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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

Church of England plans to give Anglican church leaders from around the world greater power in choosing future archbishops of Canterbury are a reminder of the need to separate church and state, argues Stephen Evans.

Appointments of future archbishops shouldn’t be the state’s business

Posted: Thu, 27 Jan 2022

Regulating charities effectively will not be possible until religious privilege is removed from charity law, says Megan Manson.

Playing whack-a-mole with religious charities isn’t working. Time to reform charity law.

Tags: Charity

Posted: Wed, 26 Jan 2022

Ending religious discrimination in faith school admissions is an important first step – but it will not undo all the harms caused by faith schools, says Alastair Lichten.

Religious selection is only part of the problem with faith schools

Posted: Thu, 20 Jan 2022

NSS chief executive Stephen Evans reflects on how secularism fared in 2021 and the NSS's activities over the year.

A message from the chief executive

Posted: Wed, 22 Dec 2021

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What our members say

  • The NSS is Britain's front line defence against the vested interests of organised religion that damage our public institutions, not least in education and local government.

    Clive, Bideford
  • 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
  • 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 feel secularism is a cause for which I can be politically and publicly active. Ultimately it's about removing the archaic rights given to religions to infringe my liberty.

    Nicklas, Haywards Heath
  • The treatment of religious minorities, atheists and apostates in theocratic countries is sickening. Everyone should have the right to their own beliefs and religious choices, provided that they do not impinge on other people's rights.

    Tim, Gloucestershire