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Newsline 8 January 2016

Happy New Year to all of our members and supporters! 2016 has only just begun but we have had a busy week speaking out for secularism and for secular values. We need your support to help our campaign work, so have a look at how you can get involved with the National Secular Society this year.

This week has marked the first anniversary of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, a grim reminder of the struggles ahead, but there has also been some welcome news when a Northern Ireland court issued a much needed restatement of our collective right to freedom of expression, when it found Pastor James McConnell not guilty for a "grossly offensive" sermon he had delivered.

Damning details emerge about establishment cover-up of Anglican sex abuse

Damning details emerge about establishment cover-up of Anglican sex abuse

Opinion | Mon, 04 Jan 2016

New revelations about the extent of the letter-writing campaign to help disgraced bishop Peter Ball escape charges raise urgent questions about the extent of the establishment cover-up, writes Keith Porteous Wood.

NSS welcomes minister’s commitment to ensure same-sex weddings can take place in military chapels

NSS welcomes minister’s commitment to ensure same-sex weddings can take place in military chapels

News | Tue, 22 Dec 2015

The National Secular Society has welcomed an intervention from Defence Minister Penny Mordaunt to ensure that the rights of gay military personnel wishing to marry are respected.

2015: A year of terror for Bangladesh’s secularist writers

2015: A year of terror for Bangladesh’s secularist writers

Opinion | Tue, 05 Jan 2016

Arif Rahman, a Bangladeshi blogger, reflects on the targeted attacks on secularist bloggers that took place in Bangladesh throughout 2015, claiming many lives, and considers the road ahead for secularism in the face of terror and state-sanctioned persecution.

Safe space hand wringers are attacking academic freedom – we must fight back

Safe space hand wringers are attacking academic freedom – we must fight back

In order for academic freedom to be better protected in the future, intellectual diversity must become as important to universities as equality and inclusivity are today, writes Joanna Williams of the University of Kent.

NSS Speaks Out

Our executive director Keith Porteous Wood was quoted in the Daily Mail, The Sun, The Week and Il Messagero on reports this week about the exam period being adjusted to accommodate Ramadan. Communications officer Benjamin Jones was also featured on Channel 5 News discussing this story.

Our commentary on the case of Pastor James McConnell – a vital test case for free speech – was picked up in the Irish Times, the Guardian, the Northern Ireland News Letter, Belfast Telegraph, the Christian Institute and the Catholic Herald.

Shortly before Christmas, the NSS was featured in many newspapers responding to David Cameron's claim (once again) that the UK is a Christian country. Campaigns manager Stephen Evans was quoted in the Mirror, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Independent, Christian Today and by ITV.

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