New Secular Charter from the National Secular Society
The NSS Council has devised a new Secular Charter that seeks to be fair to everyone, to be achievable and to be benign. Seems good to me.
The Society promotes the separation of religion and state where law and the administration of justice are based on equality, respect for Human Rights and objective evidence without regard to religious doctrine or belief.
We campaign for the following constitutional principles:
- There shall be no established state religion.
- The state shall not engage in, or fund, religious activities or practice.
- All public and publicly-funded services must be non-discriminatory and non-religious [no proselytising or preaching or religious requirement to access services].
- Publicly-funded schools shall be non-discriminatory in admissions and employment and there shall be no religious instruction or organised worship.
- The state shall not have the right to amend religious doctrine nor interfere in religious hierarchies.The state or any emanation of the state shall not express any religious beliefs or preferences.
- Religious beliefs, ideas, organisations and people shall not enjoy privileged protection from the right to freedom of expression.