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National Secular Society

Challenging Religious Privilege

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Becoming a member of the National Secular Society is a declaration of your support for the separation of the state from religious institutions. Make a stand for freedom, fairness and human rights by adding your voice to the call for a secular society.

We receive no funding from government or outside bodies – our campaigning is wholly supported by our members, people like you who share our belief in the urgent need to separate religion from education, politics and public life in general.

New members must agree to our General Principles. Term and conditions can be read here.

Membership rates

Membership

Annual

Monthly

Student

£9

Concessionary

£23

£2

Individual

£34

£3

Group

£34

£3

Joint

£57

£5

Membership rates may change if approved by an Annual General Meeting of the Society. We will notify you in advance in this event.

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Starting a direct debit is the most effective way to join the NSS or renew – it allows us to predict how much money we will have available, and also cuts down on administration costs. If you'd prefer you can make a one off card payment


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You can join by downloading and printing off the application form below and returning it with your payment.

Group affiliation

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NSS affiliated groups; local, student and organised around specific interests are a great way of raising local awareness of secular issues, running campaigns and socialising with like-minded secularists

Life membership

Life membership is available only to existing members of at least one year's standing. For under 65s it is £700, for over 65s it is £400. Contact us for more details.

What our members say

Tom, Liskeard

"I decided to join the NSS because I am fed up of politicians acting as though a dilemma exists between equality, civil rights, and religious freedom. This is evident in the policies on religious slaughter, equal marriage, and evangelism in schools. No such dilemma exists. Secularism presents the ideal compromise which would lead to a truly equal and multicultural Britain. I live in hope that the political parties will eventually realise this."

Tony, Hampshire

As I see it, the NSS is the only organization fighting religious privilege on a daily, systematic basis. The NSS acts as a vital counterbalance to the minister of "faith", whatever that is, in the government and the alarmingly large number of MPs who campaign on behalf of religious groups, not to mention the 26 bishops in the Lords. The NSS represents the views of the rational majority against the deluded but sinister and powerful minority.

Nicolle, London

I chose a non-denominational school for my son and yet he still has to take part in daily collective worship including singing hymns. A theatre group called "Open the Book" entertain his class once a week with stories from the Bible. This is in addition to an RE class every week. I believe religion should be taken out of schools altogether and the hours currently spent on trying to instil Christian beliefs into our children given over to other aspects of the curriculum which will better ready them for adult life. What can I do to help this happen? I don't want to exclude him from anything his classmates are involved in as I feel this would just make him the odd-one-out.

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