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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


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Ep 52: A new Catholic school for Peterborough



A new Catholic primary school is about to be constructed in Hampton Water, Peterborough, despite local opposition. It will be the first state-funded Catholic school in England for a decade.

Full shownotes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/06/ep-52/


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Parents’ religious wishes must not trump children’s safety and education – Opinion Out Loud Ep 009



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

Every child has been withdrawn from sex education classes at an independent faith school. Megan Manson says the parental right of withdrawal is incompatible with children’s right to an education that keeps them safe.

Read this original opinion piece: https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2021/05/parents-religious-wishes-must-not-trump-childrens-safety-and-education


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Ep 51: Laïcité and free speech in France



Satire is “the oxygen of a democracy,” according to Caroline Fourest, writer, filmmaker, anti-extremist and former Charlie Hebdo journalist. She speaks to Emma Park in the latest episode of the NSS podcast.

Full shownotes and subscriber information: www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/06/ep-51


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Women Leaving Islam: the rights of those who leave religion must be protected – Opinion Out Loud Ep 008



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/2021/04/women-leaving-islam-the-rights-of-those-who-leave-religion-must-be-protected

The film Women Leaving Islam shows the risks facing those who stand up for the fundamental right to leave religion and the ongoing neglect of minorities within minorities in public life, says Helen Nicholls.


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The DfE must show leadership when religious hardliners turn on schools – Opinion Out Loud Ep 007



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/2021/05/the-dfe-must-show-leadership-when-religious-hardliners-turn-on-schools

The start of an investigation into the Batley Grammar affair raises questions over the government’s willingness to ensure assertive religious voices don’t dictate what happens in classrooms, says Stephen Evans.