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Newsline 2 November 2012

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European secularists raise concerns about nomination of Maltese reactionary to European Commission

European secularists raise concerns about nomination of Maltese reactionary to European Commission

News | Thu, 01 Nov 2012

Secular groups around Europe are preparing to oppose the nomination of the Maltese Foreign Affairs Minister Tonio Borg to replace the recently resigned European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection.

New calls from Islamists for international blasphemy law at UN

New calls from Islamists for international blasphemy law at UN

News | Thu, 01 Nov 2012

Soon after the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) announced that it had abandoned its plans to persuade the UN to impose a global blasphemy law, the Arab League has stepped in to take up the cry.

We’re not in Kansas now: why targeting the “faith vote” is a hopeless cause in Britain

We’re not in Kansas now: why targeting the “faith vote” is a hopeless cause in Britain

Opinion | Tue, 30 Oct 2012

The Tories plan to use the upcoming Corby by-election to "road test" an appeal to the "faith vote". Terry Sanderson questions whether a religious voting bloc even exists in the town – or anywhere in Britain for that matter.

Callous treatment of raped girl in Poland leads to condemnation in Human Rights Court

Callous treatment of raped girl in Poland leads to condemnation in Human Rights Court

News | Thu, 01 Nov 2012

Poland's harsh anti-abortion laws were condemned this week by the European Court of Human Rights after an almost unbelievably callous series of events were inflicted on a teenage victim of rape.

More Britons believe in aliens than God

More Britons believe in aliens than God

News | Thu, 01 Nov 2012

A recent survey found that more people believe in aliens from other planets than believe in God.

NSS Speaks Out

Keith Porteous Wood was on LBC radio talking about Bring-a-Bible-to Work day. He was also on BBC Radio York talking about food banks.

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