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Newsline 8 May 2015

It has been a busy week, and not just with the election. As usual we've been working on a range of issues, with faith schools, free speech issues, abortion access, religious bloc votes, freedom of belief and religious persecution all featuring in the news in the past seven days.

Read our coverage of the week's events below, including commentary and opinion, news stories, and an important call to action to help a ten year old girl in Paraguay, who was raped by her step-father and is now pregnant- and who is being denied an abortion because of religious dogma.

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Most Britons aren’t religious- but are religious ‘voting blocs’ wielding increasing power in our elections?

Most Britons aren’t religious- but are religious ‘voting blocs’ wielding increasing power in our elections?

Opinion | Wed, 06 May 2015

Religious leaders are wielding disproportionate influence in this election. Benjamin Jones argues that this is likely to get worse, and politicians should resist the urge to treat religious people as blocs.

91% of barristers would insist witnesses remove face veil while giving evidence

91% of barristers would insist witnesses remove face veil while giving evidence

News | Wed, 06 May 2015

Over 90% of barristers would support some limits on face veils during trials, it has emerged.

Cardinal Nichols’ conflation of secularism and religious persecution is self-serving and shameful

Cardinal Nichols’ conflation of secularism and religious persecution is self-serving and shameful

Opinion | Sun, 03 May 2015

It's grossly distasteful to equate the persecution of Christians in the Middle East with the discomfort felt by some Christians in Britain at having to provide services in a non-discriminatory manner, argues Alastair Lichten.

May the 4th be with you!

May the 4th be with you!

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