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Newsline 14 July 2017

It's hard to believe that in modern Britain we're seeing courtroom battles over whether gender segregation in Islamic schools is discriminatory or not. Meanwhile, parents in some areas are being forced to send their children to religious schools, despite not wanting faith-based education for their children, due to a shortage of suitable alternatives.

Faith schools are dragging us back to an age of inequality. Gender segregation, discriminatory admissions, mandatory worship and limitations on choice are all the product of religion's continued involvement in publicly funded education. That's why we remain steadfast in our commitment to ending the faith schools madness and bringing about a secular education system, where equality and freedom of conscience are prioritised above faith groups' desire to inculcate children into their religion. Why not make a donation today to support our work?

Separate is not equal ­– not in this ‘faith’ school

Separate is not equal ­– not in this ‘faith’ school

Opinion | Tue, 11 Jul 2017

Turning a blind eye to discriminatory gender segregation in Islamic schools would be a disaster for future generations of British girls growing up in Muslim communities, argues Stephen Evans.

Sex education: schools’ religious ethos may ‘limit’ pupils’ knowledge of LGBT facts and contraception

Sex education: schools’ religious ethos may ‘limit’ pupils’ knowledge of LGBT facts and contraception

News | Wed, 12 Jul 2017

More than 50 faith leaders have warned that schools' ability to teach relationships and sex education (RSE) through a faith ethos could undermine its accuracy and inclusivity.

The greater the religious fervency, the greater the homophobia

The greater the religious fervency, the greater the homophobia

Opinion | Fri, 07 Jul 2017

On Pride weekend, NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood highlights the interconnectedness between the fight for secularism and equality for LGBTQ people

Bradlaugh lecture to mark end of NSS’s anniversary celebrations

Bradlaugh lecture to mark end of NSS’s anniversary celebrations

News | Fri, 14 Jul 2017

A lecture at Manchester Art Gallery will pay tribute to the National Secular Society's founding president Charles Bradlaugh on 9 September.

European court backs Belgium’s ban on face veils

European court backs Belgium’s ban on face veils

News | Tue, 11 Jul 2017

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Belgium's ban on wearing face veils in public does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

Malaysian state votes to allow public caning for breaching sharia code

Malaysian state votes to allow public caning for breaching sharia code

News | Thu, 13 Jul 2017

Legislators in Malaysia's northeastern state of Kelantan have voted to allow the public caning of those who break strict Islamic laws.

NSS Speaks Out

NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood was quoted in the Wire, on the Government's bias against legislation to prevent caste discrimination. Our vice-president, and spokesperson for Scotland, Alistair McBay had a letter in the Herald regarding the recent Orange Order marches and Buckfast tonic wine.

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