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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

Eye-opening evidence at a public inquiry has shown the dangers presented by unregistered schools. Richard Scorer, a lawyer at the inquiry, says the authorities mustn't leave children to languish in unsafe environments.

The state must act to protect children in unregistered faith schools

Posted: Thu, 28 May 2020

The Scottish government has published a bill that threatens to outlaw the expression of hateful ideas. But meanwhile religious groups who promote harmful ideology enjoy charitable status, says Megan Manson.

Scotland says it wants to clamp down on hate. But its charity law helps to promote it

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Posted: Thu, 21 May 2020

As the NSS challenges the status of a Christian charity which pushes "change oriented therapy" for gay people, Megan Manson says charity law shouldn't help religious groups to engage in exploitative behaviour.

How charity law props up ‘gay conversion therapy’

Posted: Thu, 14 May 2020

A new offence of 'stirring up hatred' on religious grounds is too restrictive of free speech, says Chris Sloggett.

Scotland’s new hate speech law will be too censorious

Posted: Thu, 07 May 2020

After a select committee chair urged more leeway for a faith school which has long censored textbooks, Stephen Evans says politicians with responsibility for education should stop pandering to religious interests.

Why respect religious demands to keep pupils in the dark?

Posted: Tue, 28 Apr 2020

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What our members say

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

    Pauline, Banbury
  • Having moved to the UK from America I found it difficult to get my daughter pulled out of compulsory worship in her school. The NSS helped me every step of the way and was supportive and knowledgeable. Thank you.

    Heather, Preston
  • I was delighted Ofqual had investigated the inexcusable redacting of exam questions, had ruled in favour of children's education, and the key role the NSS played in this outcome.

    Luke
  • I feel proud my membership money will go towards future successes in the fight for a fair and secular future for all.

    Luke
  • 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