The National Secular Society works for the separation of religion and state and equal respect for everyone's human rights so that no one is either advantaged or disadvantaged on account of their beliefs.

Make a stand for freedom, fairness and human rights by adding your voice to the call for a secular democracy.

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Opinion

There is an urgent case for resisting those who claim the mantle of 'religious freedom' without regard for others' rights. Here's why our Secularism 2019 conference will have the tagline 'reclaiming religious freedom'.

Why we must reclaim religious freedom

Wed, 12 Sep 2018

NSS president Keith Porteous Wood says the international community must confront the Vatican over its shameful record on child abuse and demand action to bring secular justice.

The Catholic Church’s record on abuse demands accountability, not more meaningless apologies

Fri, 24 Aug 2018

In this long read NSS president Keith Porteous Wood explains how all arms of the law co-operated to protect the now former bishop Peter Ball for decades and refutes claims that "it couldn't happen now".

Religious power and privilege failed the victims in the Peter Ball affair

Sat, 11 Aug 2018

Richard Scorer says a damning report on two leading Catholic schools' approach to safeguarding is a reminder of the need for a law mandating the reporting of suspected child abuse to the secular authorities.

Child protection must come before the reputation of institutions like Ampleforth and Downside

Thu, 09 Aug 2018

As Denmark's ban on face coverings in public comes into force, Stephen Evans says standing up for fundamental rights and freedoms is the best way to push back against the oppression the burka represents.

Burka bans do more harm than good

Thu, 02 Aug 2018

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What our members say

  • Nick, York said:

    Baroness Warsi finally talked me into joining the Society. I am particularly concerned about faith schools. I express these views reasonably and do not see why they should be labelled 'strident' at the first opportunity.

  • Niki, London said:

    I am angry about faith schools, free schools, and ridiculous 'faith' based views pervading education, including Sex Education.

  • Amber said:

    "I believe in people's freedom to practise whatever religion they wish,provided it never interferes with the legal system and policy making, in vital services such as education, health. I support any action challenging religious organisations' campaigns to manipulate laws and services. I hope that my membership is enough to make a valid contribution to this important cause."

  • Jonathan said:

    The redacting of exam questions and the scandal of gender separation at British Universities convinced me to join the NSS, standing up for rationalism, and civilised behaviour, unafraid to stick its head above the parapet and expose hypocrites, religious zealots and apologists

  • Alison, Aberdeen said:

    "Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis I have been thinking about my legacy and end of life issues. Assisted suicide is currently illegal in the UK, a policy which suffers from strong religious lobbying. Legislating against the wishes of a mentally competent person seems barbaric."