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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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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?

Big ideas for religious education?

Tags: Education, RE

Thu, 23 Nov 2017

The NSS recently reported on a shop owner in Stornoway who was harassed over her decision to open her shop on Sundays. Now Martin Flett, Leona Rawlinson's partner, says the business has been flooded with support.

Our business was harassed by Christian fundamentalists – now it’s the best known in Lewis

Wed, 22 Nov 2017

Most women in the UK who have Islamic weddings are missing out on their legal rights. The solution to this problem must not lie in the automatic registration of Islamic marriages, argues Sadikur Rahman.

State recognition of Islamic nikah marriages is no way to empower Muslim women

Wed, 22 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.

Who controls religious education?

Tags: Education, RE

Thu, 16 Nov 2017

It is now 38 years since Monty Python's Life of Brian was released in November 1979, despite protests. Chris Sloggett asks: are we truly free to engage in blasphemy today?

‘Life of Brian,’ 38 years on: de facto blasphemy is alive and well

Thu, 16 Nov 2017

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What our members say

  • Edward, Wiltshire said:

    I discovered the NSS while studying Politics at school, researching pressure groups. I was particularly interested in secularism, always held similar beliefs, and decided to join to promote the cause of religious freedom and equality.

  • Richard, Southampton said:

    I joined the NSS because I believe in religious freedom and freedom from religion. I want Britain to be a forward-thinking, fair and rational place to live for everyone and for future generations.

  • Bryn, Berkshire said:

    Cameron's recent speech on religion made me put my money where my mouth is and join the NSS. I'm against any religious privilege but as a father of 2 young children the issue that infuriates me most is the discrimination in the admission criteria of faith schools and the obvious lack of equality that the government fails to accept.

  • Tim, Cheltenham said:

    On many secular issues, atheists and many theists have common interests. By working together on these issues, voices will be louder. While I am no longer religious, I absolutely support people's right to religious freedom.

  • 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.