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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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First Anniversary of Western Isles Secular Society!

Posted by on 1 January, 2018 | 0 comments

First Anniversary of Western Isles Secular Society!

A series of unexpected events afforded me a surprise opportunity to travel to Stornoway to join the Western Isles Secular Society as they celebrated their 1st anniversary. Given the wild ride through their inaugural year, it was a privilege to join them in celebrating their success. The official celebration was to be held on the first Sunday evening in December, at the Caladh Inn. This gave me an extended weekend to wander around the beautiful eastern area of Lewis & Harris. Strong messages in the media about Stornoway’s unique desire for publicly and privately keeping the Sabbath holy...

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Theos | Secular Wales/Cymru Seciwlar

Posted by on 5 May, 2017 | 0 comments

Theos | Secular Wales/Cymru Seciwlar

The important question is: What are the roots of morality and justice now that we have (in Wales) a (nearly) secular society?

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Church nominees on Education Committees; (for 3rd time) | Primate’s Progress

Posted by on 5 May, 2017 | 0 comments

Church nominees on Education Committees; (for 3rd time) | Primate’s Progress

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better for our Petition to remove unelected Church nominees from Scottish Local Authority Education Committees, things got better.

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Glasgow local elections; my preferences based on secularism issues | Primate’s Progress

Posted by on 4 April, 2017 | 0 comments

Glasgow local elections; my preferences based on secularism issues | Primate’s Progress

A few thoughts on the upcoming elections from one of our members.

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Removing Church appointees from Education Committees; more good news | Primate’s Progress

Posted by on 4 April, 2017 | Comments Off on Removing Church appointees from Education Committees; more good news | Primate’s Progress

Removing Church appointees from Education Committees; more good news | Primate’s Progress

Things continue to go better than we could have hoped.

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New Members Features

Posted by on 3 March, 2017 | 0 comments

New Members Features

Welcome to the Scottish Secular Society’s new membership feature. The MEMBERS BLOG is the place where SSS members can publish their own writings, thoughts, pictures, etc, about secularism, Scotland, and their time with the SSS. The SSS members blog forum is more flexible than the standard social media platform. We hope you enjoy your time here, and the growing collection of publications from our members.

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Featured Blog: An involuntary asylum seeker

Posted by on 6 June, 2016 | 0 comments

Featured Blog: An involuntary asylum seeker

Haifa Amg does not want to be an asylum seeker. She wants to be a doctor, and was studying
towards this in Glasgow. Then the Saudi Arabian authorities took action that made this impossible.

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Diversity and Equality

Posted by on 1 January, 2016 | 0 comments

Diversity and Equality

David Cameron’s 2015 Christmas message contained an interesting double view of The UK.

“As a Christian country, we must remember what (Christ’s) birth represents: peace, mercy, goodwill and, above all, hope. I believe that we should also reaect on the fact that it is because of these important religious roots and Christian values that Britain has been such a successful home to people of all faiths and none.”

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