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Newsline 4 November 2016

This week we were delighted to unveil the portrait bust of our founder, Charles Bradlaugh MP, at a reception in Parliament. We offer our sincere thanks to all who have donated to our ongoing 150th anniversary appeal to make this possible. The bust will now take its rightful place in a prominent position inside the Palace of Westminster.

Events this week have shown the importance of continuing Bradlaugh's work.

As a victim of the UK's blasphemy law, abolishing it was one of Bradlaugh's primary objectives, something we were finally able to achieve in 2008. But the hounding and suspension of Louis Smith for mocking Islam shows the danger of blasphemy laws returning by the backdoor.

Meanwhile the Government continues to press ahead with the expansion of faith schools in the face of overwhelming public opposition to religious discrimination, and it's vital a secular voice speaks out against this retrograde step.

If you're not already a member you can help us continue Bradlaugh's work – on education, free speech, and human rights – by joining us today.

Protecting women’s rights is the priority, but that isn’t the only legitimate concern about sharia

Protecting women’s rights is the priority, but that isn’t the only legitimate concern about sharia

Opinion | Thu, 03 Nov 2016

Gender inequality isn't the only problem with sharia councils, and non-Muslims have every right to object to the foundation of a parallel legal system in the UK, writes Benjamin Jones.

Saudi women’s rights activist arrested – days after Saudi Arabia returned to Human Rights Council

Saudi women’s rights activist arrested – days after Saudi Arabia returned to Human Rights Council

Opinion | Thu, 03 Nov 2016

A leading women's rights activist, Mariam Nassir Al Oteebi, has been arrested in Saudi Arabia and languishes in prison, just days after the country was re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council, writes David van Rooyen.

In defence of laïcité: our lives depend on it

In defence of laïcité: our lives depend on it

Read Maryam Namazie's speech on accepting the International Secularism (Laicite) Prize from the Comité Laïcité République.

NSS Speaks Out

We've been quoted extensively in the media commenting on the suspension of Louis Smith for mocking Islam. We were quoted in the Guardian, spoke to TalkRADIO, Radio Ulster, BBC Radio 2, BBC Three Counties and LBC. We also appeared on BBC Radio London on the need for secular policy-making. Our comment on the Ashers Bakery case appeared in the Irish Times and Huffington Post.

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British Muslims for Secular Democracy is looking for a Director of Media, Outreach and Lobbying: if you are creative, proactive and dynamic with good communication skills, please apply. See the full job advert here.

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