Western Europe

In The Beginning…Was Atheism

  Earliest evidence for atheism predates Jesus by at least 500 years, argues Cambridge professor By John Bingham, Religious Affairs Editor, The Telegraph A new Cambridge University study argues t...

Vatican Told to Get Tough on Money Laundering

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A European financial crimes watchdog on Tuesday (Dec. 15) called on the Vatican to prosecute those caught money laundering, stating the Holy See must act to ensure the success of it...

Icelanders flocking to the Zuist religion

A new religion, Zuism, based on the worship of the ancient Sumeran gods promises a refund for government religion taxes for everyone registering with their religious group in Iceland. On the Zuist web...

Britain is no longer a Christian country and should stop acting as if it is, says judge

The Telegraph (UK): A two-year commission, chaired by the former senior judge Baroness Butler-Sloss and involving leading religious leaders from all faiths, calls for public life in Britain to be...

All pupils at non-faith schools must study atheism, UK judge rules

LONDON, 25 Nov 2015 – All non-faith schools will be forced to teach non-religious views following a landmark judgment by the UK High Court that ruled the Education Secretary unlawfully excl...

Religion and Conspiracy Theories

BY EDUARDO FELIZ ARIAS, AAI NEWS TEAM Do you find civilization falling apart and think that social norms are being undermined? Do you feel helpless and authoritarian with margins of low self-esteem? I...

Nonreligious children are more generous

By Warren Cornwall – AAAS   Religious doctrines typically urge the faithful to treat others with compassion and to put the greater good before selfish interests. But when it comes to genero...

HAGUE COURT DEALS BLOW TO SCIENTOLOGY TAX-FREE STATUS

According to NL Times, the Dutch branch of the Church of Scientology has lost its tax status as “public welfare institution”, and the tax benefits that go along with it, in a ruling made b...

Jewish state school ordered to stop selecting children based on details of parents’ sex life

British Humanist Association – Following an objection submitted by the Fair Admissions Campaign(FAC), a Jewish state school in north London has been ordered by the Office of the Schools Adj...

French prosecutors have filed charges against 25-year-old Ayoub El-Khazzani

An attempted attack by a heavily armed man on a train in France last week was premeditated and well prepared, according to a French prosecutor.   Accordiing to BBC, Ayoub El-Khazzani, 25, was car...

Blasphemy and obscenity: ‘The censorship board is toothless’ – Adrian Buckle

By Kevin Schembri Orland – The Independent    Producer at Unifaun Theatre group who attempted to stage ‘Stitching’ back in 2009, believes the censorship board responsi...

Iceland makes blasphemy legal

According to The Telegraph, Iceland’s parliament on Friday voted widely in favour of decriminalising blasphemy, in the name of freedom of expression in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in P...