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

Opening Statement by lawyer Richard Scorer of Slater and Gordon, also an NSS vice president, at the IICSA inquiry's into the Anglican Church as it focuses on Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Gloucester.

Church of England provided ‘perfect cover’ for Peter Ball’s offending

Mon, 23 Jul 2018

The Church of England's pretence that 'its' schools aren't faith schools is a dishonest attempt to avoid association with the unpopularity of faith-based schooling, and at odds with their actual policy, argues Alastair Lichten.

Church schools are faith schools. Pretending otherwise is dishonest

Fri, 20 Jul 2018

Integrating schools isn't a magic bullet to end sectarianism, but no serious attempt to address the issue can ignore the role of religiously segregated schools, argues Stephen Evans.

Sectarian schooling is nothing to celebrate

Fri, 13 Jul 2018

Sometimes concerns regarding religious interference in education can be easily resolved, simply through clear and polite conversations with the school.

I was concerned about proselytisation on a school trip – and the school listened

Thu, 12 Jul 2018

Marking ten years since the criminal offence of blasphemy was abolished in England and Wales, Stephen Evans argues that the freedom to speak critically about beliefs others hold sacred is far from assured.

Ten years on from the abolition of blasphemy, free speech still needs defending

Wed, 11 Jul 2018

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What our members say

  • Tim, Cheltenham said:

    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.

  • James, Guildford said:

    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.

  • Tim, Gloucestershire said:

    Religious minorities, atheists and apostates are routinely treated appallingly in theocratic countries. Every human should be free to express their own thoughts, beliefs and religious choices, provided they do not impinge on other people's rights.

  • Amber said:

    People should have the free will to practise whatever religion they wish. I support actions challenging religious organisations' campaigns to manipulate laws and services according to their own belief systems. I hope my membership makes a valid contribution to this important cause.

  • Alison, Aberdeen said:

    "Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis I have been thinking about my legacy and end of life issues. Assisted suicide is currently illegal in the UK, a policy which suffers from strong religious lobbying. Legislating against the wishes of a mentally competent person seems barbaric."