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Newsline 2 May 2014

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Why religions, too, would benefit from embracing secularism

Why religions, too, would benefit from embracing secularism

Opinion | Tue, 29 Apr 2014

Secularism offers the best route to a society where people of all religions and none can live together peacefully. In a debate at the Nottingham Secular Society, Terry Sanderson argues the time has come for all religions to embrace secularism.

Council prayers: Eric Pickles rewrites history again

Council prayers: Eric Pickles rewrites history again

Opinion | Sat, 26 Apr 2014

Rather than being a voice for "moderation and reasonableness" over prayers at council meetings, the partisan and dictatorial Mr Pickles is pursuing an agenda to impose his religion on public life, argues Terry Sanderson.

Win tickets to see NSS honorary associates speak at the world’s largest philosophy festival

Win tickets to see NSS honorary associates speak at the world’s largest philosophy festival

News | Thu, 01 May 2014

To celebrate the participation of some of our honorary associates, the organisers of HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy festival, are giving away a pair of tickets to all of the associates' events.

Secularization is best thing that ever happened to religion

Secularization is best thing that ever happened to religion

Opinion | Thu, 01 May 2014

Douglas Todd argues that, properly understood, secularism is the best thing that has happened for modern religion and religious believers, and that secular societies can be breeding grounds for religious pluralism.

NSS Speaks Out

Our story about the headteacher who was sacked from his job in a Catholic school because he had split from his wife was carried by the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and EdExec.

Keith Porteous Wood was on Radio 5 Live talking about the Prime Minister's "Christian country" remarks and also the BBC website.

Keith was also on Radio Humberside about council prayers.

Terry Sanderson was on Radio Nottingham on the "Christian country" remarks; he was also quoted in The Times (£) over Nick Clegg's comments about disestablishment.

The Independent picked up our story about Chancel Repair Liability in a major story on Saturday.

The Times (£) picked up our story about the cohort study together with quote from Terry Sanderson.

NSS Scottish spokesperson Alistair McBay had a letter on secularism and Scottish values in The Scotsman.

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