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: Fri, 16 Aug 2019
The NSS has urged MSPs to remove religious appointees from council education committees in a major report.
Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2019
A council in eastern Scotland will withdraw voting rights from unelected church representatives who sit on its education committees.
Posted: Thu, 28 Mar 2019
The NSS has called on the Scottish government to remove 'the advancement of religion' as a charitable purpose.
Posted: Thu, 07 Mar 2019
A community group has renewed an offer to pay for Sunday openings of a leisure centre on the Isle of Lewis amid Sabbatarian opposition.
Posted: Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The NSS has urged the Scottish government to protect free speech and abolish blasphemy laws as it considers proposals on hate crime.
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
The National Secular Society recently reported the case of Leona Rawlinson, the owner of TweedTastic in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. Leona was being harassed by sabbatarians over her decision to open...
Posted: Wed, 22 Nov 2017