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 deserve better than 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

  • David, Shropshire said:

    "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."

  • John, Norfolk said:

    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.

  • 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.

  • Stephen, Kent said:

    I have long been convinced that the only way to fight religious extremism, and protect basic liberties, is to work towards a properly secular and democratic society, in which freedom of religious practice and expression (within the law) is safeguarded.

  • Paula, Coalville said:

    I think all groups, religious, atheistic or agnostic, have enough common ground to be able to live together in harmony under secular systems of governance, law, welfare, education, etc.