For well over a century, religious organizations in Britain have had the right to inspect and determine how well they teach matters of faith in their own schools. Now, a British secular group is publicly questioning whether this should be done by the government instead, charging that the traditional procedure is a waste of money – and moreover does not ensure that religious education is “non-partisan.”
Kevin is a long time American resident of the British city. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he has reported for New York Newsday and a number of Midwestern newspapers.
June 29, 2017, 11:00 PM EDT
June 14, 2017, 9:51 PM EDT
With Britain’s parliament more diverse than it’s ever been, Muslim voters appear to hold an increasing amount of political sway.
June 6, 2017, 8:20 PM EDT
For decades, even before he entered parliament, Britain’s Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been a crusader for the left.
May 31, 2017, 2:26 AM EDT
As Britain’s general election heads into its final stretch, campaigners on both sides of the abortion issue here see the potential of challenges to the current status quo once it is over.
May 17, 2017, 2:43 AM EDT
British charities are reporting a squeeze on their work in strife-torn regions of the world amid tighter counter-terror regulations and sanctions, as the banks whose services they use become increasingly wary of the risk.
May 1, 2017, 2:28 AM EDT
In a move to rein in what it calls a taxpayer subsidy for gun owners, the British government is considering raising license fees on shooting clubs by more than 1,000 percent.
April 10, 2017, 5:30 PM EDT
A fiercely debated process of selling Britain’s first nationally-owned bank for green investments took another step forward Friday with a court decision supporting the British government.
March 22, 2017, 12:22 AM EDT
Staff at British universities have become too liberal and students too intolerant, a number of recent reports here have charged.
Uncertainty Over UK Ambassador’s Post; Interim Envoy Was Caught Up in Clinton’s Private Email Server Row
March 6, 2017, 9:27 PM EST
With a proposed state visit to the United Kingdom by President Donald Trump reportedly pushed back until the fall, there is also a hint of uncertainty about when Britain will see its next American ambassador.
January 26, 2017, 9:26 PM EST
A drive by the British government to restrict children from on-line pornography is set to continue in Parliament next week, despite charges by critics, including the United Nations’ advocate for free speech, who says it would violate human rights.
December 22, 2016, 1:50 AM EST
The British Broadcasting Corporation will begin devoting more time from next year to covering religion – but with greater emphasis on faiths other than Christianity.
December 14, 2016, 1:38 AM EST
After a government report this summer recommended that British voters be required to provide identification, parliament will consider such a law early in the coming year.
November 23, 2016, 12:01 AM EST
As the legal battle over Britain’s plans to leave the European Union moves to the country’s highest court next month, campaigners for government reform say it shows the urgent need for more democracy here.
In Britain, Feeding Birds or Crying in Your Own Home Can Bring Fines in Crackdown on Anti-Social Behavior
November 3, 2016, 6:49 PM EDT
Feeding birds. Letting the front lawn get a little weedy. Crying inside your home. These are just some of the behaviors that local authorities across Britain are cracking down on using powers given to them two years ago, according to a new report issued this week.
October 26, 2016, 12:48 AM EDT
A controversial plan by the British government to allow government-funded religious schools to discriminate even more on the basis of faith has been welcomed by leading churches, but drew an outcry from civil society and secular groups.
September 22, 2016, 9:05 PM EDT
Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t want to be “president.” But the left-wing Labourite does want to remain leader of his party and, one day, become prime minister of Britain.
August 24, 2016, 12:08 AM EDT
With participation in traditional faiths at near-record lows, Britain is seeing the rise of what humanists describe as “pastors” for the non-religious.
July 29, 2016, 12:36 AM EDT
Following the murder of a French priest this week in the latest terror attack on European soil, churches in Britain have proclaimed they are “alert, but not alarmed.”
July 15, 2016, 1:09 AM EDT
A coalition of campaigners for women’s rights is vowing to boycott the British government’s first-ever inquiry into the use of shari’a , viewing its terms as inadequate. The inquiry was set in motion earlier this year by Prime Minister Theresa May in her previous capacity as Home Secretary.
July 7, 2016, 12:40 AM EDT
It was a moment Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn – and indeed large swathes of the British public – had been awaiting for years.