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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

Committees of Jehovah's Witnesses who encourage patients to refuse treatments involving blood are seeking influence in hospitals – and many NHS trusts are holding the door open for them, writes Lloyd Evans.

NHS trusts’ cosy relationships with Jehovah’s Witness leaders could have tragic consequences

Posted: Thu, 24 Sep 2020

As ministers consider changing Scotland's hate crime bill to address free expression concerns, Stephen Evans says their insistence to date that the bill won't undermine legitimate debate has been unconvincing.

The Scottish hate crime bill is a threat to free and open debate

Posted: Mon, 21 Sep 2020

It is outrageous to try to force this small magazine to give the 2015 killers what they wanted, says Chris Sloggett.

The continued effort to silence Charlie Hebdo is shameful

Posted: Fri, 18 Sep 2020

The first Apostasy Day has highlighted the human rights abuses facing many who leave Islam. To stand up for them we must ensure the religion isn't given special protection, says Kunwar Khuldune Shahid.

The world has abandoned freethinkers of Muslim heritage

Posted: Fri, 04 Sep 2020

A new report says compulsory registration for Islamic marriages is needed to tackle discrimination and abuse. Megan Manson argues broad reform to marriage laws is a better way to ensure fairness and equality for all.

Problems around Islamic marriage require a secular solution

Tags: Marriage

Posted: Fri, 28 Aug 2020

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What our members say

  • We should not label our children as Christian, Muslim or any other religious group. So big NO to faith schools.

    Asif, London
  • I joined the NSS because I believe in religious freedom and freedom from religion. I want Britain to be a forward-thinking, fair and rational place to live for everyone and for future generations.

    Richard, Southampton
  • '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.'

    Fi, Hampshire
  • The redacting of exam questions and the scandal of gender separation at British Universities convinced me to join the NSS, standing up for rationalism, and civilised behaviour, unafraid to stick its head above the parapet and expose hypocrites, religious zealots and apologists

    Jonathan
  • I think all groups, religious, atheistic or agnostic, have enough common ground to be able to live together in harmony under secular systems of governance, law, welfare, education, etc.

    Paula, Coalville