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The National Secular Society works for the separation of religion and state and equal respect for everyone's human rights so that no one is either advantaged or disadvantaged on account of their beliefs.

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Opinion

The latest report into the problems with religious education reiterates the need to start with a fundamental examination of the subject's purpose. But, Alastair Lichten wonders, do the proposals go far enough?

Big ideas for religious education?

Tags: Education, RE

Thu, 23 Nov 2017

The NSS recently reported on a shop owner in Stornoway who was harassed over her decision to open her shop on Sundays. Now Martin Flett, Leona Rawlinson's partner, says the business has been flooded with support.

Our business was harassed by Christian fundamentalists – now it’s the best known in Lewis

Wed, 22 Nov 2017

Most women in the UK who have Islamic weddings are missing out on their legal rights. The solution to this problem must not lie in the automatic registration of Islamic marriages, argues Sadikur Rahman.

State recognition of Islamic nikah marriages is no way to empower Muslim women

Wed, 22 Nov 2017

Necessary reforms of religious education are being frustrated by religion's lingering influence. It's time to liberate RE from the vested interests, argues Stephen Evans.

Who controls religious education?

Tags: Education, RE

Thu, 16 Nov 2017

It is now 38 years since Monty Python's Life of Brian was released in November 1979, despite protests. Chris Sloggett asks: are we truly free to engage in blasphemy today?

‘Life of Brian,’ 38 years on: de facto blasphemy is alive and well

Thu, 16 Nov 2017

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What our members say

  • Anon said:

    The General Principles of the NSS very accurately represent my outlook. Religious beliefs are valid and appropriate when held and practised privately, but if you use your beliefs to justify your actions, you must be prepared to justify your beliefs.

  • Paula, Coalville said:

    I think all groups, religious, atheistic or agnostic, have enough common ground to be able to live together in harmony under secular systems of governance, law, welfare, education, etc.

  • Nick, York said:

    Baroness Warsi finally talked me into joining the Society. I am particularly concerned about faith schools. I express these views reasonably and do not see why they should be labelled 'strident' at the first opportunity.

  • Niki, London said:

    I am angry about faith schools, free schools, and ridiculous 'faith' based views pervading education, including Sex Education.

  • Tim, Gloucestershire said:

    The treatment of religious minorities, atheists and apostates in theocratic countries is sickening. Everyone should have the right to their own beliefs and religious choices, provided that they do not impinge on other people's rights.