power-Seekers

Wed, 28 Nov 2007 13:25

Europeans who have no religion are increasing in number but are becoming increasingly...

NSS supports demonstration in defence of liberal secular democracy

Mon, 26 Oct 2009 16:22

The National Secular Society has thrown its support behind a counter-demonstration...

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 18:12

NSS Speaks Out

Iranian Ehsan Fattahian will be exectued this Wednesday, 11 November because of apostasy

Tue, 10 Nov 2009 11:25

The National Secular Society has received the followingplea from Mina Ahadi, a...

Teddy Bear Affair Just A Taster

Mon, 03 Dec 2007 17:18

The National Secular Society has written to an Ambassador to the United Nations...

‘Christianophobia’ Debate Is Paranoid And A Waste Of Parliamentary Time

Tue, 04 Dec 2007 12:46

The parliamentary debate called for on Wednesday 5 December by Mark Pritchard...

NSS Speaks Out

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 18:12

Our campaigns this week

21 November is a day against Sharia law and for Human Rights

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 15:18

One Law for All campaign is organising a rally on Saturday 21 November 2009 at...

Have You Been Saved! Yet?

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 18:15

Not known for its humour, the religious right in the USA were not best pleased...

Theos Trying To Guilt-Trip Society over Christmas

Sat, 08 Dec 2007 09:03

The National Secular Society was dismissive of a report to be published tomorrow...

NSS demands repeal of legislation discriminating against non-religious teachers

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 06:00

The National Secular Society (NSS) will today accuse the Government of institutionalising...

Church Pressure On Catholic MPs ‘Sinister’

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 12:59

The National Secular Society has condemned as ‘sinister’ the news that a group...

BBC Trust rejects NSS Thought for the Day complaint

Tue, 17 Nov 2009 13:40

The BBC Trust has rejected complaints by the National Secular Society that the...

Church Pressure On Catholic MPs ‘Sinister’

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 12:59

The National Secular Society has condemned as ‘sinister’ the news that a group...

Religious Schools Set For Further Massive Expansion

Fri, 28 Oct 2005 14:31

“Among the few institutions to welcome the Education White Paper was the Church...

The NSS joins battle to thwart growth of sharia law in Britain

Tue, 17 Nov 2009 15:41

The National Secular Society is supporting the One Law for All demonstration on...

Church Pressure On Catholic MPs ‘Sinister’

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 13:03

The National Secular Society has condemned as ‘sinister’ the news that a group...

Another Labour MP Attacks “Faith Schools”

Fri, 28 Oct 2005 14:34

A Labour MP has launched a scathing attack on “faith schools.” Lynne Jones,...

Religious propaganda from the BBC

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 14:54

So, religion keeps its monopoly on Thought for the Day. Are we surprised? Of course...

Church Pressure On Catholic MPs ‘Sinister’

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 13:03

The National Secular Society has condemned as ‘sinister’ the news that a group...

Religious Hatred Bill Given a Severe Kicking in the Lords

Fri, 28 Oct 2005 14:36

The Government was sent a strong message from the House of Lords this week about...

NSS forces Government to remove religious opt out from discrimination law

Fri, 27 Nov 2009 15:20

Following a complaint from the National Secular Society, the European Commission’s...

Religious agitation on the rise in Scotland

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 15:23

Religion is experiencing something of a revival in Scotland lately. On the festival...

Jonathan Miller’s History of Atheism to be Shown on BBC2

Fri, 28 Oct 2005 14:38

After months of pressure, the BBC has at last decided to repeat — without fanfare...

Nick Clegg Should Be Commended For His Honesty, Not Pilloried

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 14:20

Reacting to the news that the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg,...

Opus Dei Lecturer Given Golden Handshake

Fri, 28 Oct 2005 14:42

An Irish academic investigated for using her lectures to promote Opus Dei has...

Nick Clegg Should Be Commended For His Honesty, Not Pilloried

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 14:20

Reacting to the news that the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg,...

Letter to the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP

Thu, 10 Dec 2009 20:43

This letter, consernining the proposed peerage fro Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor,...

Parliamentary attempt to abolish blasphemy law - your help needed

Tue, 08 Jan 2008 10:34

We have been working closely with our Honorary Associate Dr Evan Harris MP, who...

Registrar Lillian Ladele Loses Appeal

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 12:44

The National Secular Society has welcomed the ruling from the Court of Appeal...

Make Diwali a Bank Holiday, Say Hindus

Fri, 28 Oct 2005 14:44

Hindus this week asked for Diwali, the “festival of lights” celebrated by...

A Cross To Bear

Thu, 17 Jan 2008 15:46

She was portrayed in the press as a victim of cruel religious discrimination -...

Important Event for Your Diary

Fri, 28 Oct 2005 14:47

The NSS will be taking part in a high profile debate with Steve (Mr faith-based...

A seasonal message from the President of the NSS

Thu, 17 Dec 2009 15:13

<p>A seasonal message from Terry Sandesron, President of the NSS</p>...

Teachers should not be allowed to evangelise in pupil’s homes– Olive Jones case

Mon, 21 Dec 2009 10:16

The National Secular Societ have spoken out in support of the right of the employers...

NSS Goes Ebay

Fri, 28 Oct 2005 14:49

This week we have another collector’s item that will go to the highest bidder....

State funding of Church buildings only if Church cedes control of assets

Thu, 24 Dec 2009 09:27

<p>The National Secular Society has responded to the Archbishop of Canterbury&rsquo;s...

Government’s “faith advisors” a cynical ploy and an insult to non-religious Britons

Thu, 07 Jan 2010 16:13

The appointment by the Government this week of thirteen “faith advisors”...

"The God Who Wasn’t There" Excites Interest

Fri, 28 Oct 2005 14:55

The controversial American film The God Who Wasn’t There — which has...

Let's fight the church on equality

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 16:22

Christian conservatives have won a victory for discrimination in the Lords. Secularists...

BBC must not become an evangelical wing of the Church of England

Tue, 09 Feb 2010 17:30

Church of England claims that the BBC is sidelining religious broadcasting are...

Pope should be challenged, not given uncontested slot on Thought for the Day

Wed, 17 Feb 2010 15:33

The National Secular Society today responded to reports that the BBC have invited...

Pope should be challenged, not given uncontested slot on Thought for the Day

Wed, 17 Feb 2010 17:16

The National Secular Society today responded to reports that the BBC have invited...

I Want A Priest with A Magic Wand and I Want You to Pay For It

Fri, 04 Nov 2005 15:16

Kingston Prison in Portsmouth has hired a pagan priest to give “spiritual advice”...

Bezhti Protester Says He Shouldn’t Have Been Arrested

Fri, 04 Nov 2005 15:18

A Sikh man who was arrested because he refused to leave during the protest against...

Labour risks alienating voters by over-playing religion

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 14:23

Labour’s Scottish Secretary, Jim Murphy, risks alienating the Party’s...

Ex-Soviet Republic Bans Hijab In Schools

Fri, 04 Nov 2005 15:20

Tajikistan’s Islamic party has criticized a new ban on wearing Islamic headscarves...

Sex Education: Government amendment is betraying children in faith schools

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 14:29

The Government is bowing to religious pressure and amending the Children Schools...

Lords vote to enable discrimination on grounds of caste to become unlawful

Wed, 03 Mar 2010 13:56

The House of Lords have voted for enabling legislation to permit the outlawing...

Iranians Seek Support For Protest at Compulsory Veiling

Fri, 04 Nov 2005 15:22

We have received a statement from Khalil Keyvan, Secretary of the Worker-Communist...

Blasphemy law returns with a vengeance

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 10:31

The National Secular Society said today that the blasphemy laws had been reintroduced...

Editorial: Christmas Whingeing Starts Early This Year

Fri, 04 Nov 2005 15:24

And they’re off! We’ve grown used to the supermarkets starting Christmas at...

Religious influence on the political process is at its most pernicious when it is hidden

Mon, 08 Mar 2010 12:22

Should religious leaders tell us how to vote?NSS President Terry Sanderson aswers...

Denmark Considers Headscarf Ban

Fri, 04 Nov 2005 15:26

According to a survey, carried out for the free daily Metroexpress, nearly one...

BBC Is Anti-Religious, Say Propagandists

Fri, 04 Nov 2005 15:28

A group of religious propagandists told a House of Lords Select Committee this...

Vatican to be attacked at UN over failure to tackle Child Abuse

Sun, 14 Mar 2010 16:05

The Pope’s and the embattled Vatican’s record on child abuse will...

Coming Out as Atheist: Richard E. Grant

Fri, 04 Nov 2005 15:30

The actor Richard E. Grant, currently appearing in Otherwise Engaged at...

The God Who Wasn’t There Is Still Sparking Debate

Fri, 04 Nov 2005 15:32

The movie that has got the freethinkers of America all fired up is now available...

Rationalism defeats mysticism at Avebury

Wed, 07 Apr 2010 12:19

English Heritage have decided that bones from a prehistoric child's skeleton will...

Atheist sentencing creates a new and dangerous blasphemy law

Fri, 23 Apr 2010 16:19

The sentencing of Harry Taylor to six months in prison (suspended for two years)...

NSS to launch legal challenge over council prayers

Tue, 04 May 2010 11:11

The National Secular Society is to launch a legal challenge against a local Council’s...

Faithworks Debate – Come And Show Your Support For The NSS

Fri, 04 Nov 2005 15:43

The NSS will be taking part in a high profile debate with Steve (Mr faith-based...

Outrage at appointment of cover-up Cardinal to abuse inquiry panel

Tue, 01 Jun 2010 13:31

In a development that almost defies belief, the Vatican has appointed Cardinal...

Government Promises Rethink on Religious Hatred Bill

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 16:19

Peers returned to debate the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill this week. This...

Taxpayer must not be forced into rescuing the papal visit

Thu, 03 Jun 2010 11:53

News of the spiralling cost of the Pope’s visit to Britain in September...

Equality Bill Now Covers Gays

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 16:22

Pressure of space precludes a detailed report of the Lords Third Reading debate...

Cherie Blair: Did she make those remarks or didn’t she?

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 11:30

The National Secular Society has spoken out about the lack of transparency in...

Forced Conversions at Young Offenders Institute

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 16:25

Gangs are conducting campaigns of intimidation and forced religious conversion...

MEPs back proposals to introduce mandatory labelling of ritually slaughtered meat

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 14:39

MEPs have today approved proposals to introduce mandatory labelling of ritually...

NSS Speech At Abbeville

Fri, 16 Jul 2010 07:11

<p>Chevalier De La Barre Commemoration (Libre Pensee)<br />NSS...

“Greedy Church” Gets £25,000 Of Taxpayers’ Money

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 16:27

Littleport Parish Council in Cambridge has caused outrage in the village by agreeing...

