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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

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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 July 27, 2017 at 3:31pm

Muslim gang rampaged through Liverpool attacking strangers because they were white “non-Muslims”Faruq Patel, Amin Mohmed and Mohammed Patel

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/muslim-gang-ramp...

Comment by Mrs.B on July 26, 2017 at 2:42pm

That ass has so many faces, its getting beyond count.

Comment by Stephen on July 26, 2017 at 2:25pm

I've been reading that there are over 2000 transgender people serving in the army. What's going to happen to them. Trump is an imbecile.

Comment by Doone on July 26, 2017 at 1:57pm

Fortunately, he got it wrong.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon seems to have been unaware that President Donald Trump has decided to bar transgender people from the military.

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, refused to answer questions about what Trump’s tweeted announcement means for the current policy, including whether transgender people already serving in the military will be kicked out.

“Call the White House,” he said.

The White House press office did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Comment by Mrs.B on July 26, 2017 at 1:49pm

....and that piece of filth down south has just twittered that trans are not going to now be allowed in the military! This just never gets better!

Comment by Stephen on July 26, 2017 at 10:47am

Gay and persecuted: One man's tragic story- BBC News

Comment by Stephen on July 18, 2017 at 5:01pm

Turkey rolls out new school curriculum - without Darwin

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey announced a new school curriculum on Tuesday that excluded Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, feeding opposition fears President Tayyip Erdogan is subverting the republic's secular foundations.

The chairman of a teachers' union described the changes as a huge step in the wrong direction for Turkey's schools and an attempt to avoid raising "generations who ask questions".

Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz said the main elements of evolution already underpinned the science curriculum, but there would be no mention of Darwin's landmark theory until university.

"Because it is above the students' level and not directly related, the theory of evolution is not part" of the school curriculum, Yilmaz told a news conference.

Opposition Republican People's Party lawmaker Mustafa Balbay said any suggestion the theory was beyond their understanding was an insult to high school students.

"You go and give an 18-year old student the right to elect and be elected, but don't give him the right to learn about the theory of evolution...This is being close minded and ignorant."

The theory of evolution is rejected by both Christian and Muslim creationists, who believe God created the world as described in the Bible and the Koran, making the universe and all living things in six days.

Erdogan, accused by critics of crushing democratic freedoms with tens of thousands of arrests and a clampdown on media since a failed coup last July, has in the past spoken of raising a "pious generation".

The curriculum, effective from the start of the 2017-2018 school year, also obliges Turkey's growing number of "Imam Hatip" religious schools to teach the concept of jihad as patriotic in spirit.

"It is also our duty to fix what has been perceived as wrong. This is why the Islamic law class and basic fundamental religion lectures will include (lessons on) jihad," Yilmaz told reporters. "The real meaning of jihad is loving your nation."

Jihad is often translated as "holy war" in the context of fighters waging war against enemies of Islam; but Muslim scholars stress that it also refers to a personal, spiritual struggle against sin.

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Mehhmet Balik, chairman of the Union of Education and Science Workers (Egitim-Is), condemned the new curriculum.

Read more= read:http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-turkey-education-curriculum-idUKKB...

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Comment by Suzanna on July 15, 2017 at 1:54pm

This is as far away from discrimination as I can think. They are including placards about Islam along with Christian ones. They are treating them the same, how can that be seen as unfair. If we can't criticise all religions equally that in my mind is discriminatory.

Comment by Stephen on July 14, 2017 at 7:22pm

East London mosque has filed formal complaint about CEMB to Pride

By Maryam Namazie, CEMB Spokesperson

East London mosque has filed a formal complaint regarding the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s presence in Pride in London and stated that our placards, including “East London mosque incites murder of LGBT” were “inciting hatred against Muslims” and that the mosque had a “track record for challenging homophobia in East London”.

In fact, though, the very reason CEMB was at Pride was to combat hate and to highlight the 13 states under Islamic rule that kill gay men (14 if we include Daesh-held territories). We included placards on the East London mosque to bring attention to the fact that there are mosques here in Britain that promote the death penalty for homosexuality and apostasy.

As ex-Muslims, we are at risk from hate preachers that speak at some mosques and universities; our  gay members are at an increased risk.

Read more= read:https://www.ex-muslim.org.uk/east-london-mosque-has-filed-formal-co...

Comment by Stephen on July 12, 2017 at 7:39pm

Women’s groups back appeal on gender segregation in schools

The schools inspectorate Ofsted is to appeal against a ruling on gender segregation in a landmark case at the Court of Appeal next week.

The appeal, which will be heard on Tuesday and Wednesday, is backed by two organisations which advocate for women's rights in minority communities. Southall Black Sisters and Inspire are submitting legal interventions, which allow third parties to present information for a court to consider.

They are seeking to overturn a ruling that gender segregation at an unnamed co-educational, voluntary aided Muslim school did not amount to sex discrimination. They say they are intervening to "show that the growing practice of gender segregation in schools is not benign" and to "ensure gender equality is placed at the heart of Ofsted inspections in all schools".

"This is a significant and potentially precedent-setting case about sex discrimination and equality," said the groups. "Ultra-conservative and fundamentalist gender norms are seeping into the everyday life of minority communities."

read:http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2017/07/womens-groups-back-appeal...

 

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