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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U28virLevfM&feature=youtu.be Transcripts: https://www.secularism.org.uk/transcripts Notes The NSS’s criticism of the APPG’s definition of Islamophobia https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2019/05/islamophobia-definition-unfit-for-purpose-say-campaigners Concerns that the definition of Islamophobia would have a chilling effect on free speech https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2019/08/islamophobia-definition-curtails-free-speech-campaigners-warn The NSS’s position on anti-Muslim bigotry https://www.secularism.org.uk/hate-speech/position-statement-on-anti-musli.html/ Islamophobia Defined – the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims https://static1.squarespace.com/static/599c3d2febbd1a90cffdd8a9/t/5bfd1ea3352f531a6170ceee/1543315109493/Islamophobia+Defined.pdf Islamophobia: An Anthology of Concerns – essays critical of the APPG’s definition collected by Civitas, including one by the NSS https://www.civitas.org.uk/publications/islamophobia/ The NSS’s concerns over the lenient sentencing of Martina Obi-Uzom in the forced circumcision case https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2019/09/a-woman-is-convicted-over-circumcision-what-happens-next The NSS’s response to Chief Rabbi Mirvis’s request that secularists stop campaigning against religious privileges https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2019/09/the-chief-rabbi-has-made-an-anti-democratic-attempt-to-shut-down-criticism The speech by Chief Rabbi Mirvis https://www.facebook.com/ChiefRabbiMirvis/posts/2303906899738431 Forthcoming NSS events https://www.secularism.org.uk/events.html 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 https://www.secularism.org.uk/join Support the podcast, share with a friend and leave a five-star review everywhere you can. ...
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