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 book reveals a substantive movement of people choosing to leave Islam. Fiyaz Mughal, its co-editor, reflects on the stories it tells and the importance of mutual respect and empathy between Muslims and ex-Muslims.

It’s worth knowing why more Muslims are leaving faith behind

Tue, 19 Jun 2018

Emma Park on what Margaret Atwood's modern dystopian classic (and its TV adaptation) tells us about the relationship between theocracy, gender and self-identity.

God, Guys and Guns. A review of The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

Thu, 14 Jun 2018

The bishop of Gloucester is entitled to question whether atheists can truly have deep love or hope, writes Stephen Evans. But the state shouldn't indulge the view that the religious are morally superior to others.

Bishop Rachel’s prejudiced thinking highlights the problem of state-sponsored religion

Wed, 13 Jun 2018

Schools are forbidden from promoting, showing favouritism to or discriminating on the grounds of partisan politics. Alastair Lichten asks why partisan religious beliefs are treated so differently.

Religion and politics – the discrepancy at the heart of our schools

Tue, 12 Jun 2018

After the NSS revealed the extra hassle and expense involved in arranging same-sex and non-religious weddings in England and Wales, Megan Manson calls for marriage to be made a civil affair in the eyes of the law.

Just how equal is marriage now?

Sun, 10 Jun 2018

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What our members say

  • Brendan, Lisburn said:

    "As a medical student, what concerns me most is NHS funding for hospital chaplains."

  • Ray, Tyne & Wear said:

    "As a retired head teacher, I have always been concerned by the requirement of schools to provide a daily act of collective worship. I read about the NSS campaign to abolish this requirement and decided to add my voice."

  • Fi, Hampshire said:

    'I am a realist rather than an idealist. That in the 21st century supernatural beliefs still have a significant influence in matters of state is 'unreal'. The valuable work of the NSS must be supported.'

  • Karen, Northamptonshire said:

    "David Cameron's 'Big Society' appears to be pushing towards a greater role for religion-based organisations instead of connecting with all people."

  • Timothy, London said:

    "I am angry with what I view as the permitted brainwashing of children within our education system. Myself and my wife joined the NSS to help protect children from adults with religious and faith based agendas."