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Newsline 22 July 2016

The aftermath of the failed coup in Turkey has seen a terrible assault on Turkish society and the suspension of the European Convention on Human Rights. Turkish MP Safak Pavey will be speaking about the importance of Human Rights at our conference this September. We urge you to come along and hear her important message.

If you would like to join the National Secular Society or if you need to renew your membership you can do so here. There is a discounted conference ticket price available to our members.

The next edition of Newsline will be on Friday 5th August, in two weeks' time. There will be no issue of Newsline next week.

Church documents expose an even bigger cover-up than suspected in the Peter Ball case

Church documents expose an even bigger cover-up than suspected in the Peter Ball case

Opinion | Tue, 19 Jul 2016

The recent release of more internal Church of England documents relating to the Peter Ball case exposes an even bigger cover-up than previously suspected, writes specialist abuse lawyer Richard Scorer.

Press regulator rules ‘honour’ killings are not Islamic

Press regulator rules ‘honour’ killings are not Islamic

Opinion | Thu, 21 Jul 2016

The press regulator has issued a troubling ruling that the Mail Online must state that Islam "does not support" 'honour killings'. Why is IPSO giving religious rulings to protect the reputation of Islam?

Book review: 'Christian Nation' by Frederic C. Rich

Book review: 'Christian Nation' by Frederic C. Rich

Opinion | Thu, 21 Jul 2016

Alastair Lichten explores the themes of identity, resilience and redemption in Frederic C. Rich's counterfactual dystopian novel and the defence of secular democracy.

With Turkey in chaos, its secular citizens feel even more nervous

With Turkey in chaos, its secular citizens feel even more nervous

Turkey, which was founded on secularism, has become profoundly divided over the role of Islam in society. When the dust settles from the coup attempt it is unclear whether the nation's shaky democracy will be left standing, writes Hugh Naylor in the Washington Post.

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