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Newsline 15 January 2016

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Bishop Ball case: Questions for Lord Carey

Bishop Ball case: Questions for Lord Carey

Opinion | Mon, 11 Jan 2016

With the release of some of the letters written in support of Bishop Ball during the 1992-1993 police investigation, we're starting to see more clearly how he was protected, writes legal specialist on child abuse Richard Scorer.

On Charlie Hebdo's "The Assassin Is Still At Large" cartoon

On Charlie Hebdo's "The Assassin Is Still At Large" cartoon

John Sargeant writes in defence of the Charlie Hebdo "The Assassin Is Still At Large" cover and the right to blaspheme and laugh at the divine: "Some want to stop the laughter. There are not enough bullets in the world to do so."

NSS Speaks Out

In the past week the NSS has been widely quoted on the collapse in Church of England attendance and its implications for secularism, with executive director Keith Porteous Wood's response appearing in the Guardian, Daily Mail, Mirror, Polish Express and in local papers. Campaigns manager Stephen Evans discussed the news with BBC Sussex and Surrey radio.

Keith was also quoted in the Sunday Times and spoke on Radio 5 Live, Radio Somerset and Radio Gloucester about the actions of the Church of England in the case of former bishop Peter Ball.

The NSS was also mentioned by the BBC in a story about council prayers in Wales, and we discussed this with BBC Radio Wales. Our part in the broad coalition that defended Pastor James McConnell's right to free expression was noted in the Economist.

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