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

Integrating schools isn't a magic bullet to end sectarianism, but no serious attempt to address the issue can ignore the role of religiously segregated schools, argues Stephen Evans.

Sectarian schooling is nothing to celebrate

Fri, 13 Jul 2018

Sometimes concerns regarding religious interference in education can be easily resolved, simply through clear and polite conversations with the school.

I was concerned about proselytisation on a school trip – and the school listened

Thu, 12 Jul 2018

Marking ten years since the criminal offence of blasphemy was abolished in England and Wales, Stephen Evans argues that the freedom to speak critically about beliefs others hold sacred is far from assured.

Ten years on from the abolition of blasphemy, free speech still needs defending

Wed, 11 Jul 2018

In recognition of National Democracy Week 2018, Megan Manson reflects on what still needs to be changed to make the UK a truly democratic, secular state.

Seven secularist steps that would strengthen democracy in the UK

Wed, 04 Jul 2018

Some clerics want exemptions from reporting requirements on abuse when it's revealed in the confessional. Accommodating their demands would undermine efforts to tackle child abuse, says Richard Scorer.

The seal of the confessional and child abuse: a religious privilege too far

Mon, 25 Jun 2018

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What our members say

  • 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.

  • Tom, Leeds said:

    It's all very well suggesting Islamic faith schools are potentially damaging children, but the only way to solve this problem is to leave all religion out of education and legislation. I'm not anti-religion, but I am against giving any religion a free ride.

  • Niki, London said:

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

  • Karen, Northamptonshire said:

    "David Cameron's 'Big Society' appears to be pushing towards a greater role for religion-based organisations instead of connecting with all people."

  • Fi, Hampshire 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.'