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.
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.
Posted: Fri, 05 Mar 2021
France's top court has confirmed that Philippe Barbarin, a former Catholic archbishop, is culpable for failing to report child abuse.
Posted: Thu, 11 Feb 2021
A UN committee has raised accountability for abuse in religious settings and access to secular schools in a report on Ireland.
Posted: Fri, 15 Jan 2021
A report has highlighted the Irish state's decades-long failure to protect vulnerable women and children at church-run institutions.
Posted: Tue, 10 Nov 2020
The Catholic Church put its reputation before the interests of child abuse survivors, with senior leaders complicit, an inquiry has found....
Posted: Tue, 06 Oct 2020
The Church of England failed to take action to deal with child abuse as it prioritised defending its reputation, an inquiry has found.
The misery which women and children faced for decades highlights the damage that can be done when states leave religious authority unchecked, says NSS president Keith Porteous Wood.
Posted: Fri, 05 Feb 2021
The extraordinary antics of Jehovah's Witnesses at the public inquiry on child sexual abuse show why independent oversight of religious organisations is needed to protect children from abuse, says Richard...
Posted: Mon, 28 Sep 2020
Eye-opening evidence at a public inquiry has shown the dangers presented by unregistered schools. Richard Scorer, a lawyer at the inquiry, says the authorities mustn't leave children to languish in unsafe...
Posted: Thu, 28 May 2020
Australia's top court has overturned the conviction of the Vatican's former treasurer for sexually assaulting two boys. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's plain sailing from here for him, says Keith...
Posted: Wed, 08 Apr 2020
The conviction of France's most senior Catholic cleric for failing to report child abuse has been overturned. Keith Porteous Wood says this should be a warning to those charged with responding to abuse...
Posted: Thu, 06 Feb 2020