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Luke

I feel proud my membership money will go towards future successes in the fight for a fair and secular future for all.

A Parent, whose school is pushing an increasing religious ethos

"Thank you for all of your help. I had never heard of your organisation before, I bet there are many many families feeling like this with no idea how to broach it with the schools or where they stand legally. You do a great job in empowering people to have the confidence and knowledge to stand up for their beliefs."

Richard, Southampton

I joined the NSS because I believe in religious freedom and freedom from religion. I want Britain to be a forward-thinking, fair and rational place to live for everyone and for future generations.

Timothy, London

"I am angry with what I view as the permitted brainwashing of children within our education system. Myself and my wife joined the NSS to help protect children from adults with religious and faith based agendas."

Clive, Bideford

The NSS is Britain's front line defence against the vested interests of organised religion that damage our public institutions, not least in education and local government.

James, Guildford

I joined the NSS because I sense that those who promote religious observance are becoming more strident, and I believe we need a stronger voice in opposition.

Tim, Gloucestershire

The treatment of religious minorities, atheists and apostates in theocratic countries is sickening. Everyone should have the right to their own beliefs and religious choices, provided that they do not impinge on other people's rights.

Fi, Hampshire

'I am a realist rather than an idealist. That in the 21st century supernatural beliefs still have a significant influence in matters of state is 'unreal'. The valuable work of the NSS must be supported.'

Matt, Ipswich

Unacceptable- 26 bishops are able to influence legislation which will directly affect me - for no other reason than they are connected to the established church.

Michael, Scottish Borders

I was spurred on to join the NSS by the torrent of attacks on secularism by Baroness Warsi amongst many others, and by the Pope's poisonous and mendacious claim that Nazi Germany was the result of atheism.

Ray, Tyne & Wear

"As a retired head teacher, I have always been concerned by the requirement of schools to provide a daily act of collective worship. I read about the NSS campaign to abolish this requirement and decided to add my voice."

Andrew, London

As a retired head of a comprehensive school, I am very concerned at the growth of so-called 'faith schools'. I very strongly believe they are dangerous, divisive and a threat to our open society.

Brendan, Lisburn

"As a medical student, what concerns me most is NHS funding for hospital chaplains."

Mike, Petersfield

I am opposed to faith based schools on principle. The government promotes tribalism, the single greatest threat to our future. Many other threats can be solved if we work together and not against each other.

Tim, Gloucestershire

Religious minorities, atheists and apostates are routinely treated appallingly in theocratic countries. Every human should be free to express their own thoughts, beliefs and religious choices, provided they do not impinge on other people's rights.

Alex, Southsea

Religion has had far too much privilege, power and protection for far too long. Humanity needs to evolve and the continued inclusion of superstitious beliefs in the affairs of state is not helping that process.

Stipo, London

"The state should take no role whatsoever in promoting any particular faith in any sphere of public life. The NSS is one of the strongest and most effective groups working to raise public awareness, overcoming peoples' inertia and lack of information."

Tim, Cheltenham

On many secular issues, atheists and many theists have common interests. By working together on these issues, voices will be louder. While I am no longer religious, I absolutely support people's right to religious freedom.

Luke

I was delighted Ofqual had investigated the inexcusable redacting of exam questions, had ruled in favour of children's education, and the key role the NSS played in this outcome.

Niki, London

I am angry about faith schools, free schools, and ridiculous 'faith' based views pervading education, including Sex Education.

Anon

The General Principles of the NSS very accurately represent my outlook. Religious beliefs are valid and appropriate when held and practised privately, but if you use your beliefs to justify your actions, you must be prepared to justify your beliefs.

Paul, Huddersfield

My motivations for joining include faith schools, bishops in the House of Lords, religious intolerance towards women and minorities, any situation where the pious are given more respect or airtime than others, and people holding discriminatory views on religious grounds remaining influential.

John, Tyne & Wear

The highly divisive policy of "faith" schools supported by the majority of politicians from both the coalition and the Labour Party motivated me to join the NSS. We need a secular education system.

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