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Newsline 5 July 2013

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Have you remembered to renew this year? The renewal date is January 1st (unless you joined after September, in which case your subscription is good until the following January). If you haven't renewed by June, your membership automatically lapses.

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The NSS is making waves on the issues that concern us all. But we can't do it without your support. Please renew your membership today or if you aren't already a member, please join. Together we can make a real difference to the creeping religionisation of our schools and to ensure that our society becomes secular and safe for everyone.

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Three cheers for Channel 4 for trying to move Muslims into the mainstream

Three cheers for Channel 4 for trying to move Muslims into the mainstream

Opinion | Tue, 02 Jul 2013

Channel 4's controversial move to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer has set the cat amongst the pigeons. Terry Sanderson argues that the media needs to do more to show a balanced reflection of the Muslim community.

The “cutting season” and FGM in the UK: A national disgrace, a national shame

The “cutting season” and FGM in the UK: A national disgrace, a national shame

Opinion | Tue, 02 Jul 2013 by Elizabeth O’Casey

After teenager Soheir Mohamed died whilst undergoing female genital mutilation in Egypt last month, Elizabeth O'Casey looks at the practice within the UK context and examines how little is being done about it.

US Catholics bishops condemned for trying to impose their dogmas through law

US Catholics bishops condemned for trying to impose their dogmas through law

News | Thu, 04 Jul 2013

An open letter issued by the American Catholic Bishops Conference which seeks legal restrictions on abortion and contraception has been condemned as "Orwellian" by the Catholics for Choice organisation.

Wirral latest council to cut free transport to religious schools

Wirral latest council to cut free transport to religious schools

News | Thu, 04 Jul 2013

Wirral council is the latest to make cuts to free transport for pupils attending religious schools.

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NSS Speaks Out

Terry Sanderson was on Radio 4's Broadcasting House, talking about the proliferation of prayer rooms – from shopping centres to airports.

He was also quoted about Channel 4's intention to broadcast an Islamic call to prayer in the Independent, Daily Mail, Huffington Post Daily Mirror Belfast Telegraph Politics.co.uk, BBC website, London Evening Standard Manchester Evening News, TNT Magazine and around the world including USA, France, Germany, Canada. On the same topic he did interviews on LBC Radio and BBC London, BBC Gloucester, BBC Leeds and Three Counties Radio. Keith Porteous Wood was also on LBC Radio.

The announcement that the Church is to take over community schools had quotes from Keith Porteous Wood on the Press Association wire, Daily Mail The Huffington Post Daily Telegraph and The Times (Subscription).

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