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Newsline 14 December 2012

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Census 2011: What has caused this massive flight from Christianity?

Census 2011: What has caused this massive flight from Christianity?

Opinion | Tue, 11 Dec 2012

What has happened in this country in the decade since the last census? What has caused this huge flight from religion?

How to make “nones” disappear: a lesson in statistics from Northern Ireland

How to make “nones” disappear: a lesson in statistics from Northern Ireland

Opinion | Thu, 13 Dec 2012

Jill Farquhar argues that the conflation of 'religion' with 'religious background' in the Northern Ireland census perpetuates the idea that the religion of our parents defines our own religious identity.

Is it time to separate church and state in marriage?

Is it time to separate church and state in marriage?

Opinion | Thu, 13 Dec 2012

The on-going debate over equal marriage has highlighted our outdated and outmoded marriage laws. Is it time for secular reform?

French confrontation of church and state over gay marriage

French confrontation of church and state over gay marriage

Opinion | Thu, 13 Dec 2012

Catherine Le Fur on the intensifying debate in France over the French Government's plans to legalise same-sex marriage

NSS Speaks Out

Keith Porteous Wood gave an interview to Russian television on the topic of the CofE's establishment. Terry Sanderson was on BBC Radio Kent and BBC Hereford & Worcester talking about the Scouts.

The NSS was quoted in a story about the census in the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Express, the Guardian and Huffington Post; even in the USA and the BBC website here and here.

Keith Porteous Wood gave television interviews to BBC News and ITV news and BBC South East News and Radio Kent. Terry Sanderson was on Radio Liverpool, Radio Lincoln and Radio Birmingham talking about the census results.

The NSS had representation at a reception at the Foreign Office last week in celebration of the International Human Rights Day. At the reception, Keith Porteous Wood met Baroness Warsi, the Minister for Faith.

Keith Porteous Wood joined Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute to make the case for abolishing the "insulting" element of Section 5 of the Public Order Act at the Conservative Home website and the issue was covered on the BBC's Politics Show.

Secularist of the Year: nominations invited

Our annual prize-giving event is on Saturday 23 March 2013 and tickets are now on sale. As usual, we are looking to Newsline readers to suggest suitable nominees to receive the Irwin Prize of £5,000. This is awarded to someone who has contributed something significant to the cause of secularism in the preceding year. Send your nominations, with a few words about why you think that person should win, to enquiries@secularism.org.uk.

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