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 poll shows public ambivalence to a much-hyped sermon at the royal wedding, Chris Sloggett says the fuss around Michael Curry has distracted from an opportunity to ask critical questions about religion's public role.

The British people aren’t buying the fawning over Michael Curry

Thu, 21 Jun 2018

A new book reveals a substantive movement of people choosing to leave Islam. Fiyaz Mughal, its co-editor, reflects on the stories it tells and the importance of mutual respect and empathy between Muslims and ex-Muslims.

It’s worth knowing why more Muslims are leaving faith behind

Tue, 19 Jun 2018

Emma Park on what Margaret Atwood's modern dystopian classic (and its TV adaptation) tells us about the relationship between theocracy, gender and self-identity.

God, Guys and Guns. A review of The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

Thu, 14 Jun 2018

The bishop of Gloucester is entitled to question whether atheists can truly have deep love or hope, writes Stephen Evans. But the state shouldn't indulge the view that the religious are morally superior to others.

Bishop Rachel’s prejudiced thinking highlights the problem of state-sponsored religion

Wed, 13 Jun 2018

Schools are forbidden from promoting, showing favouritism to or discriminating on the grounds of partisan politics. Alastair Lichten asks why partisan religious beliefs are treated so differently.

Religion and politics – the discrepancy at the heart of our schools

Tue, 12 Jun 2018

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What our members say

  • Susan, Devon said:

    We cannot, and should not, protect our country's children from being brought up by ultra-conservative religious parents but we can, and should, ensure that they go to a school where they learn about other religions, about humanism, about living without religion and are given the confidence that people of all faiths and none are treated equally under the law.

  • Anon said:

    What prompted me to join was simply that I had had enough of religious organisations establishing themselves as being above criticism. That it is not possible to criticise religious practices without being told that you are being offensive scares me.

  • Amber said:

    People should have the free will to practise whatever religion they wish. I support actions challenging religious organisations' campaigns to manipulate laws and services according to their own belief systems. I hope my membership makes a valid contribution to this important cause.

  • Niki, London said:

    I am angry about faith schools, free schools, and ridiculous 'faith' based views pervading education, including Sex Education.

  • Anon said:

    The General Principles of the NSS very accurately represent my outlook. Religious beliefs are valid and appropriate when held and practised privately, but if you use your beliefs to justify your actions, you must be prepared to justify your beliefs.