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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.

Make a stand for freedom, fairness and human rights by adding your voice to the call for a secular democracy.

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Opinion

As new data suggests non-belief is at a record high, Chris Sloggett says secularists should be more assertive in making the case for freedom of and from religion.

Britain should embrace secularism as it loses its religion

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

Cormac Murphy O'Connor, the former Archbishop of Westminster, died on 1 September. NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood seeks to set the historical record straight with this alternative obituary.

Cardinal Murphy O'Connor's cover-up of child abusers must be a lesson to the Catholic Church

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

As a theme park lifts its ban on Sikh ceremonial swords, NSS campaigns director Stephen Evans questions the wisdom behind religious exemptions from generally applicable rules.

Beware the drip drip of religious exemptions

Sat, 02 Sep 2017

NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood detects a long-overdue and decisive turn towards secularism in publicly funded healthcare in Ireland, an area in which the Catholic Church has until now been predominant.

Ireland’s hospitals: some welcome secularisation

Fri, 01 Sep 2017

The Australian abuse commission is right not to exempt the confessional from reporting obligations, and its rigour should provide a model to reverse the backsliding already all too clear in the UK, argues Keith Porteous Wood....

The confessional shouldn’t shield child abuse from reporting

Wed, 16 Aug 2017

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What our members say

  • Stephen, Kent said:

    I have long been convinced that the only way to fight religious extremism, and protect basic liberties, is to work towards a properly secular and democratic society, in which freedom of religious practice and expression (within the law) is safeguarded.

  • Richard, Southampton said:

    I joined the NSS because I believe in religious freedom and freedom from religion. I want Britain to be a forward-thinking, fair and rational place to live for everyone and for future generations.

  • John, Tyne & Wear said:

    The highly divisive policy of "faith" schools supported by the majority of politicians from both the coalition and the Labour Party motivated me to join the NSS. We need a secular education system.

  • Amber said:

    People should have the free will to practise whatever religion they wish. I support actions challenging religious organisations' campaigns to manipulate laws and services according to their own belief systems. I hope my membership makes a valid contribution to this important cause.

  • Fi, Hampshire said:

    'I am a realist rather than an idealist. That in the 21st century supernatural beliefs still have a significant influence in matters of state is 'unreal'. The valuable work of the NSS must be supported.'