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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

For Interfaith Week 2018, campaigns officer Megan Manson explains how the NSS's work protects those who are religious as well as those who are not.

How secularism protects people who have religious faith

Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2018

As the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse turned its attention to the Catholic Church's archdiocese of Birmingham, Richard Scorer delivered the following opening statement on behalf of several victims.

Time to end criminality and cover-up in the Catholic Church

Posted: Mon, 12 Nov 2018

Emma Park says Ian McEwan's book and the film it has inspired prompt the questions of what the state should do when a young person's religion conflicts with their welfare, and how this affects religious freedom.

Review: The Children Act

Posted: Thu, 08 Nov 2018

Just as Irish citizens strike a blow for the right to freedom of expression, the European Court has fundamentally undermined it, argues Stephen Evans.

European ruling that ‘religious feelings’ trump free speech is a dangerous development

Posted: Fri, 26 Oct 2018

After a sharp rise in reported crimes in which religious hatred was a factor, Alastair Lichten says liberal democracies should challenge hatred and bigotry while resisting attempts to silence ideas.

We must resist both religious hatred and its weaponisation

Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2018

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What our members say

  • The privilege provided to religion within our society is intolerable. Secularism is being cynically attacked to preserve the status quo, and withdrawing religious privilege regarded as persecution. My local MP defends religious schools as he feels he has the right to send his children to a school with a Christian ethos – some local parents cannot find a non-religious school and have to fight for their children's rights. The NSS is effectively working to address these inequalities.

    Dalis, Bucks said:
  • I am angry about faith schools, free schools, and ridiculous 'faith' based views pervading education, including Sex Education.

    Niki, London said:
  • Unacceptable- 26 bishops are able to influence legislation which will directly affect me - for no other reason than they are connected to the established church.

    Matt, Ipswich said:
  • '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 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: