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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

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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 September 30, 2017 at 5:35pm

More than half in UK are non-religious, suggests survey

For the first time, more than half of people in the UK do not identify as religious, a survey suggests.

Last year 53% of people described themselves as having "no religion", in a survey of 2,942 adults by the National Centre for Social Research.

Among those aged between 18 and 25, the proportion was higher at 71%.

The Bishop of Liverpool said God and the Church "remains relevant" and that saying "no religion was not the same as considered atheism".

The figures, shown to BBC Radio 5 live, reveal a downward trend for religious belief in the UK.

When the national centre's British Social Attitudes survey began in 1983, 31% of respondents said they had no religion.

A random sample of adults were involved in the latest survey and they were asked whether they regarded themselves as belonging to a particular religion.

Almost two in three 25 to 34 year olds said they were non-religious, while 75% of people aged 75 and over said they were religious.

Southwell Minster in NottinghamshireImage caption The most dramatic decline is among those identifying as Anglican

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41150792

Comment by Stephen on September 30, 2017 at 5:26pm

Row after Belfast's atheist mayor skips prayers before dinner at installation

 


Lord Mayor of Belfast Nuala McAllister at her installation dinner in City Hall with her partner Sam Nelson and their son Finn Lord Mayor of Belfast Nuala McAllister at her installation dinner in City Hall with her partner Sam Nelson and their son Finn http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/row-after-b...

Comment by Stephen on September 25, 2017 at 4:17pm

As PMQs takes a holiday for Conference season a reminder of what we can expect in October! It's important to keep calling out the lies and SPIN of this minority Government!

Comment by Suzanna on September 25, 2017 at 3:09pm

Poor children, why they can't let them choose their own way in life is beyond me. 

Comment by Mrs.B on September 24, 2017 at 2:35pm

Yes, I've seen the tiny girls here wearing the damn things too.

Comment by Stephen on September 24, 2017 at 6:21am

Girls forced to wear hijabs in English schools, NSS reveals

Posted: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:59

Girls forced to wear hijabs in English schools, NSS reveals

Girls in dozens of schools in England are forced to wear hijabs, according to National Secular Society research published in the Sunday Times today.

The NSS examined uniform policies on the websites of registered Islamic schools in England and found that girls potentially as young as four are instructed to wear the hijab as part of the official uniform policy.

Out of 142 Islamic schools that accept girls, 59 have uniform policies on their website that suggest a headscarf or another form of hijab is compulsory. This includes eight state-funded schools and 27 primary schools ­– three of which are state-funded.

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Comment by Mrs.B on September 22, 2017 at 10:12pm

Food, is food, is food, for cripes sakes!

Comment by Stephen on September 22, 2017 at 9:50pm

Ofsted repeatedly fails dozens of independent faith schools

Posted: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:06

Ofsted repeatedly fails dozens of independent faith schools

Dozens of small independent faith schools have repeatedly failed to meet Ofsted standards in the last three years, according to analysis of the inspectorate's data by Schools Week.

Since 2014-15, 190 non-associated independent schools – around 20% of the private schools which are not attached to an umbrella organisation in England – have failed to meet the standards.

Almost half of those have failed more than once: 30% have failed twice; 13% failed three times; six failed four times; and three failed five or more times.

Half of the schools which have repeatedly failed are faith schools, and almost two-thirds of those faith schools are still not meeting the standards. Muslim schools made up 50% of failed faith schools, Christian schools 28% and Jewish schools 22%.

The Rabia Girls' and Boys' School, an independent Islamic school in Luton, was the worst offender, failing seven times. Ofsted has criticised the school for, among other things: failing to teach British values adequately; limiting girls to "knitting and sewing" in design and technology; and separating male and female staff during training sessions. In 2016 Sir Michael Wilshaw, then the chief inspector of schools, wrote to the education secretary to express his concerns about the school.

Several of the other schools have also been criticised for failing to provide a secular education. Two Jewish schools in north London, the Beis Aharon School and the Getters Talmud Torah School, have each failed five inspections; Ofsted has accused both of them of having an insufficiently broad curriculum. Ayasofia primary school in east London fell below the standards four times, partly because its secular curriculum was "narrow and lacked depth". The school was thrown off the independent schools' register in September last year.

The Cornerstone School, a Christian school in Surrey, closed after just one inspection in 2015, which found pupils were "not open to the views" of others. Two other schools have also been closed. The Department for Education issued six more with deregistration notices, but these were appealed or ignored after the school improved.

Stephen Evans, NSS campaigns director, said the revelations "illustrated the detrimental effect which the proliferation of private faith schooling is having on children's rights".

"Shutting a school causes great disruption and should always be a last resort. But the Department for Education and Ofsted must ensure they hold independent faith schools to account. These schools must not be given a blank cheque to avoid their responsibilities.

"Faith must not be an excuse for failing to raise children for successful lives in 21st-century Britain."

http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2017/09/ofsted-repeatedly-fails-d...

 

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