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Newsline 11 December 2015

This week has a seen a major report acknowledge the need for a new settlement for religion and belief in public life, and it identified many of the issues stemming from religious privilege. Unfortunately however the report's recommendations amounted to a 'multifaith' approach that would expand many religious privileges, and it failed to address the inequity and separatism fuelled by faith schools.

As brave Muslim reformers launched their campaign for secularism and democracy, a Government minister claimed that secularism was alienating Muslims – despite the fact that the UK, a secularised society, is very far from being a secular state. We continue our work to make the UK's political structures reflect the reality of society, and need your help to support and fund our campaign work.

Minister’s claim that secularism pushes Muslims towards ISIS is a shameless attempt to advance Christian privilege

Minister’s claim that secularism pushes Muslims towards ISIS is a shameless attempt to advance Christian privilege

Opinion | Wed, 09 Dec 2015

Stephen Crabb MP, the Secretary of State for Wales, has said that secularism and "creeping intolerance" of religion "risks pushing more young Muslims into the arms of Isil". Benjamin Jones responds, debunking his nonsensical claims.

Women’s rights groups urge government to hold inquiry into Sharia ‘courts’ and the lack of access to justice

Women’s rights groups urge government to hold inquiry into Sharia ‘courts’ and the lack of access to justice

Southall Black Sisters (SBS), One Law for All, the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation (IKWRO), the Centre for Secular Space and British Muslims for Secular Democracy have urged David Cameron to hold an inquiry into the discriminatory nature of Sharia 'courts' and other religious arbitration forums.

NSS Speaks Out

Our response to the Woolf commission report on religion and belief in public life attracted widespread press coverage. NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood spoke on the BBC World Service and NSS president Terry Sanderson gave seventeen interviews to local BBC radio stations. We spoke about the report on LBC twice, and were quoted in the Telegraph, Independent, BBC, Guardian, Politics Home, Mirror and in several local papers.

We were also quoted in the Independent on sharia 'courts' and in the Evening Standard on an event at Goldsmiths University where students from the Islamic Society disrupted a talk by secular campaigner Maryam Namazie.

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