Everyone has a different philosophy of life.

Some people process the world in religious terms and others do not.

Secularism defends the right to religious belief and the freedom to practice that belief in private life.

However the problem starts when religious people claim that their “freedom” must also extend to unchallenged influence over shared public institutions such as our schools, our councils, our legal system, our education committees, The House of Lords and our private life partnerships.

It is this religious privilege against which we campaign and not religion in itself.

There should be freedom of religion but also freedom from religion.


Edinburgh Secular Society support the Secular Charter of the National Secular Society as policy.

The Secular Charter

The National Secular Society campaigns for a secular state, 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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