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Newsline 31 May 2013

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Britain’s feeble religious right learns no lessons from its debacle at the European Court

Britain’s feeble religious right learns no lessons from its debacle at the European Court

Opinion | Wed, 29 May 2013

With the recent rejection by the Grand Chamber of three 'religious discrimination' cases, Terry Sanderson questions why the religious right are still determined to push for their Christian privileges.

NSS calls for Baroness Warsi - and her post of Minister for Faith - to go

NSS calls for Baroness Warsi - and her post of Minister for Faith - to go

News | Thu, 30 May 2013

The refusal of Baroness Warsi, the "Minister for Faith and Communities" to steer the flagship same-sex marriage bill through the House of Lords was condemned today by the National Secular Society.

Religious discrimination against teachers challenged in Northern Ireland

Religious discrimination against teachers challenged in Northern Ireland

News | Thu, 30 May 2013

Northern Ireland's biggest employer of teachers in Catholic schools has called for the scrapping of legislation that allows schools to legally discriminate on religious grounds.

Catholic magazine says Same Sex Marriage Bill will disestablish the Church of England

Catholic magazine says Same Sex Marriage Bill will disestablish the Church of England

Opinion | Wed, 29 May 2013

The Catholic weekly magazine The Tablet carried an editorial in its 25 May edition predicting that the legalisation of gay marriage will weaken, if not completely end, the establishment of the Church of England.

Book Review: The Public Woman by Joan Smith

Book Review: The Public Woman by Joan Smith

Opinion | Thu, 30 May 2013 by Elizabeth O’Casey

In her new book, The Public Woman, NSS Honorary Associate Joan Smith surveys the state of women's rights today and calls for a reconfiguration of the public space. Elizabeth O'Casey reviews it.

More Americans think religion is losing its influence

More Americans think religion is losing its influence

News | Thu, 30 May 2013

Over three-quarters of Americans (77%) say religion is losing its influence on American life, while 20% say religion's influence is increasing. These represent Americans' most negative evaluations of the impact of religion since 1970, although similar to the views measured in recent years.

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NSS Speaks Out

The rejection by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights of the three supposed "religious discrimination" cases (see story above) resulted in Keith Porteous Wood being quoted in the Guardian, Independent, Daily Star, York Press, Huffington Post, Press Association, London Evening Standard, Asian Image, Raw Story, Pink News, Solicitors Journal, Workplace Law and dozens of local newspapers

Terry Sanderson was on BBC WM talking about the separatism caused by religion. Keith Porteous Wood was on LBC Radio talking about free speech, the EDL and radical Islam.

Our Scottish spokesperson Alistair McBay, had this letter in the Herald this week

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