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Newsline 6 December 2013

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Catholic sex abuse scandal: how will Pope Francis make the Church accountable?

Catholic sex abuse scandal: how will Pope Francis make the Church accountable?

Opinion | Wed, 04 Dec 2013

The Vatican's refusal to provide information requested by the United Nations on the alleged sexual abuse of children could mean Pope Francis's honeymoon period ends in ignominy, just like his predecessor, argues Terry Sanderson.

The God Question – a Trojan horse for Intelligent Design

The God Question – a Trojan horse for Intelligent Design

Opinion | Fri, 29 Nov 2013

Intelligent Design is back in shiny new packaging, labelled as 'evidence based and balanced' and getting into the science classrooms in Scotland, argues Alistair McBay.

Netherlands scraps blasphemy law – but seeks a way to replace it

Netherlands scraps blasphemy law – but seeks a way to replace it

News | Thu, 05 Dec 2013

The upper House of the Dutch parliament has voted to abolish the country's blasphemy law which has been on the statute books since 1932.

NSS Speaks Out

The BBC picked up our story about the Vatican refusing to co-operate with the UN on its inquiry into sex abuse by priests. It was carried on several news bulletins as well as on the website. It was also carried in The Guardian, Raw Story, and Malta Today.

The NSS was widely quoted on the case of Celestina Mba, the Christian woman who lost her appeal against her employer who had refused permission for her to take every Sunday off work. We were quoted in The Guardianand Terry Sanderson was interviewed on BBC Radio WM.

NSS Scottish spokesperson, Alistair McBay, had a letter published in the Hebrides News.

The NSS was quoted in an article in The Voice about whether Christians are "under attack" and NSS executive director, Keith Porteous Wood, was quoted in a Times report about gender segregation on university campuses (subscription).

NSS AGM next Saturday!

The Annual General Meeting of the National Secular Society will take place on Saturday 14 December 2013 at Conway Hall, London. The meeting start at 1.30pm (registration opens at 1pm).

There will also be a memorial meeting for Bill McIlroy who died this year and who contributed so much to the NSS. This will begin at 11.30am, just before the AGM, all welcome.

Full information here.

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