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Newsline 12 July 2013

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Will the UN finally bring the Vatican to account for its child abuse crimes?

Will the UN finally bring the Vatican to account for its child abuse crimes?

Opinion | Thu, 11 Jul 2013

As a United Nations Committee on children's rights confronts the Vatican on its abysmal record on clerical paedophilia and criminal cover-ups, Keith Porteous Wood describes his role in bringing the Holy See to account.

Christian B&B owners who refused gay couple a room lose their appeal

Christian B&B owners who refused gay couple a room lose their appeal

News | Tue, 09 Jul 2013

The Christian owner of a bed and breakfast who was found guilty of discrimination after she refused a double room to a gay couple has lost her latest appeal.

Our secular society is wiser than the Church

Our secular society is wiser than the Church

Opinion | Wed, 10 Jul 2013

Oliver Kamm reflects on how our secular society moves forward whilst the Church struggles to catch up.

Public perceptions and reality - have we got it wrong?

Public perceptions and reality - have we got it wrong?

Opinion | Thu, 11 Jul 2013

Poll claims British public vastly overestimate the number of Muslims and underestimate the number of Christians – Terry Sanderson questions if we have.

Channel 4’s call to prayer during Ramadan is more of the same old, same old

Channel 4’s call to prayer during Ramadan is more of the same old, same old

Opinion | Tue, 09 Jul 2013

Maryam Namazie argues that if Channel 4 wants to do something really provocative; it should show Muslims as 21st century human beings and citizens with countless characteristics like everyone else.

Catalonia plans to ban the burka

Catalonia plans to ban the burka

News | Tue, 09 Jul 2013

The Catalan Government has announced that it will control the wearing of burkas and other face-coverings such as helmets and masks in public spaces "for reasons of public safety".

NSS Speaks Out

The Times picked up our Thought for the Day story (last week's Newsline) and included a quote from Terry Sanderson (subscription) and was subsequently picked up by The Daily Telegraph

Keith Porteous Wood made two appearances on the BBC1 Television's Breakfast programme, talking about religious education in schools.

Terry Sanderson was on Three Counties Radio talking about Channel 4's "Call to Prayer" stunt.

The NSS was quoted in the story about the UN calling the Vatican to account over child abuse in The Guardian Daily Telegraph International Business Times BBC, Irish Independent Irish Times, Canadian Globe and Mail, News24, Jakarta Globe and many foreign language newspapers.

The story was also picked up by Reuters.

As a direct result of being alerted by the NSS this story was picked up even more widely around the world, albeit the NSS was not mentioned by name, for example by Agence France Press (the largest news agency in the world), Huffington Post and the BBC World Service.

Keith Porteous Wood was talking on the same topic on Sky News and Voice of Russia radio.

The NSS figured strongly in a Washington Post story about the Government handing over thousands of community schools to the Church of England.

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