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Thursday 3 December 2009

Politicians and the naked emperors - by Terry Sanderson

You can tell an election is approaching when politicians start ladling praise on to "faith groups" presumably in the hope that they’ll reciprocate with votes. The Sunday Telegraph reported this week that Communities Secretary John Denham is setting up a panel of religious advisors to give input (...)
Thursday 3 December 2009

Are we being unfair to the new European president ?

Writing in the Independent, Dominic Lawson berates the NSS and others who are asking questions about the religious motivations that animate the new president of the European Council, Mr Herman Van Rompuy (HVR for short). In his article, Mr Lawson turns the question that we placed over our (...)
Thursday 3 December 2009

The bottomless corruption of the Catholic Church

The long awaited report into the child abuse cover up in the Catholic Church in Dublin has been published. It is, as expected, another catalogue of cruelty and corruption that almost boggles the mind. Such was the scale of the abuse and the subsequent cover ups that it is almost unbelievable (...)
Tuesday 27 October 2009

Catholics humiliated at debate

It was an uneven match from the beginning. The proposition in the Intelligence Squared debate was "The Catholic Church is a force for good in the world." Opposing it were Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry. Supporting it were Ann Widdecombe and the Archbishop Onaiyekan of Abuja in Nigeria. (...)
Tuesday 27 October 2009

The German church tax – time it was challenged

In Germany, Church members who are income tax payers by law have to pay Church tax. They also have to register their membership with their local authority. This was laid down in the article of the Weimar Constitution governing the relationship between Church and State which was incorporated, (...)

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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 (...)