Political Correctness Gone Mad (part 94, enter Dr Unwin)

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 16:29

The Archbishop of Canterbury has rather stupidly allowed himself to be roped into...

In Defence Of Secularism

Thu, 22 Jul 2010 10:03

Terry Sanderson speaks out in defence of secularism in the New Statesman

Editorial: Vatican Ties Itself in Knots over Intelligent Design

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 16:31

Last week we were informed that the Vatican had issued “a stout defence of Charles...

Church appears unconcerned at infection risk from Bibles

Mon, 26 Jul 2010 12:50

A hospital Trust’s proposal to scrap the provision of Gideon Bibles in bedside...

Protest the Pope is not anti-Catholic, it is anti-Pope – this pope

Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:19

<p>Terry Sanderson's address to Protest the Pope public meeting, 12...

Intelligent Design and British Schools

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 16:34

This exchange took place at Education Questions in the House of Commons on 31...

Turkey’s Veil Ban Upheld in European Court

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 16:37

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld Turkey’s ban on wearing the headscarf...

Why we must make the Vatican face up to its misdeeds

Fri, 13 Aug 2010 15:47

<p>A speech by Keith Porteous Wood to the Protest the Pope public meeting....

Turkey’s Veil Ban Upheld in European Court

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 16:38

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld Turkey’s ban on wearing the headscarf...

Three quarters of Britons object to paying for pope’s visit

Sat, 04 Sep 2010 07:39

<p>More than three quarters of Britons think the taxpayer should not...

Spanish Catholics Fuming Over Choice in Religious Education

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 16:40

The president of the Catholic Confederation of Parents in Spain, Luis Carbonel,...

Muriel Makes Waves over Concordat

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 16:43

The NSS’s diligent concordat watcher, Muriel Fraser, had a letter in the Slovak...

Protest the Pope Campaign uses films to explore its objections to the Pope’s visit

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 11:15

As part of the protest the Pope Campaign, the National Secular Society is showing...

Faithworks debate – come and show your support for the NSS

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 16:50

The NSS will be taking part in a high profile debate with Steve (Mr faith-based...

Pope says penance is punishment enough for abusive priests

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 11:37

In an extraordinary admission, buried in a speech made at the Vatican on 8 September,...

Stickers

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 16:55

Last week Barbara Smoker suggested that we produce some stickers that could be...

Why are the police trying to hide the true cost of securing the papal visit?

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 18:58

The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, Meredydd Hughes, who is co-ordinating...

Protest the Pope announce protest march to Downing Street

Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:44

Speakers at the protest march and rally organised to coincide with the day of...

At Last Our Own Propaganda Film – So Make Good Use of It

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 16:57

There has long been a call within the secularist movement for a film that puts...

It Would Be a Crime to Miss Father Amaro

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 16:58

We have a new DVD title available on our website, starring Mexican heart throb...

NSS responds to Cardinal Kasper’s comments about UK being a “third world” country

Wed, 15 Sep 2010 19:51

One of the Pope's senior advisers has pulled out of the papal visit to Britain,...

Pope accused of flagrant disregard for UN Children’s Charter

Thu, 16 Sep 2010 11:14

As the scandal of child abuse in the Catholic Church swirls around the Pope’s...

Classic Serial: Father & Son

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 17:07

(Radio 4, Part 1 Saturday 12 November 9pm; Part 2 Sunday 13 November 3pm). Victorian...

The Pope kicks off his visit with an attack on secularism

Thu, 16 Sep 2010 13:12

The Pope is hardly off the plane before he launches his first attack on secularism....

Poll Shows More Atheists than Christians among Young People

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 16:52

An ICM poll for the BBC last week showed that among the 18-24 age group in Britain...

Claire Rayner – A personal tribute from Terry Sanderson

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 07:57

Claire Rayner - who has died at the age of 79 - will be greatly missed by those...

Pagan Chaplain Is Banned From Waving His Wand in Prison

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 16:54

Britain’s first pagan “chaplain” has been relieved of his duties at Portsmouth’s...

BBC’s new guidelines on religion place a dangerous restriction on free speech

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 13:06

New BBC editorial guidelines that restrict comment on religion have been condemned...

Spanish Government Threatens Church With A Pay Cut

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 16:56

Two days after a demonstration by the Catholic Church against the Spanish Government’s...

Advertising watchdog has reintroduced the blasphemy law

Wed, 27 Oct 2010 14:03

In banning a mildly satirical advertisement for ice cream, the Advertising Standards...

Children should be protected from bigoted foster parents

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 11:32

Christian campaigners are ridiculously exaggerating their claims that they are...

Paranoia Increases Among “Persecuted” Christians

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 16:58

As the right-wing tabloids in this country continue their hysterical campaign...

NSS’s Submission to The BBC Charter Review Select Committee

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 17:01

You can read what the NSS had to say about religious broadcasting to the parliamentary...

Christian zealots launch campaign based on lies, distortions and paranoia

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 08:33

Christian Concern for our Nation and the Christian Legal Centre (which are, in...

American Parents Challenge Intelligent Design

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 17:05

A group of parents in the United States is challenging a school board which it...

Upcoming Debates – We Really Need Your Support

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 17:07

We're told that, in terms of supporters, we're heavily outnumbered at these debates....

Muslim Woman Wins Right Not To Wear Hijab

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 17:09

Islamic groups across Europe have campaigned for years for the right of Muslim...

Court rules against homophobic discrimination

Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:04

Bristol County Court has awarded £1,800 each in damages to the gay couple...

Ancient Curse Invoked: One Dead, Hundreds to Go

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 17:11

Developers of a £100 million shopping centre on the site of a redundant cattle...

Transfer of schools to academies in breach of European law

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 07:01

The National Secular Society has complained to the Government and the European...

Gay Men Face Death by Stoning

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 17:13

The fate of two gay men in Nigeria who are facing the death penalty for allegedly...

Crucifix case overturned by Human Rights Court

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 14:33

<p>The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has overturned...

Saudi Teacher Convicted of “Mocking Religion”

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 17:15

A Saudi high school teacher has been sentenced to three years in prison and 750...

Coalition lacks the courage to secularise the reformed House of Lords

Mon, 04 Apr 2011 16:59

Reacting to the news of Nick Clegg’s proposals for reform of the House of...

Cock-A-Doodle Christmas

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 17:17

An angst-ridden ENDA FARRELL has had quite a week manning the barricades of...

NSS urges MEPs to support labelling of religiously slaughtered meat

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 11:24

<p>The National Secular Society has written to members of The European...

PM called on to remove Catholic discrimination in royal succession

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:10

The National Secular Society has written to The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime...

New Merchandise for The Gift-Giving Season

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 17:19

We’ve got some choice new gifts and treats in our on-line shop at the moment,...

MEPs vote in favour of labelling meat from religious slaughter

Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:46

Members of the European Parliament Environment Committee have today voted in favour...

NSS Speaks Out

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 17:21

Vice president Terry Sanderson had a letter in today’s Church Times.

NSS Director slams Vatican failures over child abuse at UN Human Rights Council

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 12:19

The NSS's Executive Director Keith Porteous Wood make a forthright attack on the...

NSS backs campaign against creationism in schools

Wed, 11 May 2011 12:44

The NSS has backed the launch of the CrISIS Campaign - Creationism In Schools...

An Evening of Blasphemy with the Unitarians

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 17:27

To underline the absurdity of the law on Blasphemy, there will be an event on...

MEPs Throw Down the Gauntlet On Church-State Separation

Fri, 25 Nov 2005 20:08

The European Commission’s “presidential adviser on religious matters” was...

Secularists welcome Amnesty naming Vatican over Child Abuse

Fri, 13 May 2011 11:26

Secularists have welcomed Amnesty International’s naming of the Vatican...

New Vatican guidelines on child abuse by priests – a smokescreen for no change

Mon, 16 May 2011 12:27

The guidelines are no change at all, although the Vatican will try to produce...

NSS in Debate with Faithworks

Fri, 25 Nov 2005 20:10

The debate with Faithworks, which took place on Monday at a London church, saw...

Equality Commission determined to push religion up the hierarchy of rights

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:40

The National Secular Society today accused the Equality and Human Rights Commission...

Archbishop of Dying Church Says Secularism Has Failed

Fri, 25 Nov 2005 20:13

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham has hit out at opponents of religion...

American Poll Show Growing Sense of Persecution and Paranoia among Christians

Fri, 25 Nov 2005 20:15

A new survey shows the majority of Americans think religion is “under attack”...

NSS given leave to intervene at ECHR in religious discrimination cases

Fri, 05 Aug 2011 16:01

The National Secular Society has today been given leave by European Court of Human...

Number of Non-Believers in Northern Ireland Increases

Fri, 25 Nov 2005 20:17

A new report has revealed a significant increase in the number of people in Northern...

UK secularists plan big protest against Vatican interference in politics

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:21

As secular protesters in Spain clash with pilgrims at the Vatican’s World...

Who’s Who in the Afterlife

Fri, 25 Nov 2005 20:18

Dr Michael Irwin (who sponsors the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year, organised...

Faith school employment discrimination challenged in the Lords

Thu, 15 Sep 2011 15:54

<p>Amendments to the Education Bill initiated by the NSS were debated...

Catholics in Punishment Mode

Fri, 25 Nov 2005 20:22

The leaders of the Catholic Church are becoming increasingly vicious and spiteful...

Child abuse inquiry says monks must be stripped of control at Catholic school

Wed, 09 Nov 2011 10:48

An independent inquiry by leading QC Lord Carlile of Berriew has recommended that...

Muslim Worker Has Feelings Hurt Over Wine Prize

Fri, 25 Nov 2005 20:25

A Muslim insurance salesman says he suffered religious discrimination because...

Reporting of child abuse should be mandatory, regardless of canon law

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 11:52

The National Secular Society has made a submission to the United Nations Human...

Editorial: Not With My Money

Fri, 25 Nov 2005 20:27

BBC Radio 4 broadcast a programme looking at life inside a private Muslim school...

NSS responds to attack on secularism in Parliament

Fri, 09 Dec 2011 09:48

<p>The NSS have responded to accusations of &lsquo;anti-religious...

Emily Rose – The New Weapon Of The Religious Right

Fri, 25 Nov 2005 20:29

A new film, The Exorcism of Emily Rose opens in Britain today. It became the...

NSS Lobbying Hard for Final Stages of Religious Hate Bill

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:18

Keith Porteous Wood and Honorary Associate Dr Evan Harris MP have been frantically...

Non-Believers at the Bottom of the Equalities Heap as Religious are Repeatedly Privileged

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:20

The National Secular Society has responded to a call for evidence by the Equalities...

Secular Alarm at Article 52-Style “Faith Forum” in Ireland

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:22

Alarm was raised this week about the announcement of a formal church state forum...

BBC Uses Your Money to Evangelise

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:24

The BBC has announced that it will “mark next Easter with a contemporary retelling...

