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Ep 29: Scotland’s new blasphemy law?

Wed, 01 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

Wed, 17 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.

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Ep 27: Unregistered (illegal) schools with Eve Sacks

Thu, 04 Jun 2020

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

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Ep 26: Hindutva with Gita Sahgal

Thu, 21 May 2020

In this episode, Emma Park speaks to Gita Sahgal, a human rights activist and Honorary Associate of the NSS, about secularism in India, and the threats it is facing from the Hindutva (Hindu nationalist) movement endorsed by Modi's government.

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10. Chapman Cohen (The origins of secularism & the National Secular Society)

Fri, 15 May 2020

In this final video, Bob takes a look at the life of Chapman Cohen - successor to G.W. Foote as president of the NSS and editor of The Freethinker.

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9. George William Foote (The origins of secularism & the National Secular Society)

Wed, 13 May 2020

In this video, Bob introduces George William Foote - editor of the satirical atheist magazine The Freethinker, and successor to Charles Bradlaugh as president of the National Secular Society.

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8. Bradlaugh’s parliamentary campaigns & final years (Origins of secularism & the NSS)

Mon, 11 May 2020

In this video, Bob tells the story of Charles Bradlaugh's fight to take his seat in parliament. Despite being elected MP for Northampton multiple times, he was barred from taking his seat in parliament due to being an atheist. His eventual triumph in getting his seat paved the way for greater equality for parliamentarians of all faiths and none.

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Bonus Ep 2: Leo Igwe #FreeMubarakBala

Sat, 09 May 2020

This podcast gives an emergency update on the plight of Mubarak Bala, President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria (HAN). Bala was arrested in Kaduna, northern Nigeria, by the police on the 28th April, effectively for blasphemy against Islam.

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Ep 25: American religious exceptionalism and Covid-19

Thu, 07 May 2020

This episode is about secularism in the USA, its basis in the American constitution, and its opposition by the religious right. The NSS's Alastair Lichten interviews Andrew Seidel, an attorney at the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

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7. Bradlaugh, Besant & “Fruits of Philosophy” (Origins of secularism & the National Secular Society)

Wed, 06 May 2020

In this video, Bob talks about Charles Bradlaugh and Annie Besant's arrest and trial over a pamphlet called "Fruits of Philosophy", which aimed to educate the masses about birth control. Their victory in this case was a key moment in the struggle for a free press.

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