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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In this long read NSS president Keith Porteous Wood explains how all arms of the law co-operated to protect the now former bishop Peter Ball for decades and refutes claims that "it couldn't happen now".

Religious power and privilege failed the victims in the Peter Ball affair

Sat, 11 Aug 2018

Richard Scorer says a damning report on two leading Catholic schools' approach to safeguarding is a reminder of the need for a law mandating the reporting of suspected child abuse to the secular authorities.

Child protection must come before the reputation of institutions like Ampleforth and Downside

Thu, 09 Aug 2018

As Denmark's ban on face coverings in public comes into force, Stephen Evans says standing up for fundamental rights and freedoms is the best way to push back against the oppression the burka represents.

Burka bans do more harm than good

Thu, 02 Aug 2018

A chaplain should not have been sacked for criticising Pride off campus, says Chris Sloggett. But universities can strike a blow for free speech and critical enquiry if they stop appointing religious representatives.

Universities must commit to free expression – and they should stop hiring religious chaplains

Thu, 02 Aug 2018

NSS president Keith Porteous Wood reflects on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse's hearings into the case of the abusive bishop Peter Ball.

Anglicanism's 'purple circle' of bishops cannot be trusted over child abuse

Sat, 28 Jul 2018

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What our members say

  • Tim, Gloucestershire said:

    Religious minorities, atheists and apostates are routinely treated appallingly in theocratic countries. Every human should be free to express their own thoughts, beliefs and religious choices, provided they do not impinge on other people's rights.

  • Asif, London said:

    We should not label our children as Christian, Muslim or any other religious group. So big NO to faith schools.

  • Pauline, Banbury said:

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

  • 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.

  • John, Tyne & Wear said:

    The highly divisive policy of "faith" schools supported by the majority of politicians from both the coalition and the Labour Party motivated me to join the NSS. We need a secular education system.