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.
Wed, 10 Oct 2018
The NSS has welcomed an academic report which calls on English state schools to raise children in a religiously neutral manner.
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
The Irish government has stopped primary schools from discriminating on religious grounds in admissions in almost all cases.
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
The NSS has criticised a plan to exclude children from nativity plays and fundraising if they are withdrawn from prayers.
Sun, 09 Sep 2018
The NSS has given a "qualified welcome" to recommendations to replace RE with a subject entitled 'Religion and Worldviews' and introduce a national entitlement to it.
Fri, 07 Sep 2018
The NSS has welcomed a proposal by the Scottish Liberal Democrats to pursue a "single secular model of state-funded education".
The Church of England's pretence that 'its' schools aren't faith schools is a dishonest attempt to avoid association with the unpopularity of faith-based schooling, and at odds with their actual policy, argues Alastair Lichten.
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Integrating schools isn't a magic bullet to end sectarianism, but no serious attempt to address the issue can ignore the role of religiously segregated schools, argues Stephen Evans.
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
In recognition of National Democracy Week 2018, Megan Manson reflects on what still needs to be changed to make the UK a truly democratic, secular state.
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Schools are forbidden from promoting, showing favouritism to or discriminating on the grounds of partisan politics. Alastair Lichten asks why partisan religious beliefs are treated so differently.
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
The decision not to allow more faith-based admissions to new free schools in England is a big win, says Stephen Evans. But the expansion of faith schools is the wrong response to Britain's growing religious diversity.
Fri, 18 May 2018