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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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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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Ep 33: Kaja Bryx, Catholic nationalism in Poland

Thu, 03 Sep 2020

In this episode Emma Park speaks to Kaja Bryx, president of the Polish Rationalist Association, about the influence of the Catholic Church and the religious right in Poland.

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Ep 32: Nick Duffy on 'conversion therapy'

Thu, 20 Aug 2020

In this episode, Emma Park speaks to Nick Duffy, current affairs editor at Pink News, about so-called 'conversion therapy', the type of psychological practices that it can involve, and the harm it can cause to those who undergo it.

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

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?

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