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

The Church of England's pretence that 'its' schools aren't faith schools is a dishonest attempt to avoid association with the unpopularity of faith-based schooling, and at odds with their actual policy, argues Alastair Lichten.

Church schools are faith schools. Pretending otherwise is dishonest

Fri, 20 Jul 2018

Integrating schools isn't a magic bullet to end sectarianism, but no serious attempt to address the issue can ignore the role of religiously segregated schools, argues Stephen Evans.

Sectarian schooling is nothing to celebrate

Fri, 13 Jul 2018

Sometimes concerns regarding religious interference in education can be easily resolved, simply through clear and polite conversations with the school.

I was concerned about proselytisation on a school trip – and the school listened

Thu, 12 Jul 2018

Marking ten years since the criminal offence of blasphemy was abolished in England and Wales, Stephen Evans argues that the freedom to speak critically about beliefs others hold sacred is far from assured.

Ten years on from the abolition of blasphemy, free speech still needs defending

Wed, 11 Jul 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.

Seven secularist steps that would strengthen democracy in the UK

Wed, 04 Jul 2018

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What our members say

  • Mike, Petersfield said:

    I am opposed to faith based schools on principle. The government promotes tribalism, the single greatest threat to our future. Many other threats can be solved if we work together and not against each other.

  • Anon said:

    What prompted me to join was simply that I had had enough of religious organisations establishing themselves as being above criticism. That it is not possible to criticise religious practices without being told that you are being offensive scares me.

  • Dalis, Bucks said:

    The privilege provided to religion within our society is intolerable. Secularism is being cynically attacked to preserve the status quo, and withdrawing religious privilege regarded as persecution. My local MP defends religious schools as he feels he has the right to send his children to a school with a Christian ethos – some local parents cannot find a non-religious school and have to fight for their children's rights. The NSS is effectively working to address these inequalities.

  • Luke said:

    I feel proud my membership money will go towards future successes in the fight for a fair and secular future for all.

  • Tim, Gloucestershire said:

    The treatment of religious minorities, atheists and apostates in theocratic countries is sickening. Everyone should have the right to their own beliefs and religious choices, provided that they do not impinge on other people's rights.