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Newsline 4 December 2015

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Time for the Church to come clean on the ‘Just Pray’ controversy

Time for the Church to come clean on the ‘Just Pray’ controversy

Opinion | Tue, 01 Dec 2015

With a considerable media firestorm the Church launched a crafty piece of marketing for their 'Just Pray' campaign – centred on the accusation that their Lord's Prayer advert had been "banned" because it was "offensive". One week on, new facts raise significant questions about their claims.

National occasions need not be dominated by religion – as France’s commemoration ceremony so poignantly demonstrated

National occasions need not be dominated by religion – as France’s commemoration ceremony so poignantly demonstrated

Opinion | Tue, 01 Dec 2015

France's recent ceremony for those killed in the Paris attacks was a moving demonstration that religiously neutral ceremonies are a powerful way to unite people regardless of faith or politics; it is something the UK could emulate for our own public ceremonies, writes Keith Porteous Wood.

Religious education reform: mistakes of the past must be avoided

Religious education reform: mistakes of the past must be avoided

Opinion | Fri, 04 Dec 2015

Despite many RE teachers doing their best under difficult circumstances, a growing consensus now recognises that religious education in schools needs a rethink. Alastair Lichten looks at the latest report calling for reform.

Dishonest and harmful attacks on ‘extreme secularism’

Dishonest and harmful attacks on ‘extreme secularism’

After taking on "militant atheists" in their last publication, London School of Economics Director Craig Calhoun and University of Bristol Sociology Professor Tariq Modood have now found a new target for their quest against what they call the problem of "lack of religion in the public sphere". This time, it is "extreme secularism". Chris Moos tackles the arguments of the "anti-secular right".

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