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Between censorship and segregation: Organising at LSE - Chris Moos

Wed, 07 Oct 2015

Date: Wednesday 7 October | 7.30pm
Venue: The King & Queen pub, 13-17 Marlborough Place, Brighton, BN1 1UB
Tickets: Free

When Chris Moos and Abhishek Phadnis took over the LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society in 2012 they did not think it would be much more than a place for like-minded non-religious and secularist students to meet and exchange ideas. Little did they know that on British campuses, not everyone thinks that the non-religious should have the same rights to free expression that their religious counterparts have - or even the right to sit wherever they like. Chris and Abhishek were not amused - and started several campaigns that carried the plight of non-religious and secular students to national and international attention and garnered the support of renowned secularists like Richard Dawkins, A C Grayling, Gita Sahgal, Pragna Patel and Maryam Namazie.

Political skulduggery: what kept Charles Bradlaugh MP from taking his seat in Parliament?

Sun, 25 Oct 2015

Date: Sunday 25th October | 11:00 and 14:00
Venue: Conway Hall Library, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tickets: Free but booking essential

Charles Bradlaugh was and is not everyone's hero; Karl Marx and William Gladstone were united in hating him. Elected as a Liberal MP for Northampton in 1880, he was kept from taking his seat in Parliament for six long years. Allegedly for being an atheist, but could it have been for other reasons?

Speaker Deborah Lavin believes that Bradlaugh deserves attention, not only for his atheism, republicanism and struggle to take his seat, but for his 10-year working relationship with Annie Besant and their joint trial in 1877 under the Obscene Publications Act for publishing a pamphlet about birth control.

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