150 Years of Challenging Religious Privilege
Join our campaign for an inclusive and secular education system.
We campaign for the law and the administration of justice to be based on equality, respect for human rights, and on objective evidence.
Blasphemy to intimidation, we've always robustly challenged religious threats to free expression.
Public services that are intended for the whole community, especially those funded by public money, should be provided in a secular context.
We campaign on a wide range of topics where religious privilege impacts public life. Including:
For over 150 years we have campaigned for disestablishment, the separation of the C of E and state.
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
The NSS has said the UK should "follow the lead" of Iceland, which is expected to ban cutting boys' genitals for non-medical reasons.
Fri, 26 Jan 2018
An NSS honorary associate has criticised a proposal to extend medical practitioners' rights not to do their duties on religious grounds.
Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Amazon UK has withdrawn infant circumcision training kits from sale over child safety concerns after an NSS request to do so.
Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The Royal Society for Public Health is undertaking research to better understand the role of faith and religion in health and wellbeing –...
Wed, 27 Sep 2017
A Belgian federal government committee has ruled against the circumcision of infant boys for reasons other than medical necessity.
NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood detects a long-overdue and decisive turn towards secularism in publicly funded healthcare in Ireland, an area in which the Catholic Church has until now been...
Fri, 01 Sep 2017
Ensuring that NHS abortion services are made available, free of charge, to UK citizens travelling from Northern Ireland would be a way of mitigating the harm caused by a disparity in women's reproductive...
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
The determination to give a hospital to a disgraced religious order, in spite of public outrage, is the very antithesis of secularism. But the episode has prompted calls for fundamental changes in the...
Mon, 05 Jun 2017
With the regulator considering curtailing 'conscience' objections to contraception prescriptions, Keith Porteous Wood urges supporters to respond to the consultation in the interests of vulnerable patients....
Fri, 17 Feb 2017
It has been another week in which we've seen Christians in the Middle East losing their lives to violence and persecution, but much media attention in the UK has instead focussed around the plight of a...
Wed, 14 Dec 2016