National Secular Society

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The National Secular Society (NSS) is a British campaigning organisation that promotes secularism and the separation of church and state.wikipedia
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Charles Bradlaugh

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It was founded by Charles Bradlaugh in 1866 and is now a member organisation of Humanists International (formerly the International Humanist and Ethical Union), endorsing the Amsterdam Declaration 2002.
He founded the National Secular Society in 1866.

Annie Besant

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In 1877 Bradlaugh and Annie Besant were prosecuted for publishing a book containing birth control information, The Fruits of Philosophy by the American doctor Charles Knowlton.
She then became a prominent speaker for the National Secular Society (NSS), as well as a writer, and a close friend of Charles Bradlaugh.

Chapman Cohen

Foote's successor was Chapman Cohen (president from 1915–1949), a prolific pamphleteer and author of books on religion and philosophy for a popular audience.
My introduction to the platform of the National Secular Society was quite accidental.

British Secular Union

The issue of contraception divided secularists and a breakaway group, the British Secular Union, was formed.
The British Secular Union was a secularist organisation, founded in August 1877, primarily as a response to what its founders regarded as the "dictatorial" powers of Charles Bradlaugh as President of the National Secular Society.

Barbara Smoker

Notable presidents in the second half of the twentieth century were David Tribe and Barbara Smoker, who did much to increase the use of the media to put across secularist views.
She is also a former President of the National Secular Society (1972–1996), former Chair of the British Voluntary Euthanasia Society (now known as Dignity in Dying) (1981–1985) and was an Honorary Vice President of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association in the United Kingdom.

The Freethinker (journal)

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Bradlaugh, who died in 1891, was succeeded as President by G. W. Foote, editor of The Freethinker.
Although closely linked with the National Secular Society for most of its history (NSS Presidents and General Secretaries have at various times also served as Freethinker editor), The Freethinker is strictly autonomous and is not, and never has been, published by the NSS.

George Holyoake

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The word secularism was coined by George Holyoake in 1851.
After an 1887 split with Charles Bradlaugh and Annie Besant, leaders of the National Secular Society (NSS), Holyoake, Charles Watts and Harriet Law founded the British Secular Union, which remained active until 1884.

Secularism

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The word secularism was coined by George Holyoake in 1851. The National Secular Society (NSS) is a British campaigning organisation that promotes secularism and the separation of church and state.
An example of that is the National Secular Society in the UK.

Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Act 2015

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To remove any remaining confusion, in March 2015 the Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Act 2015 was granted Royal Assent, explicitly restoring the right of councils to hold prayers as a formal part of meetings should they wish.
A former councillor supported by the National Secular Society challenged the Council in court over the Christian prayers which had been held traditionally since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Denis Cobell

He was President of the National Secular Society from 1997 to 2006.

Keith Porteous Wood

Keith Porteous Wood (born November 1947) is the president of the National Secular Society in the United Kingdom.

David Tribe

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Notable presidents in the second half of the twentieth century were David Tribe and Barbara Smoker, who did much to increase the use of the media to put across secularist views.
In Britain, David Tribe was chair of Humanist Group Action (1961-1964), President of the National Secular Society (1963–1971), editor of The Freethinker (1966).

Terry Sanderson (writer)

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He became president of the National Secular Society in 2006 and is a long-standing columnist for Gay Times.

Ethel Venton

She was the first female president of the National Secular Society, from 1971–1972, having previously served as a vice-president.

Blasphemy law in the United Kingdom

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The NSS has been campaigning on a number of other issues, such as the successful abolition of the blasphemy law in the United Kingdom, the removal of the 26 bishops from the House of Lords, the exemption of religious organisations from discrimination and equality laws, the withdrawal of state funding of chaplains in prisons, hospitals and armed services; the end of tax exemption for churches and of public funding of religious broadcasting (the NSS has long argued, for example, that Thought for the Day is religious propaganda broadcast by the BBC at licence-payers’ expense).
The move followed a letter written to The Daily Telegraph at the instigation of MP Evan Harris and the National Secular Society and was signed by leading figures including Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, who urged that the laws be abandoned.

Evan Harris

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Previous prize winners include former MP Evan Harris, Lord Avebury, Sophie in 't Veld MEP and Peter Tatchell.
In addition, he is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society, and the Patron of the Oxford Secular Society.

William McIlroy (secularist)

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McIlroy was for many years editor of The Freethinker (three stints: 1970-71, 1975–December 1976, September 1981–December 1992) and general secretary of the National Secular Society (two stints: 1963-1970, 1972–1977).

Legal aspects of ritual slaughter

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Further campaigns are concerned with the conscientious objections by doctors and pharmacists to refuse to administer certain procedures or treatments, the religious exemption from laws requiring stunning of animals before slaughter and for the labelling of meat produced without stunning (much of it is currently sold to the general public unlabelled, both in shops and in restaurants); the reform of the Scouts movement to remove references to God from their promise.
National Secular Society campaigner Stephen Evans argued that the scientific consensus was clear that stunning was better for animal welfare, and that it was "therefore both reasonable and appropriate to suggest that, unless religious communities can agree on more humane slaughter methods, their right to religious freedom should, in this instance, be limited in the interests of animal welfare."

George William Foote

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Bradlaugh, who died in 1891, was succeeded as President by G. W. Foote, editor of The Freethinker.
He became involved with the secularism, freethought and republicanism, joining the Young Men's Secular Association, the National Secular Society, and contributing to Bradlaugh's National Reformer.

Jonathan Meades

He has described himself as a "cardinal of atheism" and is both an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and a Patron of Humanists UK.

A. C. Grayling

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He is a vice-president of Humanists UK and honorary associate of the National Secular Society, and Patron of the Defence Humanists.

Charles Watts (secularist)

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He declared himself an atheist and, with Bradlaugh and others, helped found the National Secular Society (NSS) in 1866.

Thought for the Day

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The NSS has been campaigning on a number of other issues, such as the successful abolition of the blasphemy law in the United Kingdom, the removal of the 26 bishops from the House of Lords, the exemption of religious organisations from discrimination and equality laws, the withdrawal of state funding of chaplains in prisons, hospitals and armed services; the end of tax exemption for churches and of public funding of religious broadcasting (the NSS has long argued, for example, that Thought for the Day is religious propaganda broadcast by the BBC at licence-payers’ expense).
The National Secular Society had criticised the BBC for giving the Pope a chance to "whitewash" the Catholic Church's record on Catholic child sexual abuse.

Taslima Nasrin

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She is an honorary associate of the National Secular Society.

Iain Banks

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Banks' political position has been described as "left of centre", and he was an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and a Distinguished Supporter of the Humanist Society Scotland.