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Newsline 19 December 2014

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A strange case of blasphemy

A strange case of blasphemy

Opinion | Fri, 19 Dec 2014

The Sony crisis is almost identical to the Satanic Verses controversy, or the Mohammed cartoon riots. Benjamin Jones argues that Sony's capitulation to North Korea has all the hallmarks of religious blasphemy cases, and that the state religion of North Korea is functionally identical to theocracy.

Who should be the next Secularist of the Year?

Who should be the next Secularist of the Year?

News | Wed, 17 Dec 2014

Tickets are now on sale for Secularist of the Year 2015 and the National Secular Society is seeking the public's nominations to receive the prize.

NSS Speaks Out

This week's Supreme Court ruling on the limits of "conscientious objection" for two Catholic nurses who refused to supervise staff involved in abortions received widespread coverage which quoted the NSS. Executive Director Keith Porteous Wood was quoted in the Telegraph and in two separate articles in the Herald. Keith's comments on the case were also picked up in the Leigh Journal. Alistair McBay had a letter published on the ruling in the Scotsman.

The Guardian covered NSS objections to the new council prayer bill, and quoted Campaigns Manager Stephen Evans.

He was also quoted in FoodNavigator which covered our story from last week on Poland reversing its ban on non-stun slaughter. He was quoted in the piece saying that, "whilst we respected the right to religious freedom, we do not believe this should extend to practices that inflict unnecessary suffering on animals."

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