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.
Tue, 08 May 2018
The NSS has asked the government to stop funding religious inspections of faith schools amid C of E plans to make them more rigorous.
Thu, 26 Apr 2018
The NSS has restated its call for the abolition of local religious education committees amid complaints over a committee in south Wales.
Wed, 18 Apr 2018
Experts have called for reform of the way religion and belief issues are taught at an event hosted by the NSS.
Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The British public considers religious studies one of the least important subjects which secondary schools teach, according to a poll.
Thu, 11 Jan 2018
The National Secular Society is to hold a one day conference on reform of religion and belief education in schools, with speakers to include Prof. A. C. Grayling.
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 is reformed.
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 enough?
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.
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...
Fri, 21 Jul 2017
2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the Education Reform Act 1988 which saw the introduction of a national curricular entitlement for all pupils. One subject alone remains set apart from this - religious education.
Wed, 17 May 2017