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Newsline 5 April 2013

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Catholic Church to lose control of some schools in Ireland – could this be the start of a seismic shift?

Catholic Church to lose control of some schools in Ireland – could this be the start of a seismic shift?

News | Wed, 03 Apr 2013

Following a survey of parents by the Irish Department of Education, 23 primary schools across the country will be divested of their Catholic Church patronage.

NSS honorary associate Iain Banks terminally ill

NSS honorary associate Iain Banks terminally ill

News | Thu, 04 Apr 2013

Our valued honorary associate, the writer Iain Banks has announced that he has "months to live" after discovering he has cancer.

Miliband should keep his party away from priests

Miliband should keep his party away from priests

Opinion | Wed, 03 Apr 2013

Ed Miliband's invitation to the new Archbishop of Canterbury was a mistake and a wrong turning in British politics.

After Lord Carey’s attack, Prime Minister assures us that he is a good Christian

After Lord Carey’s attack, Prime Minister assures us that he is a good Christian

Opinion | Thu, 04 Apr 2013

Still wincing from Lord Carey's attack, the Prime Minister David Cameron put out his own Easter message, assuring religious organisations that "As long as I am Prime Minister, they will have the support of this government."

Where there is state religion, there is less freedom

Where there is state religion, there is less freedom

Opinion | Thu, 04 Apr 2013

A recent paper by Professor Steven Kettell shows that state religion is consistently associated with lower levels of political and civil freedom, and suggests the secular model as the best means to protect and promote human rights and freedom.

Costa Ricans move towards secularism

Costa Ricans move towards secularism

News | Thu, 04 Apr 2013

The Catholic Church may be losing its grip on the Central American country of Costa Rica. While at present, Costa Rica is one of the few Western countries to have an official state religion, a recent poll shows that nearly half of the Costa Rican population would rather live in a secular state.

NSS Speaks Out

Lord Carey's ill-considered — not to mention slightly unhinged — comments about the Prime Minister "aiding and abetting aggressive secularists" made the front pages of the papers over Easter, mainly because there was no other news. The NSS was quick to get in a response that was widely carried.

As well as an appearance by Keith Porteous Woodon BBC Radio Five Live, we were quoted by ITV, BBC, Metro, London Evening Standard, Gulf Times, Independent, Belfast Telegraph and Malaysian Digest.

The BBC Asian Network picked up our story from last week about madrassas in Bradfordand interviewed Terry Sanderson. The story was also covered by Patheos.

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