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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

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

  • I was spurred on to join the NSS by the torrent of attacks on secularism by Baroness Warsi amongst many others, and by the Pope's poisonous and mendacious claim that Nazi Germany was the result of atheism.

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

    Brendan, Lisburn
  • Religion has had far too much privilege, power and protection for far too long. Humanity needs to evolve and the continued inclusion of superstitious beliefs in the affairs of state is not helping that process.

    Alex, Southsea
  • Religion should not provide a justification for discrimination, for breaching a person's human rights or for intolerance.

    Stephen, Teddington
  • 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.

    Tim, Gloucestershire