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Newsline 20 March 2015

Last chance to buy tickets! 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!

Je suis Michael Overd: this obnoxious street preacher is a canary in the coal mine for free speech

Je suis Michael Overd: this obnoxious street preacher is a canary in the coal mine for free speech

Opinion | Fri, 20 Mar 2015

A street preacher has been charged for giving a "religiously aggravated" sermon, and was told by a police officer that he wasn't allowed to offend anyone. Benjamin Jones warns of the danger posed to civil liberties if the state continues to police free expression.

Council prayers: none so deaf as those that will not hear

Council prayers: none so deaf as those that will not hear

Opinion | Tue, 17 Mar 2015

Those who regard the imposition of religious values and practices in secular spaces as benign should be more aware of their privilege, argues Alastair Lichten.

Should taxpayers be paying for the Church’s leaking roofs?

Should taxpayers be paying for the Church’s leaking roofs?

Opinion | Fri, 20 Mar 2015

Keith Porteous Wood argues that with the Church Commissioners sitting on a £4bn surplus, the Church of England should not be receiving additional public funds for fixing church roofs, and should concede to abolishing Chancel Repair Liability without compensation.

There is no widespread discrimination against Christians in the workplace

There is no widespread discrimination against Christians in the workplace

Opinion | Fri, 13 Mar 2015

NSS president Terry Sanderson challenges the notion that Christians are widely discriminated against in the workplace, and calls for fairness, justice and common sense.

Why did the CPS abandon investigation into Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor?

Why did the CPS abandon investigation into Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor?

Opinion | Thu, 19 Mar 2015

As the full scale of the British Establishment's cover-up of child sex abuse becomes apparent, Alistair McBay argues it is time for the Crown Prosecution Service to make public its reasons for dropping the investigation into Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor 12 years ago.

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