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Newsline 21 November 2014

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Parent's perspective: The Collective Worship dilemma

Parent's perspective: The Collective Worship dilemma

Opinion | Tue, 18 Nov 2014

One parent speaks out about the damaging impact of excluding her young child from mandatory collective worship in school, and how withdrawal isn't really an option at all.

Mission creep in the anti-war left

Mission creep in the anti-war left

Opinion | Wed, 19 Nov 2014

Video has emerged of the Left Unity political party voting on whether to endorse the Islamic State. Although the amendment was easily defeated, Benjamin Jones argues that this is just the latest flirtation in a long courtship between elements of the British far left and the Islamist far right.

Tower Hamlets and the Dangers of Communal Politics

Tower Hamlets and the Dangers of Communal Politics

Opinion | Thu, 20 Nov 2014

With the embedding in of multiculturalism, communal, sectarian politics are becoming prevalent in many towns and cities with significant religious-ethnic minority communities. Rumy Hasan argues that many candidates now seek votes from people on the basis of their religion, ethnicity, and country of origin, rather than on political ideology.

NSS Speaks Out

NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans was quoted by the Times Education Supplement story about the publicly funded Jewish school that encourages students not to answer GCSE exam questions on "inappropriate" topics such as evolution and homosexuality. Stephen was also quoted by Christian Today on the Church of England's divisive call for the secular ethic of reciprocity to be promoted in schools as a 'Christian commandment.'

NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood debated the issue of faith schools on Australia's ABC Counterpoint and discussed a Bible Society poll on LBC which found many schools aren't teaching sacred texts such as the Bible, Koran, and Torah.

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