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Newsline 22 May 2015

Good news! Recent days have seen LibDem leadership contender Tim Farron call for a secular state, and, despite new legislation giving local authorities the 'power to pray', a town council has voted to drop prayers from its council meetings. However, we've also had an MP warning of "religious intimidation" of voters, and a former judge ludicrously compare secularism to religious repression under the Tudors. As MPs took their seats in Parliament this week, we remember the contribution of NSS founder Charles Bradlaugh- who fought for the right of the non-religious to affirm. Join us to help support and fund the work Bradlaugh started in 1866.

‘Spiritual influence’, democracy and free expression

‘Spiritual influence’, democracy and free expression

Opinion | Tue, 19 May 2015

Religious voting blocs and sectarian and divisive politics harm society and can undermine democracy. But are laws that potentially restrict free expression the answer? Alastair Lichten considers the charge of 'undue spiritual influence'.

A very confused and immoderate Moderator

A very confused and immoderate Moderator

Opinion | Wed, 20 May 2015

Alistair McBay examines the confused and immoderate arguments of the new Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland.

The difference between 'affirmation' and 'oath' and the role played by NSS founder Charles Bradlaugh

The difference between 'affirmation' and 'oath' and the role played by NSS founder Charles Bradlaugh

NSS founder Charles Bradlaugh played a critical role in ensuring the non-religious could affirm when they entered Parliament, rather than swearing a religious oath. What is the difference between oath and affirmation?

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