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Newsline 30 June 2017

One objective of secularism is to prevent religions from evading the checks and balances to which others are subjected. With that in mind, the NSS has long sought to hold religious institutions to account for failing to address the many cases of sexual abuse within their organisations. Our longstanding work to expose the Church's handling of the Bishop Peter Ball case has been vindicated by an independent inquiry which confirmed that senior Church of England figures colluded to conceal evidence of child abuse. This story isn't over yet, and you can read further news and commentary below.

The NSS is committed to religious freedom and remains steadfast in our opposition to religious discrimination. There's good news on both fronts this week, as school worship laws face scrutiny in Wales; and Ireland vows to remove the 'baptism barrier' in school admissions. Meanwhile, with plans to open more religiously selective schools, Theresa May's Government appears to be heading in the opposite direction.

The National Secular Society is at the forefront of challenging religious privilege and promoting principles of secularism. Why not make a donation today, and help us to ensure that everyone's religious freedom is equally protected.

The Church can’t be allowed to carry on marking its own homework

The Church can’t be allowed to carry on marking its own homework

Opinion | Sun, 25 Jun 2017

The Church concealed evidence of criminality and colluded to protect an abusive bishop. Only external oversight will guarantee that church safeguarding practices comply with secular standards, argues Richard Scorer.

US Supreme Court ruling a 'blow to country’s fundamental principle of church-state separation'

US Supreme Court ruling a 'blow to country’s fundamental principle of church-state separation'

News | Thu, 29 Jun 2017

A religious liberty advocacy group in the US has warned that a Supreme Court ruling that the state of Missouri must extend a playground fund to religious organisations could "open the door to more taxpayer support for religion".

NSS Speaks Out

Our campaigns director Stephen Evans was quoted in Wales Online about compulsory worship in schools and in Christian Today about Lord Carey's role in covering up Bishop Ball's abuse. NSS Council member - and specialist solicitor who acts for some of Peter Ball's victims - was widely quoted in the press regarding George Carey and abuse in the Church of England. He also had a letter in the Times (£) on this subject.

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