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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.

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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

Pat, Worcestershire

I have a profound interest in democracy, freedom of expression, inclusivity and equality - all of which are undermined by religious organisations.

Karen, Peterborough

"The general attitude of hostility towards secularism which is widely equated with being a 'militant' finally convinced me that the time had come to be a more active supporter of the cause."

Edward, Wiltshire

I discovered the NSS shortly after I began studying Politics in the Sixth Form, whilst researching pressure groups. I found the concept of secularism particularly interesting as i've always held similar beliefs and so I have decided to join to promote the cause of religious freedom and equality.

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