We challenge the unfair special advantages given to religion whether they occur in localised disputes or at an international level. This week we've lobbied an
academy trust and an MP over a plan to merge a non-religious school in Norfolk into a Christian one. And on the International Day of the Girl, we wrote to UNESCO
to raise concerns over the fact it grants World Heritage Status to religious sites which ban women from entering.
In an uncertain political period around the world, this is a vital time in the campaign for secularism. But it may also be a propitious one for making the case,
particularly in Britain. Another poll has shown how detached the country's institutions are from the attitudes of its people on religious issues. The many quiet
supporters of secularism in Britain need a voice. We thank you for your support as we provide it.
Organisers will allow the Christian Union to exhibit at future freshers' fairs at an Oxford college, after an earlier decision to ban it.
Quotes of the week
"I think the church needs to rethink the whole safeguarding thing. The stock response is still to hide behind the sofa and call the
lawyers". The Right Rev Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham
"The biggest driver of anti-Muslim hate is terrorist attacks – the research is very clear here. We need to be honest. Not wanting to acknowledge that
terrorism is the biggest driver, and to blame the media instead, is very much an Islamist narrative." Fiyaz Mughal, Director of Faith Matters
As Ealing Council takes measures to ban protesters from harassing women outside abortion clinics, Sarah Cheverton writes an open letter to protesters in
Portsmouth. She says she is not trying to change their minds, but that they should reconsider their tactics.
Secularists should challenge the severe misconceptions about their cause that exist across much of the Islamic world.
NSS Bulletin 67: Autumn 2017
Our latest Bulletin is now available. We have news of Britain's changing
religious landscape, concerns over the future of human rights in the UK, a report on our sponsorship of the 'Glastonbury of Freethinkers' and more.
Date: Sunday 15 October 2017, 2:30pm–4:30pm Location: St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB Details: Kent Humanists are affiliated to the National Secular Society (NSS) whose aim is to promote secularism, ie, the separation of the state
from religion. A member of the NSS will be speaking.
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