Challenging Religious Privilege
Join our campaign for an inclusive and secular education system.
We campaign for the law and the administration of justice to be based on equality, respect for human rights, and on objective evidence.
Blasphemy to intimidation, we've always robustly challenged religious threats to free expression.
Public services that are intended for the whole community, especially those funded by public money, should be provided in a secular context.
We campaign on a wide range of topics where religious privilege impacts public life. Including:
For over 150 years we have campaigned for disestablishment, the separation of the C of E and state.
Posted: Fri, 10 May 2019
The NSS has submitted a third-party intervention to the European Court of Human Rights in a key case concerning RE in schools in Greece.
Posted: Wed, 01 May 2019
The National Secular Society has expressed broad support for reforms to the teaching of religion, relationships and sex which have been announced...
Posted: Fri, 29 Mar 2019
The National Secular Society has expressed qualified support for proposed reforms to religious education and relationships and sexuality education...
Posted: Wed, 20 Mar 2019
The NSS has launched a new range of resources for secondary schools related to secularism and religion's role in society.
Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2019
The National Secular Society has called for improved vetting and standards for religious education resources after parents accused a school...
New guidance on managing parents' right to withdraw their children from religious education in Wales is largely common sense, says Alastair Lichten. But it downplays the confessional nature of some RE...
Posted: Wed, 06 Jun 2018
Teachers from the ATL union have voted to demand a clampdown on parents selectively withdrawing their children from RE. But Stephen Evans says the right to withdraw should only be scrapped once the subject...
Posted: Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The latest report into the problems with religious education reiterates the need to start with a fundamental examination of the subject's purpose. But, Alastair Lichten wonders, do the proposals go far...
Posted: Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Necessary reforms of religious education are being frustrated by religion's lingering influence. It's time to liberate RE from the vested interests, argues Stephen Evans.
Religious education in England...
Posted: Thu, 16 Nov 2017
A parent's legal challenge to the exclusion of a humanist representative from the local body responsible for overseeing religious education highlights the need for urgent reform of this contested area...
Posted: Fri, 21 Jul 2017