In the new issue of New Humanist, journalist Stephen Bates looks back on his time as Guardian religion correspondent, saying he's glad to be leaving behind the petty feuds, bizarre views and vicious power struggles of the religious world.
At the start of the article Bates identifies himself as a Catholic, and his successor at the Guardian, Riazatt Butt, has become the first Muslim to be appointed as religious correspondent by a national newspaper.
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