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.
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: Fri, 03 Jul 2020
The NSS and Edinburgh Secular Society have warned the Scottish government that its hate crime bill threatens free speech on religion.
Posted: Fri, 26 Jun 2020
Scotland's justice secretary will offer to correct the parliamentary record after he misrepresented part of a bill on hate crime.
Posted: Fri, 24 Apr 2020
The NSS has welcomed a proposal from the Scottish government which would abolish the country's blasphemy law.
Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2020
Renfrewshire Council looks set to extend the priority it gives to children who are baptised Catholic for admission to Catholic schools.
Posted: Mon, 30 Mar 2020
The NSS has urged Renfrewshire Council not to extend the priority given to baptised Catholic children for admission to Catholic schools.
Humza Yousaf has claimed a bill he's proposing isn't a threat to free speech because it sets a high threshold for criminality. But his careless words suggest he isn't taking concerns seriously, says Chris...
Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2020
A new offence of 'stirring up hatred' on religious grounds is too restrictive of free speech, says Chris Sloggett.
Posted: Thu, 07 May 2020
An NSS report has called for an end to religious appointees on council education committees in Scotland. Neil Barber says it's long past time for these positions to go.
Posted: Tue, 27 Aug 2019
Catholic schools are no remedy for a society facing ingrained sectarian division, writes Neil Barber. In praising them Scotland's first minister has shown a willingness to sacrifice social cohesion to...
Posted: Wed, 28 Feb 2018
Sabbatarians in Lewis claim a right to impose their beliefs on others, including by banning screenings of Star Wars on Sundays. Megan Manson asks if they would make these demands if Jediism was a recognised...
Posted: Tue, 09 Jan 2018