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Newsline 7 February 2014

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Ethnic mixing is good for communities – so why are we discouraging it in schools?

Ethnic mixing is good for communities – so why are we discouraging it in schools?

Opinion | Tue, 04 Feb 2014

Terry Sanderson reflects upon some recent findings on mixed communities and integration, and the implication of those findings for our education system.

Religion is not accommodated, it is privileged

Religion is not accommodated, it is privileged

Opinion | Wed, 05 Feb 2014

Anne Marie Waters reports on an event, held on 4 February, organised by the Cutting Edge Consortium, a group which campaigns against homophobia in religion, and looks at how far religious belief should be, and is being, accommodated in employment and public life.

NSS Speaks Out

Keith Porteous Wood was on Radio 5 Live talking about the need to remove the requirement for collective worship in schools. Terry Sanderson appeared on Radio Belfast talking about the Irish Education Minister's suggestion that the amount of religion in Irish schools should be reduced.

The decision by the Scottish Charities Appeals Committee was widely reported by the BBC, The Times (subscription) The Herald (subscription) Civil Society, and Pink News. Keith Porteous Wood was interviewed on Scottish Television News about it and Terry Sanderson commented for Premier Christian Radio and Glasgow Evening Times. On the issue of the UN report condemning the Vatican on child abuse, Keith Porteous Wood appeared on BBC TV News and was quoted in The Times (subscription) The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Los Angeles Times, and the Scotsman.

Keith Porteous Wood was also quoted in the Daily Mail about the wearing of the niqab in court and Stephen Evans was quoted in the Yorkshire Post about plans in Bradford to scrap subsidies for free travel to faith schools.

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