Sean Oakley

Pre-school teacher and PSC Press Officer in Langley, United Kingdom

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Early years practitioner (level 3), currently working in a Childbase pre-school.

After journalism training with the Press Association I took up a position as a news & politics contributor at the Daily Confidential (TDC) magazine, a lifestyle and current affairs website based in California but with a global purview.

Now I try to bring a rare perspective, as one of the few post-Zionist writers around, to the Times of Israel via my small blog there. Simultaneously, I sit on the Palestine Solidarity Campaign's (PSC) Slough committee as its press officer. Attracted the attention of RCIR in my PSC role and wrote a piece for them in Mondoweiss about the football club Beitar Jerusalem's problems with far-right fans.

My dedication to non-profitable causes and social issues is a reflection of my passion for education, teaching children is one of the noblest causes there are and - when done properly - is one of the most enriching things you can do for society. And my commitment to progressive causes should also show my belief in anti-discrimination and an education that (as cliched as it is) leaves no child behind.

Today, not unlike during my time studying undergrad philosophy, my primary interest is in political philosophy and ethics/religious philosophy. Since leaving the AHS (more about that later), my intellectual focus on Buddhism shifted a great deal to other mystic traditions, but especially Sufi turuq that emphasise an inner relationship with the Highest Being and Infinite; good thing too, as while my focus was always on humanism and secularism, an explicit avowal of neo-deism (still non-theistic, but certainly not atheistic) and my unique theology may have been seen by some colleagues at the AHS as counter-productive.

Being passionate about the separation of church and state, religious equality and freedom, religious progressivism, and neohumanist ethics, I started my politically engaged life as an volunteer with the National Federation of Atheist, Humanist, and Secular Student Societies (AHS).

Other actions included lending a hand to groups such as the People's Assembly Against Austerity (PAAA) and the Stop the War Coalition (StW), and working with particularly the Labour Party or its affiliates like Momentum when they're allied to compassionate agendas.

Enjoyed three years as president of the AHS society at Reading University (one of those involved with the 'blasphemous pineapple' affair... long story), and

  • Education
    • Hampshire Collegiate School
    • Peter Symonds College
    • University of Reading
    • Press Association