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Newsline 4 April 2014

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Secularist of the Year awarded to Turkish MP, Safak Pavey

Secularist of the Year awarded to Turkish MP, Safak Pavey

News | Sat, 29 Mar 2014

Turkish MP and human rights campaigner, Safak Pavey, has been named Secularist of the Year at an award ceremony hosted by the National Secular Society.

Secular values, not religion, make us a tolerant society

Secular values, not religion, make us a tolerant society

Opinion | Sat, 29 Mar 2014

When trying to reach reasoned and compassionate judgments, religion is frequently a source of confusion rather than light, argues Oliver Kamm.

Being called a ‘fundamentalist secularist’ is an insult I would welcome

Being called a ‘fundamentalist secularist’ is an insult I would welcome

Opinion | Thu, 03 Apr 2014

George Gillett defends the fundamentals of secularism against the persistent attempts by some politicians and media commentators to misrepresent the term as a slur, to protect their own religious agendas in government.

NSS Speaks Out

Our campaigns manager Stephen Evans was quoted in The Telegraph and the Times Educational Supplement over faith schools being banned from censoring exam papers following an NSS investigation.

NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood was quoted in The Times following the Equality and Human Rights Commission's criticism of the St Margaret's Catholic adoption ruling. He also discussed the Law society's guidance on 'shaira compliant wills' on a number of BBC local radio stations.

A letter from NSS President Terry Sanderson calling for reform of religious education was published in the Times Education Supplement.

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