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Newsline 13 March 2015

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Eric Pickles' 'evangelical charter' on its way to becoming law

Eric Pickles' 'evangelical charter' on its way to becoming law

Opinion | Thu, 12 Mar 2015

A small group of Christians in parliament are changing the law to give councils the power to introduce their meetings with prayers. Stephen Evans argues that the right to freedom of religion should always be balanced by the right to be free from religion.

New NHS guidance requires hospitals to provide pastoral care to non-religious

New NHS guidance requires hospitals to provide pastoral care to non-religious

News | Tue, 10 Mar 2015

New guidance published by NHS England will require hospitals in England to consider the needs of non-religious patients by ensuring they have access to appropriate pastoral care.

The Church, gratitude and the erosion of innocence

The Church, gratitude and the erosion of innocence

Opinion | Wed, 11 Mar 2015

A parent writes about the problem of innocuous children's activities run with a hidden religious agenda, and defends his right to raise his children how he wishes, without organisations using playgroups as a cover for proselytising to children.

NSS Speaks Out

Politics UK featured a comment piece from NSS campaigns Manager Stephen Evans on the Bill to give councils back the power to impose prayers. He also appeared on BBC Sussex and Surrey to discuss the findings of the Equality & Human Rights Commission's survey on religion and belief in the workplace. He was also quoted on this topic in the Telegraph and in the Huffington Post.

Stephen also appeared on a BBC Radio Kent debate about a new Church of England free school that plans to reserve places for children of churchgoers and was quoted by Breitbart on attempts to criminalise depictions of Mohammed.

In a busy week of media he also discussed secular objections to the funding of faith initiatives from police budgets on BBC Radio Northampton and was quoted on this in the Police Oracle.

Campaigns officer Alastair Lichten gave a talk on secularism as a Human Rights issue at Sheffield Freethought Convention, organised by the University of Sheffield Secular & Atheist Society.

NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood attended the launch of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's Human Rights and Democracy Report and also attended the TES hustings on education and a Theos conference on 'Chaplaincy in the UK'.

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