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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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Our response to the survey indicating that 70% of young people in the UK do not consider themselves religious

Posted by on 3 March, 2018 | 0 comments

Our response to the survey indicating that 70% of young people in the UK do not consider themselves religious

This week saw the publication of figures concerning the religiosity of Europe’s young people. These figures published in a report prepared by Stephen Bullivant for the European Council of [Catholic] Bishops are based on data from the European Social Survey 2014-16 and show that in the UK a majority of the adult population, and 70% of young people (16-29), identify as having no religion. These figures show the privileged place of religion in our system of government to be grossly out of step with the views of the governed. Currently the UK still has 26 bishops sitting and voting in the...

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The Scottish Secular Society Welcomes the News That The SNP Governing Body Are Moving to Debate the Repeal of Blasphemy Laws

Posted by on 3 March, 2018 | 0 comments

The Scottish Secular Society Welcomes the News That The SNP Governing Body Are Moving to Debate the Repeal of Blasphemy Laws

The Scottish Secular Society welcomes the news that the SNP’s governing body are moving to debate the long overdue repeal of Scotland’s blasphemy laws. We fully support any move to more formally entrench freedom of expression as it is laid out in Article 19 of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, and hope this action gains cross party support. We would support Scotland joining England, Wales and many other countries across the world in removing blasphemy laws from the books. We also agree that such action would allow Scotland a more firm moral position when...

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Scottish Declaration on Human Rights

Posted by on 2 February, 2018 | 0 comments

Scottish Declaration on Human Rights

Below is the letter drafted by our human rights adviser John Duncan in response to the unveiling of the Scottish Declaration on Human Rights. In response to this letter we were given information on how to sign up and can now proudly say we are signatories to the Scottish Declaration. You can find information on how to sign up either personally or on behalf of your organisation here: https://humanrightsdeclaration.scot/sign-up Any organisation from the public, private or third sectors can sign their support for the Declaration. Big or small, old or new – as long as your organisation works in...

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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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Knowledge Café 2017 – Audit Scotland

Posted by on 11 November, 2017 | 0 comments

Knowledge Café 2017 – Audit Scotland

As a secular organisation, and active campaigners for improved equality and ever-better human rights policies and practices, we see it our duty to learn how to listen across these invisible lines that divide our identities. And we try to help those citizens who come to us, learn how to communicate their own needs.

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The Scottish Secular Society’s response to controversy on Lewis

Posted by on 11 November, 2017 | 0 comments

The Scottish Secular Society’s response to controversy on Lewis

The residents of Lewis and Harris have both enjoyed and suffered the position of isolation from the national narrative for too long.

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Equality and Human Rights Commission – Stakeholder Dinner

Posted by on 11 November, 2017 | 0 comments

Equality and Human Rights Commission – Stakeholder Dinner

I was privileged to represent the SSS at a recent dinner for stakeholders hosted in Edinburgh by the EHRC Scotland.

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Press Release: Response to Smyllum Park Allegations

Posted by on 9 September, 2017 | 0 comments

Press Release: Response to Smyllum Park Allegations

Readers of the National will doubtless be aware of the highly disturbing allegations of violence and brutality against children who had been placed in the ‘care’ of nuns at Smyllum Park, Lanark.

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Press Release: Response to the evidence that Scotland is now Majority not religious

Posted by on 9 September, 2017 | 0 comments

Press Release: Response to the evidence that Scotland is now Majority not religious

The Scottish Secular Society call upon the Scottish Government to recognise the rapid decline of religion in our society and realign our laws to reflect this attitude.

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