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Newsline 21 March 2014

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We must give up our faith in religious schools

We must give up our faith in religious schools

Opinion | Fri, 14 Mar 2014

If social integration is the aspiration, we should start in schools and remove faith schools' right to religious selection, argues Philip Collins.

Sharia law is well and truly operating in the UK – thanks to the Law Society

Sharia law is well and truly operating in the UK – thanks to the Law Society

Opinion | Fri, 21 Mar 2014

Sadikur Rahman, of the Lawyers Secular Society, fears a practice note issued by the Law Society could compromise the Code of Conduct for solicitors and increase the application of Sharia law in the UK.

The English Catholic Church and the Sex Abuse Crisis

The English Catholic Church and the Sex Abuse Crisis

Opinion | Wed, 19 Mar 2014

In England, Catholic leaders have fostered the impression that the English church has been relatively scandal-free, and that such problems as did exist were eliminated by the Nolan reforms. A new book by Richard Scorer, head of the abuse unit at Slater & Gordon lawyers, interrogates that claim.

Last chance to buy tickets for Secularist of the Year

Last chance to buy tickets for Secularist of the Year

News | Fri, 21 Mar 2014

With just a week to go until Secularist of the Year, time is running out to get your tickets for the highlight of the secular social calendar.

NSS Speaks Out

NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood was quoted in a BBC feature about how chancel repair liability is causing distress all over the country.

Our campaigns manager Stephen Evans was quoted in the Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mail, Independent, Breitbart News BBC, and Pink News after the BBC dropped a debate about homosexuality from a live BBC Three panel discussion show following objections from Birmingham Central Mosque in which the programme was being filmed.

Terry Sanderson discussed the BBCs actions on Radio 4's Today Programme, and also took part in a discussion on LBC about religious education in schools.

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