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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.

NSS President Terry Sanderson talks to the Chiltern Humanists on the topic “Religion: a threat to us all?”

Wed, 14 Dec 2016

Date: Wednesday 14 December 2016, 8pm
Location: Lounge (LBH) Amersham Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue, Amersham-on-the-Hill.
Details: Join Chiltern Humanists to hear Terry Sanderson, who has been president of the National Secular Society since 2008. Prior to that he was for many years a gay rights activist.

In his recent autobiography, 'The Adventures of a Happy Homosexual', he writes: "At the beginning of this story I, along with every other gay man in the country, was a sexual outlaw. If I had expressed my sexual preference for those of my own sex I could have ended up in prison. Now, six decades later, I am about to exercise my option to be married to my male partner. During that same period, religion has staged a revival that could conceivably reverse everything that gay people have achieved. In Europe, only a few short years ago, religion was regarded as being in its death throes. Now it is renewing itself in new and more frightening forms, with the potential to threaten us all."

Is he right? Is religion still a threat to us all? If so, what can or should we do about it? Discuss these issues with Terry, and with Keith Porteous Wood, NSS executive director, who will also be attending.

There will be free mulled wine and mince pies at the event.

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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