Secularism is all about finding balance. It's about acknowledging the right to religious freedom while also acknowledging that this freedom needs to be reeled in once it encroaches on other rights. This is especially important when the human rights of the most vulnerable come under threat.
That's been the crux of our argument against infant genital cutting, now a worldwide talking-point following Iceland's plans to ban male circumcision. It's also the basis for our campaign against unregistered faith schools. We welcomed the BBC's investigation into these illegal schools, which uncovered the appalling extent to which children's rights to a safe, clean and nurturing educational environment are being sacrificed in the name of religious indoctrination.
At a time when the government is considering restricting children's freedom to attend any state school by lifting the 50% cap on faith-based admissions, we were extremely saddened to learn that our honorary associate Baroness Muriel Turner of Camden passed away on Monday. Baroness Turner was dedicated to fighting for the right of children to be welcomed all schools, regardless of their family's religion, and we will truly miss her inspirational passion.