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Newsline 25 January 2013

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Faith-based welfare – the push goes on

Faith-based welfare – the push goes on

Opinion | Tue, 22 Jan 2013

David Cameron's big society initiative could result in religion taking control of welfare provision, just as it did in Victorian times. Terry Sanderson warns against this and explains why the role of 'faith communities' should be limited and modest.

January is renewal time for NSS membership

January is renewal time for NSS membership

News | Thu, 17 Jan 2013

The move towards a secular society is reaching a crucial phase, and it is important that we keep up the pressure. But we can't do it without our members.

We want secular schools in Dublin, say parents

We want secular schools in Dublin, say parents

News | Thu, 24 Jan 2013

Pressure is building on the Irish Education minister to establish a multi-denominational school in Dublin under the Educate Together banner. Educate Together promises that "No child is separated because of his or her religion or belief system" in any of their schools.

Last chance to take part in the Scouts consultations on the Promise

Last chance to take part in the Scouts consultations on the Promise

News | Fri, 25 Jan 2013

The UK Scout Association's consultation on the 'Promise' closes on 31 January. Please add your voice to ensure scouting is open to non-believers.

Secularist of the Year – make sure you’re there!

Secularist of the Year – make sure you’re there!

News | Thu, 10 Jan 2013

Tickets are still available for the premier secular event of the calendar – Secularist of the Year. Make sure you're there!

Atheists respond in their thousands to ‘census’, but can we trust the data?

Atheists respond in their thousands to ‘census’, but can we trust the data?

Opinion | Sun, 20 Jan 2013

In an attempt to capture demographic data on the non-religious, Atheist Alliance International has set up the Atheist Census.

West London consultation on school transport changes

West London consultation on school transport changes

News | Fri, 25 Jan 2013

The London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Harrow and Hounslow have launched a consultation on home-to-school transport. If you live in any of these boroughs, please take part in the consultation.

NSS Speaks Out

The reaction to the European judgment continued last week with Keith Porteous Wood giving interviews to BBC Coventry and Warwickshire and BBC Radio Sheffield.

Terry Sanderson was on BBC Hereford and Worcester.

Scottish spokesperson Alistair McBay was widely quoted in relation to the NSS complaint to the Scottish Charity Regulator about discrimination in adoption (see story above). He was in the Scottish Herald, had a letter in the Sunday Herald about Catholic claims of sectarianism, the Daily Telegraph, the BBC, Scottish Television, Pink News, The Scotsman, the Scottish Daily Express and the Press Association.

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