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Newsline 17 October 2014

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Secular conference created a sense of imminent and momentous change – and women will be the driving force

Secular conference created a sense of imminent and momentous change – and women will be the driving force

Opinion | Wed, 15 Oct 2014

The passion of feminist secular activists from around the world at a recent conference inspired Terry Sanderson, who chaired a panel on religion in the state, law and politics.

Ignore the PR, the Catholic Church continues with its grotesque homophobia | Pink News

Ignore the PR, the Catholic Church continues with its grotesque homophobia | Pink News

Suggestions the Catholic Church has changed its position on gay people are wide off the mark, writes National Secular Society President Terry Sanderson.

Secular societies fare better than religious societies | Psychology Today

Secular societies fare better than religious societies | Psychology Today

Many claim that religion is necessary for social order or cohesion. However comparative national and international studies indicate a correlation between decreased religiosity and increased indicators of social goods.

NSS Speaks Out

NSS President Terry Sanderson gave an interview to the freethinking political-social TV magazine Bread and Roses. He talked aboutthe link between secularism and the struggle for gay rights – and whether gay rights are possibility in Iran or the Middle East. The show is broadcast in Persian and English across Iran and the Middle East via New Channel satellite TV.

Terry also chaired a panel session at the International Conference on the Religious Right, Secularism and Civil Rights held in London on 11-12 October.

NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood argued for the motion: "Are faith schools detrimental to society?" at a debate at King's College Cambridge. An overwhelming majority of students appeared to support the motion.

NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans gave was interviewed by the BBC about a new proposed new school from a church linked to beliefs about witchcraft and was also quoted in an Economist article on religious exemptions from equality laws.

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