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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

Eye-opening evidence at a public inquiry has shown the dangers presented by unregistered schools. Richard Scorer, a lawyer at the inquiry, says the authorities mustn't leave children to languish in unsafe environments.

The state must act to protect children in unregistered faith schools

Posted: Thu, 28 May 2020

The Scottish government has published a bill that threatens to outlaw the expression of hateful ideas. But meanwhile religious groups who promote harmful ideology enjoy charitable status, says Megan Manson.

Scotland says it wants to clamp down on hate. But its charity law helps to promote it

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Posted: Thu, 21 May 2020

As the NSS challenges the status of a Christian charity which pushes "change oriented therapy" for gay people, Megan Manson says charity law shouldn't help religious groups to engage in exploitative behaviour.

How charity law props up ‘gay conversion therapy’

Posted: Thu, 14 May 2020

A new offence of 'stirring up hatred' on religious grounds is too restrictive of free speech, says Chris Sloggett.

Scotland’s new hate speech law will be too censorious

Posted: Thu, 07 May 2020

After a select committee chair urged more leeway for a faith school which has long censored textbooks, Stephen Evans says politicians with responsibility for education should stop pandering to religious interests.

Why respect religious demands to keep pupils in the dark?

Posted: Tue, 28 Apr 2020

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What our members say

  • I have come to appreciate that the NSS is often a lone voice of rationality in the wilderness that is dominated by religious dogma, bigotry and political manipulation.

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

    Asif, London
  • My motivations for joining include faith schools, bishops in the House of Lords, religious intolerance towards women and minorities, any situation where the pious are given more respect or airtime than others, and people holding discriminatory views on religious grounds remaining influential.

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

    Luke
  • 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