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Ep 29: Scotland’s new blasphemy law?

Wed, 01 Jul 2020

In this episode, Emma Park is joined by Neil Barber and Stephen Evans to discuss the hate crime bill currently under consideration by the Scottish parliament. They argue that the bill is likely to make it all too easy to shut down valid debate about religion.

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Ep 28: RE in Wales: a chance for fundamental change

Wed, 17 Jun 2020

In this episode, Emma Park speaks to the NSS's Stephen Evans and Alastair Lichten for an update on the Welsh government's proposed reforms to religious education.

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Ep 27: Unregistered (illegal) schools with Eve Sacks

Thu, 04 Jun 2020

In this episode, Emma Park discusses unregistered faith schools, particularly in the Hasidic community with Eve Sacks, a member of the Jewish anti-extremist organisation Nahamu.

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Ep 26: Hindutva with Gita Sahgal

Thu, 21 May 2020

In this episode, Emma Park speaks to Gita Sahgal, a human rights activist and Honorary Associate of the NSS, about secularism in India, and the threats it is facing from the Hindutva (Hindu nationalist) movement endorsed by Modi's government.

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Bonus Ep 2: Leo Igwe #FreeMubarakBala

Sat, 09 May 2020

This podcast gives an emergency update on the plight of Mubarak Bala, President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria (HAN). Bala was arrested in Kaduna, northern Nigeria, by the police on the 28th April, effectively for blasphemy against Islam.

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Ep 25: American religious exceptionalism and Covid-19

Thu, 07 May 2020

This episode is about secularism in the USA, its basis in the American constitution, and its opposition by the religious right. The NSS's Alastair Lichten interviews Andrew Seidel, an attorney at the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

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Ep 24: The history of the NSS - Interview with Bob Forder

Thu, 30 Apr 2020

In this week's episode, Emma Park speaks to Bob Forder, a member of the NSS Council and former history teacher, about the origins of secularism in Britain. Bob explains how the secularist movement was, from its early years, bound up with the story of the National Secular Society. From its origins in local working-class associations, secularism has always been a socially progressive if not radical movement that has challenged the established hierarchy.

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Ep 23: The NSS at the UN - interview with Josephine Macintosh

Thu, 16 Apr 2020

In this week's episode, Emma Park speaks to Josephine Macintosh, a solicitor and vice president of the National Secular Society, about her work representing the NSS at the United Nations.

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Ep 22: Bishops in the Lords - Dick Taverne interview

Mon, 27 Jan 2020

Emma Park travels to Westminster to interview Dick about why it's time to abolish the bishops' bench and reform the House of Lords, why constitutional reforms can take such a long time, and why the UK is still not a secular country.

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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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