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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

As the High Court considers whether to let a girl from a Jehovah's Witness community refuse blood transfusions, Dr Antony Lempert says the precedent of overriding a child's refusal of lifesaving treatment should be upheld....

The state mustn’t allow children to die for their stated religious beliefs

Posted: Thu, 26 Nov 2020

A ruling on abortion in Poland has again highlighted the government's damagingly close relationship with the Catholic Church. But many Poles are now questioning the church's power, says Aleksandra Myslek.

The Catholic Church’s control over abortion policy has sparked a furious backlash in Poland

Posted: Thu, 12 Nov 2020

The church was given a key role on the board of our local multi-academy trust – even though there were no faith schools in it. Chris Leng questions the assumptions which lay behind this arrangement.

Why was the Church of England allowed to influence the direction of our local secular schools?

Posted: Mon, 09 Nov 2020

Liberal equivocation on whether to stand up to jihadist murder and Islamist intimidation is morally wrong, misguided and counter-productive, says Chris Sloggett.

The onus should be on theocrats, not liberal democracies, to change

Posted: Wed, 04 Nov 2020

Ahead of the NSS's 2020 Bradlaugh Lecture on the subject, Stephen Evans says the disestablishment of the Church of England is right in principle and could benefit church and state alike.

Church and state should be separate

Posted: Tue, 03 Nov 2020

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What our members say

  • Religious views should not be impressed upon others. We should not have religion involved in dictating law, meddling in politics and education.

    Pauline, Banbury
  • I joined to show that being an NSS member is compatible with being a Muslim. I think the NSS would benefit from having more members of faith. At present, just as many believers fail to understand what secularism means, many who do not practice a religious faith fail to understand the provisions that a just society needs to make for people who do.

    Mohammed Amin MBE, Manchester
  • As a retired head of a comprehensive school, I am very concerned at the growth of so-called 'faith schools'. I very strongly believe they are dangerous, divisive and a threat to our open society.

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

    Brendan, Lisburn
  • The redacting of exam questions and the scandal of gender separation at British Universities convinced me to join the NSS, standing up for rationalism, and civilised behaviour, unafraid to stick its head above the parapet and expose hypocrites, religious zealots and apologists

    Jonathan