Editorial: Christian Group Sends out Evangelising DVD to Primary Schools

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:26

An evangelical Christian group has sent a proselytising DVD to all primary schools...

Christian Doctor “Forced Out Of His Job” by Muslim Colleagues

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:28

A Christian doctor claims he was forced out of his job by Muslim colleagues. Dr...

University Secular Society Makes Waves

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:33

A motion to replace Christmas at the London School of Economics with “a much...

Ratzinger Dodges Condom Issue on World Aids Day

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:35

Pope Ratzinger said on Wednesday that he felt “close to the victims of AIDS”,...

New Atheist Education Pack Launched

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:37

A new education resource aimed at Key Stage 3 – 5 has been produced to introduce...

Asda Recruit 160 “Pastors” to Irritate Customers

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:38

The Asda supermarket chain has recruited 160 “multi-denominational clerics”...

Lithuanian MP Gets One Up on Interfering Bishop

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:40

The following story has been received from our fellow campaigners at Catholics...

Now Saying a Horse is Gay Can Get You Jailed

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:43

Former Oxford University student Sam Brown, from Belfast, could be jailed for...

Catholic Church Interferes in Guatamalan Politics

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:45

Catholic Church leaders are threatening a campaign of “civil disobedience”...

God Who Wasn’t There Gets A Boost

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:47

The controversial film The God Who Wasn’t There has had an unexpected...

A Uniquely Secular Liberal Shopping Experience – Come and Browse

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:49

The NSS’s politically correct, non-Christmas, winterval, solstice-season online...

Coming Out as Atheist: Peter Tatchell, Grayson Perry

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:52

Peter Tatchell who describes himself as a “campaigner for queer human rights”...

NSS Speaks Out

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:54

NSS-Scotland convenor Keith Charters was quoted in a [link http://www.sundayherald.com/53072]story...

Racial and Religious Hatred Bill – Please Help Defeat It

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 11:47

Keith Porteous Wood writes: I urge all Newsline subscribers to write...

Jerry Springer Controversy Erupts Again

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 11:51

Woolworths and Sainsbury have both taken the unprecedented step of removing the...

Church of England Stitching Up a Compliant Media

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 11:54

The Church of England is renewing pressure on key figures from the media to ensure...

UN Interferes in Denmark's Domestic Law over Mohammed Cartoons

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 11:57

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has hinted that she will...

Home Office Doling Out Taxpayers’ Money To Religious Groups

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 11:59

This week saw the closing date for applications for massive hand outs of public...

Leading Scientist Condemns Vatican’s Condom Policy

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 12:02

Lord May of Oxford has launched a scathing attack on the Catholic Church, blaming...

Anglican Church in Canada in Terminal Decline

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 12:04

The Anglican Church of Canada has lost 53 per cent of its membership over the...

Creationists Bully and Beat Lecturer Who Opposed Them

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 12:06

An American university professor who criticised religious fundamentalists has...

Is Turkey Creeping Towards Islamisation?

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 12:09

The Prime Minister of Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan, has defended a partial ban on the...

God Who Wasn’t There Producer Declares War On Christmas

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 12:11

In a tongue-in-cheek riposte to the religious right’s endless “war on Christmas”...

NSS at Head of French March for Secularism

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:15

Representatives from the National Secular Society were part of an international...

Still No Movement on Jerry Springer DVD

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:18

Despite hundreds of emails from outraged customers, neither Woolworths nor Sainsbury’s...

Irish Catholic Church Rapidly Losing Influence

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:19

A survey by the Irish newspaper the Sunday Tribune has dealt a devastating...

Editorial: Lord Chancellor Calls for More Muslim Lawyers and Judges

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:21

We all know that Muslims in Britain are having problems at the moment. Because...

Theocrats Demand Scottish Taxpayers’ Fund Islamic School

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:24

A coalition of theocratic Islamic organisations has called for the Scottish Executive...

Coming Out As Atheist: Philip Roth

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:26

The novelist Philip Roth — described as “one of America’s greatest living...

Religious Madness Helps Spread AIDS

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:28

Plans to install 500 condom vending machines in the capital of one of India’s...

Suggestion for Those with Book Tokens

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:31

Got a book token to spend? Free Expression is No Offence a new book by...

Saudi Teachers Given Pardon after Accusation from Fanatics

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:33

Two teachers in Saudi Arabia who were sentenced to jail and flogging after upsetting...

Mexican “Exorcism” Horror

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:35

In a crime that has left Mexico reeling with shock: eight people from one family...

Religious Hatred Case in Russia Goes to European Court of Human Rights

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:37

Two Russian museum employees who were sued for arousing religious hatred have...

An “Atheist Messiah” Creates Outrage

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:39

“Darwin Bedford” is Canada’s self-proclaimed Atheist Messiah. You can read...

The NSS Speaks Out

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:42

The tabloid “War on Christmas” stories that have reached new heights of stupidity...

End of Year State of Play

Fri, 23 Dec 2005 08:12

The papers have been full of their usual maunderings about the neglect of religion...

Another Glaring Religious Privilege Granted

Fri, 23 Dec 2005 08:21

Britain will allow religious workers in non-pastoral and non-preaching roles to...

Moaning Muslim Given Short Shrift at Tribunal

Fri, 23 Dec 2005 08:23

An employment tribunal threw out a case of religious discrimination this week...

“Intelligent Design” Derailed

Fri, 23 Dec 2005 08:25

In a stinging blow to the religious right in America, a district judge has banned...

An Update from Westminster

Fri, 23 Dec 2005 08:29

Despite frenetic behind the scenes activity, there is no sign of Government and...

Derby Secular Group Gets Off the Ground

Fri, 23 Dec 2005 08:31

Derby Secular Society has now organised its meetings for 2006. A series of controversial...

Coming Out as Atheist: Simon Heffer

Fri, 23 Dec 2005 08:33

The right-wing commentator Simon Heffer wrote in the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday:...

EU Tells Spain to Stop Tax Exemption for the Catholic Church

Fri, 23 Dec 2005 08:35

The European Union has told Spain it is breaking tax law by exempting the Catholic...

Taliban Kill Teacher Who Educated Girls

Fri, 23 Dec 2005 08:37

Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan have executed a school teacher in front...

TV and Radio Programmes for the Holiday Period

Fri, 23 Dec 2005 08:51

Our recommendations for the festive season.

Human Rights Experts Slam Vatican’s Concordat Plans

Fri, 06 Jan 2006 15:18

Slovakia has been warned that a proposed concordat with the Vatican could “lead...

Dawkins to Attack Religion On Channel 4

Fri, 06 Jan 2006 15:22

NSS Honorary Associate Professor Richard Dawkins will launch an all-out attack...

Italian Court to Decide Whether Jesus Existed Or Not

Fri, 06 Jan 2006 15:25

An Italian court is tackling Jesus – and whether the Roman Catholic Church may...

Editorial: You Will Not Be Indifferent to “People Of Faith”

Fri, 06 Jan 2006 15:27

The Citizens Advice Bureau has produced a leaflet entitled “Policing Prejudice”....

Danish PM Reassures Muslims over Cartoons

Fri, 06 Jan 2006 15:30

The Danish Prime Minister made an attempt over the New Year to defuse the escalating...

News Shorts

Fri, 06 Jan 2006 15:32

Stories from around the country

The NSS Speaks Out

Fri, 06 Jan 2006 15:34

The NSS in the media.

Radio & Television

Fri, 06 Jan 2006 15:44

Programmes not to be missed.

Religion Is One of BBC’s Main Priorities, Says Director General

Fri, 13 Jan 2006 15:12

News that the Director General of the BBC, Mark Thompson, has signalled that he...

At Last – Hospital Chaplains in the Line for the Chop

Fri, 13 Jan 2006 15:15

Hospital chaplains – who are paid out of scarce NHS resources – are being...

Muslim Activists Determined To Kill Free Speech In Denmark – How Long Before They Succeed?

Fri, 13 Jan 2006 15:18

Despite losing a legal action in Copenhagen, Danish Muslims are determined to...

Campaign for Funeral Pyres in England

Fri, 13 Jan 2006 15:20

The Anglo-Asian Friendship Society based in Gosforth, near Newcastle, is approaching...

Norway Moves Towards Disestablishment

Fri, 13 Jan 2006 15:21

A government commission in Norway is recommending a loosening of ties between...

Religious Censors Having A Field Day

Fri, 13 Jan 2006 15:23

A poster campaign for online bookmaker Paddy Power has been withdrawn after a...

Catholics Resist Teaching of Condom Use in Tanzania

Fri, 13 Jan 2006 15:25

Roman Catholic bishops in Tanzania have condemned as “unacceptable” a new...

Read Some Reviews of Dawkins

Fri, 13 Jan 2006 15:27

Reactions to Richard Dawkins’ The Root of All Evil? was, as would be...

Cleric Tells Married Couples: Don’t Look at Each Other “Down There”

Fri, 13 Jan 2006 15:31

An Egyptian cleric has issued a fatwa claiming that nudity during sexual intercourse...

The NSS in the Broadcast Media

Fri, 13 Jan 2006 15:33

Where you could have have seen and heard us in the last week.

Wear Your Convictions on Your Sleeve

Fri, 13 Jan 2006 15:40

This week we were told that the British Midland International airline — the...

Religious Takeover of Schools Doesn’t Improve Them

Fri, 20 Jan 2006 15:37

The Times Educational Supplement reports today that for every ten attempts...

Tussle Over “Faith School” an Indicator of Conflict to Come

Fri, 20 Jan 2006 15:39

An Islamic campaign group wants a Scottish Catholic primary school to be changed...

Thought for the Day Will Remain a Religious Monopoly

Fri, 20 Jan 2006 15:41

Appearing before the Broadcasting Select Committee in parliament this week, Mark...

Islamists Claim They Support Free Speech – At Least for Themselves

Fri, 20 Jan 2006 15:43

In a [link http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,175-1984362,00.html]bizarre...

Attendance at CofE Continues to Fall

Fri, 20 Jan 2006 15:45

Latest figures from the Church show that on average, 1,186,000 attended Church...

Interesting Shift in Denmark after Cartoon Controversy

Fri, 20 Jan 2006 15:47

Something interesting is happening in Denmark following the refusal of the Government...

Christians Screeching Over Condom Key Rings

Fri, 20 Jan 2006 15:49

An abortion rights group in America has angered some conservative Christian groups...

Protest Rallies as Vatican Tries to Direct Italian Election

Fri, 20 Jan 2006 15:51

Tens of thousands of women marched through Milan last Saturday to demand Italy...

Saudi King Pardons Teacher Who “Mocked Islam”

Fri, 20 Jan 2006 15:54

Muhammad Al-Suhaimi, the Saudi chemistry teacher who was convicted of “mocking...

