1. Skip to content

National Secular Society

Challenging Religious Privilege

Press Releases

Peter Tatchell to receive £5,000 award and Bideford Councillor in High Court prayers battle also honoured

Posted: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 14:53

Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has won this year's Secularist of the Year award, presented by the National Secular Society at a formal luncheon on Saturday in central London. He will be presented with the £5,000 Irwin Prize by the author and freedom of expression campaigner Nick Cohen. The audience will include prominent scientists, journalists and writers.

Mr Pickles’ favouring of Christianity risks causing rifts in society

Posted: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:03

The Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles – and the Coalition Government as a whole – risks alienating huge swathes of the population of this country with calls to return Christianity to the centre of public life, says the National Secular Society.

Bideford Council will appeal council prayers decision

Posted: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 10:56

Bideford Town Council decided last night by 10 votes to 3 to appeal against the High Court's decision that prayers during Council meetings were unlawful. This follows a ruling in the High Court on 10 February 2012 in a judicial review brought by the National Secular Society to test the law.

Council Prayers unlawful rules High Court

Posted: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 10:18

The High Court today ruled that "The saying of prayers as part of the formal meeting of a Council is not lawful under s111 of the Local Government Act 1972, and there is no statutory power permitting the practice to continue".

Judgement on council prayers due Friday 10 February

Posted: Wed, 08 Feb 2012 15:30

A judgement on the Judicial Review into prayers during local council meetings is to be handed down at the Royal Courts of Justice on Friday 10 February at 10am.

NSS responds to attack on secularism in Parliament

Posted: Fri, 09 Dec 2011 09:48

The NSS have responded to accusations of 'anti-religious fundamentalism' by Martin Vickers MP

Reporting of child abuse should be mandatory, regardless of canon law

Posted: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 11:52

The National Secular Society has made a submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council asking it to press the UK Government to tackle the serious problems emerging over large scale child abuse and its cover-up in the Catholic Church.

Faith school employment discrimination challenged in the Lords

Posted: Thu, 15 Sep 2011 15:54

Amendments to the Education Bill initiated by the NSS were debated this week in the House of Lords. They were designed to reduce the extent to which discrimination is permitted against non-religious teachers by the law against teachers in faith and community schools.

UK secularists plan big protest against Vatican interference in politics

Posted: Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:21

As secular protesters in Spain clash with pilgrims at the Vatican’s World Youth Day, preparations are under way for a large-scale protest in Britain against the encroachment of religion into civil society.

NSS given leave to intervene at ECHR in religious discrimination cases

Posted: Fri, 05 Aug 2011 16:01

The National Secular Society has today been given leave by European Court of Human Rights to intervene as a third party in the controversial applications for appeal against judgments by the UK courts.