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Welcoming our new 2018 Board

Posted by on 5 May, 2018 | 0 comments

Welcoming our new 2018 Board

To the new and continuing members of the board: a big welcome and congratulations.

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2018 AGM

Posted by on 4 April, 2018 | 0 comments

2018 AGM

It is time for the 2018 SSS Annual General Meeting!

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This house would abolish state-funded faith schools

Posted by on 1 January, 2018 | 0 comments

This house would abolish state-funded faith schools

Source: This House Would Abolish State-Funded Faith Schools Original post by Patrick Mackie George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh have a school debating society which, from time to time, invites guest speakers to debate a motion. The Scottish Secular Society were asked to put up a speaker to propose the motion, “This house would abolish state-funded faith schools“, and I offered to act as proposer. The speaker for the opposition was Barbara Coupar, from the Scottish Catholic Education Service. The full text of Patrick’s opening speech and closing remarks can be found at the link below:...

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Does Denominational School Provision in Scotland Match Religious Affiliation?

Posted by on 1 January, 2018 | 0 comments

Does Denominational School Provision in Scotland Match Religious Affiliation?

Source: Does Denominational School Provision in Scotland Match Religious Affiliation? Original post by Patrick Mackie The usual rules of such questions apply; the answer is, of course, no. I’d better begin, by stating yet again that my beef is not against any particular church, or Christianity, or religion per se; this post drills a bit deeper into the information I’ve dug out since being asked to speak at a school debate on the motion “This house would abolish state-funded faith schools”. (Read...

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Guest Debate: This House Would Abolish State Funded Faith Schools

Posted by on 1 January, 2018 | 0 comments

Guest Debate: This House Would Abolish State Funded Faith Schools

Patrick Mackie, board member of the Scottish Secular Society, participated as a special guest of the Debating Society at George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh. 

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Letter: The Scottish Secular Society responds to Kevin McKenna’s article

Posted by on 1 January, 2018 | 0 comments

Letter: The Scottish Secular Society responds to Kevin McKenna’s article

Kevin McKenna was correct in arguing that having denominational schools are not a right of religions; he was wrong in arguing that we should seek to establish more faith schools in Scotland to compensate for the over-provision of Catholic schools. Love, compassion and human dignity are not the exclusive preserve of religions and do not require the provision of faith schools for young people to learn them. These are obvious components of an inclusive and civilised society. The Scotland of 2018 is not the Scotland of 1918. Religious affiliation is falling, and is crashing among young people. ...

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Winter Holiday Party For All!

Posted by on 11 November, 2017 | 0 comments

Winter Holiday Party For All!

It’s time for our annual mid-winter celebrations!
Thursday, 7 December

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Press Release: The SSS welcomes the announcement of a pardon for thousands of gay and bisexual men

Posted by on 11 November, 2017 | 0 comments

Press Release: The SSS welcomes the announcement of a pardon for thousands of gay and bisexual men

The Scottish Secular Society welcomes the announcement yesterday (7th November) by the First Minister of a pardon for thousands of gay and bisexual men who were subject to legal prosecution prior to 1981 and subsequently due to use of outdated laws.

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Press Release: The SSS welcomes Norther Ireland’s referendum on the 8th Amendment

Posted by on 10 October, 2017 | 0 comments

Press Release: The SSS welcomes Norther Ireland’s referendum on the 8th Amendment

This referendum is the result of a long-fought campaign to repeal the 1983 decision.

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The Common Good in a Secular World

Posted by on 9 September, 2017 | 0 comments

The Common Good in a Secular World

Journalist and public intellectual, Robin MacAlpine, asks how we can develop a collective identity and values in an age of religious and economic crisis.

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