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Challenging Religious Privilege

Upcoming Events

Links are provided to events which may be of interest to secularists. Unless otherwise stated the NSS does not necessarily support or endorse these events.


Wed, 26 Oct 2016

Date: 26th October, 9am-6pm
Location: Curve Theatre
Details: A 20% discount on ticket prices is available for members of the National Secular Society. Click here for your discount.

Edinburgh Secular Society monthly meeting - discussion on religious dress

Sun, 30 Oct 2016

Date:Sunday 30th October 2016, 2pm to 4pm
Location: Royal Over-Seas League, 100 Princes Street, EH2 3AB, Edinburgh
Details: Our next meeting will be a group/public discussion to try to sort out some of the difficult questions surrounding religious dress code especially in the workplace. Police Scotland have recently allowed the optional wearing of the hijab among its officers and West Midlands are talking about allowing the full face-covering niqab. Already there are concessions for turban wearing Sikhs. Is this all welcome inclusivity or religious privilege? Is there any difference for wearing crosses at work? We're getting together for an informal talk about these issues and see if we can work out an Edinburgh Secular Society position. We then usually move to the bar afterwards for more of social chat, and of course all are welcome. The meeting will be in The Balmoral Room on the first floor. There is a lift, if required, and reception will let you know how to get to it.

Nottingham Secular Society - The Government’s recently announced changes to faith based free schools and academies.

Mon, 31 Oct 2016

Date: Monday 31 October 2016 | 19:30 to 21:00
Location: The Canal House, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7EH
Tickets: £2
Speaker: Alastair Lichten, campaigns officer of the National Secular Society
: How did we get here? An overview of religious influence in the education system, recent reforms and the work of the NSS.

What's being proposed? A look at the proposals, including the less widely reported ones.

What's the effect? A look at what impact the changes will have.

What can be done? An overview of how the NSS is responding to the changes and how activists can get involved.

Scottish Secular Society - What Does the ‘Post-secular Age’ Mean for Education?

Thu, 03 Nov 2016

Date: Thursday 3 November 2016 | 19:30 to 21:30
Location: Annie Besant Lodge, 17 Queens Crescent, St. George's Cross, Glasgow, G4 9BL
Tickets: Suggested donation £5
: Dr. David Lewin is Lecturer in Philosophy of Education at the University of Strathclyde. His most recent book is Educational Philosophy for a Post-Secular Age (Routledge 2016). In 2011 he published Technology and the Philosophy of Religion (Cambridge Scholars). He has also edited 3 books across philosophy, religious studies and education. In addition he regularly publishes articles in a variety of journals such as the Journal of Philosophy of Education, Ethics and Education, and Studies in Philosophy and Education. He is secretary of the Glasgow branch of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.

Leicester Secular Society: Deborah Lavin – ‘Political Skulduggery’

Sun, 13 Nov 2016

Date:Sunday 13th November 2016, 18.30-20.00
Location: Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB
Tickets: Free entry, donations welcome and memberships available
Details: Charles Bradlaugh was the founder of the National Secular Society and one of the illustrious speakers at the opening of Leicester's Secular Hall in 1882. Bradlaugh went on to be an important social reformer and MP. Deborah Lavin asks 'what kept Charles Bradlaugh from taking his seat in parliament - Atheism, Republicanism, Birth Control or something else altogether?'

NSS Annual General Meeting - members only event

Sat, 26 Nov 2016

Date: Saturday 26 November 2016 | 13:30 to 15:30 (registration from 13.00)
Location: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL
Details: The meeting is open to paid-up members and affiliated group representatives only. Only one representative of each affiliated group will be admitted, and they will be able to cast a vote on its behalf if they bring an authorising letter from their organisation. Your Council hopes that as many members as possible will come to participate in the meeting and have the opportunity to meet the Council, staff and other members. We particularly welcome those who have not been to an AGM before.

International Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression in the 21st Century

Sat, 22 Jul 2017

Date: Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 July 2017
Location: Central London
Tickets: See website for details
Details: The exciting two-day conference will be a follow up to the historic 2014 International Conference on the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights and will discuss censorship and blasphemy laws, freedom of and from religion, apostasy, the limits of religion's role in society, LGBT and women's rights, secular values and more.

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