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.
Posted: Wed, 24 Apr 2019
The NSS has welcomed a university's revocation of a degree from the sultan of Brunei after his country introduced draconian Islamic laws....
Posted: Mon, 08 Apr 2019
The NSS has urged British institutions to strip the sultan of Brunei of honours over his kingdom's use of draconian new punishments.
Posted: Thu, 28 Mar 2019
Brunei will impose death by stoning to punish gay sex and adultery as it implements a draconian form of Islamic law from next week.
Posted: Wed, 19 Dec 2018
A Greek court was wrong to prioritise sharia 'law' provisions over those of the country's domestic legal code, the ECHR has ruled.
Posted: Tue, 14 Aug 2018
The NSS has backed calls for the government to withdraw divorce guidance which encourages women to turn to religious 'courts'.
For Interfaith Week 2018, campaigns officer Megan Manson explains how the National Secular Society's work protects those who are religious as well as those who are not.
One of the most common misconceptions...
Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 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.
This year's National Democracy Week is special because...
Posted: Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Sadikur Rahman says implementing official recommendations on sharia 'courts' would entangle civil and religious law and undermine vulnerable women's rights. The Government should instead secularise the...
Posted: Wed, 07 Feb 2018
As a theme park lifts its ban on Sikh ceremonial swords, NSS campaigns director Stephen Evans questions the wisdom behind religious exemptions from generally applicable rules.
The latest submission to religious...
Posted: Sat, 02 Sep 2017
Our legal system cannot be permitted to fracture into parallel codes for different religious groups. Sadikur Rahman writes on how to avoid accommodation with sharia while also protecting the rights and...
Posted: Fri, 11 Nov 2016