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Newsline 7 April 2017

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Much of the news cycle on Tuesday was dominated with the traditional nonsense story about Easter eggs. This time the Prime Minister decided to wade in, and it fell to us to point out how ludicrous the whole story was. The Church put out an overblown statement complaining that religion was being "airbrushed" out of the National Trust-Cadbury Easter egg hunt - when in fact both websites used the word Easter countless times (including in the Cadbury's website address...)

Most shocking of all was the fact that the Prime Minister was on a trip to Saudi Arabia when she decided to make a statement on the story. Cadbury doesn't persecute Christians, Saudi Arabia most certainly does. Guess which one she criticised.

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Prime Minister and CofE promote fake ‘war on Easter’

Prime Minister and CofE promote fake ‘war on Easter’

Opinion | Tue, 04 Apr 2017

After several media outlets falsely claimed that the National Trust and Cadbury were 'airbrushing' Easter out of their Easter egg hunt, Terry Sanderson argues that the Prime Minister's involvement in this trumped-up propaganda exercise was the real disgrace.

Religious programming isn’t popular, and no amount of hounding from the Church will change that

Religious programming isn’t popular, and no amount of hounding from the Church will change that

Opinion | Tue, 04 Apr 2017

The BBC still produces a considerable amount of religious programmes – but the numbers who watch it are so small they barely register in viewing figures. More religion on TV isn't what the public want, and it won't be good for the BBC, writes Terry Sanderson.

Ireland sees 73% increase in number of non-believers

Ireland sees 73% increase in number of non-believers

News | Thu, 06 Apr 2017

Census figures released by the Irish Central Statistics Office show a huge increase in the number of non-believers, as the number of self-identified Catholics continued to drop.

The Catholic Church in Scotland is still playing the victim card to stifle criticism

The Catholic Church in Scotland is still playing the victim card to stifle criticism

Opinion | Thu, 06 Apr 2017

There is some lingering anti-Catholic bigotry in Scotland, writes NSS vice president Alistair McBay, but the Church is playing victim while supporting a segregated education system which can only worsen prejudice.

Vacancy: Campaigns and Communications Officer

Vacancy: Campaigns and Communications Officer

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual to support the organisation with a range of campaigns and communications tasks, based at our central London office. The successful candidate will be closely involved in every aspect of planning and running our campaigns and organisation.

NSS Speaks Out

Executive director Keith Porteous Wood appeared on ITV and BBC News 24 to discuss the Easter (non-)story. We also spoke to BBC 5 Live, BBC Essex, BBC Hereford and Worcester, BBC Radio London and Talk Radio on this and we were quoted in the Guardian.

On other topics we were quoted in the Guardian on who should fund hospital chaplaincy, and the Birmingham Mail, Metro, Daily Mail and Telegraph all quoted the Society on the revelation that an Islamic school had posted a job advert for a male-only science teacher. Campaigns director Stephen Evans spoke to BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey on religion in the workplace, and NSS vice president Alistair McBay had a letter in the Scotsman on sectarianism.

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