Our Secular Charter

Our Secular Charter

Our campaigning and policy objectives are guided by our Secular Charter.

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.

We campaign for a secular democracy, where:

  • There is no established state religion.
  • Everyone is equal before the law, regardless of religion, belief or non-belief.
  • The judicial process is not hindered or replaced by religious codes or processes.
  • Freedom of expression is not restricted by religious considerations.
  • Religion plays no role in state-funded education, whether through religious affiliation of schools, curriculum setting, organised worship, religious instruction, pupil selection or employment practices.
  • The state does not express religious beliefs or preferences and does not intervene in the setting of religious doctrine.
  • The state does not engage in, fund or promote religious activities or practices.
  • There is freedom of belief, non-belief and to renounce or change religion.
  • Public and publicly-funded service provision does not discriminate on grounds of religion, belief or non-belief.
  • Individuals and groups are neither accorded privilege nor disadvantaged because of their religion, belief or non-belief.

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