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Newsline 13 February 2015

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Sharia law, apostasy and secularism

Sharia law, apostasy and secularism

Opinion | Thu, 12 Feb 2015

Gita Sahgal argues that opposing religious fundamentalism is not a distraction from 'real' politics - the demands of social justice and civil liberties - but a pre-condition for achieving them.

NSS Speaks Out:

NSS president Terry Sanderson defended free expression after a number of Anglican vicars had questioned Charlie Hebdo's right to ridicule religion. Terry also appeared on BBC Three Counties to advocate secular education after reports that a Luton Islamic school's curriculum limited girls' activities to knitting and sewing.

NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans made the case for public services to remain secular on BBC Northampton after the local Police and Crime Commissioner launched a publicly funded project to involve religious groups in the fight against crime. Stephen was also quoted by the Lancashire Telegraph calling for full and comprehensive sex and relationship education for all young people following revelations that the local NHS sexual health team had been denied access to any of Blackburn's Catholic and Muslim secondary schools.

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