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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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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Every child has been withdrawn from sex education classes at an independent faith school.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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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.


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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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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.


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



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


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



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