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Newsline 28 April 2017

With a General Election fast approaching, we've written to the major parties this week calling on them to make manifesto commitments along the lines set out in our recent report on the need to rethink religion and belief in public life. A Britain fair for all is only possible with secular reforms, and we've set out some policy proposals below - ask your local candidates to support them!

Also this week, the Church of England called for an end to the right of withdrawal from religious education. We've launched a campaign calling for fundamental reform of the subject to make it broad, balanced and impartial, before we can even consider parents losing their right to opt out.

If you'd like to get involved with our work, there's no better way than coming to work for us! We're hiring for a new Campaigns and Communications Officer. The deadline for applications is the 5th May.

Join us today if you aren't already a member.

Why We Need A 21st Century RE For All

Why We Need A 21st Century RE For All

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:58

Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the National Curriculum. One subject alone remains set apart from this - religious education. We're calling for an overhaul of the subject.

As a nation we’re thinking about our future, here’s our secular manifesto for change

As a nation we’re thinking about our future, here’s our secular manifesto for change

Opinion | Thu, 27 Apr 2017

Ahead of the General Election we're calling on political parties to embrace a series of secular reforms, drawn from our recently published secular manifesto, that make society, our education system, and the law fairer for all.

Calls to boost integration after claims Muslim children can grow up without meeting non-Muslims

Calls to boost integration after claims Muslim children can grow up without meeting non-Muslims

News | Thu, 27 Apr 2017

The National Secular Society has accused the Government of dividing communities with the push to open new faith schools, ahead of a new report on religious and racial segregation in Birmingham.

Foreign Office urges Russia to uphold human rights after Jehovah’s Witnesses ruling

Foreign Office urges Russia to uphold human rights after Jehovah’s Witnesses ruling

News | Mon, 24 Apr 2017

The Foreign Office has condemned a decision by the Russian Supreme Court to label Jehovah's Witnesses "extremists."

Islam has become toxic in the West: integration is essential to reverse this

Islam has become toxic in the West: integration is essential to reverse this

While the prevention of terror attacks warrants the highest priority, in the longer term, the urgent task for policymakers is to undo the separatism and psychic detachment that have reached critical proportions among Muslim communities. Integration and assimilation are essential, writes Rumy Hasan.

NSS Speaks Out

Executive director Keith Porteous Wood was quoted in the Times, Daily Mail, Christian Today, and Independent this week on the Church's calls for an end to parents' right to withdraw their children from RE lessons. Campaigns director Stephen Evans spoke to Radio 5 Live and BBC London on this topic.

Keith also spoke to BBC Three Counties on the religious exemptions to animal welfare laws that allow for halal and kosher slaughter without pre-stunning of animals.

We were quoted by The Hindu on the Government's failure to outlaw caste-based discrimination, and the Church Times quoted us on cathedral finances.

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