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Secularism in the media


President Biden reverses Trump’s travel ban targeting Muslim-majority countries

President Biden, in one of his first moves in office, reversed the immigration restriction put in place by the Trump administration covering five Muslim-majority nations.

Los Angeles Times


Head of US bishops' conference warns Biden's pro-abortion policies 'will advance moral evils’

President Joe Biden became just the second Catholic to take the oath of office on Wednesday, but the nation's top bishop is warning that his pro-choice policies will 'advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity.'

Mail Online


‘Militant Christian nationalists remain a potent force’

The post-election expressions of right wing Christian protest suggest that Christian militancy on occasion can lead to political extremism, says Tom Gjelten.



Abortion: Westminster warns it is ready to intervene again over access in NI

The government has warned that it may intervene directly if abortions are not made more freely available in Northern Ireland soon.

News Letter


Religious institutions ‘willing to engage’ on payments to abuse victims

Religious institutions have been willing to come forward to discuss compensating abuse victims, Stormont officials said.

Belfast Telegraph


Polish clinic wants to care for man in life-support dispute

A specialist clinic in Poland said Tuesday it is ready to admit and treat a Pole who is at the centre of a life-support dispute in Britain.

The Associated Press


‘Britain’s prisons are a breeding ground for Islamist terror’

Britain's prisons, perhaps as never before, are well evidenced incubators and accelerators of violent extremism, says former prison governor Ian Acheson.

The Spectator*


Amazon Prime drama agrees to changes after Hindu nationalist pressure

An Indian political drama on Amazon Prime has been forced to edit out scenes that were accused of being an "insult to Hindu gods", the first time that streaming platforms have been subjected to Indian government censorship.

The Guardian


Hungary's government orders disclaimers on books with gay content

Hungary's government ordered a publisher on Tuesday to print disclaimers identifying books containing "behaviour inconsistent with traditional gender roles".



‘From the hijab to freedom’

A new documentary "Women Leaving Islam", by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, tells the story of six women escaping the violence of Islam's modesty culture.

New Humanist


Latest from the NSS


Our school – and community – were severely disadvantaged by our C of E status

Former headteacher John Mapperley says the school he ran was given a vastly reduced range of options when considering academy status – and he believes the church puts its own interests above those of pupils.


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