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Newsline 3 May 2013

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Muslim free school plan put on hold over extremism fears

Muslim free school plan put on hold over extremism fears

News | Tue, 30 Apr 2013

The Northern Lights Free School is being investigated by the Department for Education's Diligence and Counter Extremism Division, whose remit is to protect children and young people from exposure to extremist views in schools.

Protests as Luton council cuts free transport to religious schools

Protests as Luton council cuts free transport to religious schools

News | Tue, 30 Apr 2013

Councillors walked out of a meeting at Luton Town Hall this week when observers in the public gallery began shouting and waving placards in protest at the Councils plans to end free transport for pupils attending religious schools.

How the clash between Islamism and Zionism not only affects the Middle East but also the west

How the clash between Islamism and Zionism not only affects the Middle East but also the west

Opinion | Tue, 30 Apr 2013

Since September 11 2001 however and the 'war on terror', the notion of the existence of a clash between two of Huntington's civilisations – the Western and the Islamic worlds – has gained traction.

At last – churches recognise The Big Society for the Big Con that it was

At last – churches recognise The Big Society for the Big Con that it was

Opinion | Mon, 29 Apr 2013

It seems The Big Society is back – if only for the last nail to be driven into its coffin.

Sharia councils: unjust, unequal and consequence of failed integration policies

Sharia councils: unjust, unequal and consequence of failed integration policies

Opinion | Wed, 01 May 2013

Following last week's Panorama exposé of Sharia Councils in the UK, Nahla Mahmoud says the question isn't whether these councils discriminate against minorities and citizens from 'different' backgrounds, but whether the government actually cares.

NSS Speaks Out

Keith Porteous Woodwas quoted in a story about growing Catholic influence in non-faith schools in the Times Educational Supplement which was then picked up by the Daily Telegraph.

Terry Sanderson was quoted in the story about the Muslim free school (see above) as reported in the Daily Telegraph. He also gave an interview to BBC Radio Leeds on the issue.

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