Happy Atheists Should Shout it from the Rooftops

Fri, 20 Jan 2006 15:57

Forget the tambourines and the excruciating happy-clapping. Leave the speaking...

Events

Fri, 20 Jan 2006 16:05

Events next week.

Radio & Television

Fri, 20 Jan 2006 16:07

What to watch and listen to.

It’s Official: Church Schools are Divisive and Discriminatory

Fri, 27 Jan 2006 17:13

Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, which is influential in advising...

Religious Hatred Bill May Become Law Next Week

Fri, 27 Jan 2006 17:15

KEITH PORTEOUS WOOD tells of the last ditch efforts to take the sting out of...

BBC Pulls Out of Aids Prevention Programme Because of Bush’s Censoriousness

Fri, 27 Jan 2006 17:22

The BBC World Service Trust has abandoned an HIV prevention project it conducts...

Scotland’s Only Muslim School Shuts

Fri, 27 Jan 2006 17:24

The only Muslim school in Scotland has shut down after inspectors threatened it...

Blair Unveils Yet Another “Faith Group” To Eat up Public Money

Fri, 27 Jan 2006 17:26

Tony Blair spoke at the formal launch of The Christian Muslim Forum, a new “interfaith...

Catholic Church Protests at Proposed Loss of Public Subsidy in Spain

Fri, 27 Jan 2006 17:28

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s plan to reduce financial...

Catholic Church Protests at Proposed Loss of Public Subsidy in Spain

Fri, 27 Jan 2006 17:29

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s plan to reduce financial...

Secularist of The Year – Nominations Please

Fri, 27 Jan 2006 17:34

The Irwin Prize for this year’s Secularist of the Year will be presented in...

Radio & Television

Fri, 27 Jan 2006 17:43

The week's viewing and listening for secularists.

Religious Hatred Bill Comes A Cropper

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 08:37

As most of you will know by now, the government suffered a shock defeat when it...

Editorial: Islamist Steam Roller Attempts To Flatten European Free Speech – It Must Not Succeed

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 08:41

The controversy over the cartoons published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten...

Derbyshire Secularists and the BBC

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 08:45

The BBC has agreed to change the wording of an item on its GCSE studies site following...

European Court of Human Rights Backs Catholic Critic

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 08:48

The European Court of Human Rights ruled this week that a French historian fined...

Vatican’s Sticky Fingers All Over Italian Election Campaign

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 08:51

In an appeal to Catholic voters taking part in Italy’s general election in April,...

Secular Arabs Fearful of Islamic Resurgence In Palestine

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 08:54

The victory of Hamas – or the Islamic Resistance Movement to give it its English...

Australian Secularists Launch Political Party

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 09:28

A group of Australian secularists have formed a political party to fight for seats...

Australian Secularists Launch Political Party

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 09:30

A group of Australian secularists have formed a political party to fight for seats...

The End Of Faith: A Book You’ll Want To Read – Get It Here

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 09:33

Sam Harris’s book The End of Faith caused a sensation when it was published...

NSS Speaks Out

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 09:37

The NSS has been at the heart of a national debate once again as the Racial and...

Secular Arabs Fearful of Islamic Resurgence In Palestine

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 19:15

The victory of Hamas – or the Islamic Resistance Movement to give it its English...

Islamists Are Cashing In On Their Lethal Mayhem by Demanding Curbs on Free Speech

Mon, 13 Feb 2006 19:44

The mullahs who have carefully-orchestrated the campaign of violence that has...

BBC Is Becoming A Religious Propaganda Tool

Mon, 13 Feb 2006 19:48

A former BBC chief executive has accused the Corporation of “cultural cringe”...

Jokey Sex Doll Is New Target For Endless Islamist “Fury”

Mon, 13 Feb 2006 19:51

The Ann Summers “adult shop” chain had better start battening down the hatches...

Vatican Concordat Row Causes Government to Fall in Slovakia

Mon, 13 Feb 2006 19:55

The coalition government in Slovakia has fallen apart after Christian Democrats...

Italian Atheist Loses “Did Jesus Exist?” Court Case

Mon, 13 Feb 2006 19:58

The Italian atheist who took his local priest to court in order to make him prove...

Christians Want To Argue

Mon, 13 Feb 2006 20:00

Premier Christian Radio is organising a series of on-air debates between Christians...

The End Of Faith: The Book That Has Obviously Hit The Spot

Mon, 13 Feb 2006 20:03

Sam Harris’s book The End of Faith is published in paperback this month...

Faith Schools Are Here To Stay, Says Blair

Mon, 20 Feb 2006 12:28

The Prime Minister, Tony Blair, made clear in an interview with the Guardian on...

Suffer Little Children – We Don’t Care, Say Many “Faith Schools”

Mon, 20 Feb 2006 12:34

A report in today’s Times Educational Supplement reveals research showing...

Government To Fund Slough Muslim School – Despite Severe Doubts From Community Groups

Mon, 20 Feb 2006 12:36

The government has just approved funding of nearly £9 million for a Muslim school...

Opportunist Religionists Forcing Blasphemy Law On To Europe

Mon, 20 Feb 2006 12:39

Belgian Islamists staged a march through Brussels on Tuesday, demanding that the...

Islamist Students Want Timetable To Suit Their Prayer Needs

Mon, 20 Feb 2006 12:42

A Muslim group wants to change the timetable of Newcastle University so that it...

Ontario Bans Religious Law

Mon, 20 Feb 2006 12:43

The Canadian province of Ontario has formally passed legislation that prohibits...

Temptation For Sensation On “Thought For The Day”

Mon, 20 Feb 2006 12:46

NSS Vice President Terry Sanderson was on the Today programme last Saturday,...

Attacks On Religion Causing Sparks

Mon, 20 Feb 2006 12:54

Two items in the NSS shop are continuing to prompt debate about the place —...

NSS Speaks Out

Mon, 20 Feb 2006 13:05

Honorary Associate A.C. Grayling spoke for the NSS on Channel Four News on Tuesday,...

Ruth Kelly’s Cynical Attempt To Divert Attention From The Dangers Of “Faith Schools”

Sun, 26 Feb 2006 16:18

The announcement this week that religious leaders had recommended that so-called...

Attempt To Prosecute Norwegian Editor For “Blasphemy”

Sun, 26 Feb 2006 16:22

A Norwegian Muslim has reported a newspaper editor who published the cartoons...

Yorkshire MP Says Some Muslim Clerics Have No Idea Of Rights

Sun, 26 Feb 2006 16:24

A Labour MP has said that many of the Islamic clerics coming to Britain from abroad...

Resistance To Proposed To UN And EU Blasphemy Laws

Sun, 26 Feb 2006 16:33

Another three human rights groups have appealed to the U.N. to reject the attempt...

How Religion Sucks Your Money

Sun, 26 Feb 2006 17:08

• An “interfaith think-tank” has been given £50,000 by the Home Office....

Rabbi Laughably Claims That A ‘Religious U.N.’ Would Promote Peace

Sun, 26 Feb 2006 17:11

Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi, Yonah Metzger, told the Dalai Lama at a meeting...

Sick Building Syndrome Sparks Exorcist To Intervene At School

Sun, 26 Feb 2006 17:16

An exorcist has carried out a ritual on a school in Sandwell near Birmingham,...

T-Shirts Banned In Theocratic Poland

Sun, 26 Feb 2006 17:19

A university in Poland has banned an exhibition of T-shirts bearing slogans such...

Fake Miracles Get The All-Clear

Sun, 26 Feb 2006 17:25

A Channel 4 programme that saw magicians perform versions of New Testament miracles,...

Christian Car Dealers Want Their Religion Foisted On Kids In School

Sun, 05 Mar 2006 22:09

Religious propagandists are gearing up for a major push to take over schools in...

Another Blow To Free Speech As EU Grovels Over Cartoons

Sun, 05 Mar 2006 22:12

Foreign ministers of EU member states meeting in Brussels issued a statement on...

Now Christian Cartoons Are Stirring Extremists

Sun, 05 Mar 2006 22:14

A student on-line magazine is stirring controversy with a series of cartoons entitled...

Leicester Secularists Defend Free Speech At Jerry Springer Demo

Sun, 05 Mar 2006 22:16

Secularists in Leicester turned out to demonstrate for free speech when Jerry...

March For Free Expression – Will You Be There?

Sun, 05 Mar 2006 22:17

The NSS has given its backing to a new campaign for freedom of expression, which...

Poll On Sharia Law Not All Bad News For Secularists

Sun, 05 Mar 2006 22:19

NSS council member DAN BYE takes another looks at Muslim opinion
The ICM/Sunday...

Billionaire Catholic Extremist Takes It To A Logical Conclusion

Sun, 05 Mar 2006 22:22

Thomas S. Monaghan is a man who made his fortune from selling pizza. Now having...

Creationists Defeated Again In USA

Sun, 05 Mar 2006 22:24

Creationists and Intelligent Design proponents have suffered another defeat in...

Anne Atkins – As Profound As A Pancake

Sun, 05 Mar 2006 22:27

Using (or, more accurately, misusing) her unchallenged three minutes on Thought...

Education Bill Comes To Parliament – Please Write To Your MP

Sun, 12 Mar 2006 23:16

The Government’s controversial Education Bill has begun its progress through...

March For Freedom Of Expression – Be There!

Sun, 12 Mar 2006 23:18

NSS Council member Nick Pullar gives us an update

Atheist Teacher Fights Catholic Privilege In Schools – And Wins

Sun, 12 Mar 2006 23:20

A teacher who describes himself as an atheist has won a religious discrimination...

We Have A Human Right To Be Bigots, Say Anti-Gay Fundamentalists

Sun, 12 Mar 2006 23:23

A couple of fundamentalist Christians who were questioned by the police after...

Catholic Democrats Tell Vatican To Stop Pressuring Them

Sun, 12 Mar 2006 23:26

A group of 55 Democrat politicians in America’s House of Representatives, fed...

Police In T-Shirt Tantrums

Sun, 12 Mar 2006 23:27

Police have ordered a shopkeeper to remove a toddlers’ T-shirt from his window...

“End Of Faith” Still Selling Well

Sun, 12 Mar 2006 23:29

Sam Harris’s book The End of Faith is still selling well from the NSS...

News Shorts

Sun, 12 Mar 2006 23:30

Brief items of important news.

TV Debate Participants Wanted

Sun, 12 Mar 2006 23:33

BBC Three is organising a debate in its series Mindfield entitled “Make...

Williams Says Religious Indoctrination Must Be Stepped Up In Schools – Government Agrees

Sun, 19 Mar 2006 23:39

After a manipulative speech lauding “faith schools” – timed to coincide...

Is Ratzinger Coming To Britain?

Sun, 19 Mar 2006 23:40

Reports that reactionary Pope Josef Ratzinger would be visiting Britain next year...

