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Nottingham Secular Society

Nottingham Secular Society

Policy Statement

The Nottingham Secular Society condemns all race discrimination and hatred. We believe all people, of whatever race, political or religious belief should be protected from persecution and discrimination.

Religion should not be confused with race. Ideas, such as religion or politics, and the wrongs committed in their name, should be openly discussed. No idea should be beyond criticism. Freedom to debate ideas is essential for social progress.

The Secular Charter

We seek a society in which religion and the State are distinctly separated, and where human rights always take precedence over religious demands. We look forward to the following ten objectives incorporated into a written, secular constitution:

Nottingham Secular Society Charter:

  1. There should be no established state religion.

  2. The state should not fund religious activities.

  3. The State should not fund religious proselytising in any form and the provision of all services using public money should be religiously neutral.

  4. The State should not prescribe, proscribe, or amend religious doctrine.

  5. The State should not interfere in religious hierarchies. Nor interfere in issues strictly related to membership.

  6. No action by the State should have the primary effect of engaging in religious practice.

  7. No State action should have the primary effect of restricting religious practice.

  8. The State should not express any religious beliefs, whether in any publication, speech, or other implement of State power, such as currency, sworn testimony, oath of fealty to the State, or endorsements of national pride. The State should not imply any derivation of authority from any religious authority, nor should it express temporal supremacy in relation to religious belief or practice.

  9. Political leaders should not express religious preferences in the course of their duties.

  10. No religion or denomination should have the power to prescribe, proscribe, or amend civil or common law.