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



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.


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



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


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



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.


Ep 46: Forced marriage and the importance of RSE



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/


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



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


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Ep 45: The Scottish Hate Crime Bill



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


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Ep 44: Post-Christian Britain and religion in schools



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


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



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.


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



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


Ep 43: Charles Bradlaugh – Atheist and Republican



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/