Geller Puts The Mockers On

Sun, 19 Mar 2006 23:42

The self-styled psychic and spoon bender, Uri Geller, does more harm than good...

Is The Blasphemy Law Going To Be Extended?

Sun, 26 Mar 2006 22:01

Home Secretary Charles Clarke intimated that the Government might yet extend the...

Is The Blasphemy Law Going To Be Extended?

Sun, 26 Mar 2006 22:01

Home Secretary Charles Clarke intimated that the Government might yet extend the...

Honorary Associate Rallies For Free Expression

Sun, 26 Mar 2006 22:03

NSS Honorary Associate Nick Cohen wrote this in the Observer on Sunday:...

Faith-Based Welfare Now Official Government Policy

Sun, 26 Mar 2006 22:04

The Government’s plans to hand over large tracts of welfare provision to the...

We’ll Purge Non-Believers From “Our” Schools, Says Scottish Catholic Hierarchy

Sun, 26 Mar 2006 22:06

The Glasgow atheist who won the employment discrimination case against Glasgow...

Islamic Indoctrination Centres Must Be Controlled To Protect Children

Sun, 26 Mar 2006 22:08

Madrassas – so-called “mosque schools”, which are actually academies for...

Vatican Tells Catholic Hospital: “Put Our Teachings Before The Welfare Of Patients”

Sun, 26 Mar 2006 22:09

A Catholic hospital is in a battle with the Vatican over whether the interests...

Try As They May, The Catholic Church Can’t Stop The Provocations Of Leo Bassi

Sun, 26 Mar 2006 22:11

A comedian and theatrical provocateur whose act pokes fun at the pope and advocates...

News Shorts

Sun, 26 Mar 2006 22:13

Shorter items of relevant news.

Atheists Are Identified As America’s Most Distrusted Minority

Sun, 26 Mar 2006 22:16

Americans' increasing acceptance of religious diversity doesn’t extend to those...

TV Company Looking For Documentary Participants

Sun, 26 Mar 2006 22:17

Ricochet is an independent television production company, producers of documentaries...

Free Expression Rally Was “First Step” On A Long Road

Sun, 02 Apr 2006 14:44

The rally for Free Expression which took place in Trafalgar Square last Saturday...

“Faith Groups” Are Extending Their Influence In Local Councils

Sun, 02 Apr 2006 14:52

“Faith groups” in Birmingham are complaining that they are not being given...

Taxpayers’ Pick Up The Tab For Christian Parking Privilege

Sun, 02 Apr 2006 15:02

Outrage has been expressed in the London Borough of Ealing about parking privileges...

Scouts Start Down The Road Of Religious Apartheid

Sun, 02 Apr 2006 15:57

A Scout group for Muslims has been launched in Wales and has more than 100 members....

Pressure Resumes For God In Any Revised EU Constitution

Sun, 02 Apr 2006 15:59

Just when you thought we had dispensed with the God question in relation to the...

Pressure On For Blasphemy Laws – Nationally And Internationally

Sun, 02 Apr 2006 16:01

A Bill criminalising blasphemy has been proposed in the French Parliament by an...

Muslim Woman Wins Right Not To Shake Hands With Men

Sun, 02 Apr 2006 16:16

A Muslim woman who refuses to shake hands with men for “religious reasons”...

Cock-A-Doodle-Do: Message From Allah Is A Bit Fishy

Sun, 02 Apr 2006 16:20

Allah is, apparently, using the animal world these days to make his presence felt...

Lottery Money Used To Fund Extremist Religious Group

Sun, 02 Apr 2006 16:24

If ever you needed a reason for not buying National Lottery tickets, then here’s...

Crackpot Christian Clutches At Straws

Sun, 02 Apr 2006 16:28

Christian fundamentalist Stephen Green of “Christian Voice” (which last year...

For All Our Sakes: Get Rid Of “Faith Schools”, Say Teaching Unions

Sun, 09 Apr 2006 17:44

Britain’s biggest teaching union, The National Union of Teachers, will call...

NSS Tells Government Not To Privilege Religious Believers At The Expense Of Everyone Else

Sun, 09 Apr 2006 17:46

Representatives of the National Secular Society had a meeting with a senior executive...

Scotland’s Manipulative Bishop Given An Ear Bashing

Sun, 09 Apr 2006 17:56

Scotland’s first minister, Jack McConnell, has hit back strongly at a manipulative...

Praying For The Sick Makes Them Worse – Christians Say They Will Continue Anyway

Sun, 09 Apr 2006 17:58

Praying for the sick has absolutely no effect on their rates of recovery – indeed,...

Cartoon Show Makes A Fabuolously Funny Stand For Free Speech

Sun, 09 Apr 2006 18:01

The American cartoon series South Park is defying the increasing demands...

Islamists Use Threats To Force Censorship On Paris Cafe

Sun, 09 Apr 2006 18:10

A gang of young Muslims wielding iron rods has forced a Paris cafe to censor an...

US Catholics Try To Use The Law To Silence Their Critics

Sun, 09 Apr 2006 18:12

The Catholic Church in California has launched a legal suit against the San Francisco...

Shock Jock Attacks Catholic Church

Sun, 09 Apr 2006 18:14

A popular American “shock jock” has outraged Catholic activists in America...

News Shorts

Sun, 09 Apr 2006 18:17

Shorter items of relevant news.

Exciting New Reads At The NSS Shop

Sun, 09 Apr 2006 18:24

We’ve got some stimulating new books in our on-line shop that will stimulate...

Chorus Of Voices Against “Faith Schools” Grows – Add Yours

Mon, 17 Apr 2006 15:24

A backlash is growing against the Government’s obsession with “faith schools”...

New Manifesto Seeks To Strengthen And Encourage Liberal Democracy

Mon, 17 Apr 2006 15:26

A group of bloggers has formed a new alliance around a declaration they have called...

BBC Accused Of Becoming “An Evangelical Tool Of The Churches”

Mon, 17 Apr 2006 15:27

The BBC is accused of planning to breach its own guidelines on religious programming...

New Today Editor Will Not Change “Thought For The Day”

Mon, 17 Apr 2006 15:29

The new editor of the Today programme, Ceri Thomas, does not intend to...

Rally For Free Expression – The Next Step

Mon, 17 Apr 2006 15:30

The organisers of the Rally for Free Expression are organising a meeting to see...

Pope’s Latest Attack On Gays “Verges On The Unhinged” Say Gay Humanists

Mon, 17 Apr 2006 15:31

Gay civil partnerships are expected to be condemned as “satanic” in a Vatican...

Get God Out Of Court Says Magistrate

Mon, 17 Apr 2006 15:33

A magistrate in Hull has proposed a new non-religious oath for witnesses in court...

War On Easter Declared – And The Fundamentalists Love It!

Mon, 17 Apr 2006 15:34

The company that produced a best-selling documentary asserting that Jesus Christ...

You Can’t Call A Spade A Spade If It Is An Islamist Spade

Mon, 17 Apr 2006 15:36

Officials in the European Union are compiling what they call “a lexicon” of...

Secular Jews In Israel Are Better Educated & More Affluent

Mon, 17 Apr 2006 15:37

An official survey in Israel has shown that 44 per cent of Jews in the country...

Religious Apologists Are Gunning For Daniel Dennett

Mon, 17 Apr 2006 15:41

Daniel Dennett’s new book Breaking the Spell really has the religious...

Teachers Vote Against More “Faith Schools”

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 23:26

Delegates at the conference of the National Union of Teachers have supported an...

Atheist Teacher Discrimination Ruling To Be Appealed

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 23:29

Glasgow City Council is to appeal against a tribunal ruling that the authority...

“Why Atheism?” A Fabulous New Dvd Exclusive To The NSS:

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 23:31

We’ve got an exclusive new DVD in our shop called Why Atheism? Six films...

Channel Four To Mount “Offensive Comedy Week”

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 23:33

Channel 4 will be devoting a week in August to shows examining outrageous comedy....

Religion & Politics? No Thanks, Say Canadians

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 23:35

A new opinion poll shows that Canadians would be more likely to vote for a party...

Opus Dei Want Disclaimer On Da Vinci Code Film

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 23:37

The sinister Catholic group Opus Dei is pushing Sony Pictures – producers of...

Russian Editor Fined Over Cartoons

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 23:39

A Russian court last week convicted and fined the editor of a newspaper who was...

Muslim Councillor In Holland Tells Women: If You Want A Job, Ditch The Burkas.

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 23:42

Women who can’t get a job because they wear the burka should lose the right...

Faith Schools And The Future

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 23:44

Comedian Mark Steel was ruminating on the religious take-over of schools in his...

Queensland Does The Right Thing About Religious Education

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 23:46

A recent overhaul of the Education Act in Queensland, Australia, has opened the...

Great Books, Great Ideas

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 23:50

Ever wondered why perfectly rational and intelligent men and women still cling...

Tesco Gets Religion

Tue, 02 May 2006 19:06

Supermarket giant Tesco will be issuing “religious toolkits” to its employees...

Church of England Stores Up Its Riches on Earth

Tue, 02 May 2006 19:07

The Church Commissioners’ annual report shows that the Church of England now...

Pakistani Police Launch Cartoon Blasphemy Case

Tue, 02 May 2006 19:11

Police in Pakistan have registered cases against the editor and publisher of a...

Editorial: Don’t hold your breath for a Vatican rethink on condoms

Tue, 02 May 2006 19:13

Speculation was rife last week that the Vatican is about to rethink its policy...

Norway Moves Towards Disestablishment

Tue, 02 May 2006 19:15

Norway opened a series of hearings on Monday to consider a separation of church...

NSS Speaks Out

Tue, 02 May 2006 19:19

The NSS in the media this week.

"Why Atheism?" Is Hitting The Spot

Tue, 02 May 2006 19:21

Our exciting new DVD Why Atheism? is proving another best-seller from the...

Forced Worship In Schools To Be Further Tightened

Sat, 06 May 2006 07:17

Churches in England are to demand that the Government and Ofsted rigorously enforce...

Discriminatory School Transport Under Review

Sat, 06 May 2006 07:19

Free school transport for children whose parents want them to attend religious...

At Last, A Government Minister Stands Up To The Islamist Manipulators

Sat, 06 May 2006 07:22

Foreign Office minister Kim Howells told an Islamic conference in London this...

American Religious Fanatics As Bad As Pope For Spreading Aids In Africa

Sat, 06 May 2006 07:26

Writing to the Independent this morning, Beatrice Wear of ActionAid in Kampala,...

Danish Newspaper Counter-Sues Over Cartoons

Sat, 06 May 2006 07:28

A Danish newspaper said on Tuesday it had filed a defamation lawsuit against a...

Human Rights Court Supports Free Expression (Sometimes)

Sat, 06 May 2006 07:29

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Turkish journalist Erdogan...

Leaving My Religion

Sat, 06 May 2006 07:31

KISHORE BUDHA tells how he shook off the ties of the Hinduism in which he was...

