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

Integrating schools isn't a magic bullet to end sectarianism, but no serious attempt to address the issue can ignore the role of religiously segregated schools, argues Stephen Evans.

Sectarian schooling is nothing to celebrate

Fri, 13 Jul 2018

Sometimes concerns regarding religious interference in education can be easily resolved, simply through clear and polite conversations with the school.

I was concerned about proselytisation on a school trip – and the school listened

Thu, 12 Jul 2018

Marking ten years since the criminal offence of blasphemy was abolished in England and Wales, Stephen Evans argues that the freedom to speak critically about beliefs others hold sacred is far from assured.

Ten years on from the abolition of blasphemy, free speech still needs defending

Wed, 11 Jul 2018

In recognition of National Democracy Week 2018, Megan Manson reflects on what still needs to be changed to make the UK a truly democratic, secular state.

Seven secularist steps that would strengthen democracy in the UK

Wed, 04 Jul 2018

Some clerics want exemptions from reporting requirements on abuse when it's revealed in the confessional. Accommodating their demands would undermine efforts to tackle child abuse, says Richard Scorer.

The seal of the confessional and child abuse: a religious privilege too far

Mon, 25 Jun 2018

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What our members say

  • Asif, London said:

    We should not label our children as Christian, Muslim or any other religious group. So big NO to faith schools.

  • David, Shropshire said:

    "I have come to appreciate that the NSS is often a lone voice of rationality in the wilderness that is dominated by religious dogma, bigotry and political manipulation."

  • Stephen, Teddington said:

    Religion should not provide a justification for discrimination, for breaching a person's human rights or for intolerance.

  • 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.

  • Bryn, Berkshire said:

    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.