This week we've had several reminders that schools remain the most significant battleground for secularists today. Most significantly in England, our exclusive
research has found that more than 18,000 families were assigned faith schools this year despite the fact parents preferred a non-faith school. And we're
particularly disappointed that the government has abandoned plans for a compulsory register of out-of-school education settings after fearmongering and intense
lobbying from religious groups.
Meanwhile religious polarisation remains entrenched in Northern Irish society, 20 years on from the Good Friday Agreement. We're once again calling on politicians
to prioritise the integration of schools to help tackle this.
Secularism is an essential part of promoting justice and ensuring cohesion and equality between citizens. With your continued support, we'll continue to challenge
religious privilege by making a principled stand for freedom, fairness and human rights.
The NSS has criticised the creation of two state-funded, single-sex Muslim secondary schools for up to 800 children each in Manchester.
The poll which highlighted the extent of religious polarisation in Northern Ireland also found that 76% of people in Northern Ireland
support same-sex marriage and 54% support unrestricted access to abortion for women up to 12 weeks pregnant.
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"This was never about protest. It was about small groups of strangers choosing to gather by our entrance gates where they could harass and intimidate women
and try to prevent them from accessing healthcare to which they are legally entitled." Richard Bentley, Marie Stopes UK managing director, on buffer zones outside
"Don't let go, be the British bulldog, be tenacious. I would tell anybody out there to trust in the British justice system. Yes, it's crazily weird, but you
will get justice." A woman who was sexually abused as a child by members of the Salvation Army outlines what she'd tell others after the
conviction of her abusers
"Politics apart, this is horrible that some people would see this horrendous crime through a religious prism to gain some mileage. It's a new low and I don't
know if we can stoop any lower after this." Girdhari Lal, a retired teacher,
reflects on the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from a Muslim family in Indian-controlled Kashmir. The crime has sparked protests from
Hindu nationalists, who are demanding the release of the accused
A woman from Nottingham, England is suing the doctor who carried out a circumcision on her infant son without her permission. A much-needed precedent would boost
the cause against all forms of child genital cutting.
An interview with Waleed Wain, the comic behind the character Veedu Vidz, who has received bans on his Facebook page for posting satirical videos on Islam and
NSS speaks out
Our president Keith Porteous Wood spoke to a European Parliament conference this week about discrimination against and persecution of non-believers around the world. We've published
the transcript of his speech.
Date: Sunday 25 November 2018, 09:30 – 20:30 Location: Central London Tickets: From £65.27 Details: Join notable secularists and veteran women's rights campaigners for a conference on Sharia,... Read More
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