Forty Per Cent Of Canadians Have No Religion - Poll

Sat, 06 May 2006 07:33

A poll for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has shown that 40 per cent of...

Sharia Justice

Sat, 06 May 2006 07:36

A 16-year-old Somali boy stabbed his father’s killer to death on Tuesday in...

See It Here! Tv Cartoons Still Offending The Pious

Sat, 06 May 2006 07:38

A German court this week rejected a last-minute request by the Catholic Church...

Grayling’s Book Will Warm The Cockles

Sat, 06 May 2006 07:41

NSS honorary associate A.C. Grayling’s book What is Good? The Search for...

Christians Shocked To Find Young People Don’t Need Supernatural Props Any More

Sun, 14 May 2006 18:29

A new report published this week by the Church of England indicates that contrary...

Religious Activists Determined To Derail Assisted Dying Bill

Sun, 14 May 2006 18:31

Lord Joffe’s Bill that would legalise assisted dying is having another outing...

Gay Humanists Balk At Appointment Of Kelly To Equalities Ministry

Sun, 14 May 2006 18:32

The appointment of Ruth Kelly as Secretary of State for Communities – a department...

Editorial: Da Vinci Code Threaten To Turn Into Another Motoon Drama

Sun, 14 May 2006 18:35

The Catholic Church around the world is whipping itself into Islamist-style hysteria...

Leave Freedom Of Speech Alone, Says German Editor. No, Curtail It, Says Muslim Politician.

Sun, 14 May 2006 18:36

The Western media have the right to show images that can potentially cause uproar,...

MTV Defies Catholic Bishops And Broadcasts “Popetown” In Full

Sun, 14 May 2006 18:38

Music channel MTV said this week that it will broadcast the full series of the...

This Is Where The Money Goes

Sun, 14 May 2006 18:40

The Home Office has given £40,000 to a group promoting religion in schools. The...

Catholic Church Won’t Change Its Policy On Condoms, Says Cardinal

Sun, 14 May 2006 18:42

A top Roman Catholic Church official said the Vatican will not change its long-standing...

An Exchange Of Correspondence

Sun, 14 May 2006 18:43

The following letter was received at the NSS this week, and our reply is also...

Jerry Springer In Norwich Brings Out Freedom Protestors

Sun, 14 May 2006 18:46

Religious extremists demonstrating at the opening of Jerry Springer – The...

ASBO Silences A Noisy Preacher

Sun, 14 May 2006 18:47

A selfish and irritating street preacher who has been shouting his message through...

“Mumbo Jumbo” Makes For Fascinating Reading

Sun, 14 May 2006 18:52

Francis Wheen’s excellent book How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World will...

Free Expression Under Threat In Europe, Warn Secularists

Sat, 20 May 2006 10:51

Free expression is under unprecedented threat in Europe, the National Secular...

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: What Is The Truth?

Sat, 20 May 2006 10:53

The shock resignation of Ayaan Hirsi Ali from the Dutch parliament, following...

Assassination Of Turkish Judge Brings Mass Defence Of Secularism

Sat, 20 May 2006 10:54

The assassination of a judge who had ruled against headscarves in a Turkish court...

From Hype To Tripe – "Da Vinci Code" Opens To Scathing Reviews

Sat, 20 May 2006 10:57

Critical reception for the film version of the Da Vinci Code has been almost...

New Education Secretary Won’t Curtail Religious Influence In Schools

Sat, 20 May 2006 11:01

Alan Johnson, the new Education Secretary, has said that he will not make any...

At Last: University Fanatics To Be Challenged

Sat, 20 May 2006 11:06

Young Muslim students at some universities are being exposed to radical teaching...

Perhaps There Is A Message Here For Mr Blair?

Sat, 20 May 2006 11:09

Australia’s leading Islamic organisation — the equivalent to the Muslim Council...

Editorial: Making Religious Identity Paramount Will Lead To Disaster

Sat, 20 May 2006 11:10

It was widely reported last week that Muslims in Britain suffer by far the most...

Nepal To Become A Secular State

Sat, 20 May 2006 11:16

There was dancing in the streets of Katmandu this week as the nation celebrated...

Queen Of Controversy Hits The Hot Button Again

Sat, 20 May 2006 11:17

Pop singer Madonna is no stranger to controversy and strains to be provocative...

The Movie We Could Have Made Ourselves

Sat, 20 May 2006 11:19

The NSS is often asked why we don’t make some kind of documentary about who...

New EU Meeting Will Push For Europe-Wide Restrictions On Free Speech

Sun, 28 May 2006 14:27

Representatives of the world’s leading religions will meet with EU leaders on...

Threats From Hindu Extremists Lead To London Art Show Being Cancelled

Sun, 28 May 2006 14:31

An exhibition of controversial paintings in London has been cancelled after threats...

The Extraordinary Case Of The Pagan And The Multicultural Prayer Room

Sun, 28 May 2006 14:32

An extraordinary — one might almost say unbelievable — industrial tribunal...

Christians Prosecute Council And Police For Interfering In Their Right To Free Speech

Sun, 28 May 2006 14:33

Joe and Helen Roberts are suing their local authority — Wyre Council in Lancashire...

Crusaders Change Name So As Not To Cause Offence

Sun, 28 May 2006 14:35

The latest organisation to change its name to avoid causing offence to hypersensitive...

Churches Must Not Be Allowed To Impose Religion When Providing Social Care

Sun, 28 May 2006 14:36

If social services are to be handed over to “faith groups”, the government...

Australian Plans For Religious Education Reforms Scuppered By Christians

Sun, 28 May 2006 14:38

Christians have forced the Queensland government in Australia to drop plans to...

A Great Little Primer For Those Who Are Searching For Big Answers

Sun, 28 May 2006 14:41

Julian Baggini’s excellent little introduction to positive atheism would be...

The Gospel Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster Has Been Discovered!

Sun, 28 May 2006 14:42

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster – the newest faith community on the...

Hindus Want To Keep Control Of Nepal – Violence Ensues

Sun, 28 May 2006 14:38

Thousands of Nepalese Hindus protested on Wednesday against a plan to turn Nepal...

Students Revolt As Sixth Form College Behaves Like A “Fanatical Religious Cult”

Sat, 03 Jun 2006 18:00

A student revolt is brewing at a Catholic sixth form college over what has been...

Why Isn’t There More Outrage At Religious Intimidation That Closed Art Exhibition?

Sat, 03 Jun 2006 18:02

In what is thought to be the work of Hindu extremism, two paintings of naked Hindu...

Editorial: Religious Power-Seeking At The Heart Of The EU

Sat, 03 Jun 2006 18:04

On Tuesday this week there was a gathering of the great and the good from the...

Attempts To Revive EU Constitution Bring God Back Into The Picture

Sat, 03 Jun 2006 18:06

EU foreign ministers gathered in Austria last week to discuss how to revive the...

Large-Scale Medical Study Shows Female Genital Mutilation Increases Infant Mortality

Sat, 03 Jun 2006 18:07

The World Health Organization Study Group on Female Genital Mutilation and Obstetrical...

Catholics In Venezuela Panic As Their Indoctrination Privileges Are Threatened

Sat, 03 Jun 2006 18:09

Senior leaders of the Catholic Church in Venezuela are meeting next week with...

Why Secularism Is The Only Answer

Sat, 03 Jun 2006 18:14

When one ambitious, totalitarian religion takes control of a nation, the inevitable...

Islamic Countries In A State Of Denial Over Homosexuality

Sat, 03 Jun 2006 18:15

A new internet tool, Google Trends, has shown that there is a strong interest...

NSS Speaks Out

Sat, 03 Jun 2006 18:20

Terry Sanderson took part in a lively hour and a half debate about the forced...

Get Your Submission Response In Over The Weekend On Gay Discrimination Regulations On Goods And Services

Sun, 11 Jun 2006 19:41

The deadline has been extended for submissions to the consultation on anti-discrimination...

Objection To Blind Woman’s “Dirty Dog” Lands Muslim Minicab Driver In Court

Sun, 11 Jun 2006 19:43

A Muslim minicab driver refused to take a blind woman with her guide dog because...

NSS Says Demands To Force Religion On To The BBC Are Wrong

Sun, 11 Jun 2006 19:44

The National Secular Society has strongly objected to efforts by church leaders...

Another Attack On Blair’s Impending “Trust School” Disaster

Sun, 11 Jun 2006 19:46

CRE policy chief Nick Johnson has told the Commons Education and Skills committee...

More “Faith School” Transport Subsidies Phased Out

Sun, 11 Jun 2006 19:48

Local authorities around the country are trying hard to remove the subsidies provided...

Americans Losing Their Religion

Sun, 11 Jun 2006 19:49

Given how much we hear about the rise of the religious right in America, the truth...

Barbara Stands Up For Free Expression

Sun, 11 Jun 2006 19:51

From Barbara Smoker, former president of the NSS:
On 25 May I took part...

Don’t Co-Operate With Police, Respect Party Official Tells Muslims

Sun, 11 Jun 2006 19:52

Muslims in east London should end co-operation with the police in the wake of...

Muslim Protests Halt “Forced Marriage” Climb Down

Sun, 11 Jun 2006 19:53

The Government has dropped plans to make “forced marriages” illegal in the...

Radicals Taking Over Dutch Mosques

Sun, 11 Jun 2006 19:56

A report by the Dutch government says that radical Muslims are gaining increasing...

Mentally Unstable Man Charged Under Pakistan’s Horrific Blasphemy Law

Sun, 11 Jun 2006 19:57

A man thought to be mentally ill has been charged in Karachi under Pakistan’s...

Press Briefing

Sun, 11 Jun 2006 19:59

This by Richard Stott of the Sunday Mirror:

New In Our Shop: “The War For Children’s Minds”

Sun, 11 Jun 2006 20:02

At last, a book that presents a no-holds-barred defence of a liberal, indoctrination-free...

Call To Enforce Religion In Schools Is Resisted By NSS

Sun, 18 Jun 2006 13:51

The National Secular Society has reacted angrily to a new call from church bodies...

Rebellion Grows Over Enforced Religion In Catholic College

Sun, 18 Jun 2006 13:52

The student rebellion against the zealous religious regime at St Luke’s sixth...

Government Too Willing To Give In To Religious Pressure

Sun, 18 Jun 2006 13:53

The Government is in danger of compromising the human rights of a significant...

Catholic Onslaught On Westminster

Sun, 18 Jun 2006 13:55

Meanwhile, Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien was piling the pressure on Catholic...

The Muslim Council, The Government And Taxpayers’ Money

Sun, 18 Jun 2006 13:58

Letters between the Home Office and the Muslim Council of Britain, which have...

Losing Your Religion Can Also Mean Losing Your Livelihood

Sun, 18 Jun 2006 14:00

Muriel Fraser reveals the stranglehold that the churches have on employment...

