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Secularism in the UK and Europe.and all those lucky places that doesnt have Trumps as its leader

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Secularism in the UK and Europe.and all those lucky places that doesnt have Trumps as its leader

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 May 3, 2016 at 5:47pm

Scientology leader plans to use Northern Ireland's libel laws in bid to ban dad's book

A top Scientologist is threatening to use Northern Ireland's stricter libel laws to prevent a book written by his father from being published.

The tell-all account by the father of David Miscavige, leader of the church of Scientology, is due to be released in the UK and Ireland this week.

Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige and Me, written by Ron Miscavige, is to be published on both sides of the Atlantic on Tuesday.

The book is believed to allege that David Miscavige seized power from L Ron Hubbard, the founder and former leader of Scientology, and makes claims about how members of the church are treated.

David Miscavige denies all of his father's allegations.

Belfast-based law firm Johnsons sent a legal letter on behalf of David Miscavige to the UK-based Silvertail Books, which plans to release Ruthless on Tuesday.

The letter said the church objected to the "false and defamatory allegations contained within" the book, and if publication goes ahead "our client will be left with no alternative but to seek the protection of UK/Irish defamation and other laws".

The Sunday Times has reported that the letter also said the church's US representatives had written to St Martin's Press, which is publishing the book in America outlining the "sinister background" of Ron Miscavige.

Humfrey Hunter, the founder of Silvertail, released a statement to the Sunday Times.

"All the legal due diligence has been done so it is published responsibly, but I wasn't surprised to get the letter because they will try anything they can to fight their corner," he said.

Mr Hunter said the legal threat would not affect plans for the release, and he was confident at being able to defend a legal challenge.

"(Ruthless) shines a light on the person at the head of the church - it's a story that's never been told," he said.

"The Church of Scientology has only ever had two leaders: L Ron Hubbard and then David Miscavige.

"Miscavige is a hugely significant figure in the church. People have written things about him, but no one has ever written from a perspective as close as this. It's utterly fascinating."

The law on defamation was updated in England and Wales in 2013. Under the new guidelines, claimants have to show they have suffered "serious harm" before suing.

However, the reforms do not apply in Northern Ireland after being blocked by Stormont.

It has prompted warnings that our unreformed system poses a threat to freedom of speech.

Last April a hard-hitting Scientology documentary was axed from UK TV screens because of Northern Ireland's libel laws.

Controversial HBO expose Going Clear made allegations of abusive practices at the religion's US headquarters.

It was due to air in the UK in April 2015 to coincide with its American release.

But the programme was pulled by Sky because of fears it could face legal action under our stricter legislation.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/scientology...

Comment by Stephen on May 3, 2016 at 5:36pm

High Court rules against Education Secretary for leaving non-religious views out of new RE GCSE(School exam)

The High Court has ruled in favour of three families who challenged the Education Secretary's exclusion of non-religious worldviews from the new RE GCSE syllabus.

The families, supported by the British Humanist Association, successfully took their case to the High Court and accused the Government of taking a "skewed" approach to religious education, with one parent objecting to "the lack of parity between religious beliefs and non-religious worldviews in the school curriculum, which in the eyes of children may well lead to the belief that religion, in whatever form, has a monopoly on truth and on morality."

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http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2015/11/high-court-rules-against-...

Comment by Stephen on May 1, 2016 at 6:24pm

Heads discuss teaching of religious education

1 May 2016 Last updated at 08:23 BST

Head teachers are to discuss whether parents in England should be allowed to take their children out of religious education classes, on the grounds that it undermines the teaching of "British values".

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), which is holding its annual conference, will hear that pupils need to take part in RE to learn how to respect the views of other people.

Robert Pigott reports.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36180996

Comment by Stephen on May 1, 2016 at 5:53pm

Not today, but Ning has been acting up lately, even with other sites.

Comment by Mrs.B on May 1, 2016 at 5:28pm

The ''add comment'' is also sluggish.

Comment by Mrs.B on May 1, 2016 at 5:28pm

Yeah, can never measure up.........

Off topic, is anyone having trouble getting on a/u today? Mine is not loading at all, or is very slow.

Comment by Stephen on May 1, 2016 at 5:12pm

That's what religion is like they nearly always turn on their own kith and kin before they attack what they perceive as the enemy.

Comment by Mrs.B on May 1, 2016 at 4:40pm

If they want to kill each other off, then so be it, but leave the rest of us the hell alone!

Comment by Stephen on May 1, 2016 at 4:29pm

'ISIS will destroy your family' Muslims unite against Daesh in online protest

FAMILIES that have been torn apart by the savagery of ISIS are uniting this week to send the militants a message.

FATE (Families Affected by Terrorism and Extremism) encouraged everybody across the world yesterday to create a "Thunderclap" by smacking hands at 3.45pm to "build resilience" against Daesh.

The organisation, which hosted an annual summit in Paris yesterday, has also pushed people to speak out against the terror group on social media.

Here they are championing the hashtag #ENOUGH to echo their move of defiance.

Bjørn Ihler tweeted today: "I'm haunted by everyone lost to terror.

"That's why we stand up to say #enough! We need you on the team to put an end to it! Thx."

FATE is spearheaded by Muslim families and its work is centred around north Africa and Europe.

It wrote an open letter to Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Mother's Day this year.

It accused him of taking "our sons and daughters" to a war "that is not yours".

It wrote: "One of our sons was forced to blow himself up, because he was shot in the face and of no further use to his 'brothers'.

"He died alone. While his 'brothers' stab into each other's backs, he had to die for their corruption and not for any glorious cause."

One of FATE's own campaign videos follows the hopes and dreams of a young Muslim boy on a backdrop of clips showing devastation.

Comment by Mrs.B on April 30, 2016 at 2:39pm

Yes, we start feeling like a doormat with bowing down to these ''customs & lifestyles''!

 

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