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Monday 5 October 2009

Locking horns with the Holy See at the UN Human Rights Council

Waiting for the President/Chair of the Human Rights Council to call on me to speak I recollected my first experience of the Catholic Church, at the age of six. The chill that went through me watching the priest’s berobed back as he recited the Tridentine mass. But half a century later, it was my (...)
Tuesday 29 September 2009

Sex abuse rife in other religions, says Vatican

Riazat Butt Religious affairs correspondent Anushka Asthana The Vatican has lashed out at criticism over its handling of its paedophilia crisis by saying the Catholic church was "busy cleaning its own house" and that the problems with clerical sex abuse in other churches were as big, if not (...)
Monday 28 September 2009

Religious whingers are bringing the law into disrepute

Editorial by Terry Sanderson It seems that the Christians have now overtaken the Muslims in the "I’m offended" stakes. The number of Britain’s "Christian Martyrs" is increasing by the day. The Christian Institute — which is orchestrating this silliness — seems to bring legal actions every time (...)
Monday 28 September 2009

Vatican stung by NSS child abuse allegations at UN

Speaking at the United National Human Rights Council this week, the Executive Director of the National Secular Society accused the Roman Catholic Church of covering up child abuse in ways that permitted it to be perpetuated. It is thought that this is the first time the Vatican has been (...)
Tuesday 15 September 2009

Brescia: Darwin celebration not allowed in the municipal science museum, granted to creationist conference.

The Brescia city council denied the conference room of the municipal Natural History Museum to the UAAR for the February Darwin Day celebrations, while it was gently granted for a cycle of creationist conferences. The National Association of Scientific Museums made a formal protest ("an (...)

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News items

6 October 2010 - NSS Bulletin autumn 2010

NSS Bulletin

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 (...)