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Newsline 18 March 2016

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Religious worship shouldn’t be a requirement of public office

Religious worship shouldn’t be a requirement of public office

Opinion | Fri, 18 Mar 2016

With an atheist mayor facing criticism for opting not to attend church services, Stephen Evans argues that elected officials shouldn't have to worship or feign religiosity in order to represent the citizens they serve.

Do we need ‘religious approaches’ to Human Rights?

Do we need ‘religious approaches’ to Human Rights?

Opinion | Thu, 17 Mar 2016

Keith Porteous Wood offers a critical review of a new book that claims Human Rights owe their existence to religion – when the greatest modern threat to Human Rights comes from organised religion.

Gender equality bills in Pakistan and Nigeria face religious backlash

Gender equality bills in Pakistan and Nigeria face religious backlash

News | Thu, 17 Mar 2016

Plans to protect women and promote gender equality in Pakistan and Nigeria have generated a huge religious backlash – with Muslim and Christian senators saying the Nigerian law was an attack on religion.

The law is clear on same-sex adoption - Magistrates must respect it

The law is clear on same-sex adoption - Magistrates must respect it

A Christian magistrate is to sue after losing his job over his opposition to adoption by gay parents. He's entitled to his views, but he must deliver justice as the law stands, writes Alice Arnold.

Moazzam Begg challenged by students over his views on stoning women to death

Moazzam Begg challenged by students over his views on stoning women to death

On Tuesday, students at the University of Exeter defied the norm by standing up and challenging CAGE Outreach Director Moazzam Begg. One student asked why the NUS was prepared to share a platform with CAGE considering their links to Haitham al-Haddad and their refusal to condemn his support for "FGM and stoning".

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