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Join us for news, opinion and interviews with leaders in the secularist movement. The NSS works for the separation of religion and state and equal respect for everyone's rights so that no one is either advantaged or disadvantaged on account of their beliefs.

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Join us for news, opinion and interviews with leaders in the secularist movement. The NSS works for the separation of religion and state and equal respect for everyone's rights so that no one is either advantaged or disadvantaged on account of their beliefs.

    Ep 21: Integrated education in Northern Ireland – interview with the Integrated Education Fund

    Ep 21: Integrated education in Northern Ireland – interview with the Integrated Education Fund

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



    Maddy and Sam discuss the IEF’s campaign to support an integrated school system, and outline some of the difficulties the IEF has faced, both political, administrative and structural.



    They also discuss positive signs that school students who attend integrated schools are benefiting from the tolerant and inclusive ethos that these schools promote.



    Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/edrVKRsXwWo



    Transcripts: https://www.secularism.org.uk/transcripts



    Notes



    Education in NI shouldn’t be a tug of war between religious interests



    https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2019/10/education-in-ni-shouldnt-be-a-tug-of-war-between-religious-interests



    Research reveals impact of religious discrimination on NI teachers



    https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2019/05/research-reveals-impact-of-religious-discrimination-on-ni-teachers



    NSS calls for school integration in NI amid religious polarisation



    https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2018/04/nss-calls-for-school-integration-in-ni-amid-religious-polarisation



    Integrated Education Fund



    https://www.ief.org.uk



    Integrate My School campaign



    https://www.integratemyschool.com



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    Ep 20: Lee and Lizanne Harris – compulsory worship

    Ep 20: Lee and Lizanne Harris – compulsory worship

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



    The Harrises recently initiated judicial review proceedings against the primary school attended by their children. They challenged its decision to provide no alternative to a proselytising Christian assembly once a week conducted by representatives of the local C of E church.



    Lee and Lizanne discuss their children’s experiences of these assemblies, what happened when they withdrew them, and the school’s failure to provide a secular alternative until they were forced to by the threat of legal proceedings.



    The Harrises’ case may encourage other parents to speak up about concerns that their children will be indoctrinated if they participate in religious assemblies, and excluded from school life if they do not.



    Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Oh0Sv2Je824



    Transcripts: https://www.secularism.org.uk/transcripts



    Notes



    Lee Harris’s 2018 blog for the NSS



    https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2018/12/my-childrens-school-has-become-christian-by-default



    C of E trust to introduce alternative to worship after legal challenge



    https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2019/11/coe-trust-to-introduce-alternative-to-worship-after-legal-challenge



    More information and guidance from the NSS on collective worship: https://www.secularism.org.uk/end-compulsory-worship/



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    Ep 19: General election special

    Ep 19: General election special

    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.



    Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/7mwTBwyy6Xo



    Transcripts: https://www.secularism.org.uk/transcripts



    Notes



    Election 2019: a secularist manifesto



    https://www.secularism.org.uk/election-2019.html



    Don’t let religious sectarianism tear our democracy apart



    https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2019/11/dont-let-religious-sectarianism-tear-our-democracy-apart



    The definition of ‘Islamophobia’ and its criticisms



    https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2019/05/islamophobia-definition-unfit-for-purpose-say-campaigners/



    Angela Rayner on Twitter: “I’ve never put our faith schools at risk and never will.”



    https://twitter.com/AngelaRayner/status/1196856260186066944



    Labour’s ‘race and faith manifesto’



    https://action.labour.org.uk/page/-/party-documents/Race%20&%20Faith%20Manifesto%202017.pdf



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    Ep 18: Remembrance Day | Clerical Abuse

    Ep 18: Remembrance Day | Clerical Abuse

    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? Will Britain continue to remember if the ritual of remembrance is tied up with religion?



    Emma then speaks to Keith Porteous Wood, president of the NSS, about the society’s campaign to expose institutional abuse in the Catholic Church. Is the Vatican making a genuine effort to tackle clerical abuse? If not, why not? And how far is similar abuse a problem in the Church of England and other religious organisations?



    Follow Emma on Twitter: @DrEmmaPark



    Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG8uFzesJOQ&feature=youtu.be



    Transcripts: https://www.secularism.org.uk/transcripts



    Notes



    The Church of England’s privileged role in Remembrance Sunday and other ceremonies – NSS view



    https://www.secularism.org.uk/ceremonies/



    ‘Remembrance Sunday should not be dominated by religion’ – Dan Snow



    https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2014/11/remembrance-sunday-should-not-be-dominated-by-religion



    The Cenotaph



    https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/104



    'By the Grace of God' shows the need to hold the Catholic Church accountable on child abuse



    https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2019/10/by-the-grace-of-god-shows-the-need-to-hold-the-catholic-church-accountable-on-child-abuse



    The NSS’s submission to the UN Human Rights Council, 18th September 2019



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5ysn0r7PA0&feature=youtu.be



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    Ep 17: Thought for the Day | RE in Wales

    Ep 17: Thought for the Day | RE in Wales

    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’.



    Emma also speaks to Stephen Evans and Alastair Lichten about a consultation on the reform of sex and religious education launched by the Welsh government this month. Proposals include making both subjects compulsory for all children regardless of their parents’ beliefs; and changing their names, with sex education being replaced by ‘Relationships and Sexuality Education’, and RE by ‘Religions and Worldviews’.



    Follow Emma on Twitter: @DrEmmaPark



    Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6Z_Gey3ht8&feature=youtu.be



    Transcripts: https://www.secularism.org.uk/transcripts



    Notes



    Reform Thought for the Day: the NSS’s position



    https://www.secularism.org.uk/thought-for-the-day/



    Thought for the Day – BBC Radio 4



    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00szxv6



    John Humphrys criticises Thought for the Day



    https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2019/10/scrap-discriminatory-thought-for-the-day-says-former-presenter/



    Welsh government considers ending the right to withdraw from RE and RSE: the NSS’s position



    https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2019/10/welsh-government-considers-ending-right-to-withdraw-from-re-and-rse



    ‘Ensuring access to the full curriculum’: the Welsh government’s consultation



    https://gov.wales/ensuring-access-full-curriculum



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    Ep 16: Operation Christmas Child | Faith schools

    Ep 16: Operation Christmas Child | Faith schools

    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.



    Emma then speaks to Alastair Lichten about the NSS’s revelation that 20,000 children have been assigned to faith schools in the state sector this year despite their parents opting for a non-faith school as their first choice.



    The episode also features highlights from our 2019 Bradlaugh Lecture. Assistant head Andrew Moffat defended inclusive education in his talk ‘No Outsiders: Reclaiming Radical Ideas in Schools’.



    Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIQHMg3_wsY&feature=youtu.be



    Transcripts: https://www.secularism.org.uk/transcripts



    Notes



    Does Operation Christmas Child benefit the public?



    https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2019/09/operation-christmas-child-does-its-charity-benefit-the-public



    Samaritan’s Purse Mission Statement



    https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/who-we-are/



    Charities Act 2011, section 3: List of charitable purposes



    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2011/25/section/3



    Complete videos of the NSS’s Bradlaugh Lectures



    https://www.secularism.org.uk/bradlaugh-lecture.html/



    20,000 children sent to faith schools against parental preferences in 2019



    https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2019/09/20000-children-sent-to-faith-schools-against-parental-preferences



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