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Newsline 19 May 2017

The three major parties have now released their manifestos for the General Election and you can read our analysis of them all below. What do they have to say on human rights, education, and extremism? We've picked through them all to bring you their comments on the issues that matter to secularists. Read on to see that and all of this week's news.

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What do the main parties have to say on secular issues?

What do the main parties have to say on secular issues?

Opinion | Thu, 18 May 2017

The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have all released their manifestos for the General Election. Read our analysis of what they say on issues from equality to human rights, Islamist extremism and education.

The Catholic Church’s abuse scandal shows no sign of abating

The Catholic Church’s abuse scandal shows no sign of abating

Opinion | Mon, 15 May 2017

After forty years the Catholic Church is still more interested in protecting itself and its clerical culture than in truly eradicating child abuse, writes Richard Scorer.

Anglican stance on women and gays could trigger disestablishment

Anglican stance on women and gays could trigger disestablishment

Opinion | Sun, 14 May 2017

Keith Porteous Wood argues that, with the CofE's hierarchy so at odds with the values on equality held by the country at large, an Anglican vicar is right to question its status as the 'national church'.

Four religious representatives appointed to Hebrides education committee

Four religious representatives appointed to Hebrides education committee

News | Thu, 18 May 2017

The Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the local authority for the Hebrides, has appointed four religious figures to its education committee, as it is required to do by law.

Media round-up and Local Newspaper Week

Media round-up and Local Newspaper Week

Like many civil society organisations, local media are extremely important to our work. Local media play a vital role in bringing issues to our attention and in holding schools and public services to account.

Check out some of the local media stories in our daily media round-up.

Isis: The Origins of Violence

Isis: The Origins of Violence

Historian Tom Holland traces the origins of Isis's extreme violence, which it claims is justified by the tenets and scriptures of Islam: a claim contrary to most Muslims' interpretation of their faith

NSS Speaks Out

This week we've spoken to BBC Radio Stoke and LBC on religion and belief demographics. We've signed this petition calling on Denmark to abolish its blasphemy law, and we appeared on 3FM to talk about abstinence-based sex education on the Isle of Man.

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