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Newsline 18 April 2014

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NSS welcomes investigation into “extremist schools”

NSS welcomes investigation into “extremist schools”

News | Mon, 14 Apr 2014

The National Secular Society has welcomed reports that Ofsted inspectors are to be sent to schools amid concerns that children are being radicalised and exposed to extremist ideologies.

Religious schools are the problem, not the answer

Religious schools are the problem, not the answer

Opinion | Mon, 14 Apr 2014

One could almost be tempted to say "Hallelujah" to the news that Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has at last recognised that there is a problem with dangerous religious proselytising in schools – particularly, but certainly not only, in Muslim-dominated schools.

'Trojan horses' in Birmingham schools should come as no surprise

'Trojan horses' in Birmingham schools should come as no surprise

Opinion | Wed, 16 Apr 2014

With powerful religious agendas which reach far beyond faith schools and insufficient protections for community schools, Rumy Hasan argues, the so called 'Operation Trojan Horse' should come as no surprise.

Religion as a human rights liability

Religion as a human rights liability

Opinion | Wed, 16 Apr 2014

While human rights movements must engage people of all religions and none, Nida Kirmani argues that explicitly linking religion to human rights can lead to the exclusion and persecution of minority groups and undermine human rights' claims to universality.

Government funding to creationist nurseries has to stop

Government funding to creationist nurseries has to stop

Opinion | Mon, 14 Apr 2014

The Government may prohibit schools from teaching creationism as scientific theory, but as Jonny Scaramanga argues, public funds are still being used to introduce pre-school children to religious pseudoscience.

NSS Speaks Out

Following the Prime Minister's assertions that the UK is a Christian Nation Keith Porteous Wood, Terry Sanderson and Stephen Evans were all quoted in various national and local media; including the Telegraphs' front page, Stephen also appeared on Sky News and NSS honorary associate Dr Evan Harris took part in a discussion on BBC Radio 4 on the same subject.

Stephen Evans was also on the BBC Asian Network to discuss Stoke Poges, where children from Christian and non-religious families have been assigned to a local Sikh faith school against their parent's wishes.

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