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  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    19/09/2019
    Summary: 

    The National Secular Society has urged the government to rethink its position on non-stun slaughter after a minister appeared to backtrack on requiring meat from unstunned animals to be labelled. The NSS has written to Theresa Villiers, the environment secretary, after she said the government opposes restrictions on non-stun slaughter, including labelling requirements. In an interview with 

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    26/08/2019
    Summary: 

    All-party parliamentary groups do not have any power to change the law or government policy. But this report has been uncritically embraced in much of Westminster and by some local authorities and public bodies. The government has rightly rejected it, but it still seems set to have a significant influence on the rough parameters of acceptable public debate on Islam for years to come.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    15/08/2019
    Summary: 

    A public health body has removed a suggestion that people seek advice from "faith leaders" over whether to vaccinate their children after the National Secular Society questioned it. Public Health England (PHE) has altered a public facing  which said people "may wish to seek advice from your faith leaders or other community leaders" over whether

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    18/05/2019
    Summary: 

    A GP in the Midlands is being investigated by the General Medical Council after asking a Muslim mum to take off her niqab during an appointment. The 52-year-old claimed he politely asked her to take it off and that the woman allegedly "willingly agreed to the request" as the three of them sat alone in a consulting room. But half an hour later her husband arrived and she complained to NHS bosses about the incident.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    23/05/2019
    Summary: 

    As the campaign against relationships and sex education spreads and grows increasingly aggressive, Yasmin Rehman says politicians' pandering to intolerance will be a disaster for LGBT people, Muslims and wider society. 

    The protesters are not simply a group of misguided or misinformed parents. This is a coordinated effort to force our schools to accept an Islamist agenda.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    11/07/2019
    Summary: 

    A strange development has emerged from the ongoing discussion about LGBT-inclusive education. It seems that it's unacceptable for a school to refrain from talking about the existence of same-sex relationships, but it is acceptable for a school to teach that same-sex relationships are wicked.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    22/07/2019
    Summary: 

    The BBC has watered down some protections for religious ideas but retained a clause placing a premium on depictions of the Islamic prophet Muhammad in new .

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    18/07/2019
    Summary: 

    Ministers keep condemning the "misuse" of Pakistan's blasphemy laws in response to parliamentary questions. But the 'misuse' of indefensible laws isn't the issue – the existence of them is.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    24/04/2019
    Summary: 

    The National Secular Society has welcomed the University of Aberdeen's  to revoke a degree awarded to the sultan of Brunei after his country introduced draconian new Islamic laws.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    25/09/2017
    Summary: 

    More than two in five Islamic schools in England that accept girls require them to wear a hijab as school uniform, according to new research. Some 59 of 142 (42%) Islamic schools, including 27 primary schools, have a uniform policy which states a head-covering is compulsory, the National Secular Society (NSS) said.

     

  • Summary: 

    Prior to the Olympics however, you may recall that Saudi Arabia got itself into bother by attempting to send an all-male team. The International Olympic Committee (which governs such things) said they weren't having that, and demanded that Saudi Arabia send some women. So it did. Sarah Attar — an American of Saudi descent — came for track-and-field, and 16 year old Wojdan Shaherkan was sent to represent the country in Judo. And all was well with the world again. Except, the women representing Saudi Arabia would do so covered from head to toe and Wojdan Shaherkan was close to being sent home in a row over whether or not she could wear the hijab while competing. Having initially said no, the Olympic bosses gave in and allowed her to cover her head. And all was well with the world again. Everywhere from the Guardian to the Daily Mail this was lauded as a huge success – a giant step forward for women. Progress had been made, they said. But had it? Or had we just normalised and accepted the separation and covering of women, and can we now expect more of the same in the future? Will Egypt's women, or Algeria's women, or Turkey's women now be required to cover from head to foot and if so, will we accept that as duly as we have done on this occasion? My question is – how much further to the edge will we allow women to be pushed?

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    As part of a defence to the backlash against multiculturalism that allows young women and girls in the UK to live a life of misery, Barbara Ellen asked the following question in the Guardian: "" Do you see what she did there? Not only did she declare that race is something to be tolerated (why? There's nothing to tolerate in a person's skin colour), she used race and culture interchangeably. Therefore, if you criticise a culture, you are criticising a skin colour, and hence you are a racist – which is not only a morally contemptible position, but also one which can ruin a career, a reputation, or even involve you in criminal charges. And they wonder why people are reluctant to criticise cultural practices.

    We need to get this clear – race is not culture. Race is a skin colour or national or ethnic grouping and it gives no indication whatsoever of who a person is or what they stand for. Culture, on the other hand, is a series of actions which are routinely carried out within any defined community and are usually based on tradition or religion or both. If we define culture as a set of actions, and some of those actions amount to the forced enslavement and rape of young girls, then that can and should be condemned – culture or not. Cultural practices have always been condemned, fought against, and changed. It has happened all across history; it is called progress.

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