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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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Opinion

Julia Ebner's new book explores the symbiotic relationship between Islamist and (other) far right extremism, how Islamist and anti-Muslim narratives feed each other, and how we can challenge both.

Book review: ‘The rage: the vicious circle of Islamist and far-right extremism’

Tue, 17 Oct 2017

The ruling that an Islamic faith school's policy of gender segregation is unlawful should force us to have have a broader conversation about the religious segregation and inequality our children face in UK schools, argues...

Al-Hijrah School ruling: The fight to end segregation has only just begun

Sat, 14 Oct 2017

Claims of ecumenicalism and pluralism are often used to smuggle exclusively Christian privilege into public institutions. Christian secularist Paul Lusk asks what we should do about that.

Religious Right supports state backed prayers, until they’re Islamic

Thu, 12 Oct 2017

UNESCO says gender equality is one of its top priorities. But Megan Manson says it is protecting misogynistic attitudes by awarding World Heritage Status to religious sites that practise sexual discrimination.

UNESCO: Putting religious privilege above gender equality

Wed, 11 Oct 2017

Megan Manson considers the importance of the Christian secularist view in James Paul Lusk's book. Lusk argues that attempts to re-establish Christian religious privilege, and roll back equalities, undermine religious freedom....

Book review: ‘The Jesus Candidate: Political religion in a secular age’

Fri, 06 Oct 2017

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  • Luke said:

    I was delighted Ofqual had investigated the inexcusable redacting of exam questions, had ruled in favour of children's education, and the key role the NSS played in this outcome.

  • Nick, York said:

    Baroness Warsi finally talked me into joining the Society. I am particularly concerned about faith schools. I express these views reasonably and do not see why they should be labelled 'strident' at the first opportunity.

  • 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.

  • Brendan, Lisburn said:

    "As a medical student, what concerns me most is NHS funding for hospital chaplains."

  • 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.'