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National Secular Society

Challenging Religious Privilege

This year's secular conference will take place in central London on Saturday 22 September 2012. Registration opens at 9.00am for 10.00am start. The conference will end at 5.00pm

Following last year's successful event, this year's one-day conference promises to be even bigger and even better with a great line-up of speakers – including keynote speaker Richard Dawkins.

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Speakers

Professor Richard Dawkins

Professor Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is a world famous Atheist, having authored several books and popularising Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. He studies ethology which is the study of animal behaviour and evolutionary biology. Dawkins was the Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 till 2008 at Oxford University. After retiring from this position, he now travels internationally giving lectures and making documentaries to increase Atheism awareness.

Nia Griffith MP

Nia Griffith MP

Nia Griffith is Member of Parliament for Llanelli, Shadow Minister for Wales and a campaigner for Lords reform. She is a firm believer in the need for the separation of church and state.

Nick Cohen

Nick Cohen

Nick Cohen is a journalist, author, political commentator and eloquent supporter of secularism. He is a critic of the increasing role of religion in state education and of the Left's tendency to pander to religious fundamentalists. His latest work, You Can't Read This Book, is on freedom of expression.

Pragna Patel

Pragna Patel

Pragna Patel is a secular campaigner, founding member of Southall Black Sisters and co-founder of Women Against Fundamentalism. In 2010 Pragna received the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year on behalf of Southall Black Sisters.

Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell has been campaigning for human rights, democracy, LGBT freedom and global justice since 1967. Through the Peter Tatchell Foundation, he campaigns for human rights in Britain and internationally. In 2012 Peter was awarded the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year.

Maryam Namazie

Maryam Namazie

Maryam Namazie is a secular campaigner and commentator, spokesperson for the One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. In 2005 she was awarded the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year.

Professor Ted Cantle CBE

Professor Ted Cantle CBE

Ted Cantle is Professor at the Institute of Community Cohesion. His report into the northern riots of 2001 drew attention to the "segregated" ethnic and religious communities living 'parallel' lives. His new book confronts the failures of multiculturalism head on and establishes a new concept — interculturalism — for managing community relations in a world defined by globalization and super-diversity.

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