Tags: Free speech

NSS hosts talk with author of Annie Besant book

NSS hosts talk with author of Annie Besant book

Renowned author Michael Meyer discusses 'A Dirty, Filthy Book' in online event. Read More »

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Response unit needed to tackle blasphemy flashpoints, report says

Recommendations echo NSS calls for more support for schools facing religious intimidation and threats. Read More »

NSS address urges UN to call for government action on human rights

NSS address urges UN to call for government action on human rights

Religious privilege is undermining rights of UK citizens, NSS tells UN committee. Read More »

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Anti-blasphemy extremism “gaining momentum” in UK, report warns

Counter-extremism report recommends review of religious charities linked to anti-blasphemy activism. Read More »

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New extremism definition may put free speech at risk, NSS warns

Proposed definition could 'label secularists as extremists'. Read More »

NSS to host talk with author of ‘Dirty, Filthy Book’

NSS to host talk with author of ‘Dirty, Filthy Book’

Author Michael Meyer to discuss new book on leading NSS figure Annie Besant at free online event. Read More »

Protect human rights from religious imposition, NSS urges UN

Protect human rights from religious imposition, NSS urges UN

NSS tells UN Human Rights Committee religious privilege is undermining rights in education, healthcare and around free speech. Read More »

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Hindu group threatens secularists with police over “offensive” talk

Hindu charity told Leicester Secular Society it would report talk on caste to local Hindu community and police. Read More »

Danish parliament outlaws burning Quran and other religious texts

Danish parliament outlaws burning Quran and other religious texts

Following a string of Quran burnings, threats of violence pressure Denmark into banning the destruction of religious texts. Read More »

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Islamophobia definitions threaten free speech at 20+ universities

21 universities have adopted definition of Islamophobia rejected by government amid free speech concerns. Read More »

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Beware religious threats to free speech, NSS warns UN rapporteur

Attempts to impose de facto blasphemy laws must be resisted, says NSS. Read More »

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Counter-extremism lead: blasphemy codes are chilling free speech

Cleric on 2023 UK speaking tour advocates decapitation for 'blasphemers' Read More »

2023 Bradlaugh Lecture: “Let’s talk to each other”

2023 Bradlaugh Lecture: “Let’s talk to each other”

Nicky Campbell delivers impassioned defence of free expression and robust public debate Read More »

Faith schools should not impose hijab on girls, report says

Faith schools should not impose hijab on girls, report says

Report also recommends government resist 'Islamophobia' definitions that inhibit criticism of religious practices Read More »

Blasphemy laws identified in 11 more countries since 2020

Blasphemy laws identified in 11 more countries since 2020

Mocking religion in Portugal can be punished by up to a year's imprisonment, report finds Read More »

Report: one in seven councils has adopted ‘Islamophobia’ definition

Report: one in seven councils has adopted ‘Islamophobia’ definition

National Secular Society's role in resisting adoption of flawed definition highlighted Read More »

UN resolution claims damaging holy books violates international law

UN resolution claims damaging holy books violates international law

UK efforts to introduce "more balanced language" were rejected Read More »

Report: ‘blasphemy’ backlash could lead to violence

Report: ‘blasphemy’ backlash could lead to violence

Religious backlash to 'blasphemy' could "inspire intimidation, violence and even mass killings" in the UK, a new report... Read More »

UN rights body votes in favour of banning Quran burnings

UN rights body votes in favour of banning Quran burnings

The National Secular Society has warned a United Nations resolution to ban the burning of religious texts could be... Read More »

NSS defend mayor ousted for questioning religious circumcision

NSS defend mayor ousted for questioning religious circumcision

The National Secular Society has teamed up with a men's health charity to raise concerns after a mayor was ousted... Read More »

Established church hinders religious freedom, NSS tells UN expert

Established church hinders religious freedom, NSS tells UN expert

The NSS has told a UN expert that lack of separation between Church and state is undermining freedom of religion or belief in the UK. Read More »

 NSS warns council on free speech after ‘Islamophobia’ allegation

NSS warns council on free speech after ‘Islamophobia’ allegations

The National Secular Society has warned members of Boston Council against characterising criticism of religion as... Read More »

Kettlethorpe: New guidance on ‘non crime hate incidents’ approved

Kettlethorpe: New guidance on ‘non crime hate incidents’ approved

Guidance saying 'non crime hate incidents' should not be recorded at schools has been approved following a high-profile... Read More »

NI government responds to hate crime free speech concerns

NI government responds to hate crime free speech concerns

Northern Ireland's Department of Justice has agreed free speech protections are necessary in hate crime laws, following... Read More »

Regulators halt advert plans following NSS censorship concerns

Regulators halt advert plans following NSS censorship concerns

Regulators have abandoned proposed new rules for advertising after the National Secular Society warned they may result... Read More »