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Ep 47: Blasphemy in the classroom – The Batley Grammar case

Tue, 13 Apr 2021

A Yorkshire secondary school recently decided to suspend and investigate a teacher for using a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad in an RE lesson on blasphemy, amid protests outside the school gates.

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Ep 46: Forced marriage and the importance of RSE

Tue, 30 Mar 2021

A marriage can be forced even if it doesn't involve the threat of physical violence. In some faith communities in Britain, young people's freedom to choose their future spouse can be denied in subtler ways.

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Ep 45: The Scottish Hate Crime Bill

Tue, 16 Mar 2021

This episode is about the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, which was finally passed by the Scottish Parliament on 11th March, after much controversy. With Liam Kerr MSP and Jamie Gillies of Free to Disagree.

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Ep 44: Post-Christian Britain and religion in schools

Tue, 02 Mar 2021

This episode is about the place of religion in Britain today, both in society in general and in schools in particular. Emma Park interviews Linda Woodhead, professor of religion at Lancaster University.

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Ep 43: Charles Bradlaugh – Atheist and Republican

Tue, 09 Feb 2021

One hundred and thirty years after he died, Professor David Nash and Bob Forder speak to Emma Park about the life and significance of Charles Bradlaugh – the first openly atheist MP, and the founder of the NSS.

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Ep 42: Transforming education in Northern Ireland

Tue, 26 Jan 2021

NSS head of education Alastair Lichten is joined by Sam Fitzsimmons and Matthew Milliken to discuss the range of challenges facing Northern Ireland's divided education system, and their hopes for the future.

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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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