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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

As a report shows some religious groups are helping survivors of modern slavery without proselytising, Megan Manson says public sector bodies must ensure all organisations that provide services adopt similar policies.

Faith groups should practice without preaching when helping the vulnerable

Posted: Thu, 20 Feb 2020

A BBC debate on defining 'Islamophobia' was a reminder of the risks of giving too much ground to religious identity politics and empowering 'community groups' to police public discussion, says Chris Sloggett.

Don’t let religious advocates define the boundaries of acceptable thought

Posted: Thu, 20 Feb 2020

After he was refused permission for a judicial review against Vale of Glamorgan Council, James Brunt says its decision to expand a faith school was based on dubious methodology and defied reasonable logic.

Denying a judicial review over a faith school’s expansion was a lamentable decision

Posted: Fri, 14 Feb 2020

The conviction of France's most senior Catholic cleric for failing to report child abuse has been overturned. Keith Porteous Wood says this should be a warning to those charged with responding to abuse in the UK.

The Cardinal Barbarin case highlights the need for well-drafted mandatory reporting laws

Posted: Thu, 06 Feb 2020

A new bill proposes to end Church of England bishops' automatic right to sit in parliament. This religious privilege is part of an unjust status quo and should be addressed, says Stephen Evans.

The bishops’ bench is an affront to democracy. Let’s scrap it

Posted: Fri, 31 Jan 2020

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What our members say

  • The NSS has a broad and balanced agenda, delivered with courtesy, integrity and fortitude, I subscribe to with enthusiasm. The removal of religious privileges from all aspects of our lives has become very important to me. I am delighted to be a member.

    John, Norfolk
  • "I am angry with what I view as the permitted brainwashing of children within our education system. Myself and my wife joined the NSS to help protect children from adults with religious and faith based agendas."

    Timothy, London
  • "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
  • Religion should not provide a justification for discrimination, for breaching a person's human rights or for intolerance.

    Stephen, Teddington
  • 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