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Newsline 11 April 2014

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Eric Pickles’ dictatorial disregard for the law is dangerous in a democracy

Eric Pickles’ dictatorial disregard for the law is dangerous in a democracy

Opinion | Mon, 07 Apr 2014

Eric Pickles, the Dickensian-style Communities Minister, has announced that Britain is a "Christian nation" and anyone who disagrees needs to "get over it".

The Big Society – to be run by churches - is Mr Cameron’s pipe dream

The Big Society – to be run by churches - is Mr Cameron’s pipe dream

Opinion | Thu, 10 Apr 2014

In a speech to "faith leaders" gathered at Downing Street David Cameron said that his Government intended to see that religious groups play a much bigger role in influencing its policies.

NSS Speaks Out

The Sunday Telegraph picked up our story about children from atheist and Christian families being allocated places at a Sikh state school and quoted our campaigns manager Stephen Evans. Stephen also discussed this issue on BBC 3 Counties Radio, and took part in a broader debate about faith schools on London Live, the capital's new TV station.

Terry Sanderson was on BBC Radio London on Sunday talking about the falling number of Christians in Britain. On Monday he was on Radio 4's PM programme talking to Eddie Mair about Eric Pickles' latest outburst about Britain being a "Christian country".

Keith Porteous Wood was quoted in a Times article (subscription) about new research into ritual slaughter that showed mis-stunning was far less common than religious lobby groups have claimed.

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