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Newsline 30 August 2013

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On homophobia and racism

On homophobia and racism

Opinion | Thu, 29 Aug 2013

Those who portray themselves as a moral arbiter have to be consistently moral — something which Justin Welby and The Runnymede Trust hasn't fully grasped, argues Terry Sanderson.

Report from Australia: secularists score political parties on their levels of religious favouritism

Report from Australia: secularists score political parties on their levels of religious favouritism

Opinion | Thu, 29 Aug 2013

Meredith Doig, president of the Rationalist Society of Australia, reports on her country's continued privileged treatment of religion.

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NSS Speaks Out

The NSS has been busy in the media during Newsline's break — we were widely quoted in the story about the soon-to-retire Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks who gave an interview on Radio 4 saying that society was falling apart because of the rise of secularism. Stephen Evans was quoted on the BBC and Keith Porteous Wood was quoted in the Independent

Meanwhile, the story of the Harrogate Girl Guide troop, led by Christians, who had decided not to implement the new secular promise, included comments from Stephen Evans in the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph. When they backed down, the Daily Mail and Huffington Post covered the news. The story was taken up by the Press Association which ensured that it also appeared in numerous local and regional newspapers.

A real silly season story about the Bible being dropped from Desert Island Discs originated in the Independent and was devoured by the news-hungry Telegraph and Daily Mail.

NSS Scottish Spokesman Alistair McBay had this letter in the Scotsman.

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