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Ep 31: Graham Smith (not that type of republican)

Posted: Thu, 30 Jul 2020

If you're a secularist, should you also be a republican? How have the two movements been historically intertwined – and how close are the ties between the monarchy and the Church of England today?

Graham Smith, CEO of Republic, a membership-based pressure group that campaigns to abolish the monarchy, joins the podcast to discuss these issues and more.

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Ep 30: Religious freedom in China

Ep 30: Religious freedom in China

Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2020

On paper, the Chinese constitution permits 'normal religious activities'. In reality, if you try to practise your religion in China independently of the state, you risk prison and worse.

In this episode, Dr Sophie Richardson, China director of Human Rights Watch, speaks to Emma Park about freedom of religion and belief in China – or the lack of it.

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Ep 29: Scotland’s new blasphemy law?

Posted: Thu, 02 Jul 2020

In this episode, Emma Park is joined by Neil Barber and Stephen Evans to discuss the hate crime bill currently under consideration by the Scottish parliament. They argue that the bill is likely to make it all too easy to shut down valid debate about religion.

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Ep 28: RE in Wales: a chance for fundamental change

Ep 28: RE in Wales: a chance for fundamental change

Posted: Thu, 18 Jun 2020

In this episode, Emma Park speaks to the NSS's Stephen Evans and Alastair Lichten for an update on the Welsh government's proposed reforms to religious education.

Do the plans go far enough? And should religious education continue to be a separate subject that is compulsory for all students up until 16? Join Emma and her guests for comment and analysis.

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Ep 27: Unregistered (illegal) schools with Eve Sacks

Ep 27: Unregistered (illegal) schools with Eve Sacks

Posted: Thu, 04 Jun 2020

In this episode, Emma Park discusses unregistered faith schools, particularly in the Hasidic community, with Eve Sacks of the Jewish anti-extremist organisation Nahamu.

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