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Newsline 28 November 2014

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The Law Society withdraws controversial Sharia guidance and apologises

The Law Society withdraws controversial Sharia guidance and apologises

News | Mon, 24 Nov 2014

The sharia succession practice note has been withdrawn by the Law Society, following widespread criticism for gender discrimination.

Head of Russian Orthodox Church says secularization in Europe has reached “apocalyptic dimensions,” calls for “Christian values”

Head of Russian Orthodox Church says secularization in Europe has reached “apocalyptic dimensions,” calls for “Christian values”

News | Tue, 25 Nov 2014

Patriarch Kirill said Europe has abandoned its "Christian identity" and that the "process of secularization" has reached "apocalyptic dimensions".

NSS Speaks Out

We were widely quoted in the national press following the Law Society's decision to withdraw its controversial guidelines for solicitors on how to compile "Sharia compliant" wills. Coverage included the Guardian, Times, Independent, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Economist, Third Sector the Christian press and various legal press.

We were also quoted in the BBC's coverage of Ofsted's reports into six Independent Muslim faith schools, which were judged to be leaving pupils at risk of extremist views and radicalisation. Our campaigns manager, Stephen Evans, debated the wisdom of faith schools on LBC and was quoted in a Jewish Chronicle report about the NSS's reporting of a Jewish faith school to Ofsted over concerns about the school's narrowing of the curriculum.

NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood was also quoted in a Church Times (£) article about a private Members' Bill seeking to restore the right of local councils to pray at meetings.

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