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Secularism in the UK and Europe.


Secularism in the UK and Europe.

To show that Secularism and Freethought are alive and well in the United Kingdom and Europe.

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Did Europe's centuries of religious war result in its secularism?

Started by Tom Sarbeck. Last reply by Chris Jul 30, 2016. 8 Replies

Did long-term monarchs impose their religions?In the US, with presidents' terms limited to eight years, religions might be imposed by majorities in state legislatures or Congress or by majorities on state supreme courts or the US Supreme Court.Continue

Tags: state., church

Firms 'place asylum seekers in sub-standard housing'

Started by Stephen. Last reply by Mrs.B Jan 20, 2016. 1 Reply

Private security firms G4S and Serco have placed asylum seekers in sub-standard properties, according to a report by the National Audit Office.…Continue

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Comment by Stephen on Tuesday

I totally agree Mrs.B.

Comment by Mrs.B on Tuesday

That sounds great!

I maintain that if one doesn't want to do the job one was hired for, then get a different job. One's religious beliefs do not belong in the work place.

Comment by Stephen on Tuesday

Pharmaceutical Council embraces secular reforms

The independent pharmacists' regulator has approved new standards governing the role of religion in pharmacy services, in a move welcomed by the National Secular Society.

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) launched a consultation on "religion, personal values and beliefs" late last year with new guidance that placed more emphasis on the rights of patients, rather than the religious beliefs of pharmacy workers.

The NSS responded to the consultation, calling the proposals "forward-thinking and robust".

NSS campaigns director Stephen Evans said, "We are very pleased that the regulator has pushed ahead with this new guidance, which will better protect the rights of patients."

The new standards mean pharmacists will not be able to send a patient to a different provider just because an individual pharmacy worker has a religious or philosophical objection to their request for treatment or medication such as emergency contraceptives.

The Secular Medical Forum, part of the National Secular Society, raised concerns with the regulator when a prior consultation suggested that patient's needs should be 'balanced' against pharmacists' religious views.

Dr Antony Lempert, the coordinator of the Secular Medical Forum, welcomed the decision of the GPhC and said the regulator was "to be commended" for its decision and for heeding criticism of its earlier stance.

He said that information about the consultation responses supplied by the GPhC showed that the majority of pharmacists who responded "both supported the changes and identified as religious.

"It is clear that the professionalism of most pharmacists is paramount and that it is only a small cohort of very religious pharmacists who wish to impose their own views on patients and obstruct reasonable, legal care in the pharmacy setting."

"The onus is now on pharmacists to ensure that they don't put themselves in a position to obstruct patient care," Dr Lempert said.

Under the new guidance it is "explicit" that the "responsibility is on the pharmacist to ensure that no-one's care is compromised because of their views."

Comment by Stephen on Tuesday

Comment by Mrs.B on April 13, 2017 at 8:10pm

Just the label alone would put me off purchase.

Comment by Stephen on April 13, 2017 at 6:41pm

Charity regulator urged to investigate religious organisation behind controversial monk-brewed tonic wine

The National Secular Society has written to the Charity Commission urging it to investigate a religious charity behind the sale of an alcoholic drink widely associated with criminal activity in Scotland.

Charity regulator urged to investigate religious organisation behind controversial monk-brewed tonic wine

Comment by Mrs.B on April 13, 2017 at 6:39pm

That's great, but I'm still not asking......hahahaha.

Comment by Stephen on April 13, 2017 at 6:35pm

The days when all Irishmen were Catholics are over. Many are turning to Atheism.

Comment by Mrs.B on April 13, 2017 at 6:32pm

Makes me wonder about our new dr.....he's Irish......but I ain't askin".

Comment by Stephen on April 13, 2017 at 6:24pm



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