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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

A new government fund exclusively for faith groups threatens to embed religious privilege into public services, warns Megan Manson.

Beware the government’s “new normal” of faith-based public services

Posted: Thu, 23 Sep 2021

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

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What our members say

  • I joined to show that being an NSS member is compatible with being a Muslim. I think the NSS would benefit from having more members of faith. At present, just as many believers fail to understand what secularism means, many who do not practice a religious faith fail to understand the provisions that a just society needs to make for people who do.

    Mohammed Amin MBE, Manchester
  • Religion should not provide a justification for discrimination, for breaching a person's human rights or for intolerance.

    Stephen, Teddington
  • Children can be segregated and discriminated against according to their parents' religion when it comes to school admissions. This worries me immensely. I am not looking forward to letting my children be taught superstition and myths as truth or separating them from their friends. The NSS is all we have to take on the might of these tax-exempt organisations given free access to our children by the state.

    Martin, Darlington
  • I joined the NSS because I sense that those who promote religious observance are becoming more strident, and I believe we need a stronger voice in opposition.

    James, Guildford
  • May I take this opportunity to mention that I think the NSS do an incredible job and I always look forward to reading the weekly bulletin. I feel that without people like you, religious groups would very likely run roughshod and their privileges would prevail. You will have my continued support.

    Garry