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Ep 41: Year in review

Tue, 22 Dec 2020

In the final episode of 2020, Emma Park is joined by members of the NSS team to look back at an unusual year of campaigning and activities.

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Ep 40: Rachel Laser, the Americanisation of the religious right

Tue, 08 Dec 2020

Emma Park speaks to Rachel Laser, to discuss the state of US secularism in the aftermath of the 2020 election, and the American Christian right's support for similar movements around the world.

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Ep 39: The war on Christmas

Tue, 24 Nov 2020

What is the real meaning of Christmas in modern Britain, secular and multicultural as it is? Does the Christian tradition have a prerogative on its meaning, and if not, why not? And does anyone really get offended at the phrase 'Merry Christmas'?

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Ep 38: Disestablishing the Church of England

Thu, 12 Nov 2020

In this episode, Emma Park is joined by the NSS's Stephen Evans to discuss the 2020 Bradlaugh Lecture and the case for disestablishing the Church of England.

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Bradlaugh Lecture 2020: Disestablishing the Church of England

Tue, 03 Nov 2020

The National Secular Society's annual Bradlaugh Lecture provides a space for a distinguished speaker to explore a secularist topic in depth. In 2020 we were delighted to hold our first ever online lecture with our distinguished guest speaker, Geoffrey Robertson QC

Ep 37: Christian nationalism and the US election

Thu, 29 Oct 2020

Andrew Seidel returns to the NSS podcast to discuss the role secularist issues and Christian nationalism are playing in the ongoing US presidential election.

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Bonus Ep 5: Academies report

Tue, 20 Oct 2020

In this episode, Emma Park speaks with the NSS's head of education, Alastair Lichten, about its new report, which reveals how academisation has enabled faith groups to increase their influence over thousands of schools, including those with no religious character.

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Ep 36: Faith-shaped holes in the Equality Act

Thu, 15 Oct 2020

This month marks the tenth anniversary of the Equality Act 2010 coming into effect. Former equalities minister Lynne Featherstone joins the podcast to discuss the act's significance and the problems caused by continuing religious privilege, as covered in a recent NSS report.

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Bonus Ep 4: Stephen Evans – religious oaths

Thu, 24 Sep 2020

Why make a spectacle out of religion in the courtroom? In this bonus episode Stephen Evans, CEO of the NSS, makes the case for replacing religious oaths and affirmations should be replaced by a universal secular declaration of the solemn duty to tell the truth.

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Ep 34: Freedom and fairness in marriage law

Thu, 17 Sep 2020

In this episode, Emma Park speaks to Stephen Evans and Megan Manson from the NSS team about marriage law reform in England and Wales.

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