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Religion and the Highlands and Islands Film Guild 1946-71

Posted by on 2 February, 2018 | 0 comments

Religion and the Highlands and Islands Film Guild 1946-71

Dr Ian Good and Dr Ealasaid Munro present some of the key findings of their AHRC funded research into the Highlands and Islands Film Guild (1946-1971)   Dr Ian Good and Dr Ealasaid Munro present some of the key findings of their AHRC funded research into the Highlands and Islands Film Guild (1946-1971). This was a travelling cinema funded by local government which sought to bring ‘secular entertainment’ to some of Scotland’s most geographically isolated and pious communities. How did churches respond to the arrival of cinema in rural areas? And how do people express their memories of the...

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Andrew Copson- Secularism: politics, religion, and freedom

Posted by on 1 January, 2018 | 0 comments

Andrew Copson- Secularism: politics, religion, and freedom

Chief Executive of Humanists UK and President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), Andrew Copson, will be joining us on the 1st of February to discuss his book “Secularism: Politics, Religion, and Freedom.   Secularism is an increasingly hot topic in public, political, and religious debate across the globe. It is embodied in the conflict between secular republics – from the US to India – and the challenges they face from resurgent religious identity politics; in the challenges faced by religious states like those of the Arab world from insurgent secularists; and in...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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