Laws which require schools to hold acts of worship are
archaic, widely flouted, unsupported by the public and unjustifiable. We're continuing to make the case for abolishing them, and we're asking for your help as we
do so. You can write to your MP today using our template letter, and help to get this issue on the political agenda.
And although schools have been on holiday, we also have updates from our No More Faith Schools campaign this week. If you'd like to help us to make the case for
rolling back religious groups' control of education, please consider getting involved in the campaign. Thank you for your support.
A London council is to allow a Humanist representative to sit on the body which decides its RE curriculum. In 2017 Keith Sharpe made the case for ending
local determination of the way religion and belief are taught.
Help us end compulsory worship
We want to see the law that requires schools to hold acts of worship abolished. You can use our template letter to write to your MP and help us
make the case.
The Church of England has launched
a £12m drive to attract new people to church through sporting activities. The NSS has said this should be a reminder that it has money to spend on mission when it asks for
money for building repairs.
The NSS has criticised calls for schools in Lincolnshire
to encourage girls to wear hijabs for a day.
A Mauritanian blogger released last week after more than five years in jail on blasphemy charges has said he only "saw the sun six times"
during his incarceration, according to Amnesty International. The NSS campaigns for the repeal
of blasphemy laws everywhere they exist.
Bradlaugh Lecture 2019: tickets on sale
There is now less than a month to go until our 2019 Bradlaugh
Lecture in Manchester. Andrew Moffat will address the subject 'No Outsiders: reclaiming radical ideas in schools' on Saturday 7 September.
Tickets are on
NSS speaks out
Our opposition to council prayers in Flintshire was covered extensively in The
Leader and Deeside.com, with our CEO Stephen Evans quoted.
Our head of education Alastair Lichten discussed public opposition to collective worship on talkRADIO.
Stephen Evans's criticism of the Church of England's defence of collective worship was also mentioned in The
Freethinker on Patheos.
Anti-LGBT protests from Orthodox Jews will only make already hidden LGBT people feel more helpless.
Quote of the week
"A devastating blow for the right to freedom of expression." Lynn Maalouf, of Amnesty International, on the cancellation of a concert in Lebanon after pressure from church
leaders and death threats from Facebook users claiming to be "God's soldiers"
In your own words: end compulsory worship in schools
"Schools should be places of learning, not indoctrination." John, Derbyshire
"Children have a right to attend school and be part of whole school celebrations without being coerced into participating in any form of religious doctrine. A
school should be an inclusive community." Carol, Norfolk
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