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Newsline 20 February 2015

We've received a record number of nominations for this year's Secularist of the Year prize. We've had recommendations from all over the world for all kinds of people – activists, writers, broadcasters and journalists. All of them are worthy of the prize, but only one can win it. Join us at the awards ceremony in London on Saturday 28 March to find out who the winner is. Tickets include a three course meal and cocktail and cost just £40 for NSS members, and £50 for non-members. Book your tickets today!

Secularists stand up for LGBT equality in Northern Ireland

Secularists stand up for LGBT equality in Northern Ireland

News | Fri, 20 Feb 2015

The NSS has objected to proposed changes to Northern Ireland's equality laws which would allow businesses to refuse services to LGBT customers on the grounds of "strongly held religious convictions".

Charlie Hebdo: a perspective one month on

Charlie Hebdo: a perspective one month on

Opinion | Wed, 18 Feb 2015

25 years after the Rushdie Affair, one month after the atrocities in Paris and days after the attack on a free speech seminar in Copenhagen, Sadikur Rahman looks at what lessons free expression activists and opponents have taken.

Is the Christian immune from plane crashes?

Is the Christian immune from plane crashes?

Opinion | Tue, 17 Feb 2015

Alistair McBay reports on Scottish Calvinism's attack on secularism, and offers his reaction to the rhetoric and tactics of the Free Church of Scotland.

A duty to mock

A duty to mock

Opinion | Mon, 16 Feb 2015

Manfredi La Manna argues that the response to the Charlie Hebdo murders has exposed unpalatable truths in both the conservative and progressive camps.

Norman Bonney 1944 – 2015

Norman Bonney 1944 – 2015

News | Wed, 18 Feb 2015

We are sad to report the death of Prof. Norman Bonney on 13 February after a long illness, which caused him to resign last year from the NSS Council after four years' service.

Join us for Secularist of the Year 2015

Join us for Secularist of the Year 2015

Tickets are still available for the Secularist of the Year 2015 award ceremony and luncheon on Saturday 28 March. The awards will be presented by Guardian cartoonist and free speech advocate Martin Rowson. Please join us for this celebration of the brave campaigners and organisations taking a stand for secularism, equality and human rights.

NSS Speaks Out

NSS president Terry Sanderson spoke on Radio Five Live on Tuesday 17 February about the Church of England's letter on the 2015 General Election. Terry argued that it was inappropriate for the Church to involve itself in party politics. The full discussion can be listened to here and Terry can be heard from 19:35.

NSS spokesman for Scotland Alistair McBay was quoted in a Guardian piece on Church of England investment in fossil fuel companies. NSS president Terry Sanderson was also quoted in the article.

Additionally, our support for the end to religious exemptions for animal welfare laws was noted in a BBC article.

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