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.
Blasphemy to intimidation, we've always robustly challenged religious threats to free expression.
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.
Thu, 19 Jul 2018
The National Secular Society has urged the Irish PM to force the Catholic Church to pay a €7 million shortfall in compensation owed to survivors of clerical child abuse.
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
The C of E covered up sexual abuse by vastly reducing the number of cases it deemed to require formal action, according to a BBC report.
Sat, 24 Mar 2018
The NSS has named Phil Johnson and Graham Sawyer as its Secularists of the Year for 2018.
Thu, 08 Feb 2018
The Church of England handled more than 3,000 safeguarding concerns or allegations of abuse in 2016, according to newly-released papers.
Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Campaigners say the Archbishop of Canterbury is being "evasive" and failing to offer "clear leadership" over clerical child abuse.
Some clerics want exemptions from reporting requirements on abuse when it's revealed in the confessional. Accommodating their demands would undermine efforts to tackle child abuse, says Richard Scorer.
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Abridged version of the winding-up speech by lawyer Richard Scorer of Slater and Gordon, also an NSS vice president, at the IICSA inquiry's hearings into the handling of child sexual abuse in the diocese of Chichester.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018
As the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse turns its attention to the Church of England, Keith Porteous Wood says it must act on evidence which has highlighted the desperate need to hold the C of E to account.
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
On the first day of hearings into child sexual abuse in the Church of England, NSS vice-president Richard Scorer told an inquiry that protecting children requires independent oversight and mandatory reporting.
Mon, 05 Mar 2018
After three weeks of damning evidence at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Richard Scorer says mandatory reporting of institutional abuse is necessary to prevent churches from covering it up.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017