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GOVERNMENT GRILLED IN HOUSE OF LORDS ON MOVE TO BAN ORGANISATIONS FROM REPORTING ILLEGAL SCHOOL ADMISSION POLICIES

During questions in the House of Lords this afternoon, peers from a range of parties quizzed the Government on its controversial move to ban civil society organisations from formally challenging school admission arrangements where they are not compliant with the School Admissions Code. Raising the issue, Shadow Education Spokesperson Lord Continue Reading

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Why Humans Want to Believe

A listener reached out to me with a question regarding why belief in a deity seems to be a “default position” that most people take. Some apologists use this as an argument for the truthfulness of their belief. They posit that people are born “knowing God” or at least “knowing Continue Reading

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AHA files Supreme Court amicus brief opposing employment discrimination law exemption for religious organizations

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center has filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the American Humanist Association and other allied organizations with the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court is hearing an appeal of a case that turns on the question of whether religious organizations have a constitutional right to discriminate Continue Reading

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Has Herman Cain peaked?

Over the last couple of weeks, Herman Cain has rocketed to the top of the GOP polls. But popularity brings scrutiny. Will he stand up to it? Two weeks back, Herman Cain cleverly managed to bring up his “9-9-9 Plan” in response to nearly every question at a GOP debate Continue Reading

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Evangelical leader joins Religious Institute in supporting family planning, opposing proposed cuts to Planned Parenthood

As a reminder that not all Christians–nay, not even all evangelical Christians–are liberty-hating, theocracy-promoting members of the Religious Right, I’m bumping this article from March of 2011. Finding people we can work with, such as these folks, is a key element of building successful coalitions. And we all want successful coalitions, right? Continue Reading

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Freedom From Religion Foundation

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s use of state resources to promote a prayer breakfast March 13 at the Frankfort Convention Center. In a March 3 letter to the Democratic governor, FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert noted that a press release about the so-called Continue Reading

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GOVERNMENT GRILLED IN HOUSE OF LORDS ON MOVE TO BAN ORGANISATIONS FROM REPORTING ILLEGAL SCHOOL ADMISSION POLICIES

During questions in the House of Lords this afternoon, peers from a range of parties quizzed the Government on its controversial move to ban civil society organisations from formally challenging school admission arrangements where they are not compliant with the School Admissions Code. Raising the issue, Shadow Education Spokesperson Lord Continue Reading

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BHA EXPOSÉ: UNREGISTERED ‘FAITH’ SCHOOLS ENJOYING CHARITABLE STATUS DESPITE OPERATING ILLEGALLY

An investigation carried out by the British Humanist Association (BHA) has revealed that a number of unregistered strictly Orthodox Charedi Jewish schools in north London – which the Government is aware are operating illegally – are nonetheless officially registered as charities. Working with former members of the Charedi community, all Continue Reading