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Newsline 19 June 2015

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Faith schools: education’s sacred cow

Faith schools: education’s sacred cow

Opinion | Fri, 19 Jun 2015

Faith-based schools have been part of Britain's educational landscape for a long time. But as Britain's religious outlook changes, the time has come for some people to come to terms with their fear or unwillingness to question them, argues Stephen Evans.

Academic claims university atheists are “militant”

Academic claims university atheists are “militant”

Opinion | Thu, 18 Jun 2015

A paper published by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education has claimed that atheists can be "militant" on university campuses, while describing religion as a "public good" and the exclusion of religion from the public sphere as "repressive."

Preacher James McConnell faces prosecution for calling Islam “Satanic"- the state again tramples over free expression

Preacher James McConnell faces prosecution for calling Islam “Satanic"- the state again tramples over free expression

Opinion | Thu, 18 Jun 2015

Free speech for all is threatened once more by the senseless prosecution of another Christian preacher. His religious freedom is the same liberty that defends secularists, atheists, people of all religions and none.

Tribunal to rule on Gay clergyman refused NHS chaplaincy job because he is in same-sex marriage

Tribunal to rule on Gay clergyman refused NHS chaplaincy job because he is in same-sex marriage

News | Tue, 16 Jun 2015

A Bishop stripped a Church of England clergyman of the licence needed to take a hospital chaplaincy job because he is in a same-sex marriage.

NSS Speaks Out

NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood spoke on LBC and BBC Radio Merseyside about the Clarke-Woodhead proposals on compulsory worship in schools. Our full response can be seen above. We were also quoted on the proposals in Christian Today.

Additionally, our campaigns manager Stephen Evans posted a blog in the Huffington Post on faith schools, education's 'sacred cow', and this has been re-published above.

Keith was quoted in the Telegraph on Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change, noting that the Pope had overlooked the role of the Church's social teaching in exacerbating environmental problems. Keith had a letter on this published in the Evening Standard.

He was also quoted in the Sunday Times, speaking out against "gay conversion" therapy.

The NSS was mentioned in the Mid Devon Gazette on council prayers, after Tiverton Town Council took the controversial decision to begin holding them during official meetings.

The Society was also quoted in the Independent, Telegraph and Breitbart on the recent case of a Muslim nursery worker asked to wear a jilbab that did not cover her feet.

NSS president Terry Sanderson was quoted in Church Times on the case of a Christian nursery worker who was found to have been wrongly dismissed.

Our opposition to and concerns about 'extremism disruption orders' was also picked up by Breitbart.

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