Thursday, 11 December 2014

New International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) Report


The new International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) Report is now available, see http://iheu.org/

According to an article in Politics.uk, the IHEU report shows 'systemic discrimination' in the UK. See http://www.politics.co.uk/news/2014/12/11/the-majority-oppressed-systemic-discrimination-against-non-b



Baroness Anelay on Freedom of Religion


"Safeguarding freedom of religion or belief is "a top human rights priority" for the British Government, Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay of St Johns said.

She was in the Vatican on Wednesday to mark the centenary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and the Holy See."

See story at http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/1477/0/freedom-of-religion-a-top-human-rights-priority-for-uk-government-says-foreign-office-minister-

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Sharia Law Guidelines Withdrawn


The Law Society has withdrawn controversial guidelines for solicitors on how to compile “Sharia compliant” wills. This has followed serious complaints that such guidelines penalise widows and non believers.

See http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/11250643/Sharia-law-guidelines-abandoned-as-Law-Society-apologises.html

'Sleepwalking to losing religious freedoms'?


The chief executive of CARE has warned that Britain is in danger of "sleepwalking into losing religious freedoms". In her recent speech she said:

"A philosophy of human rights is emerging without the need for a religious, let alone Christian foundation", adding: "What is clear is that a hierarchy of rights is emerging where religious freedom is trumped again and again."

See http://www.christiantoday.com/article/britain.sleepwalking.into.losing.religious.freedoms.says.
christian.leader/43448.htm

Monday, 24 March 2014

Baroness Hale: Reasonable Accomodation


The Deputy President of the Supreme Court, Lady Brenda Marjorie Hale, Baroness of Richmond, has called on UK courts to show respect and provide more legal accommodation for the beliefs of Christians.

See
Supreme Court judge calls for 'reasonable accommodation' of Christian beliefs

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/supreme.court.judge.calls.for.reasonable.accommodation.of.christian.beliefs/36343.htm

Also article by John Bingham in the Telegraph:

Christian beliefs should be 'accommodated' under law – top judge

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10712546/Christian-beliefs-should-be-accommodated-under-law-top-judge.html

Christians in Laos


Interesting piece from "Christian Today" on religious persecution:

Christian converts in Laos told to leave faith or face expulsion

See http://www.christiantoday.com/article/christian.converts.in.laos.told.to.leave.faith.or.face.expulsion/36323.htm

The Economist on Freedom

http://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus/2014/03/religious-rights-and-human-rights

Monday, 24 February 2014

Scientology Wedding

The question of whether Scientology is a 'religion like any other' is being discussed in the news as a result of the first Scientology wedding in the UK.

See http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/debate/debate-as-its-first-official-wedding-takes-place-is-scientology-a-religion-like-any-other-9147703.html

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Atheism as a basis for asylum

An Afghan has today been granted asylum in the UK on the basis of his atheist convictions. It is actually a little more complicated than this - he has been granted asylum because- as an apostate - his life would be in danger should he return to Afghanistan.


For the story see:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25715736

Monday, 18 November 2013

New Proposal: Charter of Quebec Values

"Overt and Conspicuous: Religion and the Charter of Québec Values"

Parti Québécois presented a new bill, Bill 60, which seeks to enact the “Charter of Québec Values”. The proposed charter aims to prohibit the wearing of “overt and conspicuous” religious symbols by government officials and public servants.

See full story at: http://criticalreligion.org/2013/11/18/overt-and-conspicuous-religion-and-the-charter-of-quebec-values/