Challenging Religious Privilege


This year’s secular conference will take place from on Saturday 22 September 2012 in central London. Registration opens at 9.00am for 10.00am start. The conference will end at 5.00pm

Following last year’s successful event, this year’s one-day conference promises to be even bigger and even better with a great line-up of speakers – including keynote speaker Richard Dawkins.

Tickets are priced at £35, or £10 for students with valid photo student ID. The price includes lunch & refreshments.




     Professor Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins is a world famous Atheist, having authored several books and popularising Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. He studies ethology which is the study of animal behaviour and evolutionary biology. Dawkins was the Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 till 2008 at Oxford University. After retiring from this position, he now travels internationally giving lectures and making documentaries to increase Atheism awareness.


       Nia Griffith MP
Nia Griffith is Member of Parliament for Llanelli, Shadow Minister for Wales and a campaigner for Lords reform. She is a firm believer in the need for the separation of church and state.

      Nick Cohen
Nick Cohen is a journalist, author, political commentator and eloquent supporter of secularism. He is a critic of the increasing role of religion in state education and of the Left’s tendency to pander to religious fundamentalists. His latest work, You Can’t Read This Book, is on freedom of expression.

      Peter Tatchell
Peter Tatchell has been campaigning for human rights, democracy, LGBT freedom and global justice since 1967. Through the Peter Tatchell Foundation, he campaigns for human rights in Britain and internationally. In 2012 Peter was awarded the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year.

      Maryam Namazie
Maryam Namazie is a secular campaigner and commentator, spokesperson for the One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. In 2005 she was awarded the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year.

      Professor Ted Cantle CBE
Ted Cantle is Professor at the Institute of Community Cohesion. His report into the northern riots of 2001 drew attention to the “segregated” ethnic and religious communities living ‘parallel’ lives. His new book confronts the failures of multiculturalism head on and establishes a new concept — interculturalism — for managing community relations in a world defined by globalization and super-diversity.

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  1. I would love to attend this function, but alas I’ll either be a continent to the east or to the west at that time.
    What seriously annoys me about religious privilege and given very little publicity are the tax breaks and huge wealth acquired by the various churches over the millennia on , once again no taxes were paid. I’m sure the European financial crisis in the “pigs” countries could be solved if the capital gains made were taxed, or some of the wealth transferred back to the community. Just like any other business, why don’t these institution pay taxes???  
    Simple answer- Privilege!! jcw 

  2. Having now explored the NSS website and become an avid supporter of this excellent organization, I would like to encourage as many people as possible to do the same. 

    In particular, I like the work done on ritual slaughter and the creeping covert spread of halal/kosher meat, with concern for the unnecessary animal suffering. Note the chance for another campaign on correct labelling of this meat in 2012. Let’s push this issue; we could still win. There is no excuse for deliberate deception of consumers on top of cruelty to animals. Why is this not a huge scandal?

    Also there are many religious exemptions and privileges in all their many forms to fight against. 

    Let’s get more active!

  3. Looks like a great day.

    I like the NSS handle of ‘challenging religious privilege’.  Nice to see such terms correctly and non-emotively utilised.

  4. Throw in political privilege, royal privilege, law enforcement privilege, wealth privilege and all other unequal people and you have something.

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