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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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Starting a direct debit is the most effective way to join the NSS or renew – it allows us to predict how much money we will have available, and also cuts down on administration costs, enabling us to increase the scale of our activities.

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Individual membership

Annual membership (Members outside of the UK receive publications by email only)

Price:
£34.00

Concessionary membership

Annual membership available to Senior Citizens, and those receiving state benefits.

Price:
£23.00

Student membership

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

Price:
£9.00

Joint membership

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

Price:
£57.00

Group membership

Annual affiliation for groups based in the UK

Price:
£34.00

By post

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

Sarah, Horsham

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:29

"It worries me that certain faith groups feel they can impose their views - on matters such as abortion, contraception and assisted suicide - onto others."

Stephen, Kent

Wed, 07 Jan 2015 10:02

I have long been convinced that the only way to fight religious extremism of all origins, and to protect the basic liberties of all citizens, is to work towards a a properly secular and democratic society, in which freedom of religious practice and expression (within the law) is safeguarded, but where the state takes no sides in religion save to ensure that it has no special privileges and cannot be forced on anyone.

Alex, Somerset

Tue, 03 Jul 2012 16:40

"I joined the NSS because after working in schools for over a decade I'm constantly baffled by the requirement for an act of collective worship to be held in schools, and by the teaching of RE with its heavy Christian bias and constant visits by people with a religious agenda. This is so unnecessary - in the 21st we should move on."