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Catholics lobby for state funded faith schools to select 100% pupils on faith

dfeShould faith schools be able to select up to 100% of pupils based on their faith? The Catholic Education Service (CES) has proposed that the current 50% cap be scrapped. 

In September, Theresa May announced a consultative Department for Education (DfE) Green Paper – “Schools that work for everyone”. For Faith Schools, the DfE say they “intend to deliver more good school places, while meeting strengthened safeguards on inclusivity.”

The Green Paper consultation CLOSES 12th December 2016. Please send your comments (see below) before that date.

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Chris Street, President Atheism UK

Chris Street, President of Atheism UK commented:

“It seems to me  that the Green Paper gives some spurious arguments for changing the 50% cap on selection in faith schools. If you are concerned about social integration and inclusive children’s education, I urge you to complete the Department for Education feedback form before 12th December.”

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Religion irrelevant? Atheism UK debate at Bath University.

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Norman Bacrac, Atheism UK Council Member

Is religion irrelevant today? Atheism UK was invited by Bath University to debate religious societies. The motion was: “This house believes that religion has become irrelevant in today’s society.” 

Atheism UK’s council member Norman Bacrac agreed to talk for the debate motion.

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Mike Pence and the Evangelical Vote

The Road to a Christian Iran

By Willem Sander van Boxtel

Mike Pence & Donald Trump

In the early hours of November 10th 2016, many of us atheists woke up to the dawn of at least another four years of religious rule in the world’s most major powerhouse. But for secular non-believers, Donald Trump is not the real danger. The real threat to the atheist democracy as intended by the American founding fathers, and as enshrined in the US Constitution, comes from the well-known evangelical heavyweight now known as Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

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Atheism UK to talk to Voice of Islam Radio – again.

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Atheism UK speaks to Voice of Islam radio about Human v Religious Rights.

Chris Street, President of Atheism UK spoke to Voice of Islam radio in August. Today we received another request to talk to them tomorrow (Thursday 17th November) between 4 – 5pm. This time the topic is ‘Human v Religious Rights’.  As members & supporters of Atheism UK, we would like to get your views. Please comment below (or send an email) with your response to their questions – we might just quote you!

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Richard Green (1954-2016), Vice President of Atheism UK

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Richard Green (1954-2016) with his daughters Harriet & Alice.

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Richard Green on 23rd October 2016, aged 62.

In 2009 Richard co-founded Atheism UK. He remained a council member becoming Vice President in August 2016.

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Film Screening: Interviews with Atheists – Chris Johnson, Nov 9th-17th 2016

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Chris Johnson interviews atheists for his filmChris Johnson’s film ‘A Better Life: An Exploration of Joy & Meaning in a World Without God’ will be screened between 9th and 17th November 2016 in several UK cities (see below).

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UN recommend UK Government repeal collective worship

Atheism UK campaign for the abolition of compulsory Collective Worship.

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COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRC/Pages/Membership.aspx

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) held its 72nd Session on 17 May 2016 – 03 Jun 2016. In July 2016, the CRC reported on Freedom of thought, conscience and religion in the UK. The report recommended that the Government repeal collective worship.

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School Children Punished for Not Going to Mass

Story taken from the BBC News Site

School children who decided not to attend their Catholic school’s Founders Mass one afternoon are to be subjected to discipline by the school. The school has said that it is ostensibly for “truancy” but as the whole school was expected to attend this service which lasted the whole afternoon, somehow this excuse of truancy sounds hollow. Curiously there is no mention of any alternative activities for those pupils who wised to opt out!

Religious privilege strikes again!