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Newsline 28 March 2014

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Secular courts should not rule on the truth or otherwise of religious teachings – judge

Secular courts should not rule on the truth or otherwise of religious teachings – judge

News | Fri, 21 Mar 2014

A British judge has said that it is never right for a secular court to rule on the truth or otherwise of religious claims, as he throws out fraud case against the Mormon Church.

Bishop wants to withhold communion from Catholic MPs who vote against doctrine

Bishop wants to withhold communion from Catholic MPs who vote against doctrine

News | Fri, 21 Mar 2014

The Bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan, has said in an interview that Catholic politicians who voted for same-sex marriage should be denied Communion.

Diversity? No, the Law Society’s Sharia guidance has created division

Diversity? No, the Law Society’s Sharia guidance has created division

Opinion | Thu, 27 Mar 2014

Charlie Klendjian, secretary of the Lawyers Secular society, argues that the Law Society, a secular organisation representing solicitors in a secular legal system, has gone beyond its remit and created division with its Practice Note on sharia wills.


Why it would have been invidious to put the Mormon Church on trial

Why it would have been invidious to put the Mormon Church on trial

Opinion | Thu, 27 Mar 2014

Terry Sanderson clarifies the threat to freedom of religion and belief when secular courts rule on theological matters.

Gender segregation: Universities and Student Representatives continue to fail their students miserably

Gender segregation: Universities and Student Representatives continue to fail their students miserably

Opinion | Wed, 26 Mar 2014

In reflection of the anniversary of the first publicised case of forced gender segregation at a British university, Chris Moos gives an update on the present situation within British universities.

NSS Speaks Out

A blog by Sadikur Rahman of the Lawyers' Secular Society criticising the Law Society for issuing a practice note on sharia law became the front page lead of The Sunday Telegraph and included a quote from Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society. The story was then taken up by the Daily Mail and The Independent and then spread like wildfire around the world with hundreds of newspapers, from Dubai to Malta and from Singapore to the USA, featuring it.

Sadikur wrote another piece for The Telegraph to reinforce his stance after the inevitable backlash and criticism of the original blog.

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