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Newsline 28 October 2016

It's deeply concerning that Theresa May's plan to open a new wave of fully religiously selective 'faith' schools will not require new legislation or even the approval of Parliament. As our campaigns director states below, academisation has created an alarming democratic deficit at the heart of our schools system, and the fact that these regressive changes could be being made at the whim of the Prime Minister should concern us all. That's why it's so important that you respond to the Government's consultation on the issue. Lifting the 50% cap on faith-based admissions will undoubtedly lead to a proliferation of fully religiously selective faith schools. The consultation may be our only opportunity to oppose these dreadful plans. Please read our briefing on the proposed changes and respond to the Government consultation here.

Also in this week's Newsline we explain why the Ashers verdict, far from being the 'threat to free speech' that some have portrayed it as, was in fact a clear and logical judgment – and one we fully endorse.

Ashers Bakery loses appeal over cake with “Support Gay Marriage” slogan

Ashers Bakery loses appeal over cake with “Support Gay Marriage” slogan

News | Mon, 24 Oct 2016

A bakery firm which cancelled an order for a cake with the slogan "Support Gay Marriage" has lost its appeal against the ruling that they had unlawfully discriminated.

Had the Ashers ‘gay cake’ ruling gone the other way it would have seriously undermined equality law

Had the Ashers ‘gay cake’ ruling gone the other way it would have seriously undermined equality law

Opinion | Fri, 28 Oct 2016

Despite the outcry following this week's Ashers 'gay cake' ruling, Northern Ireland's Court of Appeal delivered a clear and logical judgment.

Review: The Battle for British Islam, by Sara Khan with Tony McMahon

Review: The Battle for British Islam, by Sara Khan with Tony McMahon

Opinion | Thu, 27 Oct 2016

There are three million Muslims in the UK. The evidence shows they are becoming more religiously conservative, thousands are thought to have joined Islamic State; vast majorities would criminalise blasphemy and homosexuality. What hope is there?

Forced cutting of young boys’ genitals violates the most fundamental medical ethics

Forced cutting of young boys’ genitals violates the most fundamental medical ethics

Opinion | Mon, 24 Oct 2016

Too often those who carry out forced cutting of young boys' genitals escape with gentle admonishment, rather than punishment commensurate with the severity of their actions, writes Dr Antony Lempert of the Secular Medical Forum.

NSS Speaks Out

The Society's response to IPSO's ruling over the complaint about The Sun's article on Fatima Manji was quoted in The Herald.

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