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National Secular Society

Challenging Religious Privilege

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Becoming a member of the National Secular Society is a declaration of your support for the separation of the state from religious institutions. Make a stand for freedom, fairness and human rights by adding your voice to the call for a secular society.

We receive no funding from government or outside bodies – our campaigning is wholly supported by our members, people like you who share our belief in the urgent need to separate religion from education, politics and public life in general.

You can use this page to join the National Secular Society, start a Direct Debit, make a donation or renew your existing membership.

New members must agree to our General Principles. Term and conditions can be read here.

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Annual membership available to Senior Citizens, and those receiving state benefits. (UK only)


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Annual membership for full time students. Please indicate your place of study in comments field.


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Annual membership for two members living at the same UK address and sharing one mailing.


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You can join by downloading and printing off the application form below and returning it with your cheque or postal order.

Life membership

Life membership is available only to existing UK members of at least one year's standing. For under 65s it is £700, for over 65s it is £400. Contact us for more details.

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What our members say

Peter, Leeds

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:59

"Now I have a family and one of my kids will be starting school in September, I am concerned what's going to be taught to them. As part of the school selection process, I did check to make sure the school wasn't too religious and indeed focused inequitably towards just Christianity. I have no issues with schools "teaching" religions so long as they teach them all with equal balance. I would not send my children to a religious school as I don't want them to be exposed to evangelical practices when they are so young and impressionable."

Pauline, Banbury

Fri, 16 May 2014 17:06

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

Edward, Wiltshire

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:33

I discovered the NSS shortly after I began studying Politics in the Sixth Form, whilst researching pressure groups. I found the concept of secularism particularly interesting as i've always held similar beliefs and so I have decided to join to promote the cause of religious freedom and equality.