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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.

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Opinion

After a sharp rise in reported crimes in which religious hatred was a factor, Alastair Lichten says liberal democracies should challenge hatred and bigotry while resisting attempts to silence ideas.

We must resist both religious hatred and its weaponisation

Thu, 18 Oct 2018

The revelation that Amazon funds extremist religious charities is the tip of the iceberg. Our charity system has deep problems, in part stemming from the presumption that religion is a public good, says Megan Manson.

Why are harmful charities registered at all?

Fri, 12 Oct 2018

The good deeds of faith-based organisations shouldn't lead us to turn a blind eye to their more ethically dubious practices, argues Stephen Evans.

The questionable ethics of evangelical debt advice

Fri, 05 Oct 2018

Campaigners' elation at the arrival of opposite-sex civil partnerships is understandable, says Chris Sloggett. But beware politicians using it to excuse their failure to loosen the Church of England's grip on marriage.

Don’t let mixed-sex civil partnerships distract from the need for marriage reform

Wed, 03 Oct 2018

The principle of bodily autonomy is enough reason to end genital cutting, says Brian D. Earp. Allowing 'health benefits' to dictate its acceptability risks legitimising inconsistent, pseudo-scientific justifications.

Genital cutting: the search for ‘health benefits’ is disingenuous and inconsistent

Thu, 27 Sep 2018

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What our members say

  • On many secular issues, atheists and many theists have common interests. By working together on these issues, voices will be louder. While I am no longer religious, I absolutely support people's right to religious freedom.

    Tim, Cheltenham said:
  • "As a medical student, what concerns me most is NHS funding for hospital chaplains."

    Brendan, Lisburn said:
  • Religion should not provide a justification for discrimination, for breaching a person's human rights or for intolerance.

    Stephen, Teddington 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.

    David, Shropshire said:
  • When selecting a school for my kid, I checked it wasn't focused towards just Christianity. I have no issues with schools teaching about religions and beliefs equally, but don't want my young and impressionable children to be exposed to evangelical practices.

    Peter, Leeds said: