Secular Society

Secular Charter

The Secular Charter

We campaign for a secular state, a state in which:

  • there is no established state religion;
  • there is one law for all and its application is not hindered or replaced by religious codes or processes;
  • there is no privileged position in society or advantage in law for any individual or group by virtue of their religion or belief, or lack of religion (whether the latter is atheism, agnosticism, non-theism, Humanism or the like);
  • freedom of expression is not restricted by religious considerations;
  • neither the state, nor any emanation of the state, expresses religious beliefs or preferences;
  • religion plays no role in state-funded education, whether through religious affiliation, organised worship, religious instruction, pupil selection or employment discrimination;
  • the state does not engage in, fund, or promote religious activities or practices;
  • public and publicly-funded service provision does not discriminate on grounds of religion or belief;
  • the state does not intervene in the setting of religious doctrine or the running of religious organisations.