Category Archives: Interviews

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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


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/


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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


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/


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Ep 42: Transforming education in Northern Ireland



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


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



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


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Ep 38: Disestablishing the Church of England



In this episode, Emma Park was joined by the National Secular Society’s Stephen Evans, to discuss the 2020 Bradlaugh Lecture and the case for disestablishing the Church of England.

Full show notes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2020/11/ep38


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Bonus Ep 5: Academies report



In this episode, Emma Park speaks with the National Secular Society’s head of education, Alastair Lichten, about their new report, which reveals how academisation has enabled faith groups to increase their influence over all schools, including those with no religious character.

Full show notes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2020/10/36a/