Challenging Religious Privilege

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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

Stephen Evans says religious concerns weren't a good reason to restrict understanding of birth control in Victorian England and they aren't a good reason to undermine relationships and sex education today.

Sexual freedom and secularism have always gone hand in hand

Posted: Fri, 07 Jun 2019

In modern Britain equality is protected and one person's protected characteristics can't be used to subjugate another. The sooner people from all faiths and none realise this the better, argues Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett.

A message to anti-LGBT campaigners: There is no hierarchy of equality

Posted: Thu, 06 Jun 2019

A ruling that a nurse was not wrongly dismissed for repeatedly evangelising was unsurprising, says Stephen Evans. Healthcare professionals must be prepared to set aside their personal beliefs at work to protect patients....

Praying on the vulnerable

Posted: Fri, 24 May 2019

As the campaign against relationships and sex education spreads and grows increasingly aggressive, Yasmin Rehman says politicians' pandering to intolerance will be a disaster for LGBT people, Muslims and wider society.

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The anti-RSE campaign has echoes of the Rushdie affair

Posted: Thu, 23 May 2019

By only obligating officials in the Roman Catholic Church to report cases of clerical abuse internally, the pope's latest decree on child abuse falls a long way short of what is necessary, argues Keith Porteous Wood.

Pope’s latest PR offering on clerical abuse should fool no one

Posted: Fri, 10 May 2019

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What our members say

  • Religious minorities, atheists and apostates are routinely treated appallingly in theocratic countries. Every human should be free to express their own thoughts, beliefs and religious choices, provided they do not impinge on other people's rights.

    Tim, Gloucestershire
  • As a retired head of a comprehensive school, I am very concerned at the growth of so-called 'faith schools'. I very strongly believe they are dangerous, divisive and a threat to our open society.

    Andrew, London
  • It's all very well suggesting Islamic faith schools are potentially damaging children, but the only way to solve this problem is to leave all religion out of education and legislation. I'm not anti-religion, but I am against giving any religion a free ride.

    Tom, Leeds
  • The highly divisive policy of "faith" schools supported by the majority of politicians from both the coalition and the Labour Party motivated me to join the NSS. We need a secular education system.

    John, Tyne & Wear
  • "The state should take no role whatsoever in promoting any particular faith in any sphere of public life. The NSS is one of the strongest and most effective groups working to raise public awareness, overcoming peoples' inertia and lack of information."

    Stipo, London