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Friday 18 December 2009

NSS Newsline - 11 dec. 2009

Murphy O’Connor will not enter the Lords The Sunday Telegraph reported last week that the former Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Cormac Murphy O’Connor, will not be taking up Gordon Brown’s offer of a seat in the House of Lords after all. Ostensibly this is because accepting a life peerage (...)
Thursday 17 December 2009

The true cost of chaplains

NSS member Malcolm Dodd had the following exchange of correspondence with the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust. To Rev Alison Amelia, chaplain, From Malcolm Dodd: Please advise your salary (including extras such as pension etc) and expenses, i.e., the total cost of your employment to the (...)
Thursday 17 December 2009

Fundamentalist Alpha Course infiltrating more schools

The fundamentalist Christian Alpha Course is being operated in state schools up and down the country, drawing in children to its particular brand of literalist religious dogma – and all with the schools’ approval and support. The NSS is receiving increasing numbers of complaints from parents who (...)
Thursday 3 December 2009

Church-tax scandal: Are secular Italians paying for Berlusconi’s sins ?

By Muriel Fraser On their income tax forms Italians can choose to support good works by the state, rather than apportioning their "church tax" to a religion. However, it’s been revealed that since September a Decree has allowed Prime Minister Berlusconi to apportion this money as he pleases. In (...)
Thursday 3 December 2009

New primary school curriculum makes evolution a mandatory science topic

A new curriculum for primary schools in maintained (publicly-funded) schools in England makes the teaching of evolution a mandatory topic in science lessons. On the other hand, the law still requires Religious Education to be taught, something that is routinely used as a tool for proselytising. (...)

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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 (...)