Editorial: Blair On His “Identity Through Faith” Hobby Horse

Sun, 18 Jun 2006 14:02

Tony Blair this week quite rightly celebrated the 350th anniversary of the resettlement...

The EU Tells Us How We Should And Should Not Talk About Islam

Sun, 18 Jun 2006 14:04

The EU is drawing up a “Lexicon” of preferred terminology to be used when...

US Religious Groups Want Life-Saving Vaccine Banned

Sun, 18 Jun 2006 14:05

Conservative religious groups are campaigning to stop women being offered a revolutionary...

NSS Joins With IHEU In Calling For Clemency In Pakistan

Sun, 18 Jun 2006 14:08

IHEU and the NSS have written a joint letter to the president of Pakistan asking...

Bolivia To Ditch Religious Education

Sun, 18 Jun 2006 14:12

Bolivia is to secularise its education system and replace Catholic teaching with...

New Book Is An Absolute Must Read – Order Today!

Sun, 18 Jun 2006 14:16

Stephen Law’s The War for Children’s Minds is an absolute must-read.

Doctors Ditch Assisted Dying Policy Under Christian Pressure

Mon, 03 Jul 2006 01:22

Under pressure from religious sources, the British Medical Association reversed...

Cameron Not Turning Against Religious Interference

Mon, 03 Jul 2006 01:24

A Newsline reader was harbouring hopes that Conservative leader David Cameron...

Witchcraft Report Will Be “Harrowing”

Mon, 03 Jul 2006 01:25

Ministers are preparing to publish a “harrowing” report on the abuse meted...

Witchcraft Report Will Be “Harrowing”

Mon, 03 Jul 2006 01:25

Ministers are preparing to publish a “harrowing” report on the abuse meted...

Witchcraft Report Will Be “Harrowing”

Mon, 03 Jul 2006 01:25

Ministers are preparing to publish a “harrowing” report on the abuse meted...

This Is Where The Money Goes

Mon, 03 Jul 2006 01:27

In a parliamentary question in the House of Lords on 21 June, Lord Avebury asked...

Murphy O’Connor Should Be Disregarded In Abortion Debate

Mon, 03 Jul 2006 01:30

The Westminster lobbying by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor in his effort to...

Tyrants And Abusers At Launch Of UN Human Rights Council

Mon, 03 Jul 2006 01:34

The UN’s new Human Rights Council met for the first time on Monday and was immediately...

Cool Reception For Bavaria’s Blasphemy Proposal

Mon, 03 Jul 2006 01:36

In an interview with the mass-selling Bild daily, Bavarian premier Edmund...

Honour Killing Case Finds Nine Guilty Of Conspiracy

Mon, 03 Jul 2006 01:38

The High Court of Eastern Denmark has found nine people guilty of conspiracy in...

Catholic Church Stamps On Bolivian Secularism

Mon, 03 Jul 2006 01:40

Bolivia’s President, Evo Morales, has scrapped a proposal to drop religious...

Murderous Blasphemy Madness

Mon, 03 Jul 2006 01:41

Two Muslims accused of blasphemy in Pakistan have been murdered. The first was...

Want To Be On TV?

Mon, 03 Jul 2006 01:43

We have received the following request from Channel Four TV. Let us know if you...

Summer Is A-Coming In And It’s Time To Visit The Shop

Mon, 03 Jul 2006 01:45

Summer is here at last, and it’s time to think about holidays and relaxation....

Hertfordshire "Faith Schools" Keep Their School Transport Subsidy

Tue, 11 Jul 2006 17:14

Councillors in Hertsmere have voted against plans to abolish faith school transport...

This Is Where The Money Goes

Tue, 11 Jul 2006 17:22

The Church of England will vote today to double the number of chaplains at colleges...

Catholic Church In Britain Being Kept Afloat By Its Schools

Tue, 11 Jul 2006 17:23

The Roman Catholic Church in Britain is in terminal decline according to a new...

Fundamentalist Christian Course Kicked Out Of Prison

Tue, 11 Jul 2006 17:24

A so-called Christian "discipleship" course has been axed from Dartmoor...

New Head Of Religious Propaganda At BBC

Tue, 11 Jul 2006 17:25

The BBC has appointed a new head of religious propaganda, Songs of Praise...

Appeal For Information

Tue, 11 Jul 2006 17:26

NSS Council member ANNA BEHAN needs examples of discrimination against non-believers:...

Editorial: Religious Summit States The Obvious

Tue, 11 Jul 2006 17:27

After three days of moaning about the state of the world, and how people refuse...

Somali Taliban Promises Death To Those Who Don’t Pray

Tue, 11 Jul 2006 17:48

Somali Muslims who fail to perform daily prayers will be killed in accordance...

Secularist Of The Year – The Nominees

Tue, 11 Jul 2006 17:59

The nominations for the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year have been announced...

Defiant Atheist Won’t Pay Fine That Denies His Right To Doubt The Existence Of Jesus

Tue, 11 Jul 2006 18:00

An Italian atheist who gained worldwide fame when he claimed Jesus never existed...

News Shorts

Tue, 11 Jul 2006 18:02

Brief items of relevant news.

Why Our Children Desperately Need An Education Based On Enlightenment Values

Tue, 11 Jul 2006 18:03

With the Education Bill presently working its way through parliament, there has...

NSS Argues For Disestablishment At High Profile Seminar

Sun, 16 Jul 2006 17:00

The National Secular Society put a strong case for the disestablishment of the...

Stafford’s Mayor Sidelines Religion At Council Meetings

Sun, 16 Jul 2006 17:01

The new mayor of Stafford Borough Council, Mike Shone, has scrapped prayers before...

Jerry Springer – The Final Days

Sun, 16 Jul 2006 17:04

Report and comment by BILL McILROY
The last performances of Jerry Springer...

German Court Overturns Headscarf Ban

Sun, 16 Jul 2006 17:05

A German court has overturned a ban on the wearing of Muslim headscarves by teachers...

Teachers Sacked In Belgium For Wearing Headscarf In School

Sun, 16 Jul 2006 17:06

Two Muslim teachers working in schools in Brussels have been sacked for wearing...

NZ Catholics To Appeal Against South Park Decision

Sun, 16 Jul 2006 17:09

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are appealing to the High Court against a ruling...

Vatican Rolling In Cash

Sun, 16 Jul 2006 17:10

The Vatican revealed on Wednesday that it made a surplus of €9.7 million in...

Government Climb Down On Over-16’s School Collective Worship

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 18:10

The Government has accepted that it is almost certainly a breach of human rights...

Muslim Schools Set To Expand

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 18:16

The Times Educational Supplement reveals this morning that it has uncovered...

Free Transport To “Faith Schools” Cut In Hertfordshire

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 18:17

Councillors on Hertfordshire County Council voted 40–29 this week to abolish...

Church Plans Even More “Faith School” Discrimination

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 18:18

Church of England bishops are proposing that non-teachers jobs in religious schools...

Separate Religious Schools Not Viable In Northern Ireland

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 18:20

As the Government prepares to create hundreds of new religious schools in England...

Editorial: Why Muslim Schools Will Be A Disaster For Britain

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 18:21

The Government is going ahead with its plans to bring a large number of Muslim...

Hate Preacher Reaps As He Sows

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 18:22

Exiled preacher of hate Omar Bakri has finally got the religious conflict he has...

The War In The Middle East Is All The Fault Of Gays, Say Rabbis

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 18:24

Fanatical rabbis in Israel are claiming that the present violence and hostilities...

“Mein Kampf” And The Vatican Censors

Sun, 23 Jul 2006 18:29

MURIEL FRASER explores the subtle theological distinction between “anti-Semitism”...

Fundamentalists Want Their Own Schools – At Your Expense

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 14:59

After passing a resolution lamenting the secular influences in schools, Free Kirk...

Bolton Muslim School on Fast Track for State Money

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:02

Bolton Muslim Girls’ School in Lancashire is one of the first seven private...

Church Of England Wants Taxpayers to Prop It Up To the Tune Of £340 Million

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:04

The Church of England has asked the Government to contribute nearly £350 million,...

Council of Europe Comes Out For Free Speech

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:05

The Council of Europe has come down on the side of free expression after it rejected...

Vatican Furious over Stem Cell Decision

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:07

The Vatican has expressed its fury that it was unable to force the EU into a complete...

Catholic Threat To Destroy Amnesty If Abortion Change Goes Through

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:08

Amnesty International is under sustained fire from religious groups for suggestions...

Catholic Church Declares War On Bolivian Government Education Plans

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:10

Bolivian President Evo Morales has said that the country’s Catholic Church is...

Summer Camp for Atheists

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:11

The American tradition of packing off children to summer camps usually means entrusting...

Do as I Say, Not as I Do, Says Bossy Bishop

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:13

In these days of global warming, one bishop has told his flock – and the rest...

Taslima Stirs It Up Again

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:15

NSS honorary associate Taslima Nasreen said last week that there was a growing...

Editorial: Look Out For the Inquisition – “Faith Crime” Is Back

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:16

The Gay Police Association (GPA) is under investigation by their colleagues for...

Read All Abah Dit! ’Orrable Faif Crime Detected In ’Ampshire!

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:18

Police have told a Hampshire woman that she should take down a sign on her gate...

An Alternative Thought For the Day

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:20

We thought this a good antidote to the increasingly crackpot Thought for the...

Freeing Children from the Grip of Religious Propagandists

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:22

The battle is on to free children from the relentless march of religionists in...

NSS Speaks Out

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:23

The NSS in the media this week

Secularist of the Year

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:25

It’s one of the big dates on the secularist calendar, and tickets are now available....

Beat The Heat With An NSS T-Shirt

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:27

Long range forecasters tell us that the present incredible heat wave is set to...

Human Rights Committee Supports NSS – And Goes A Step Further

Sun, 06 Aug 2006 22:51

The parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights – which scrutinises legislation...

Islamic Students Threaten Israeli Cricketers

Sun, 06 Aug 2006 22:53

Israel’s cricketers have become victims of the escalating crisis in the Middle...

Catholic Church Faces Biggest Abuse Case Ever In Britain

Sun, 06 Aug 2006 22:55

The Catholic Church is facing one of the biggest sexual abuse compensation claims...

Burka-wearing prompts the return of rickets in Birmingham

Sun, 06 Aug 2006 22:58

A new health awareness campaign has been launched among Muslim women by health...

Editorial by Terry Sanderson: Dear Mr Pascal: All Bets Are Off

Sun, 06 Aug 2006 22:59

Do religious people really believe the incredible things that they say they do?...

Nervous Flyers Should Steer Clear Of Airport Prayer Room

Sun, 06 Aug 2006 23:01

The BBC informs us that “nervous passengers can pray for a safe flight in a...

