• Do you think our schools should be open and inclusive - Click to visit No More Faith Schools campaign
  • Click to view the choice delusion: how faith school restrict primary school choice in England
  • 21st Century RE for All campaign link with strapline (it's time to reform religion and belief education) and hands raised.

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.

Image: What is secularism title over multi colour play icons - opens video in window

Image: Secularism 2019 reclaiming religious freedom - advert for conference click for details.

Image: In the media link - title on blue newspaper background

Latest News

Read More

Opinion

A government plan on integration sets out a positive vision on education - but faith schools remain the elephant in the room. Alastair Lichten asks if ministers' actions will match their rhetoric.

Integrated communities require inclusive, secular schools

Posted: Tue, 12 Feb 2019

As the Royal College of Physicians consults its members over assisted dying, Stephen Evans says we should be aware of often well-disguised theological objections to reform.

Religious dogma still clouds assisted dying debate

Posted: Thu, 07 Feb 2019

The IICSA inquiry has turned its attention to child abuse at two Catholic schools. Abuse lawyer and NSS vice president Richard Scorer delivered the following opening statement on behalf of several victims.

Catholic abuse scandals: why self policing always fails

Posted: Mon, 04 Feb 2019

Former NSS president Barbara Smoker's book My Godforsaken Life: Memoir of a Maverick reminds us of the value of ordinary people's principled activism and provides a link to secularists of the past, says Helen Nicholls.

Barbara Smoker’s remarkable life should inspire us all

Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2019

As MPs launch a motion against parliamentary prayers, NSS CEO Stephen Evans says ending the anachronistic custom would strike a blow for modernity, equality and freedom of conscience.

Institutionalised prayer doesn't belong in parliament

Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2019

Read More

What our members say

  • I feel proud my membership money will go towards future successes in the fight for a fair and secular future for all.

    Luke said:
  • Baroness Warsi finally talked me into joining the Society. I am particularly concerned about faith schools. I express these views reasonably and do not see why they should be labelled 'strident' at the first opportunity.

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

    Karen, Northamptonshire 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."

    Alison, Aberdeen said:
  • It's all very well suggesting Islamic faith schools are potentially damaging children, but the only way to solve this problem is to leave all religion out of education and legislation. I'm not anti-religion, but I am against giving any religion a free ride.

    Tom, Leeds said: