What is Secularism?

The National Secular Society works towards a society in which all citizens, regardless of religious belief, or lack of religious belief, can live together fairly and cohesively. We campaign for a secular democracy with a separation of religion and state, where everyone’s Human Rights are respected equally.

We work in the UK and Europe to challenge the disproportionate influence of religion on governments and in public life. We provide a secular voice in the media, defending freedom and equality as a counterbalance to the powerful religious lobby and some of the more destructive religious impulses that can threaten human rights worldwide.

The National Secular Society is a non-party-political organisation with members from across the social and political spectrum. Our Honorary Associates include MPs and peers, as well as leading figures from politics, journalism, law and the arts.

The NSS is a democratic and independent non-profit organisation which receives no funding from government or other public bodies. Our campaigning is wholly supported by our members and supporters, people like you who share our belief in the urgent need to keep religion and politics separate.

Becoming a member of the NSS is a declaration of your belief in fairness, freedom and human rights. Make a stand – Join us and add your voice to the call for a secular society. (NSS About accessed 5th November 2016)

NSS Newsletter

Every week nss-quote-of-the-weekthe National Secular Society (NSS) have a couple of quotes of the week on topics related to secularism. Their page has quotes going back to June 2015.


NSS News Roundup

mediaEvery day the NSS has a roundup of the current news stories related to secularism. With over 36,000 stories this is a great resource for atheists.


NSS Blog & Opinion

blogs-opinionNSS Blog & Opinion has hundreds of articles of interest to atheists.

NSS Newsletter

newslineNewsline is the free, weekly email newsletter from the National Secular Society with issues here dating back to 2012.

NSS Members say

what-are-members-sayWhat NSS members say.

NSS Campaigns

top-campaignsFor 150 years the NSS has campaigned for Secularism. Latest campaigns include ‘Help us to oppose plans for a new wave of 100% religiously selective schools’.

NSS Secular Charter

secular-charterThe NSS have a 10 Principle Secular Charter.

The National Secular Society campaigns for the separation of religion and state and promotes secularism as the best means to create a society in which people of all religions or none can live together fairly and cohesively. The NSS sees secularism — the position that the state should be separate from religion — as an essential element in promoting equality between all citizens. (Accessed 5th November 2016)

The Secular Charter poster by Francesca Sturiale

NSS Resources

resourcesNSS have accumulated many resources over their 150 year history. Here are a few of the most important ones. The resources include Annual Reports, Bulletin (x3 times pa), Secularism ProtectsRethinking religion and belief in public life: a manifesto for changeBriefing PapersConsultation Responses and SubmissionsArticles & SpeechesData and statisticsThe First 150 Years (1866 – 2016).

Get Involved

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