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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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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

Tim, Cheltenham

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:14

It is clear that on many secular issues, atheists and many theists have common interests, and by working together on these issues our voices will be louder... While I am personally no longer religious, I absolutely support people's right to religious freedom.

Ray, Tyne & Wear

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:30

"As a retired head teacher, I have always been concerned by the requirement of schools to provide a daily act of collective worship. I read about the NSS's campaign to abolish this requirement and decided to add my voice."

Tony, West Yorkshire

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:46

I have become convinced that secularism, rather than belief/unbelief is the real issue before us. Religion aint going away, but we can secure the public space for all with privilege for none