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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 a bill to reform collective worship progresses in parliament, Stephen Evans argues that the time has come for lawmakers to recognise that laws mandating worship have no place in modern Britain.

Schools should be liberated from the compulsion of worship

Posted: Thu, 16 Sep 2021

Marriage law in England and Wales has failed to keep up with changing social realities. Russell Sandberg, the author of a new book on the topic, calls for change to put couples – not religious institutions – in...

Major reform is needed to ensure equality and fairness in marriage law

Tags: Marriage

Posted: Mon, 13 Sep 2021

An inquiry's report has highlighted the barriers which regulators face in dealing with child abuse in religious charities. Megan Manson says this should prompt reforms – including in how charity law deals with religion....

Why can’t charity regulators tackle child abuse in faith groups?

Posted: Mon, 13 Sep 2021

After a mob attacked an Ahmadi Muslim mosque in Indonesia and anti-Ahmadi rallies took place in Pakistan, Kunwar Khuldune Shahid says the failure to defend this marginalised group has far-reaching implications.

Indonesia mosque attack is a reminder that Ahmadi Muslims’ human rights need defending

Posted: Thu, 09 Sep 2021

The IICSA inquiry's latest report on child abuse in religious organisations and settings provides welcome evidence of significant problems – but is still too light on much-needed solutions, says Richard Scorer.

Fundamentalists are still being given too much of a free pass on child abuse

Posted: Wed, 08 Sep 2021

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What our members say

  • "As a retired head teacher, I have always been concerned by the requirement of schools to provide a daily act of collective worship. I read about the NSS campaign to abolish this requirement and decided to add my voice."

    Ray, Tyne & Wear
  • Religion has had far too much privilege, power and protection for far too long. Humanity needs to evolve and the continued inclusion of superstitious beliefs in the affairs of state is not helping that process.

    Alex, Southsea
  • Religious views should not be impressed upon others. We should not have religion involved in dictating law, meddling in politics and education.

    Pauline, Banbury
  • Cameron's recent speech on religion made me put my money where my mouth is and join the NSS. I'm against any religious privilege but as a father of 2 young children the issue that infuriates me most is the discrimination in the admission criteria of faith schools and the obvious lack of equality that the government fails to accept.

    Bryn, Berkshire
  • 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.

    Paula, Coalville