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Newsline 8 August 2014

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Church blocks NHS job offer to clergyman over same-sex marriage

Church blocks NHS job offer to clergyman over same-sex marriage

News | Mon, 04 Aug 2014

The first British clergyman to marry a same-sex partner has had a job offer as an NHS chaplain withdrawn after a Bishop revoked his permission to officiate.

Ministerial role that promotes religion should have gone, not just the Minister

Ministerial role that promotes religion should have gone, not just the Minister

Opinion | Wed, 06 Aug 2014

As Eric Pickles takes over Baroness Warsi's ministerial responsibilities for promoting faith, Stephen Evans argues that the job should have gone, not just the minister.

What chance do Yazidis have against group too brutal for al Qaeda?

What chance do Yazidis have against group too brutal for al Qaeda?

Opinion | Thu, 07 Aug 2014

Quilliam Co-Founder and Chairman and NSS honorary associate Maajid Nawaz gives his thoughts on the crisis in North-West Iraq.

Australian state bans external religious organisations from running prayer groups in schools

Australian state bans external religious organisations from running prayer groups in schools

News | Thu, 07 Aug 2014

The Education Department of Victoria has issued a directive clarifying rules on the Australian state's requirements on secular education which could limit the activities of outside religious groups.

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