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National Secular Society

Challenging Religious Privilege

General Principles

Our campaigning and policy objectives are guided by our Secular Charter. New members must agree to our General Principles.

The National Secular Society's General Principles are as follows:

The National Secular Society asserts that people of different religions and beliefs and none should be equal before the law, and that a secular state is the best guarantor of this equality.

The National Secular Society demands the complete separation of Church and State and the abolition of all privileges granted to religious organisations.

The National Secular Society affirms that freedom of expression and the free criticism of institutions and ideas are fundamental human rights essential to a civilised State.

Affirming that morality is social in origin and application, the National Secular Society aims to promote the happiness and well-being of humanity.