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Ep 18: Remembrance Day | Clerical Abuse

Mon, 11 Nov 2019

In this week's episode, Emma Park is joined by the NSS's Megan Manson and Chris Sloggett to discuss the Church of England's privileged role in Remembrance Sunday. Is it right that the Church should lead the service of remembrance at the Cenotaph? Does the C of E represent modern Britain? How can Remembrance be made relevant to the younger generation?

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Ep 17: Thought for the Day | RE in Wales

Mon, 28 Oct 2019

In this week's episode, Emma Park is joined by Chris Sloggett and Helen Nicholls to discuss whether BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day should still be exclusively for "speakers from the world's major faiths". John Humphrys, former presenter of the Today programme in which Thought for the Day is featured, recently criticised it as 'discriminatory'.

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Ep 16: Operation Christmas Child | Faith schools

Sun, 13 Oct 2019

In this week's episode, Emma Park speaks to Megan Manson about Operation Christmas Child, a programme that encourages schoolchildren and youth groups around the UK to send Christmas shoeboxes to children in developing countries. Those sending the shoeboxes may not be aware that they are being used as part of a conversion drive by an evangelical Christian charity, Samaritan's Purse. The case raises the question of whether 'the advancement of religion' should still be a charitable purpose.

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Ep 15: Islamophobia definition | Criticising infant circumcision

Mon, 30 Sep 2019

Emma Park speaks to Stephen Evans, CEO of the NSS and Chris Sloggett, communications officer, about the NSS's opposition to a definition of 'Islamophobia' which was proposed by a parliamentary group in November 2018.

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Ep 14: End compulsory worship | Education update

Mon, 16 Sep 2019

In this episode, Emma Park speaks to the NSS's Head of Education, Alastair Lichten, about the Society's ongoing campaign against collective worship in schools. This is followed by a brief update on the NSS's other campaigns in education.

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Ep 13: Religious appointees | Campaigning roundup

Mon, 02 Sep 2019

Chris Sloggett spoke to NSS head of education Alastair Lichten about our new report Religious Reps: Unrepresentative, Unnecessary and Unjustified. The report makes the case for ending the requirement on all Scottish local authorities to include religious appointees on their education committees. They discussed the report's findings and recommendations and next steps for the campaign. Campaigns officer Megan Manson also joined to discuss work the NSS has been doing on vaccinations, blasphemy laws and Jewish schools which severely restrict their families' private lives.

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Ep 12: Circumcision | No Outsiders

Mon, 12 Aug 2019

Chris Sloggett spoke to NSS chief executive Stephen Evans and campaigns officer Megan Manson about the recent BBC documentary A Cut Too Far? and the ethics of ritual infant male circumcision. Did the documentary go far enough and is the tide turning against this abusive practice?

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Episode 11: Religious charities | Inclusive relationship and sex education

Thu, 25 Jul 2019

In episode 11, Chris Sloggett spoke to Megan Manson about charities which exist only to promote religion and whether these or religious charities which do harm are in the public benefit. Chris also spoke to and Alastair Lichten about protests by religious reactionaries against LGBT inclusive education and what the NSS is doing.

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Episode 10: Secularism 2019 conference review

Wed, 05 Jun 2019

In episode 10, Helen Nicholls, Megan Manson and Alastair Lichten joined Chris Sloggett for a review of our recent conference (Secularism 2019: Reclaiming Religious Freedom). They discuss some of the speakers, key takeaways and how these will continue to influence our work going forward.

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Secularism 2019: Dr Ahmed Shaheed, Introduction to religious freedom

Thu, 30 May 2019

Dr Ahmed Shaheed, United Nations Commission on Human Rights: "Introduction to Religious Freedom"

Secularism 2019: Reclaim Religious Freedom was held by the National Secular Society on May 18th 2019 at the Tower Hotel in London.

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