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Episode Info: Emma Park speaks to Stephen Evans, CEO of the NSS and Chris Sloggett, communications officer, about the NSS’s opposition to a definition of ‘Islamophobia’ which was proposed by a parliamentary group in November 2018. Chris and NSS campaigns officer Megan Manson also join Emma to discuss two recent rows relating to infant circumcision. Megan highlights a court case in which a Nigerian Christian woman, Martina Obi-Uzom, was given a suspended sentence for having an infant boy circumcised without his mother’s consent. And Chris discusses a speech by the chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, in which he asked secularists and Humanists to stop campaigning against faith schools and infant circumcision. Watch this episode on YouTube: Transcripts: Notes The NSS’s criticism of the APPG’s definition of Islamophobia Concerns that the definition of Islamophobia would have a chilling effect on free speech The NSS’s position on anti-Muslim bigotry Islamophobia Defined – the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims Islamophobia: An Anthology of Concerns – essays critical of the APPG’s definition collected by Civitas, including one by the NSS The NSS’s concerns over the lenient sentencing of Martina Obi-Uzom in the forced circumcision case The NSS’s response to Chief Rabbi Mirvis’s request that secularists stop campaigning against religious privileges The speech by Chief Rabbi Mirvis Forthcoming NSS events Make a stand for freedom, fairness and human rights by adding your voice to the call for a secular democracy. Join the National Secular Society today Support the podcast, share with a friend and leave a five-star review everywhere you can. ...
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