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.
Tue, 29 May 2018
Two senior EU politicians have said they would oppose restrictions on rituals such as genital cutting and religious animal slaughter.
Wed, 25 Apr 2018
An attempt to outlaw the cutting of healthy children's genitals in Denmark is set to fail, despite expert medical opinion.
Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The NSS has reiterated its call for an end to forced genital cutting after a global children's rights group strongly criticised it.
Sun, 08 Apr 2018
A woman is challenging a decision not to prosecute a doctor after her son was subjected to a harmful circumcision without her consent.
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
The NSS has said the UK should "follow the lead" of Iceland, which is expected to ban cutting boys' genitals for non-medical reasons.
Proponents of ritual genital cutting often claim a 'right' to religious freedom justifies their position. But individuals have rights, says Dr Marika McAdam – including the right to autonomy over their own foreskins.
Tue, 06 Mar 2018
NSS CEO Stephen Evans explains why religious liberty is too important to leave to zealots to defend.
Thu, 01 Mar 2018
As Icelandic lawmakers consider whether to ban cutting infants' genitals for non-medical reasons, Dr Antony Lempert reflects on the ferocious backlash to the proposal in the UK.
Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Too often those who carry out forced cutting of young boys' genitals escape with gentle admonishment, rather than punishment commensurate with the severity of their actions, writes Dr Antony Lempert of the Secular Medical Forum.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016
This country has a very poor record on the prevention of female genital mutilation. A new approach from the police could change that. But they need help, writes Joan Smith.
Thu, 25 Jul 2013