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Newsline 14 October 2016

Theresa May's plan to generate a new wave of religiously selective faith schools was dealt a blow this week when the former schools minister Jim Knight warned that relaxing faith schools admissions rules would risk the "divisive ghettoisation of education". His article appears below. We agree that this country is divided enough right now - it is not the time to encourage more segregation of children by faith. That's why we're opposing the Government's plans to open more faith schools and hope you will too. Visit our campaign page to find out how you can help.

Meanwhile, Britain's de facto blasphemy law was in evidence again this week with the hounding of British Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, after a private video of him and his friends 'mocking Islam' ended up on the internet. Louis has since received death threats and faces expulsion from British Gymnastics. Below, our campaigns director argues that the demonization of Louis Smith is illustrative of a troubling return of blasphemy to Britain.

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The demonisation of Louis Smith: This is how a de facto blasphemy law works

The demonisation of Louis Smith: This is how a de facto blasphemy law works

Opinion | Tue, 11 Oct 2016

The castigation of a British gymnast for 'mocking Islam' is illustrative of a troubling return of blasphemy, argues Stephen Evans.

Advice for parents wanting to give the evangelical Operation Christmas Child shoebox scheme a wide berth

Advice for parents wanting to give the evangelical Operation Christmas Child shoebox scheme a wide berth

Opinion | Wed, 12 Oct 2016

Alastair Lichten looks at the ethical, educational and efficiency case against the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox scheme.

'Relaxing faith schools admissions rules risks the divisive ghettoisation of education'

'Relaxing faith schools admissions rules risks the divisive ghettoisation of education'

In an increasingly divided nation, the last thing we should be doing is exacerbating that by dividing our children, says a former schools minister

Exposure: Islam's Non-Believers

Exposure: Islam's Non-Believers

Award-winning filmmaker Deeyah Khan follows the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, a volunteer support group, and investigates the lives of people who have left Islam as they face discrimination from within their own communities.

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The problem of 'faith schools' in Britain

The problem of 'faith schools' in Britain

On Conatus News, Scott Douglas Jacobsen and Angelos Sofocleous look at the human rights arguments against faith schools and in favour of moving to a secular education system.

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