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Schools should be liberated from the compulsion of worship – Opinion Out Loud Ep 013



Opinion Out Loud brings you a selection of the National Secular Society’s opinion pieces in audio format.

As a bill to reform collective worship progresses in parliament, Stephen Evans argues that the time has come for lawmakers to recognise that laws mandating worship have no place in modern Britain.

Read this original opinion piece: https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2021/09/schools-should-be-liberated-from-the-compulsion-of-worship


Derk Venema and Tanya Watkins

Ep 55: Pastafarianism and the meaning of ‘religion’



A spoof religion devised to mock creationism has attracted a global following. But what does ‘religion’ mean anyway?

With Derk Venema (03:20), Tanya Watkins (28:35), and Tony Meacham (43:17).

Full shownotes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/08/ep-55


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Schools aren’t there to save the church – Opinion Out Loud Ep 012



Opinion Out Loud brings you a selection of the National Secular Society’s opinion pieces in audio format.

The Church of England’s new evangelical missional strategy should lead us to question its entitlement to proselytise in schools, argues Stephen Evans.

Read this original opinion piece: https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2021/07/schools-arent-there-to-save-the-church


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Helping the public shouldn’t mean pushing religion on people – Opinion Out Loud Ep 010



Opinion Out Loud brings you a selection of the National Secular Society’s opinion pieces in audio format.

A parliamentary group has removed provisions in its ‘faith covenant’ that prevent faith groups from proselytising when delivering public services. This leaves vulnerable people open to exploitation, says Megan Manson.

Read this original opinion piece: https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2021/07/helping-the-public-shouldnt-mean-pushing-religion-on-people


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The religious threat to global human rights must be taken seriously – Opinion Out Loud Ep 010



Opinion Out Loud brings you a selection of the National Secular Society’s opinion pieces in audio format.

UN efforts to challenge violations of human rights should consider both oppressive laws which theocrats uphold in former colonies and efforts to impose similar agendas further afield, says Keith Porteous Wood.

Read this original opinion piece: https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2021/05/the-religious-threat-to-global-human-rights-must-be-taken-seriously