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Ep 21: Integrated Education Fund

Sun, 12 Jan 2020

In this episode, Emma Park speaks with Maddy Bridgman and Sam Fitzsimmons, two representatives of the Integrated Education Fund. This is a charity that supports inclusive, integrated education (not segregated into de facto Protestant and Catholic schools) in Northern Ireland.

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Ep 20: Lee and Lizanne Harris – compulsory worship

Mon, 16 Dec 2019

In this episode, Emma Park speaks with Lee and Lizanne Harris about their experience of the collective worship requirement in schools.

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Ep 19: General election special

Mon, 25 Nov 2019

This week, Emma Park is joined by Stephen Evans and Chris Sloggett for a general election special. During the campaign the NSS is calling on parties to adopt 11 secularist pledges on subjects such as education and free speech. But which of these are on the parties' agendas? Will any of them make it onto the statute book any time soon? And is religion stifling political debate? Join Stephen, Chris and Emma for comment and analysis.

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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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