Battles over education are once again dominating our attention in the early weeks of 2018. In particular we're urging supporters to keep up the pressure on the
Government not to lift the cap on faith-based admissions to faith schools. You can find a link to our template letter, which makes writing to your MP on the
subject quicker and easier, below.
As it stands new faith-based academies and free schools must keep at least half their places open to any local child, irrespective of religion. This rule is not
nearly enough to promote a secular and inclusive education system. But when the short-term alternative is to spend public money funding schools which select all
their pupils on the basis of their parents' faith, it's a concession worth fighting for.
As the BBC focuses on the Queen's coronation, Stephen Evans says the next initiation of the UK's head of state will be a major test of the monarchy's ability
to evolve and reflect the nation it serves.
By Stephen Evans, NSS chief executive, for the Huffington Post
Plans to create more religiously selective faith schools appear to be back on the table. Stephen Evans says the Government risks recklessly neglecting the
civic purpose of state education if it presses ahead with lifting the 50% cap on faith-based admissions.
Keep the cap on faith-based admissions
We've produced a template letter to make it easier to
tell your MP you oppose lifting the 50% cap on faith-based admissions. Religious discrimination in school admissions is unjustifiable; here's why we oppose extending it.
Secularist of the Year 2018
Tickets are now on sale and nominations are open for Secularist of the Year 2018. The awards ceremony and social reception will be held on Saturday 24 March in
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"Such a terrible sign and an incoherent signal to survivors." Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of clerical
sexual abuse in Chile, after the pope celebrated mass with a bishop accused of protecting an abuser
"Religious freedom is not a lovely antique, a family heirloom or a relic of a bygone era. It is a dynamic, progressive value that underlies every other
constitutional freedom we have – and it is under siege."
Paul Rosenberg says the Christian right's claim that it should get special privileges is the true threat to religious freedom in the US
Police have said a widely-reported incident in which an 11-year-old girl alleged her hijab had been cut with scissors did not happen. The bizarre appetite many
left-leaning Canadians have for tales of anti-Muslim bigotry helps those on left and right who wish to sacrifice liberal principles.
NSS speaks out
The NSS's chief executive Stephen Evans refuted the Bishop of Paisley's claims of pro-abortion bias at the BBC in The Herald. Our president Keith Porteous Wood discussed Woking Borough Council's policy of providing worshippers with free parking in
pay and display car parks on BBC Surrey (starts after 1 hour 40 minutes).
Our spokesperson in Scotland, Alistair McBay, wrote to Hebrides
News about Sabbatarianism in Stornoway and The Courier about the
BBC's religious coverage.
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