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Newsline 30 September 2016

Today marks International Blasphemy Rights Day. Around the world people like Asia Bibi, Raif Badawi and Amos Yee face persecution for their beliefs or lack of belief. Blasphemy laws discriminate against atheists and religious minorities alike.

It was only relatively recently (in 2008) that the UK finally abolished its blasphemy law - something the NSS campaigned for over a century to achieve.

But society must always be vigilant against any return to blasphemy laws whether through the backdoor or by the assassin's veto. We campaign to preserve and protect free expression in the UK, without which there could be no secular democracy. Help us: join the National Secular Society today.

Inclusive education: divisive faith schools are the elephant in the room

Inclusive education: divisive faith schools are the elephant in the room

Opinion | Fri, 30 Sep 2016

NSS campaigns director on why progressives of all political and religious stripes should unite in opposing Theresa May's plan to open a new wave of divisive 'faith schools'.

NSS Speaks Out

NSS president Terry Sanderson spoke on LBC about female chess players being forced to wear the hijab after the world chess championships were awarded to Iran. The third part of his interview with Conatus News was published this week.

NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood appeared on the Voice of Islam radio station to discuss sharia 'law' and the principle of one law for all.

Our vice president Alistair McBay had a letter published in the The Scotsman on 28 September about the dangers of sectarianism and the benefits of a religiously neutral state.

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