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Thursday 11 June 2009

This torture will continue until the Catholic Church is denied institutional access to children

Reactions from the Catholic Church to the Irish child abuse report have verged on the insulting. When one reads the so-called expressions of regret from the perpetrators of these atrocities, it isn’t difficult to understand the palpable fury of those victims who came to make a stand. Take this (...)
Thursday 11 June 2009

Finnish website has helped 150,000 resign from the Church

The Freethinkers of Finland have enabled more than 150,000 people to officially resign from the Lutheran Church in a campaign that has gone from strength to strength. The Freethinkers set up a website "Eroakirkosta" which roughly translates as "leave-the-church". A Freedom of Religion law (...)
Thursday 11 June 2009

CofE intends rapid expansion of "faith school" programme and a sharp increase in proselytising

The Church of England has announced that it plans a "rapid expansion" of the number of its schools in the state sector. To smooth the passage of this self-serving grab of public money for proselytising, the CofE has launched a new website justifying its escalating involvement in schools and the (...)
Thursday 11 June 2009

Child abuse in Ireland

20 May 2009 Child abuse in Ireland – background briefing on wider context Briefing NO EMBARGO Child abuse in Ireland - Vatican unrepentant and still covering up worldwide The Vatican The report on the child abuse scandal in Ireland lifts only one corner of a blanket cover-up that reaches (...)
mardi 5 mai 2009

Secularism and the NSS

Council member DAN BYE explores the many facets of secularism In recent weeks, correspondents to Newsline have been debating the meaning of secularism and the ’correct’ stance towards religion. It’s not a new debate : these questions have been hotly disputed ever since G J Holyoake coined the (...)

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News items

6 October 2010 - NSS Bulletin autumn 2010

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7 September 2010 - Number of Catholic weddings falls dramatically

The number of Catholic weddings in the (US) Archdiocese of Boston – where the extent of the (...)

7 September 2010 - Armed forces consider deploying "humanist chaplains"

The Scotsman reports "military sources" as being "sympathetic" to the idea of establishing an (...)

7 September 2010 - Coming out as atheist – John McCrirrick

The barmy betting guru John McCrirrick tells us on Channels Four’s own "Thought for the Day" (...)

7 September 2010 - Darwin’s house and laboratory denied world heritage status – for now

Charles Darwin’s home, Down House in Kent, and the surrounding landscape where he carried out (...)