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Newsline 4 August 2017

Christian advocates have been pushing a familiar narrative this week. After an NHS worker who abused her position to proselytise to patients and colleagues lost in court for a third time, Christian Concern said "the legal battle goes on". A pastor and baggage handler who tried to 'cure' a gay colleague lost a claim for unfair dismissal from his job. And a Christian magistrate who spoke out against gay adoption was in court after suing the NHS Trust which sacked him for religious discrimination.

In many parts of the world Christians face genuine persecution for their beliefs. But we also see claims that they are victimised in the UK. These claims are often bogus. The NSS will remain vigilant to this tactic; the law must be applied based on a fair assessment of the facts. And as Paul Russell argues in one of our essays of the week, religious worldviews do not deserve the same immunity from criticism as racial, sexual or gender identities.

Parliament has gone into recess for the summer, so the status of the government's plans on faith schools remains unclear. But we have continued to make the case against them. We have also attacked the church's poor record on LGBT+ rights. And as the BBC has announced an expansion of its religious content, we are holding it to account over its indulgence of faith groups.

Please support the NSS today and join thousands of other people like you in standing up for a secular Britain.

NSS criticises Archbishops over clerical hostility to LGBT+ rights

NSS criticises Archbishops over clerical hostility to LGBT+ rights

News | Thu, 03 Aug 2017

The National Secular Society's Executive Director, Keith Porteous Wood, has criticised Church of England leaders for their record on gay rights after they spoke out on the subject.

The BBC is overdoing religion

The BBC is overdoing religion

Opinion | Mon, 31 Jul 2017

New figures show that the BBC is devoting hundreds of hours of programming to religion each year. NSS president Terry Sanderson argues that more of its scarce resources should be spent elsewhere.

UN tells Pakistan to end blasphemy laws and protect minorities

UN tells Pakistan to end blasphemy laws and protect minorities

News | Wed, 02 Aug 2017

The UN's Human Rights Committee has told Pakistan to end its blasphemy laws and do more to protect religious minorities.

Religion has waged war on our vaginas, breasts and abdomens – it's time for this to end

Religion has waged war on our vaginas, breasts and abdomens – it's time for this to end

By Inna Shevchenko, for International Business Times

The leader of feminist activist group Femen argues that organised religion is the "most successful instrument" in the global oppression of women.

NSS Speaks Out

NSS communications officer Chris Sloggett made the case that faith schools are too divisive on the BBC's Sunday Morning Live. Keith Porteous Wood, our executive director, criticised the Church of England's record on LGBT+ rights in Pink News.

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