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Challenging religious privilege, for freedom, fairness and secularism

Challenging religious privilege, for freedom, fairness and secularism

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Challenging religious privilege, for freedom, fairness and secularism

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Episodes

Ep 49: The early history of secularism

5/11/2021
The term ‘secularism’ was coined in 1851. But Britain’s tradition of freethinkers, atheists and radicals goes back much further than that. Full shownotes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/05/ep-49

Duration:00:37:22

Ep 48: Challenging the Jehovah’s Witnesses

4/29/2021
Lloyd Evans was an elder in the Jehovah’s Witnesses, before he left the organisation in 2013. He has since been campaigning to expose its workings to the public. Full shownotes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/04/ep-48

Duration:00:42:40

It’s not too late to fulfil George Holyoake’s secularist vision – Opinion Out Loud Ep 006

4/20/2021
Opinion Out Loud brings you a selection of the National Secular Society's opinion pieces in audio format. Read this original opinion piece: https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2020/07/its-not-too-late-to-fulfil-george-holyoakes-secularist-vision With secularist principles under siege across much of the world, it's worth reconsidering the vision of the man who coined the term 'secularism' in the 19th century, says his biographer Ray Argyle.

Duration:00:14:49

Ep 47: Blasphemy in the classroom: The Batley Grammar case

4/13/2021
This episode is about Batley Grammar School’s decision to suspend and investigate a teacher for using a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad in an RE lesson on blasphemy. Full shownotes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/04/ep47

Duration:01:03:30

Any serious counter-extremism strategy should consider religious charities – Opinion Out Loud Ep 05

4/6/2021
Opinion Out Loud brings you a selection of the National Secular Society's opinion pieces in audio format. Read this original opinion piece: https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2021/03/any-serious-counter-extremism-strategy-should-consider-religious-charities As a commission calls for action to tackle hateful extremism, Megan Manson says changes in the charity sector – including legal reform – would be both helpful and compatible with fundamental liberal principles.

Duration:00:08:44

Ep 46: Forced marriage and the importance of RSE

3/30/2021
A marriage can be forced even if it doesn’t involve the threat of physical violence. In certain faith communities in Britain, young people’s freedom to choose their future spouse can be denied in subtler ways. NSS podcast with Eve Sacks of Nahamu. Full shownotes and subscriber information: www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/03/ep46/

Duration:00:42:40

Rerelease: Dr Antony Lempert | Exploring religious freedom (Ep 5)

3/23/2021
Rerelease of our 2019 episode on the Intersection between secularism and healthcare. Next new episode (Ep 46) planed for next Tuesday, 30 March. Check out the full shownotes, video and transcript for this episode: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2019/03/dr-antony-lempert-exploring-religious-freedom-episode-05

Duration:00:32:12

Ep 45: The Scottish Hate Crime Bill

3/16/2021
This episode is about the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, which was finally passed by the Scottish Parliament on 11th March, after much controversy. With Liam Kerr MSP and Jamie Gillies of Free to Disagree. Full shownotes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/03/ep-45

Duration:00:37:50

Ep 44: Post-Christian Britain and religion in schools

3/2/2021
This episode is about the place of religion in Britain today, both in society in general and in schools in particular. Emma Park interviews Linda Woodhead MBE, professor of religion at Lancaster University. Full shownotes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/03/ep-44-post-christian-britain-and-religion-in-schools

Duration:00:43:19

Christian nationalism is a key part of Trump’s legacy – Opinion Out Loud Ep 04

2/23/2021
Opinion Out Loud brings you a selection of the National Secular Society's opinion pieces in audio format. Read this original opinion piece: https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2021/01/christian-nationalism-is-a-key-part-of-trumps-legacy Alastair Lichten argues that understanding Christian nationalism is essential to understanding the presidency of Donald Trump and its consequences for the world.

Duration:00:06:10

Rerelease: Thought for the Day | RE in Wales (Ep 17)

2/16/2021
Rerelease of our 2019 episode on the BBC's 'Thought for the Day' and religious education reform. Next new episode (Ep 44) planed for next Tuesday, 23 February. Check out the full shownotes, video and transcript for this episode: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2019/10/ep-17-thought-for-the-day-re-in-wales

Duration:00:32:08

Ep 43: Charles Bradlaugh – Atheist and Republican

2/9/2021
One hundred and thirty years after he died, Professor David Nash and Bob Forder speak to Emma Park about the life and significance of Charles Bradlaugh – the first openly atheist MP, and the founder of the NSS. Full shownotes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/02/ep-43/

Duration:00:44:13

Religious conversion isn’t a charitable endeavour – Opinion Out Loud Ep 03

2/2/2021
Opinion Out Loud is a new series from the National Secular Society podcast. Each episode will bring you a member of the team reading one of our best recent opinion pieces. We’d love to hear your feedback. Details at the end. Read this original opinion piece: https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2021/01/religious-conversion-isnt-a-charitable-endeavour

Duration:00:08:45

Ep 42: Transforming education in Northern Ireland

1/26/2021
Alastair Lichten is joined by Sam Fitzsimmons and Matthew Milliken discuss the range of challenges facing Northern Ireland’s divided education system and hopes for the future. Full shownotes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/01/ep-42

Duration:00:42:01

The Catholic Church’s control over abortion policy has sparked a furious backlash in Poland – Opinion Out Loud Ep 02

1/19/2021
Opinion Out Loud is a new series from the National Secular Society podcast. Each episode will bring you a member of the team reading one of our best recent opinion pieces. We’d love to hear your feedback. Details at the end. Read this original opinion piece: https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2020/11/the-catholic-churchs-control-over-abortion-policy-has-sparked-a-furious-backlash-in-poland

Duration:00:08:50

Church and state should be separate – Opinion Out Loud Ep 01

1/12/2021
Opinion Out Loud is a new series from the National Secular Society podcast. Each episode will bring you a member of the team reading one of our best recent opinion pieces. We’d love to hear your feedback. Details at the end. Read this original opinion piece: https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2020/11/church-and-state-should-be-separate

Duration:00:08:32

Rerelease: Geoffrey Robertson QC (Ep 07: Exploring religious freedom)

1/5/2021
Rerelease of Ep 07. Check out the full shownotes, video and transcript for this episode: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2019/04/geoffrey-robertson-qc-exploring-religious-freedom-episode-07

Duration:00:34:11

Ep 41: Year in review

12/22/2020
In the final episode of 2020, Emma Park is joined by members of the NSS team to look back at an unusual year of campaigning and activities. Full shownotes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2020/12/ep-41

Duration:00:38:11

Ep 40: Rachel Laser, the Americanisation of the religious right

12/8/2020
Emma Park speaks to Rachel Laser, to discuss the state of US secularism in the aftermath of their 2020 election, and the American Christian rights' support for similar movements around the world. Full shownotes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2020/12/ep-40

Duration:00:36:52

Rerelease: Lee and Lizanne Harris (Ep 20: Compulsory worship)

12/1/2020
Rerelease of Ep 20. Next new episode (Ep 40) scheduled next Tuesday, 8 December Check out the full shownotes, video and transcript for this episode: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2019/12/ep-20-lee-and-lizanne-harris-compulsory-worship

Duration:00:43:54