The National Secular Society campaigns for the separation of religion and state and promotes secularism as the best means to create a society in which people of all religions or none can live together fairly and cohesively. The NSS sees secularism — the position that the state should be separate from religion — as an essential element in promoting equality between all citizens.
Our campaigning and policy objectives are guided by our Secular Charter.
The Secular Charter
The National Secular Society campaigns for a secular state, where:
- There is no established state religion.
- There is one law for all and its application is not hindered or replaced by religious codes or processes.
- Individuals are neither disadvantaged nor discriminated against because of their religion or belief, or lack thereof.
- Freedom of expression is not restricted by religious considerations.
- Neither the state, nor any emanation of the state, expresses religious beliefs or preferences.
- Religion plays no role in state-funded education, whether through religious affiliation, organised worship, religious instruction, pupil selection or employment discrimination.
- The state does not engage in, fund or promote religious activities or practices.
- Public and publicly-funded service provision does not discriminate on grounds of religion or belief.
- There is no privileged position in society or advantage in law for any individual or group by virtue of their religion or belief, or lack thereof.
- The state does not intervene in the setting of religious doctrine or the running of religious organisations.
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If you support these objectives, please join us. 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.