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Newsline 18 January 2013

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“Religious discrimination” cases – the European Court’s judgements change very little

“Religious discrimination” cases – the European Court’s judgements change very little

Opinion | Wed, 16 Jan 2013

Ronan McCrea, a barrister who helped prepare the National Secular Society's intervention, explains why this week's ECHR ruling does very little to change the rights of believers in the workplace.

Victory for free speech as Government accepts reform of section 5

Victory for free speech as Government accepts reform of section 5

News | Mon, 14 Jan 2013

In a major victory for freedom of expression, Home Secretary Theresa May has bowed to the inevitable and agreed to accept a House of Lords amendment removing the word "insulting " from Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1988.

Roundup of reactions to this week’s Euro Court rulings

Roundup of reactions to this week’s Euro Court rulings

Opinion | Wed, 16 Jan 2013

Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, provides a comprehensive round-up of the reaction to this week's European Court of Human Rights ruling on 'religious discrimination' in the workplace.

EU Commissioner says blasphemy laws are undesirable in the EU, but it’s up to individual states to decide whether they implement them

EU Commissioner says blasphemy laws are undesirable in the EU, but it’s up to individual states to decide whether they implement them

News | Thu, 17 Jan 2013

The EU Commissioner responsible for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, Vivianne Reding, has said that blasphemy laws and other such restrictions are not acceptable and pose a threat to free speech.

January is renewal time for NSS membership

January is renewal time for NSS membership

News | Thu, 17 Jan 2013

The move towards a secular society is reaching a crucial phase, and it is important that we keep up the pressure. But we can't do it without our members.

Government ordered to disclose details of free school applicants

Government ordered to disclose details of free school applicants

News | Wed, 16 Jan 2013

A tribunal has ruled that the Department for Education (DfE) must publish the names, location and religious affiliation, if any, of all organisations that apply to open free schools.

Religious opt-outs make Australia’s anti-discrimination law a “bigot’s charter”

Religious opt-outs make Australia’s anti-discrimination law a “bigot’s charter”

News | Thu, 17 Jan 2013

In a move that has enraged human rights advocates, the Australian government has given religious groups wide-scale opt-outs in proposed new anti-discrimination laws.

European Commission to investigate complaints concerning employment discrimination in ‘faith’ schools

European Commission to investigate complaints concerning employment discrimination in ‘faith’ schools

News | Thu, 17 Jan 2013

The European Commission is to investigate complaints submitted by the National Secular Society concerning whether UK legislation relating to state funded 'faith' schools breaches European employment laws in relation to discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief.

NSS Speaks Out

The Section 5 victory (as reported above) gained coverage for the NSS in The Guardian and in Australia as well as widely throughout the press.

The ECtHR decisions brought a great deal of publicity starting with the BBC website, London 24, NBC News in America, Reuters, the Guardian Global Post Daily Telegraph EU Observer and RT. The Press Association story was widely picked up.

Terry Sanderson did a marathon session of radio interviews on Tuesday and Wednesday with appearances on Radio Wales, Three Counties and radio stations in Sheffield, West Midlands, Tees, Newcastle, London, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Nottingham, Scotland, Hereford & Worcester, Sussex, Essex, Berkshire, Northampton and Merseyside (sometimes more than once).

Meanwhile, Keith Porteous Wood was busy in TV studios with appearances on BBC news bulletins throughout the day, the Nicky Campbell programme on Radio 5 Live, ITV News London, BBC News Channel and the One O'Clock News on BBC1.

Alistair McBay did interviews with Sky News, Aljazeera, and BBC regional TV news programmes.

Stephen Evans could be heard on the Voice of Russia and BBC WM.

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