150 Years of Challenging Religious Privilege
Join our campaign for an inclusive and secular education system.
We campaign for the law and the administration of justice to be based on equality, respect for human rights, and on objective evidence.
Blasphemy to intimidation, we've always robustly challenged religious threats to free expression.
Public services that are intended for the whole community, especially those funded by public money, should be provided in a secular context.
We campaign on a wide range of topics where religious privilege impacts public life. Including:
For over 150 years we have campaigned for disestablishment, the separation of the C of E and state.
Wed, 27 Sep 2017
A Belgian federal government committee has ruled against the circumcision of infant boys for reasons other than medical necessity.
Wed, 24 May 2017
A doctor is facing a private prosecution for assault after he circumcised a boy without the mother's consent.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016
The Danish Medical Association has made a "symbolic" statement calling for an end to male circumcision, arguing that the procedure should...
Mon, 10 Oct 2016
The National Secular Society has warned the Joint Committee on Human Rights that religion's role in state education is impeding the rights...
Thu, 22 Sep 2016
The National Secular Society has urged the UN Human Rights Council to recommend to the UK Government that it abolish religious discrimination...
Too often those who carry out forced cutting of young boys' genitals escape with gentle admonishment, rather than punishment commensurate with the severity of their actions, writes Dr Antony Lempert of...
Mon, 24 Oct 2016
This country has a very poor record on the prevention of female genital mutilation. A new approach from the police could change that. But they need help, writes Joan Smith.
Thu, 25 Jul 2013
After teenager Soheir Mohamed died whilst undergoing female genital mutilation in Egypt last month, Elizabeth O'Casey looks at the practice within the UK context and examines how little is being done about...
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 by Elizabeth O’Casey
In a new academic paper Brian D. Earp argues that a firm distinction must be drawn between criticisms of religious practices that stem from irrational prejudice and bigoted attitudes and those that are...
Wed, 06 Mar 2013
The Muslim-Jewish alliance of religious 'leaders' who condemned the recent German court ruling in Cologne on male circumcision stands as a testament to the need for secularism.
Tue, 31 Jul 2012