Paris Mosque Sues Satirists Over Cartoons

Sun, 06 Aug 2006 23:03

The Paris Mosque has filed a law suit against a satirical weekly magazine for...

Creationists At Work In UK Universities

Sun, 06 Aug 2006 23:11

The Times Higher Educational Supplement reveals that creationism is creeping...

British Association For The Advancement Of...What?

Sun, 06 Aug 2006 23:13

PAUL STEVENSON reports on an alarming development
In September this year...

No Need For Forensics – God Will Solve Crime In Lincolnshire

Sun, 06 Aug 2006 23:15

A group of Christians within Lincolnshire Police have decided to ask God to help...

Meaning of Life TV. A very interesting interview here with Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Professor emeritus at Harvard, about intelligent design. His aw

Sun, 06 Aug 2006 23:18

Some of the stories from the Old Testament are so barking that it was inevitable...

Old Testament Tales With A New Twist

Sun, 06 Aug 2006 23:18

Some of the stories from the Old Testament are so barking that it was inevitable...

NSS Presses Government On R.E. And Collective Worship

Sun, 13 Aug 2006 22:01

The National Secular Society has accused the Department for Education and Skills...

Hospital Chucks Out Chaplains And Brings In Nurses

Sun, 13 Aug 2006 22:03

The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has made two of its three chaplains...

Government Pumps Another £4.5 Million Into Religious Organisations

Sun, 13 Aug 2006 22:04

The Government has quietly slipped out the news that it had donated another £4.5...

Saudi School In West London Slammed As “Feudal”

Sun, 13 Aug 2006 22:06

Trade union Unison has slammed the “dismal” working conditions of support...

Another School Specialises In Discrimination

Sun, 13 Aug 2006 22:08

Another school in the London Borough of Ealing is also causing distress to a Newsline...

Not Enough Jewish Kids To Fill Schools, So Let’s Build Some More

Sun, 13 Aug 2006 22:10

In an almost unbelievable development, the government is planning to invest £112...

Editorial By Terry Sanderson: Government’s Approach To Muslims In Britain Is Counterproductive

Sun, 13 Aug 2006 22:12

The familiar cry arises from some Muslims living in Britain that they are being...

Australian Youth Follow The Secular Trend

Sun, 13 Aug 2006 22:16

Less than half Australia’s young people say they believe in a god, and many...

Spanish Youngsters Have Had It With Religion, Too

Sun, 13 Aug 2006 22:18

A poll of 1,450 young people in Spain shows that most believe that religion is...

Essential New Book Title In Our Shop

Sun, 13 Aug 2006 22:26

We have a heart-rending new book in our shop: Kathy’s Story: A childhood...

Catholic Propagandists Seek To Usurp Students’ Human Rights

Sat, 19 Aug 2006 14:38

Catholic educators are opposing the Government’s proposal to allow students...

Cornish Kids Give A Big Thumbs Down To Religious Education

Sat, 19 Aug 2006 14:40

A large-scale survey of school children in Cornwall has shown that the vast majority...

“Muslim Leader” Calls For Islamic Bank Holidays And Sharia Law In Britain

Sat, 19 Aug 2006 14:44

“Muslim leaders” held a meeting with government minister Ruth Kelly this week...

We Could Blackmail ITV Into Broadcasting More Religion, Says Christian

Sat, 19 Aug 2006 14:45

The Chair of the Church of England’s “Ethical Investment Advisory Group”...

Can Comedy Challenge Religious Fanaticism?

Sat, 19 Aug 2006 14:47

At the Edinburgh Festival we are told that there has been a great emphasis on...

Even The Telegraph Now Thinks The Pope Is Wrong On Condoms

Sat, 19 Aug 2006 14:48

The Daily Telegraph is a famously Catholic newspaper, so it was a surprise...

Crackpot Christians Try To Hide The Evidence Of Evolution

Sat, 19 Aug 2006 14:50

Fundamentalist Christians in Kenya are pressurising the country’s national museum...

I Believe In Cod

Sat, 19 Aug 2006 14:52

Something fishy is going on in Cockermouth, Cumbria where the wrath of cod has...

Gay Marriage – Appeal For An Appeal

Sat, 19 Aug 2006 14:55

On 31 July 2006, the High Court in London ruled that Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger’s...

News Shorts

Sat, 19 Aug 2006 14:57

Newsworthy vignettes of interest

Government Consultation On Forced Worship “Meaningless”, Says NSS

Mon, 28 Aug 2006 09:37

The Minister for Education has made clear that the Government will deliver as...

Parental Choice And School Twinning Are Not The Answers Say Researchers

Mon, 28 Aug 2006 09:40

A new piece of research into diversity in education, from the Economic and Social...

Poll Finds Suspicion Of Muslims Increasing

Mon, 28 Aug 2006 09:42

A new YouGov poll for the Daily Telegraph reveals that a majority of people...

New Zealand Makes Religious Instruction Opt-In Rather Than Opt-Out

Mon, 28 Aug 2006 09:44

The government in New Zealand is considering making it mandatory for parents to...

Sharia Is Already Operating In Britain

Mon, 28 Aug 2006 09:47

Lloyds TSB launched the UK’s first sharia-compliant bank account for Muslim...

Galileo II: Pope Stamps On Another Dissenting Scientist

Mon, 28 Aug 2006 09:49

Pope Ratzinger has booted out his official astronomer, Father George Coyne, after...

Top Muslim Cleric Calls For Closure Of Newspaper

Mon, 28 Aug 2006 09:50

A leading Muslim cleric in Egypt has called for the closure of the newspaper that...

Muslim Teachers Lose Headscarf Appeal

Mon, 28 Aug 2006 09:52

Two Belgian Muslim teachers who were sacked for wearing Islamic headscarves in...

US Church Adopts Taleban Tactics Over Women Teachers

Mon, 28 Aug 2006 09:53

The minister of a church in the USA that dismissed a female Sunday School teacher...

Secularist Of The Year Approaches

Mon, 28 Aug 2006 09:56

The Secularist of the Year event is approaching, and if you haven’t got your...

“The Dogs Of God” Have Arrived At The NSS Shop

Mon, 28 Aug 2006 10:02

We have a fascinating new book in the NSS shop. The Dogs of God by James...

Kelly Adamant That Muslim Schools Will Be Sponsored By The State

Sat, 02 Sep 2006 17:37

Communities Minister Ruth Kelly has admitted that some Islamic schools are “isolationist”...

Archbishop’s Latest Move "Spineless" Say Gay Humanists

Sat, 02 Sep 2006 17:39

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s latest pronouncement, in which he tells gays...

Scottish Footballer Not Warned Over Religious Gesture

Sat, 02 Sep 2006 17:41

Despite earlier reports implying that Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc had been cautioned...

What’s The Truth About The Ranting Cardinal? Did He Make Outrageous Abortion Comments Or Not?

Sat, 02 Sep 2006 17:43

It was widely reported last week the Cardinal Lopez Trujillo had told the medical...

Pope And German Chancellor Hope To Ressurect Religious References In EU Constitution

Sat, 02 Sep 2006 17:44

German chancellor Angela Merkel came out of a meeting with Pope Ratzinger last...

Report Shows The Dangers Of Encouraging Superstitious Rubbish Posing As Religion

Sat, 02 Sep 2006 17:46

The Government has published a report called “Child Abuse Linked to Accusations...

Is The Vatican Possessed By The Devil Or Is It Just Off Its Rocker?

Sat, 02 Sep 2006 17:47

As well as the hysterical black evangelical churches, the Catholic Church is also...

NSS Speaks Out

Sat, 02 Sep 2006 17:49

Executive Director Keith Porteous Wood recorded an interview about faith schools...

“Kathy’s Story” Would Break Your Heart

Sat, 02 Sep 2006 17:52

The Catholic Church has a lot to answer for on the subject of the abuse of children,...

TV & Radio

Sat, 02 Sep 2006 17:56

Broadcasts of interest.

Is the Tide Turning Against “Faith Schools”?

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 14:22

Nearly half of Londoners think religious schools should be banned, according to...

School Bus Discrimination Is A National Problem

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 14:27

As the news spread of the [link http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/09/07/nreligion307.xml]scandalous...

Christian Onslaught on EU Parliament Continues

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 14:32

Yet another organisation has been founded with the purpose of pushing Catholic...

Christians Getting Steamed Up Over Pullman

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 14:34

Christians activists are getting themselves geared up for their next attempt to...

Leicester’s Historic Secular Hall Open To Visitors This Weekend

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 14:37

In 1881, the Leicester Secular Society built the Secular Hall in the city’s...

Religion Will Never Die Because Humans Are Programmed To Be Superstititous

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 14:40

Religion will never die because the human brain is hard-wired to believe in magic,...

German Gays Told To Show “Tolerance” For The Doctrines Of A Pope Who Insults And Defames Them

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 14:43

Tomorrow “Papa Ratzi”, as some Germans call him, will begin a triumphant tour...

Religious Fanatics Cut Off the Head Of “Blasphemous” Sudanese Newspaper Editor

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 14:45

A Sudanese newspaper editor, Mohamed Taha, was found beheaded on the outskirts...

Forced Worship to Continue in New Zealand after Religious Protests

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 14:47

Trying to get religion out of schools is not an easy matter, as the government...

French Activists Protest at Naming of Paris Square after Reactionary Pope

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 14:49

In the face of controversy and protest, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe has gone...

Excitement at Secularist of the Year

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 14:51

Lord (Dick) Taverne is to present this year’s Irwin Prize for Secularist of...

NSS Speaks Out

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 14:55

The NSS in the media this week.

Thrills! Excitement! Human Interaction! Yes, Evolution – The Board Game Is Here

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 14:57

Forget Monopoly, junk the draughts, do away with Cluedo (preferably in the kitchen...

A Wee Joke or Two

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 15:01

Some jokes to offend the religious.

First Inklings of A Separate Education System For Muslims

Fri, 15 Sep 2006 15:54

In a new move that will separate Muslims even further from the majority population...

Scottish Catholics Say They’ll Launch Legal Challenge to Cuts in School Transport

Fri, 15 Sep 2006 15:56

Scottish Borders Council is the latest local authority considering cutting free...

NSS in The Lions’ Den

Fri, 15 Sep 2006 15:59

The National Secular Society was represented last week at a conference at Windsor...

Catholic Campaign “A 21st Century Witch-Hunt”

Fri, 15 Sep 2006 16:02

A threat to “out” gay Catholic priests and bishops in Scotland has been condemned...

Dutch Muslim Woman Teacher Suspended For Refusing to Shake Hands with Men

Fri, 15 Sep 2006 16:03

A female Muslim teacher has been suspended by a school in Utrecht for refusing...

Hell Hath No Fury like Sister Silvia When She’s Scorned

Fri, 15 Sep 2006 16:05

A jealous nun allegedly set light to a priest's house and threatened to kill him...