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Newsline 9 December 2016

We need your help with two urgent campaigns – both coming to a close next week.

The Government's consultation on plans to open a new batch of faith schools, free to discriminate on religious grounds in 100% of their admissions, is coming to a close on Monday. There is still time for you to have your say. After the Casey Review this week, which warned of shocking levels of religious and ethnic segregation in the UK, more faith schools, more division and more discrimination is deeply counterproductive. We can't let these plans pass unopposed.

The second campaign we need your help with is to help stop Sabbatarians blocking the opening of a popular sports centre swimming pool on Sundays because it is the Sabbath. The people of Lewis have faced religious dogmatism like this for a long time, and have had enough. They are fundraising to meet the council's supposed shortfall themselves, and any and all donations are urgently needed – the appeal expires in just five days. They are close to their target, and you can help them stand up to the religious fundamentalists on their council by donating here.

Early next year, on the 18th January, we'll be holding an event to mark the second anniversary of the attack on Charlie Hebdo. Speakers confirmed so far include Nick Cohen, Caroline Fourest and Jim Fiztpatrick MP. We'll be discussing 'the future of free speech' and will release more details soon.

Once again we would like to thank those who were able to donate to the portrait bust of our founder Charles Bradlaugh MP, we're delighted to say that the wonderful piece has been selected as Parliament's 'Artwork of the Month.' Our congratulations to the sculptor, Suzie Zamit.

You can read more about all of the above in our news stories and blogs below. If you aren't a member but would like to show your support for secularism, free speech and an inclusive education system, join us today.

Sabbatarians have imposed their dogma on islanders for long enough, help them put a stop to it

Sabbatarians have imposed their dogma on islanders for long enough, help them put a stop to it

Opinion | Thu, 08 Dec 2016

The National Secular Society is helping campaigners on the Isle of Lewis open a sports centre on a Sunday, currently blocked by a council who won't allow it on the Sabbath. It's hardly the first time Sabbatarians on Lewis have played this game.

The Casey Review lays bare the failure to integrate Muslim minorities

The Casey Review lays bare the failure to integrate Muslim minorities

Opinion | Mon, 05 Dec 2016

Dame Louise Casey offers a damning critique of mass immigration undertaken without serious efforts to integrate new arrivals, but she shies away from properly tackling faith schools, and the problems she identifies may be intractable.

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