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Newsline 5 May 2017

This week's Newsline again illustrates the divisions created when religion and politics are mixed. In setting out his case for the public funding of more Catholic schools, the head of the Catholic Education Service, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, has expressed his keenness for children to be segregated along religion lines. Meanwhile, new rules in the Irish parliament means members will be required to stand during prayer. The move has led at least one Irish politician, Ruth Coppinger TD, to declare "We have to separate State and Church". We quite agree.

Where religion divides, secularism can unite. Whilst everyone should be free to worship and observe their faith within the law, the value of keeping religion separate from the power of the state should be obvious to everyone. We have our sights set on the separation of religion and state. We campaign tirelessly to ensure equal respect for everyone's human rights so that no one is either advantaged or disadvantaged because of their beliefs.

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Survey finds deeply regressive views of women among large majorities of Muslim men

Survey finds deeply regressive views of women among large majorities of Muslim men

News | Wed, 03 May 2017

A large-scale survey of views in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine has reported extensive anti-women views and widespread tolerance of domestic violence.

Dozens of speakers to attend major conference on secularism and freedom of expression

Dozens of speakers to attend major conference on secularism and freedom of expression

News | Tue, 02 May 2017

Dozens of speakers are confirmed to address the upcoming 'Free Expression & Conscience' conference, including many honorary associates of the National Secular Society.

Death sentence for Saudi ‘apostate’ amid surge of violence against atheists across Islamic world

Death sentence for Saudi ‘apostate’ amid surge of violence against atheists across Islamic world

News | Fri, 28 Apr 2017

A Saudi trial based "heavily on Koranic law" has resulted in a death sentence for a 'mentally ill' man who denounced the Islamic 'prophet' Mohammed.

NZ secularists file human rights case over religious education in schools

NZ secularists file human rights case over religious education in schools

News | Thu, 04 May 2017

The New Zealand Secular Education Network (SEN) has mounted a challenge over "religious bias" in the way the country's schools teach about religion.

'Religious freedom' advocates disappointed with Trump’s executive order

'Religious freedom' advocates disappointed with Trump’s executive order

'Religious freedom' campaigners have expressed disappointment with Trump's executive order on 'Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty', as the American Civil Liberties Union dismiss it as "an elaborate photo-op with no discernible policy outcome."

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