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Newsline 2 September 2016

Tomorrow we celebrate 150 years of the National Secular Society at our conference – Secularism 2016: Living better together. If you have a ticket we look forward to seeing you there, but if you can't come along, follow the day's speakers, debate and discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #Secularism2016.

As soon as the conference is over we'll get straight back to campaigning for a secular education system, freedom of speech and human rights. If you want to support our campaign work, consider joining the National Secular Society, or making a donation today. We rely entirely on our members and supporters for funds, and all donations are gratefully received.

If you have a ticket to our conference or gala dinner then we look forward to seeing you tomorrow for the highlight of our year.

Mayors defiant after French burkini ban suspended by Council of State

Mayors defiant after French burkini ban suspended by Council of State

News | Tue, 30 Aug 2016

The majority of French mayors who have imposed 'burkini' bans are refusing to revoke them, despite a ruling from France's highest administrative court against the ban in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet.

Living better together: French secularism risks being destroyed by political ambition

Living better together: French secularism risks being destroyed by political ambition

Opinion | Thu, 25 Aug 2016

Despite occasional conflicts, France's tradition of secularism has served both social cohesion and religious freedom well. Terry Sanderson argues that misusing secularism for political aims risks undermining both.

Religious privilege undermines abuse victims’ access to justice

Religious privilege undermines abuse victims’ access to justice

Opinion | Mon, 22 Aug 2016

Richard Scorer, a specialist child abuse lawyer at Slater & Gordon draws attention to organisations seeking more lenient treatment over child abuse-connected matters because they are religious and makes the case for no concessions being given.

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